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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: International
    Omar Akram - Secret Journey

    Omar Akram - Secret Journey

    Omar Akram
    Secret Journey
    Label: Real Music

    This son of a UN diplomat brings us an infusion of world flecked jazz instrumentals set in melodic new age atmospheres. Piano is the dominant but not overpowering motivator here, complimented by violin, guitar, drums and keyboard.

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    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
    Label: Heads Up Africa

    Taking a break from their usual heavy handed Christian focused acapella, this Grammy award winning African singing group pays homage to Shaka Zulu, one of the greatest leaders in African history. Amazing harmonies as always.

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    Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

    Edenbridge - The Chronicles of Eden

    Edenbridge
    The Chronicles of Eden
    Label: Locomotive Records

    A 2 disc set featuring 3 new songs, some rarities and bonus tracks on one disc with the other a “best of” compilation voted on by fans worldwide. A great overview of this female fronted Austrian symphonic metal group! For fans of Within Temptation or Nightwish.

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    Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

    Meldrum - Blowin’ Up The Machine

    Meldrum
    Blowin’ Up The Machine
    Label: Locomotive Spain

    By featuring guests Gene Hoglan on drums and Lemmy on some back ups, you get a good idea of what kind of kick ass metal this trio of fired up, ballsy females are gonna whip up.

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    Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

    Putumayo Presents - Latin Reggae

    Putumayo Presents
    Latin Reggae
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    I love reggae and Putumayo has managed to thrust a whole bunch of wonderful established as well as newcomer Spanish singing reggae based artists (largely from Spain) into the spotlight with this release. Ya mon!

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    Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

    Putumayo Presents - Tango Around The World

    Putumayo Presents
    Tango Around The World
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Musically touring the tantalizing Tango hotbeds around the world including Finland, Senegal, Portugal and most notably Argentina. Here we are shown the fancy footwork (and musicianship) of 11 internationally renowned artists.

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    Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

    Uz Jsme Doma - Cod Liver Oil

    Uz Jsme Doma
    Cod Liver Oil
    Label: Skoda Records

    Quirky, wild and zany jazz rock with a punk attitude. Comparisons to Zappa, Zorn and The Residents are actually appropriate here. This uneasy listening band from Prague sings in Czech and is not for the wimpy at heart.

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    Imperia - Queen of Light

    Imperia - Queen of Light

    Imperia
    Queen of Light
    Label: Locomotive Records

    Orchestral bombastics are common place for this atmospheric, melodic, gothic tinged metal outfit. Led vocally by the beautiful and very capable Helena Iren Michaelsen (ex-Trail of Tears) the compositions posture from an aggressive yet progressive viewpoint that is as effective as it is entrancing.

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    Dreamscape - 5th Season

    Dreamscape - 5th Season

    Dreamscape
    5th Season
    Label: Locomotive Records

    Progressive metal from Munich, Germany portrayed with theatrics and grandeur. The male vocals are sung with just the right finesse between intense and emotive plus the headbanging grooves are parted with a friendly amount of atmospheric interludes.

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    Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

    Farmer's Market - Surfin’ USSR

    Farmer's Market
    Surfin’ USSR
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    Improbable permutations of traditional Bulgarian melodies along with jazz, folk, and rock that have been percolated to oblique perfection. The songs often lead with uptempo folk rhythms that are broken with soundtrack-ish ambiance and other delightful distractions.

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    ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

    ID Guinness - Cure For The Common Crush

    ID Guinness
    Cure For The Common Crush
    Label: Guinness Records

    A creative Canadian dripping on the goss of Bowie and Pink Floyd via his anthemic psychedelic rock platitudes with ambient quagmires and juxtapositions of frilly frivolity ultimately producing sustained excitement.

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    Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

    Mannhai - Hellroad Caravan

    Mannhai
    Hellroad Caravan
    Label: Locomotive Spain Records

    Heavy groove rockers from Finland with ex-Amorphis front man Pasi Koskinen handling the vocal crooning and cajoling. Their stoner rhythms have a tendency of headbanging their way into my heart and CD player.

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