M. Nahadr

EclecticIsM

by Mike Schiller

2 June 2009

 
cover art

M. Nahadr

EclecticIsM

(LiveWired)
US: 21 Apr 2009
UK: import

When Ms. Mem Nahadr starts singing on the spacious, beatless album opener “Nevermind”, you know you’re hearing a talented woman. When she starts putting down a Stevie Wonder-style groove on the very next track, you wonder why you’ve never heard of her. By the time the album ends, however, you’re so exhausted as to be glad it’s over despite the acknowledgement that a brilliant mind was behind all of it. For every R&B exercise like “Pass it On” (the aforementioned second track) and “The Dance”, there’s a bizarre exercise in ambience (“Starlight”) or a free jazz improv session (“Deep in a Shallow Bed”). Perhaps it’s only fitting that an artist just coming off a one-woman show that she devised called Madwoman would careen so madly from style to style, but that doesn’t make listening to it any easier. Of course, “easy” is hardly the point. EclecticIsM is the name of the album, a perfect title that only begins to hint at the scope of the music it describes.

EclecticIsM

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Counterbalance: Elvis Costello's 'Imperial Bedroom'

// Sound Affects

"History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats. Keep your finger on important issues, and keep listening to the 275th most acclaimed album of all time. A 1982 masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.

READ the article