London Undersound - Nitin Sawhney
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  • Summary: The first album on the Cooking Vinyl label, Nitin's latest album features Sir Paul McCartney on one track.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 80
    Part polemic, part paean and featuring contributions from amongst others, Paul McCartney, Imogen Heap and Tina Grace, it makes for an arresting colection that's as valid musically as it is for any mesage it is sending. [Nov 2008, p.12]
  2. All of this is packaged up in black and white watercolours commissioned for the album and lyrics booklet from Antony Gormley. The music is just as beautiful.
  3. The chatter of modern culture might make such a response to 7/7 unfashionable, but such a thoughtful voice, and so deeply felt a record, shouldn't go unheeded.
  4. 80
    If it sounds suspiciously of coffee table, it is. But the coffee is freshly grounded, and thr table an elegant modernist sculpture. [Nov 2008, p.119]
  5. A gentle, powerful and personal lament for London.
  6. Sawhney's gentle yet eclectic studio skills make everything agreeable enough but the opening song sets a standard he never tops. [Nov 2008, p.120]
  7. This is not the sound of the London underground (although the album ends with that particular sound); it sounds nothing like London. Not the London I know. London Undersound was made by a Wandsworth-ite so rapt by his own fears and insecurities, that he has completely lost sight of the bigger picture.
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