Picks and Pans Review: Dance Raja Dance
The first in the Asia Classics series on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label at Warner is a deliriously dance-able mix of Southern Indian film scores by composer-arranger Anand. In Tamil, a language of Southern India, Anand means Ecstasy, and that is what's poured into these zany, tumultuous arrangements, which spice Indian harmonies with reverbs and synthesizers, not to mention guitars, violins, horns and sitars. Over this riot of sound flows a torrent of lyrics delivered in a kind of new wave sing-song that is both catchy and corny—and, in its way, addicting.
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