Yol Bolsin

Yol Bolsin

by Sevara Nazarkhan

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Yol Bolsin

In world-music circles, it's Central Asia's time to shine as current events have cast a spotlight on a region that's virgin territory to many ears. Of course, the cultural history of the 'Stans is rich and varied, befitting countries at the crossroads of East and West and dotted by Silk Road must-sees such as Samarkand, Bukhara, and Tashkent. Uzbekistan's young vocalist Sevara Nazarkhan carries on a grand tradition with her Western debut, an album that cannily blends windswept-steppes tonalities with sophisticated pop sheen. Anchored by her darting, fluttering, Islamic-inflected vocals and the arid plucking of the doutar, a 15th-century lute, Yol Bolsin is produced with ethereal chill by Hector Zazou, who brought a similar M.O. to albums by Tibet's Yungchen Lhamo and his own Songs from the Cold Seas. If anything, the layered, subtle electronics are almost too perfectly deployed, occasionally betraying the stark beauty of Nazarkhan's voice with detached, Buddha Bar sonics. But the cinematic gorgeousness of even the most sweeping tracks, such as the string-laden "Galdir," is a welcome, mature alternative to most other East-West fusion in its reliance on dance beats and raps. The Dick Dale–styled doutar-slinging of Toir Kuziyev lends far more flavor, especially on tracks such as "Moghulchai Navo" and "Orik Gullaganda." Yol Bolsin is hip enough to entrance the lounge crowd, but when Zazou allows Nazarkhan to weave her spell with minimal intrusion, the exotic perfumes of this music are at their most potent.

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Release Date: 02/25/2003
Label: Real World
UPC: 0724354320620
catalogNumber: 43206

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IT IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL ALBUM I LOVE HER VOICE IT IS VERY GRACEFUL ......