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Album Review

Here's something decidedly different, and quite enchanting. The second album from the Canadian-Indian singer revolves around the romantic ghazal form, but takes it to unimagined places, adding electric guitar to the mix at several points, and also, on three tracks, mashing up fado and ghazal quite beautifully. That seems an unlikely alliance, but on the tracks, especially the opener, "Jo Dil," it's perfectly natural, as Indian and Portuguese instruments work together. Elsewhere things are a little more traditional, although subtle use of electric guitar adds decidedly new textures to the material. Kiran Ahluwalia herself is a very supple, expressive singer (and a more than able composer, from the album's credits), who brings a joy to the material that ranges from the coy to the devotional. The arrangements frame her voice well, never crowding her, which is just as well, as she needs room to take flight properly. The lyrics, often ancient ("Teray Darsan" dates from the 15th century), are wonderful poetry, and in this setting they shine like precious gems.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful, Original, Complex and Real!

Some of the most incredible and original world music I've heard. There are no empty grooves or empty melodies here. Every tune has a deep purpose and with every repeated listen, I find new things. Bravo!!

Elegant, gorgeous...

Kiran Ahluwalia's exquisite recording is an extraordinary fusion of East and West, electric and acoustic - possibly the best such melding of music I've heard. All ten tracks are gems. Nothing is overstated, and there is no repetition. Each melody is distinctive, accessible and beautiful. This isn't Eastern music made safe for the Western ear. Rather, it carves out new territory, while remaining authentic and pure to its roots. Ahluwalia's voice is softly gorgeous. It's thoroughly Punjabi, yet it weaves Latin, North American and even Fado rhythms and melodies effortlessly into its fabric. I give it six stars!


Ahluwalia's voice is lovely and I can't wait for her new album, Beyond Boundaries, to be available. Haunting, joyful and interesting music, this is one to add to your collection of Indian sounds.

Wanderlust, Kiran Ahluwalia
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