Sandira - Jealousy
Reviewed by Rall on 25th April 2005
Sandira have an impressively diverse background, which would probably make for a mess of a band in most cases, but they have actually managed to pull off a coherent handful of tracks.
Opener 'Jealousy' focuses on their 'ethnic/world roots' (heavy in the desert campfire drums), this is expected in a band headed by a past 'ethnic instrument' session percussionist (what a job title) for the likes of William Orbit and (most importantly) THE SHAMEN!
Unfortunately, despite being the first track it's a bit skipable. Not because it's crap, but because it's just... not... me. Obviously Sandira want to assert their various influences from the outset so as not to fool the listener before taking them any further, for the less determined however the cd may well stop here, which is a shame, because the two following tracks ('Blood Rose' and 'Lover') while keeping some of their world influences are actually quite good.
Despite the fact Sandira hail from 4 different countries and have probably only known each other for a month the music seems to fit together nicely. Being a seasoned session artiste probably helps this, but it would be interesting to see how they'd keep together live. So why don't you go to sandira.co.uk and see when you can!
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