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Muro Nav - Ando Drom

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Genre: World Music / Artist: Ando Drom / Audio CD released 2008-07-29 at Independent

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      27.03.2009 16:06
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      Muro Nav is the last album to be released by the Hungarian gypsy band Ando Drom. Ando Drom (which means "On the road") have been around for a good two decades, the core of their ensemble maintains the same with singer Mitsou singing along with them on a lot of tracks. Her distinctive voice, which is rather nasally and not at all to my liking anyway - is missing from this album, so I was intrigued to see how it sounds.

      Apart from the mighty Omega and a couple of punk bands, Hungarian music has largely failed to impress me and that applies to the world music genre too. I don't find the language as musical as it's neighbouring Romanian or Balkan cousins and this seems to largely effect the singing sections on my ears, making it sound awkward and headless chicken like.

      Had Muro Nav had more songs in Romani as opposed to Hungarian, I may well be a bigger fan but it's also the lack of any real leading voice which lets the band down for me. It's quite common on this album for more than one singer to be singing at once which gives it an almost religious feel. The one thing that stands out is the exceptional guitar playing, we get a few showcases on early tracks but it is tracks like "Xanamiko" which get really jazzy.

      My general opinion of the album though remains that it is too slow, the folk played seems to lack the upbeat tempo of neighbouring tracks and is often depressing and has too many singers at once, in a language which isn't all that enjoyable on my ears.

      01. Iszik a kocsmán / Drinking In The Pub
      02. Te szan mange piramnyi / You Are My Lover
      03. Xanamiko / Brother-in-law
      04. Könyörgés / Prayer
      05. Na mangav me ratyija / I Don't Need Brandy
      06. Ahaj Devlam szote kerav / My God, What Shall I Do
      07. Pujari szomasz - Kanak tu ternyi szanasz / I Was Child - When I Was Young
      08. Naj man sella / I Have No Money
      09. Bare gindura / Big Trouble
      10. Raja Devla / My Lord, God
      11. Csi Zsanav / I Do Not Know
      12. Lasi ratyi - Kövecselik az utakat / Good Evening - They Are Making Roads
      13. Pergyij e bar lulugyenca / The Garden Is Full of Flowers
      14. Muro nav / My Name
      15. Sza tele zsav / I Go Around The World

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Iszik a kocsmán - Drinking In The Pub
    2 Te szan mange piramnyi - You Are My Lover
    3 Xanamiko - Brother-in-law
    4 Könyörgés - Prayer
    5 Na mangav me ratyija - I Don't Need Brandy
    6 Ahaj Devlam szote kerav - My God, What Shall I Do
    7 Pujari szomasz, Kanak tu ternyi szanasz - I Was Child. When I Was Young
    8 Naj man sella - I Have No Money
    9 Bare gindura - Big Trouble
    10 Raja Devla - My Lord, God
    11 Csi Zsanav - I Do Not Know
    12 Lasi ratyi - Kövecselik az utakat - Good Evening, They Are Making Roads
    13 Pergyij e bar lulugyenca - The Garden Is Full of Flowers
    14 Muro nav - My Name
    15 Sza tele zsav - I Go Around The World