Back Tuva Future

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Though steeped in the roots of Tuvan folk sounds, Back Tuva Future is anything but a traditional collection of throat music -- over the course of tracks like "Tuva Groove," "Kargyraa Rap" and "The Other Side of the Mountain," Kongar-ol Ondar touches base with Western music idioms ranging from dance-pop to funk to bluegrass, and although not everything works, the results are never less than fascinating. Most interesting of all is "Where Has My Country Gone?," a duet with Willie Nelson which proves once and for all that the human voice need not conform to standard definitions of beauty to achieve grace and power.

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