Common Tongue

Step into My World

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Masterminded by Hebrew folk music luminary Bruce Burger and fronted by soul sistah Lynn Rose, this album is an interesting mixture of Western and Eastern music. It has a not-too-Hebrew version of "Eliyahu" (a traditional song about Elijah the Prophet) and a not-very-Western version of "White Rabbit," the psychedelic anthem popularized by Jefferson Airplane in the 1960s. Tracks such as "Step into My World" and "Open Window" combine heavy, old-school R&B vocals with hypnotic Far Eastern music and eclectic drum beats. The dance remix of "White Rabbit" takes the classic rock song on a trancey tangent that Grace Slick probably could never have imagined back during the Age of Aquarius. The music of Common Tongue is a lot more energetic than the music of Burger's solo act RebbeSoul, but it lacks some of the raw emotion and classic stylings of the RebbeSoul music. There are no slow songs or ballads of the kind that showcase Burger's guitar so well on Fringe of Blue and RebbeSoul-O. Common Tongue often plays at outdoor music festivals and it's easy to see why: this music is most fun when you're dancing to it.

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