Thursday, 17 December 2009

20 Best Albums of the Decade: #7

7. Pink Martini, Hey Eugene! (2007)

Throughout the decade, Pink Martini consistently proved to be fearless in redefining the boundaries between jazz and world music. With its adventurous arrangements, Hey Eugene could very well be seen as the group’s manifesto, moving effortlessly from shimmering originals like “Everywhere” and “Cante e Dance” to inventive takes on covers like “Tempo Perdido” and “Bukra Wba’do” (sung in Arabic). The album spanned the globe and yet, despite the staggering variety of cultures on display, never once felt careless or contrived.

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