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Love Trap

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Love Trap by Susheela Raman
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Personnel includes: Susheela Raman (vocals, tanpura); Same Milles (guitar, bones, background vocals); Vincent Segal (cello); Manos Achalinotopoulos (clarinet); Djanuno Dabo (congas, bongos, claypot, shakers, background vocals); Albert Kuvezin (bass, Jaw harp); Hilaire Penda (bass); Tony Allen (drums); Radik Tiuliush (Jaw harp, background vocals).

Recorded at El Cortijo Studios, Andalusia, Spain between November 2002 and February 2003.

LOVE TRAP is the sexy follow-up to Susheela Raman's Mercury Prize-nominated album SALT RAIN. Raman is a native of England, born of South Indian parents, and raised in Australia. Her multi-cultural background enhances her global vision of world music. By bending and reshaping her myriad of musical influences, Raman has recorded a pleasing and erotically charged album of music that pulls from various folk music traditions to create a unique hybrid. "Love Trap" is the most accessible and appealing track on the album. One of the two English-language vocals, "Love Trap" is a sensual, jazzy re-working of a 1970s Ethiopian club hit. Its throbbing beat chugs along while Raman's siren-like vocals beckon and entice the listener into her snare. The album's other seven tracks are sung in various languages, incorporating a myriad of styles, including Tuvan throat singing and the complex wail of India's traditional Carnatic vocals. With the help of producer and guitarist Sam Mills, LOVE TRAP flirts with trip-hop, rock, and electronica while respecting its musical roots. The music pulsates with energy and each musician is given a chance to shine on the album's many instrumental interludes. LOVE TRAP is sophisticated, sexy, and sure to be considered a classic in the career of this rising star.

What the critics say...

Uncut (8/03, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[With] a plentiful supply of serious musicality and spiritual Indian vibes to satisfy the purists....A record to put a smile on your face..."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Love Trap
  2. Sarasa
  3. Amba
  4. Save Me
  5. Manasuloni
  6. Bliss
  7. Sakhi Maro
  8. Half Shiva Half Shakti
  9. Dhamavati
  10. Ye Meera Divanapan Hai
  11. Blue Lily Red Lotus
Release date Australia
September 8th, 2005
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