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Album Review

For his third outing, Wade Morissette collaborates with award-winning producer David Nichtern and creates what is at once a more accessible record than his previous works (in terms of the genre influences) and the next natural progression in his musical arc. Gone is the pop sheen of Strong as Diamonds — replaced by more of a world music sound. The album stakes out its territory right away with the catchy worldbeat opener, "Guru Ma," an anthemic chant shared with world music hero Krishna Das (who also shows up on the album's best track). Morissette is still concerned with the consciousness-opening transcendent power that music has in long-form chants (he has crafted a modern version of kirtan chant music for much of this record). Whether the chant is a mantra repeated in English or some other tongue, Morissette and producer Nichtern play with the levels and layers of sound in a way that creates what can only be described as a "world/yoga" record. The synth programming washes that defined Strong as Diamonds have been replaced by instruments like the Bansuri flute (on "Inside") and the sarod. The album's standout track is "Burn It on the Fire," which sounds somewhat like an Us-era Peter Gabriel number — and is buoyed by guest vocals by Krishna Das and a marvelous female singer named Manorama — whose voice just happens to bear an uncanny resemblance to that of Morissette's twin sister, Alanis. The album closer is the haunting "OM," which literally has the ability to transcend and the production to match. Yet another quality record, and quite an achievement that Wade Morissette continues to find new and interesting ways to explore a territory that is uniquely his own.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

Thank you Wade! You have done a great job of making these ancent chants come to life. I have both sargam and diamonds and you have done nothing less than great with maho. My favorite is prayer but the whole album is great. Namaste!


Born: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Wade Imre Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, mere moments before his twin sister, Alanis. Both twins took to music at an early age -- Wade studied piano as a child and guitar and djembe in his teens. His path diverged from his sister's famed musical course when he began to study yoga. His deeply spiritual songs are a unique blend of pop with Sanskrit and English chant, derived from his passions for yoga and music. While containing hints of world music and new age, they are truly unique and inspiring...
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