Though far too unusual for casual world music fans, this collaboration between eclectic Chinese vocalist Liu Sola and Wu Man, a master of the Chinese lute (or pipa), is definitely an intriguing listen for those unafraid of more avant-garde musical fusions. As the plucked pipa melodies set the musical mood with styles that range from the traditional to the contemporary, Sola's voice goes from piercing howl to soulful moan to gentle croon, never losing an ounce of its power in the process. The opening "Festivals" is far from easy listening, with a caterwauling vocal style that could send Yoko Ono running for cover, but "Love" is a gorgeous ballad whose mood perfectly matches its title. Though not quite as impressive as some of the duo's later collaborations, China Collage is an innovative introduction to two of the most distinctive talents in modern Chinese music.
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AllMusic Review by Bret Love