This is an album of solo ud music. The ud (rhymes with "dude") is the Middle Eastern lute and occupies in its cultures roughly the importance held in ours by the piano and the guitar combined. The ud has a teardrop-shaped body, a round back, and a short, fretless neck. It sounds like a guitar with a rounder tone, less sharp, and a bit more nasal. Cinucen Tanrikorur is an ud player, composer, and scholar, and is completely self-taught. He has created a new mode of Turkish music, a feat unreplicated in modern times. After such a build-up, it would be nice to report that this is an attention-grabbing album, but it just isn't. Solo ud is a bit much, even for the fan of Middle Eastern music to take. Tanrikorur's occasional singing, though pleasant, is nothing special. And the music, except for the last cut, "La Retours des Champs (The Return of the Fields)," simply lacks any propulsive quality. Might make pleasant background noise in your local falafel house, but is otherwise strictly for specialists only.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Keefner