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When I Was Born for the 7th Time

When I Was Born for the 7th Time

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by Cornershop
     
 
After several years of fusing traditional Indian musical elements with indie rock, Cornershop turned to the more groove driven world of deejay music and classic pop and created a masterpiece. The big hit, "Brimful of Asha," reflects RUBBER SOUL through an Anglo-Indian upbringing and went to number one on the British charts. And in case you

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After several years of fusing traditional Indian musical elements with indie rock, Cornershop turned to the more groove driven world of deejay music and classic pop and created a masterpiece. The big hit, "Brimful of Asha," reflects RUBBER SOUL through an Anglo-Indian upbringing and went to number one on the British charts. And in case you missed the Beatles reference they close the recording with a sly cover of "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" sung in Punjabi. The deejay tracks effectively capture the dislocations and humorous ironies of the second-generation immigrant life. Cornershop has spent its career wrestling with the dynamic of otherness; here, they make it into a profound musical statement.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When I Was Born for the 7th Time is a remarkable leap forward for Cornershop, the place where the group blends all of their diverse influences into a seamless whole. Cornershop uses Indian music as a foundation, finding its droning repetition similar to the trancier elements of electronica, the cut-and-paste collages of hip-hop, and the skeletal melodicism of indie pop. Tying all of these strands together, the band creates a multicultural music that is utterly modern; it is conscious of its heritage, but instead of being enslaved to tradition, it pushes into the future and finds a common ground between different cultures and musics. Like Woman's Gotta Have It, large portions of When I Was Born for the 7th Time are devoted to hypnotic instrumentals, but the music here is funkier and fully realized. Cornershop hits an appealing compromise between detailed arrangements and lo-fi technology. There may be cheap keyboards and drum machines scattered throughout the album, but they are used as sonic texturing, similar to the turntables, synthesizers, samplers, sitars, and guitars that drive the instrumentals punctuating the full-fledged songs. When it chooses, Cornershop can write hooky, immediate pop songs -- "Sleep on the Left Side" and "Brimful of Asha" are wonderful pop singles, and "Good to Be on the Road Back Home" is an impressive, country-tinged tale -- but what makes When I Was Born for the 7th Time such a rich, intoxicating listen is that it balances these melodic tendencies with deceptively complex arrangements, chants, drones, electronic instrumentals, and funky rhythms, resulting in an album that becomes better with each listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/1997
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624657620
catalogNumber:
46576

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cornershop   Primary Artist
Allen Ginsberg   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
Justin Warfield   Rap
E. Johnson   Strings
Robert Buller   Strings
Paula Frazer   Vocals
Tjinder Singh   Guitar,scratching,Vocals,Dholki
Ben Ayres   Guitar,Keyboards,Tamboura
Anthony Saffery   Harmonium,Keyboards,Sitar
Grace Winder   Strings
Nick Simms   Drums
Ray ?   Flute
Lourdes Belart   Vocals
Peter Bengry   Percussion

Technical Credits

Philip Bagenal   Engineer
Dan the Automator   Producer
Deborah Norcross   Art Direction
Tjinder Singh   Producer
Alan Gregson   Engineer
Thomas Bayrle   Illustrations
Daddy Rappaport   Producer

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When I Was Born for the 7th Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Cornershop is certainly one of the most overlooked groups in music, particularly in America. Nobody quite meshes Indian and Western Modern music in the way that Cornershop does, with excellent instrumentation. The humor in some of the words in the songs is reason alone to purchase this album. If that was not enough, the group covered the Beatles hit Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) to perfection.