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Lullabies from the Axis of Evil

Album: Lullabies from the Axis of Evil
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sad Sol (You, My Destiny) - Sarah Jane Morris/Mahsa Vadat
2)    Dilelol (Sleep, My Child) - Halla Bassam/Eva Dahlgren/Amel Kthyer/Halla Balsam
3)    Lalolalo ( Don't You Worry My Child) - Lila Downs/Kulsoom Syed Ghulam
4)    Ya Lel Ma Atwalak (This Never Ending Night) - Kari Bremnes/Rim Banna
5)    Luna, Luna (Luna, Luna Little Doll) - Mayada Killisly Baghdadi/Mimi
6)    Peace Song - Halla Bassam/Sevara Nazarkhan/Halla Balsam
7)    Aruru (Lullaby, Sweet Baby) - Nina Hagen/Martha Lorenzo
8)    Stars Are Rising - Eddi Reader/Sun Ju Lee
9)    Nami (Angel) - Katia Cardenal/Viva Killisly Chachati
10)    Lalalala Gohle Laleh - Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat
11)    Garibe (Watching Over Me) - Halla Bassam/Rickie Lee Jones/Halla Balsam
12)    Nami Ya La'aubi (Sleep My Doll) - Annisette/Rim Banna/Annistte
13)    Gohlelale (My Tulip, My Pearl) - Elana Fremerman/Pari Zanganeh/Washington National Cathedral Girl Choristers
14)    Nami (Lament) - Jawaher Shofani
15)    Mazar (Some Day, My Boy) - Elana Fremerman/Fanzya & Razya Khan Ali
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • This release features lullabies from countries identified as members of the "Axis Of Evil" by U.S. President George W. Bush.
  • Composer: Knut Reiersrud.
  • Personnel: Audun Erlien (guitar, keyboards); Knut Reiersrud (lap steel guitar, oud, keyboards); David Wallumrod (piano, Clavinet); Christian Wallumrod (keyboards); Marian Lisland (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Reider Skaar; Giert Clausen; Reidar Sk?r.
  • Recording information: 7.Etage, Olso; Boom! Studios, London, England; CaVa Studios, Glasgow, Scotland; Congress House Studios, Austin, TX; Fersklyd, Olso; Los Angeles, CA; National Cathedral, Washington D.C.; New York, NY; Red Star Studios, Los Angels; StarTrack Studios, London, England; Status Studio, Managua, Nicaragua; Studio Nordraak, Olso; The National Radio Studio, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
  • Photographers: Brian Bass; Paul Cohen ; Joseph Cultice; Lee Cantelon.
  • The idea is excellent -- giving a human face to those countries labeled by George W. Bush as "the axis of evil" in his 2002 speech. Norwegian producer Erik Hillestad traveled to all those countries, recording female singers and traditional lullabies, then back home paired them with Western female artists over backing tracks created by musician Knut Reiersrud. Although Reirsrud has opted for an international ambience of subdued loops and beats that tend to stifle the individuality of the tracks, the vocal work is lovely and often quite gorgeous, as when Eddi Reader and North Korea's Sun Ju Lee come together on "Stars Are Rising" or Elena Fremerman and the National Cathedral Girls Choristers team up with Iran's Pari Zanganeh for "Gohlelale." ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.57) - "[A] lovely reminder of our inherent humanity..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "The empathy is immediate, the duets excellent and the overall effect is beguilingly powerful."
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