by Sevara Nazarkhan

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It's been five years since Sevara Nazarkhan released her Western debut, which offered a dose of local music. This time around there's far more emphasis on programming and soundscapes -- in other words, it's quite electronic. The first track, "Korgim Kelar," is Sevara as Björk lite -- it has the overall sound, but is not quite as quirky -- but overall it goes downhill from there. It might be lovingly constructed, but somehow it seems to meander and forget some of the melody in favor of sound. The only times when things really perk up are on the Uzbeki classic "Kuigai" and on "Bakhtimdan," both of which sound more organic and fresh. Sevara is an attractive vocalist, but there's very little distinctive here; she becomes part of the sound rather than in front of it. Certainly there's a flavor of Uzbekistan here, but it's not much more than that -- it's just too international. So, although it's fair, it's not outstanding.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0094639819829
catalogNumber: 398198

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sevara Nazarkhan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peter Gabriel   Bass
Toir Kuziev   Tambur,Sato
Abdulahat Abdurashidov   Nai
Martin Badder   Keyboards
Abdurahmon Holtojiev   Konun
Marat Maksudov   Keyboards
Shuhrat Mirusmanov   Tabla,Doira
Farkhod Mirzaev   Tambur
Damian Simes   Guitar
Timur Tahtaganov   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruno Ellingham   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sevara Nazarkhan   Composer,Producer
Boris Istomin   Engineer
Bakhrom Primkulov   Executive Producer,translation
Victor Sologub   Producer,Engineer

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