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As for The Good, The Bad, And The Queen, that got a buzz as I recall when it came out, enough that I made the effort to hear it â€” and I hated it (and I try not to hate, I really do)
Gordon Neill wrote:I've been mulling over this most-overlooked-album thing and, me being me, why Aman Aman's effort isn't right at the top of most best-of-the-year lists. I think it's to do with fashion.
We world music types like to think that we have a pretty comprehensive view, as we loftily survey the planet's music. But actually the world would look pretty weird, as seen through our eyes. China, the most populous country on the planet, is just a tiny dot (until Sa Dingding, I wasn't even sure if Chinese people were physically able to sing). It turns out that Jamaica is much larger than the South American mainland (which has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s). Africa is basically Mali and Senegal, with some guitar nomads wandering about the top and some tiny dots (Kenya, Uganda etc...) to the right hand side. Asia is dramatically smaller than geography teachers would have us believe. Oh, and Australasia doesn't actually exist.
So albums by the likes of Tinariwen and Orchestra Baobab almost automatically feature at the top of lists. It's not that they're bad albums, but are they really all that remarkable, or simply a refinement of the stuff they've been doing for years?
Some wonderful generalisations there, Gordon
But Iâ€™m guessing that many people who prefer same-again Tinariwen and Orchestra Baobab albums to Sephardic music do so out of personal preference, not because they are world music fashionistas.
Gordon Neill wrote:Aha! At last I can disagree with you about something! OK, I was overstating things, possibly, maybe, perhaps, arguably.... But, in my view, most people go for Tinariwen or Orchestra Baobab (or whoever) rather than Sephardic music (or whatever) not because they actively prefer it, but because they haven't heard much of the alternatives.
But, in my view, most people go for Tinariwen or Orchestra Baobab (or whoever) rather than Sephardic music (or whatever) not because they actively prefer it, but because they haven't heard much of the alternatives.
are you quite sure it's most people?
a Tinariwen riff is disturbingly close to a Scottish folk ballad
Gordon Neill wrote:I suppose all I'm expressing is my sheer bafflement (is there such a word? there is now) at how prominently the Tinariwen album, for example, features in all these lists. It's a perfectly decent CD, if a bit dull. I quite like it, but it's not much different from what they've done before. At times, world music folks just seem so conservative.
matt wrote:My Year end round-up and mix from some selected LPS here:
But neglected LP of the year for me is:
> Me'Shell Ndegeocello - The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams
I'd be very interested to find out/hear more of this Matt. Is it anything like her last one, Dance of the Infidel (which I was disappointed by)?
Jonathan E. wrote: Straight No Chaser will be much missed, although I had rather drifted away from it over the past few years. [/i].
The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, with its irony, sincerity, seeming contradiction, and elliptical paradox, is the most expansive, complex record yet released by this always provocative artist
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