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National Geographic: Lullabies - Dream Songs From Around the World

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National Geographic: Lullabies - Dream Songs From Around the World Review

by Adam Greenberg

A collection of lullabies from quite literally around the world. 37 different cultures are surveyed in one of the few musical forms that is truly worldwide. Unfortunately, the course of the album is anything but logical. It jumps randomly from Hawaii to Austria to Mexico, and that's only the first three tracks. The variety available here is something quite worth noting, as nearly every cultural group (in the slightly broader sense) is represented with a few songs. While reading the relatively extensive liner notes (with lots of little factoids, quotations and such about sleep included) one might note some surprising similarities between song content between far-flung locations. This is often the point of such an album: to point out the similarities between cultures seemingly entirely different from one another. As such, this album goes a good way toward its possible goal. For the sheer diversity of songs here, it's worth a listen. It might also do some good at the original purpose of the songs: to put someone to sleep. There is a similar album on Ellipsis, but this one stands at the top of a small class of world-lullaby albums.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Manulani Kitchen 02:16 Amazon
2
Wolfgang Blumel 01:19 Amazon
3
Lorain Fox 03:07 Amazon
4
Susan Wasinger 01:09 Amazon
5
Corina Nolting 01:20 Amazon
6
Renjeng Su 01:19 Amazon
7
Izabela Ziolkowska-Kenney 01:04 Amazon
8
Louie Cart 01:11 Amazon
9
02:09 Amazon
10
02:21 Amazon
11
Jean Escoz 02:50 Amazon
12
Catherine Clareboudt 00:59 Amazon
13
Myung O. Hahn 01:33 Amazon
14
Amisaada Ramdane 01:42 Amazon
15
Rachel Warwick 01:37 Amazon
16
Jeltje Musch 01:12 Amazon
17
02:26 Amazon
18
01:32 Amazon
19
Elena Timaru 01:10 Amazon
20
02:15 Amazon
21
Catherine Matthews 01:41 Amazon
22
Sedigheh Saremi 01:16 Amazon
23
02:54 Amazon
24
Marcela Illanes 00:27 Amazon
25
00:49 Amazon
26
Cyrus Fidelus Sidjabat 01:40 Amazon
27
Andrea Merkel 01:06 Amazon
28
Nora Felitsyn 01:22 Amazon
29
Neelam Shrestha 02:10 Amazon
30
Vaea Vahinemoea-Bakker 00:49 Amazon
31
Kai Soderman 02:01 Amazon
32
Fatoumata Doumbia 01:03 Amazon
33
01:30 Amazon
34
Duong Kim Loi 01:22 Amazon
35
Tsehay Hailu 00:55 Amazon
36
Vahan Kavafyan 03:32 Amazon
37
Eva Ziegler 01:05 Amazon
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