CD Radha (CD 835539),
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  • 1. Radha
    2. Pera Raja Daruvo
    3. Sa Re Ga Ma
    4. Same
    5. Maya
    6. Hoya Hoya
    7. Barapodi Osawa
    8. Eka Wagema Lokoka Samanavi
    9. Seetha, Rama
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 601

  • Credits

    Radha: Angelo Ricciardi, Sylvester JayaKody, Enrico Colombo.
    Radha is characterized by a bit of ethno-trance mixing the sensibilities and keyboard licks of the basic European trance movement with the vocals and instrumentation of Indian folk music. The motifs for the whole of the self-titled album are peace and love. The more specific focus is on that of Radha, consort to Krishna and exotic love goddess of the Hindu pantheons, which makes a good metaphor for the concepts of peace and love embraced by the creators. The album opens with an exchange between Krishna and Radha, then moves into a remembrance of the peaceful days of Sri Lanka and a love song for a princess. Following are a pair of works dreaming of a peaceful world and a pair looking back again to the golden age of pre-technological peace and tranquility. Another cry for unity and peace ensues, followed by an exchange between lovers Rama and Sita of the Ramayana epic. Two more songs to peace lead into a finale of love for one's father, covering the concept of familial love before ending the album. The album can start to drag from time to time, as any trance album is wont to do in the slower portions, but despite this, there's enough variety in song style to keep the listener interested throughout, with more upbeat numbers often filling the gaps between the slowest of tracks. More helpful to this end perhaps is the heavy usage of sitar and tabla, which are best kept at a higher pace over the top of the sinuous curves of keyboard ambience. While the subcontinent seems something of a hotbed for fusion with modern forms of music, some albums are more noteworthy than others. This album stands as one of those for its ability to produce an essentially simple groove, but hang onto it without losing its focus and keep a strong enough fusion aspect to make a coherent sound rather than an uncomfortable union of two entirely distinct parts. ~ Adam Greenberg

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