Princess Nicotine: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar chronicles the Burmese portion of ethnomusicologist Alan Bishop's travels through Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The influence of Western pop music on these songs is undeniable, but the artists integrate it in such a bizarre fashion that the end results are like discovering a new species of animal. Similar in their arrangements and high vocal timbre to the recordings that grew out of India's "Bollywood" scene, the 12 selections marry everything from fuzzy guitar rock, soulful piano, and Baroque pop string sections to the tabla-infused folk music of Southeast Asia with effortless dexterity and immeasurable charm, resulting in a collection of songs that world music aficionados and lovers of all things strange and quirky will covet as their own.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger