Friday, March 09, 2007

Review: Women of the World: Acoustic

Women of the World: Acoustic is an exploration of acoustic music by some of the world's leading female artists.

Some of the women featured on Women of the World: Acoustic such as Sandrine Kiberlain and The Wailin' Jennys are already well known in various parts of the world. Kiberlain is known first and foremost as an actress, having appeared in over 20 French films, "M'envoyer des Fleurs" is from her first and only album: Manquait Plus Qu'ça. The career of Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys' has been sparked by Garrison Keillor, an avid fan who has featured them on his radio program A Prairie Home Companion on numerous occasions. The group harmonizes together beautifully on "One Voice," a song from the group's debut album 40 Days, which won the 2005 Juno Award for best roots/traditional album.

The half-Icelandic, half-Italian Emiliana Torinni is perhaps most recognizable as the voice behind the enchanting "Gollum's Song" from Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. She has also toured with Thievery Corporation and penned Kylie Minogue's "Slow". For her second album from which "Sunnyroad" is taken, Torinni stripped away the elements and recorded just her voice and guitar, making this a perfect addition. Likewise, Algeria's Mona traded in her rhymes of her alternative rap career for the softer strains of traditional sounds from her Andalusian birthplace to deliver "Sekna."

Other artists on Women of the World: Acoustic have found their inspiration down different paths. Marta Topferova was born in the Czech Republic, but found her voice in the folk traditions of Latin America after discovering the Chilean protest group Inti-Illimani at an early age. Colombia native Marta Gomez contributes the haunting "Paula Ausente," a song based on the book "Paula" by noted Chilean author Isabelle Allende.
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