Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

BALVAL

Le Ciel Tout Nu

2011-01-01

Parisian gypsy band Balval )the name means "wind") is held together by lead vocalist Awena Burgess's emotive singing and excellent musicianship, especially from violinist Rosalie Hartog and extending to the rest of the band, including steel drums on a few numbers. The upbeat songs are the opener "Rodipen," "Kames? and "Na Kamav," although if you are patient, you'll be rewarded on initial slower mumbers like "Nina" (listen for the extended steel drum solo) and "La Pluie." The closer, "Cantique," is an intricate song that takes lyrical excerpts out of The Song of Solomon from the Old Testament. "Molin Molette" is a great instrumental (in which the steel drums make another appearance). Emotive -- and exquisite. 1/11 MJVD W-Gypsy

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #World

  • reviewed 02/2006

    APOLLO NOVE
    RES INEXPLICATA VOLANS

  • reviewed 03/2008

    Various Artist
    Spirits In The Material World

  • reviewed 06/2009

    Ziggy Marley
    Family Time

  • reviewed 11/2015

    Symbolic Olives
    The Scene That Celebrates Itself

  • reviewed 04/2017

    Ryan Corn
    The Pressure

  • reviewed 11/2009

    LOS CENZONTLES WITH DAVID HIDALGO & TAJ MAHAL
    American Horizon

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.