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3.79 | 9 ratings | 1 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Call to the Enlightened Ones / Habiba Jaahratini (4:30)
2. Occurrence Currents / Wedding Song (4:40)
3. Ishq (5:23)
4. I Own (6:30)
5. Mondanabosh / Quacida An-Nabi (6:30)
6. A Dance With the Other / Jajouka Black Eyes (4:32)
7. History's Fractal Mountain (4:28)
8. I'm a User / Pilentzee Pee (4:07)
9. Superimposition / Kafi (3:41)
10. Overmind Over Matter / Allah Maula Ali Dam Dam (6:55)
11. Heliocentric Strum / Helalisa (4:34)
12. Have More / Kayamba Dance / Metahistorical Disquisition (8:26)

Total Time: 58:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Jim Matus / electric and acoustic guitars, baritone guitar, mandocello, laouto, tamboura, harmonium, vocals, samples, arrangements
- Geoffrey Brown / drums, djembe, shakers, triangle, frame drum, vocals
- Thorne Palmer / lead vocals, guitar
- Rohan Gregory / violin
- Bob Laramie / 5-string bass
- Galen Brandt / vocals
- Jim Cole / vocals
- Eric Bernasek /double bass

+ The Yale Slavic Chorus (Sarah Hipkens, Miriam Stewart, Rachel Dinerstein, Sophie Oberfield) / vocals
- Roseanna Vitro /vocals
- Shane Shanahan /frame drum, darbuka, djembe, riq, kanjira
- Martin Oberg / djembe, oprenten, talking drum
- Adrian D'souza / tablas
- Michael DiMartino / djembe, talking drum, tambourine

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Ancient Records

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PARANOISE ISHQ ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (33%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)


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Review by hdfisch
4 stars Edited 09/27/05!

This is a world fusion album with a very clear political message as stated in the booklet:

....."The economies of the 21st century are being built on a metaphysics that died in the 17th century. These metaphysics are dead and all life forms are atomistic constitutions of dead matter. Modern economy is based on theft. The WTO rules legitimize that theft. The present rules are high tech rules for slavery. The culture that we are living in is an infantile culture. The world is set on a course of catastrophe.".......

A message that I can fully support BTW. For this review, I'd like to put this a bit aside, what's not that easy since it's a very essential part of this work. Even if one concentrates exclusively on the music, one has to admit that this is a great album. It's actually very difficult to describe, one really has to listen to it. Oriental vocals and percussion, perfectly melt together with elements of folk and hardrock, driving guitars, great violin and grooving rhythms. It's definitively not another one of these "west meets east-kinda world music" albums, it's completely different. An absolute masterpiece and an essential album for anyone interested in general humanistic questions and actually it should be listened by all fanatics from any religion and all political and economic leaders of western world who are mainly responsible for all the misery and terrorism in our one and only world that belongs to everybody!

Although possibly being not an essential one in prog in general, I would say this great album is worth 4 (or even 4 1/2 stars)!

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