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Tandon, Chandrika / Shivoham-The Quest
Album:Shivoham-The Quest Collection:World
Artist:Tandon, Chandrika Added:02/2018
Label:Self Release 

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Add Date:2018-02-16 Pull Date:2018-04-20 Charts:Reggae/World

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2018-02-07 
Chandriika Tandon, a wealthy businesswoman, musician and singer originally from Madras, India, produced this spiritually infused album with English and Sanskrit lyrics; very listenable with lovely choir work,harmonies and rhythms that fit together beautifully; mixture of Eastern and Western styles and modes provide an ecumenical devotional feel transcending time and place; reminds me a little of the Ravi Shankar/Philip Glass collaboration on “Passages”; my only criticism is that individual artists are not named

NO FCC's; Favorite tracks: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14

1-Song of Beginnings –4:00-- female singer in the foreground with “om” in the background and violins plus percussion

**2- Song of the Seeker –5:25 – gorgeous solo female voice with female choir backup in Hindi; male choir responds with English in a kind of medieval chant mode; then female voice switches to English lyrics

*3—Song of the Worldly Dance –4:00-- beat picks up with English chanting “wake up, life is sweet!” – very pretty wind instrument alternates with violins and chanting

4-- Song of Yearning—4:03-- English lyrics by female singer; sounds a bit like uplifting western musical tune except for mysterious swirling instrumental accompaniment which takes it to another dimension

5—Song of Destruction –4:00-- insistent repetitive beat, chords, and lyrics with choir and orchestra

*6-- Song of Compassion-Prayer –3:25-- female singer offers balm for the soul with drone underpinning; response by male chorus

*7- Song of Compassion –5:05- beautifully sung heartfelt Hindi lyrics with harmony

*8—Song of Surrender – 3:42 – guitar intro and accompaniment sounds Spanish, singer sounds Hindi, pretty fusion; catchy

*9- Song of the Seeker -Reprise-2:37 – plainsong feel amplified by English lyrics

10- Song of the Teacher –4:01 – more Indian sounding with Hindi lyrics and Indian orchestration; then abruptly switches to English pop song style; interesting; dazzling jazz piano

11-Song of Light –4:41—solo piano followed by female soloist with English lyrics

12-Song of the Spirit -3:52- pretty orchestration with Hindi and English lyrics

13-Song of Peace-4:05—piano motif is interwoven with choir singing in English

*14-Song of Blessings-4:12 –really moves – sounds almost South African with its swing and drums; joyful

Track Listing
1.Song Of Beginnings 8.Song Of Surrender
2.Song Of The Seeker 9.Song Of The Seeker
3.Song Of The Worldly Dance 10.Song Of The Teacher
4.Song Of Yearning 11.Song Of Light
5.Song Of Destruction 12.Song Of The Spirit
6.Song Of Compassion-Prayer 13.Song Of Peace
7.Song Of Compassion 14.Song Of Blessings