Without Zero

Without Zero

by Joi


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Joi's third album for Peter Gabriel's Real World imprint continues surviving mastermind Farook Shamsher's fusion of South Asian elements with British dance music, but it also broadens the specs a bit as well. Introducing bits of Eastern European music (the hook of "Cha Cha Cha" is rather shamelessly sampled from Balkan Beat Box's "Cha Cha"), American blues (opener "Praying for You" features a bottleneck slide guitar part amidst the sitars and tablas) and hints of West African beats, Without Zero is more of a polyglot release than the Monsoon-like Anglo-Indian dance pop of Joi's early albums. However, it never seems like one of those weedy faux-world music albums you hear in the background of trying-to-be-hip coffeehouses: Shamsher, alongside guest beatmakers Spring Heel Jack and talented, multi-lingual lead singer Apeksha Dandekar, is too talented and inventive a producer for that. Without Zero will be greatly appreciated by Joi's longtime fan base, but there's nothing here that will change the mind of anyone thus far resistant to Shamsher's cross-cultural charms.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2007
Label: Real World
UPC: 0094637357224
catalogNumber: 73572
Rank: 95404

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joi   Primary Artist
John Coxon   Guitar
Niladri Kumar   Sitar
Apeksha Dandekar   Vocals
Elysha West   Vocals
Keefe West   Guitar,Saz

Technical Credits

Rod Bowkett   Producer
Ashley Wales   Composer,Producer
John Coxon   Composer,Producer
Albert Einstein   Author
Farook Shamsher   Composer,Producer
Bruno Ellingham   Producer,Engineer
Niladri Kumar   Composer
Apeksha Dandekar   Composer
Steve Dominique   Producer
Aslam Khan   Engineer
Neckha   Producer
Keefe West   Composer,Producer

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