Magazine article New Internationalist

[Sawhney, Nitin. Prophesy]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Sawhney, Nitin. Prophesy]

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Prophesy

by Nitin Sawhney

(V2 VVR1015912 CD)

Now here's a paradox: an album that revels in its use of studio technology and yet warns, throughout the fascinating journey it makes, of the dangers of technology. To be sure, this is not the first time that such an issue has been addressed - Laurie Anderson, for one, has based her last 20 years' worth of work on this same theme - but Nitin Sawhney's deftness is to restate the paradox within a completely different framework.

And it's hard not to be impressed by what Prophesy achieves. For his fifth album, Sawhney - who has worked with Sinead O'Connor, Cheb Mami and Talvin Singh among other luminaries - races through Spanish guitars and castanets, swathes of string arrangements and brooding studio treatments to arrange an album which is an eloquent defence of the idea that all traditions and nations have something to offer one another, as much as it is a statement that, in the right hands, musical fusion really does work. …

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