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Album Review

It's not often you'll come across a CD that says "Please copy, share and remix" on the back cover. But then, it's not often you come across a CD like this one from Gnawledge, which has to be one of the coolest academic projects ever, created by Canyon Cody on a Fulbright scholarship. He went to Granada, Spain, to investigate the music of Al-Andalus, teamed up with producer gNotes, and using old vinyl and immigrant musicians, created this CD. While it's billed as hip-hop, that's far too exact a label to put on a project like this, since that's only part of what's here. There's pure flamenco guitar (the opener "Flamencologia"), just laud — an instrument very close to the oud ("El Arte de Escuchar"), flamenco mixed with jazz fusion electric guitar, qanun — it varies so much from track to track, the only thread is the Andalusian spirit and Diaspora (although the sitar on "Juxtapotente" even challenges that idea). Not everything works brilliantly — "Perro Cruzado," for instance, loses focus and goes on too long. But what sets this album apart is that it's not meant to be a finished product; it's a work in progress, which is why the remixes are actively encouraged (a CD of remixes comes along with it), to be uploaded to the project's site. This is a fascinating, sometimes compelling, document of a culture as seen by those who look at it from the outside.

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Think musical safari. Dude made this album in Granada Spain for his Fulbright scholarship. You can get it for free from his very own blog no less. At its best it has a great vibe - at its worst it is still very interesting.

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