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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Review - Mahima

Artist: Debashish Bhattacharya/Bob Brozman

Posted on Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Oddly enough, the combination of two distinctly different slide guitar styles, Hawaiian and Hindustani, isn't what makes "Mahima" such an odd-sounding disc. Brozman has collaborated with all sorts of "indigenous" musicians and his instrumental facility and respect for local musical history has meant that his work has been consistently engaging. No, what makes "Mahima" sound so weird is the vocal work of Bhattacharya's sister Supta. With the fluid guitar work and subtle tabla playing providing a low-key musical base, Supta careens overhead in full-lunged Hindi style. Though she attempts restraint, she ultimately tips the cart here and despite the inherent adventure of the collaboration, it winds up sounding a little too adventurous.

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