Omnesia – Anuj Rastogi CD Review

anuj-rastogi-omnesia-album-cover.jpgWith a bold fusion of traditional and modern styles, Toronto-based composer and producer Anuj Rastogi makes a striking debut with his CD Omnesia. Lead single “The River” features the beautiful vocals of Falitaa Chhabra, singing in Hindi over a lush orchestration that weaves sitar sounds over trippy ambient beats. Chhabra is but one of many talented vocalists that appear on the CD, gamely lending their unique voices to Rastogi’s exotic and experimental productions. On follow up single “Jaane Do” Sandra Chilbuluzo does the honors, using the haunting beauty of her voice to add a gorgeous melancholy to a song that owes as big a debt to Mary J. Blige as it does to Indian alaaps. Other performers featured on the disc include Nadia Syed, Avatari Dey and Branko Boras – each performing in their own native language. With the album’s fourteen tracks emerging from a multitude of styles and orchestrations, it’s this commitment to diversity in sounds, people and ideas that works to make Omnesia special and unique.

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  1. tributegirl • February 6, 2008 @ 11:35 AM

    If it has a multitude of styles, which genre does this cd actually belong to? It sounds very interesting, not my usual kind of music, what with the sitar and everything, but I may actually check it out sometime. Anyone else going to listen to it?

  2. Nancy • February 6, 2008 @ 12:25 PM

    Nah, I think I’ll stick to Metallica!!! The ‘old’ Metallica.

  3. Nancy • February 6, 2008 @ 12:25 PM

    But you go ahead and enjoy!

  4. tributegirl • February 6, 2008 @ 12:30 PM

    Metallica! YES!!! I might check this cd out, I don’t know, I’m willing to try anything once. What do you think is the best band of all time? I’m not sure if it would be the Rolling Stones or AC/DC. Ok, this is gonna sound weird, but, Mick Jagger, man, he looks so old and gross, has “bingo wings” under his arms, but…for some reason I still find him kind of hot! I don’t know what it is about him!

  5. Nancy • February 6, 2008 @ 12:46 PM

    BB of all time…..I would choose AC/DC over the Stones for sure, but I’m not so sure that I would go as far as naming AC/DC as the “best band of all time”. They would probably be 2nd or 3rd on my list! LOL…..”bingo wings”!! I think Mick Jagger is absolutely disgusting! I was even more repulsed when I heard he was ‘intimate’ with David Bowie. Speaking of David Bowie……RRRRRAAAAAALLLLLPPPPPHHHHHH!!!! LOL

  6. tributegirl • February 6, 2008 @ 3:37 PM

    LOL!!! True!!! But, I don’t know, there is just something about Mick. Don’t get me wrong, if I ever had a chance to meet him, I would, but would never do anything, not that he’d want to with me anyway, but IF he did, I wouldn’t be interested. As a teen I was in love with Duran Duran, now they make me want to puke! When I think back, OmG, what WAS I thinking!!!???!!!

  7. tributegirl • February 6, 2008 @ 3:38 PM

    I think I know, Mick still gives off that “bad boy/wild guy” image. That’s gotta be it, because man, he looks like sh*t!

  8. Anonymous • February 8, 2008 @ 2:05 AM

    can’t stand ac/dc, and can’t say i’m going to be rushing out to buy this cd any time soon either!

    and how do you figure “Mick still gives off that bad boy/wild guy image.” wake up, he’s geriatric.

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