Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Gurrumul : Beat Surrender Review

4 out of 5 review from Kev at Beat Surrender!

"The Aboriginal people of Australia haven’t been treated the best (that’s probably an understatement) in their native land, so it’s good to see an artist from that background be embraced so well by the Australian public. Having said that when you hear his background story and then follow that up by listening to his beautiful music you don’t really have a lot of choice but to take him to your heart.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was born blind you see, but rather than standing in his way he has battled on, learnt guitar and uses that fantastically well to compliment one of the most gorgeous vocals i’ve ever heard, you really do have to listen to him to understand just how sweet it is.

The album Gurrumul, is sung in the dialect of the Yolunga people which means lyrically it won’t mean a lot to you, but they are lyrics that have touched the hearts of many once translated. He pours such emotions into his vocals though, that even without the translation you do get a feel for what he is singing about and how personal it is to him.

A truly brilliant album that is quickly crossing over wherever it is heard and is rapidly climbing the charts, don’t let that put you off though, it really is good, soothing and as original sounding as you could wish to hear."

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