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Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on April 26, I got an advanced copy of this CD two months ago, and I have been trying to like it since. My conclusion: This is just mediocre! Being an avid TGU fan since I first listened to 'Psychic Karaoke'in , it seems to me like they just lost their edge over years. Their distinct Middle Eastern sound and vocals are almost gone with Natacha Atlas except 'Pomegranate' , the vocals are not good at all simply there is nobody to replace Natacha Atlas , and musically they take less risks may be attributed to the fact that Count Dubulah left the band , they stick to a generic funky ethno-dance sound without the nuances we are used to seeing in TGU music.
And the lyrics of 'Spellbound' just made me laugh so hard. TGU have always had very interesting album covers, and this album is no exception. I still hope they come up with something with more original next time. Sort by. Top rated Most recent Top rated. Filter by. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers. All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars. Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video.
Showing of 8 reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. There was a problem loading comments right now. Showing 0 comments. Sort by: Newest Oldest. Another band I have memorized to the point that I can almost rap in Hungarian a la Moonshout. Transglobal Underground sometimes written as Trans-Global Underground is an English electro-world music group, specializing in a fusion of western , Asian and African music styles sometimes labelled world fusion and ethno techno.
Their first four albums featured Natacha Atlas as lead singer and their single "Temple Head" was used in a Coca-Cola advertising campaign for the Olympic Games. Their most recent release is 's 'Walls Have Ears' marking Atlas' return as a guest with the group. Their work has been described as "a collision of tradition and innovation. Although Transglobal Underground has always had a fluid line-up, the two core members of the group are Tim Whelan keyboards, guitar, flute, melodica , programming, vocals and Hamilton Lee percussion, drums, keyboards, programming.
Throughout the group's history, Whelan and Lee have deliberately clouded their identities via multiple pseudonyms and obscure credits - Whelan generally operating under the alias of "Alex Kasiek" and Lee under the alias of "Hamid Mantu" also "Hamid Man Tu".
Artists who have made guest appearances on TGU albums include: . Musical collaborators since their schooldays, Tim Whelan and Hamilton Lee were previously both founding members of British pop band Furniture and had played with the experimental psychedelic art-punk group The Transmitters.
While with Furniture, both musicians had already demonstrated an interest in world music by bringing in more culturally-diverse instrumentation to what was originally a fairly conventional rock band line up Lee had played tongue drums and other percussion in addition to his standard drumkit, while Whelan had supplemented his guitar playing with extensive use of the Chinese yangqin zither. Transglobal Underground was first formed when Whelan and Lee teamed up with a third musician, Nick Page.
All three took on pseudonyms for the project, which they have determinedly maintained albeit with variations up until the present day. The first recording by the group was the single "Temple Head" which was shopped around various labels before eventually being released by Nation Records in Although not a major hit, it was named "Single of the Week" in Melody Maker a publication that frequently reviewed and promoted the group, and heavily featured at clubs such as Whirl-Y-Gig.
The label, however, declined to release the album,  which eventually saw the light of day on the Nation label in as Dream of Nations.Apr 29, · A nice buildup here, stay tuned until the end. Transglobal Underground – Boss Tabla EP () [Nation Records] ֎Follow Transglobal Underground: http://bit.l.