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  • Summary: Who is Lamya? Born in Africa, educated in England, and later residing in the U.S., she is a classically-trained opera singer who embarked on a pop career, first serving as lead vocalist for Soul II Soul and later as a backup singer for Duran Duran and David Bowie. For this solo debut, she wrote, produced, and composed each of the 12 tracks. Expand
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  1. Keep an ear open for this solid effort's best moments: the soulful "Full Frontal Fridays" and jubilant "I Get Cravings."
  2. Sensual, mysterious, and provocative, Learning From Falling shines brightly.
  3. You're left pining for more of her delicious weirdness, more sitar solos, more of her trombone playing and Swahili lyrics.
  4. 60
    The album as a whole isn't quite as brilliant as it ought to be, given the ideas at play.
  5. Locates her coffee-cream vocals amid glossy settings ranging from hip hop to gurgling electronica and folk. [Nov 2002, p.105]
  6. 60
    The sitar flourishes ini "Splitting Atoms" are muted by Learning's adult sheen, which lands this unusual record in an awkward middle ground between Bjork and, say, Oleta Adams. [#9, p.150]
  7. Many songs on Learning From Falling have that vaguely edgy, vaguely happy, vaguely cutesy sound often heard piping from the speakers at Wal-Mart, and soon it becomes clear she's making the same vocal choices on song after song.
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  1. KoriM.
    Dec 12, 2002
    I love this CD. Whoever doesn't is crazy.
  2. JamilaS
    Mar 23, 2003
    this is a great creative work or art. I love it. someone said she used Samuel Walter Foss' (1858-1911) classic poem "Bring Me Men" to write her song "Empires.", but if you go to this site http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/4358/bringmemen.html and read the poem, only the first two lines were used. It was probably her inspiration for the song. Expand
  3. DodoDudu
    Sep 6, 2007
    VIVE LAMYA!!!!! Vivement un autre album!!!
  4. MarcusS.
    Sep 3, 2002
    a must have...one of the best albums of all time....checkout "pink moon"
  5. Amber
    Oct 12, 2002
    This album is a collage of sounds....which is usually a sign of good creativity...in this case its sort of an attempt at good creativity...dont get me wrong the songs possess that kate bush, alanis, erykah badu vibe all rolled into one...but i think with such diverse gifts as lamya has...more could have been done with this cd. Expand
  6. BethyB
    Oct 2, 2002
    I have to agree with the Blender and Rolling Stone reviews. I wanted to like this record but it's not what it should've or could've been. It's one of those CD's that's ALMOST good. I think the record company got too involved and overshadowed what may have been a great and original record. Now despite all the effort, she just sounds like a lame copy of India.Arie. Expand
  7. Jeremy
    Oct 9, 2002
    Musically creative at a minimum. It's just a shame she "borrowed" her lyrics from Samuel Walter Foss' (1858-1911) classic poem "Bring Me Men" to write her song "Empires." She even seemed to take credit for it on after her performance on "Regis." Too bad she's not honest enough to credit the original author. Expand

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