CCA Cushma Cides Alexander | Not Different but Not the Same

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Not Different but Not the Same

by CCA Cushma Cides Alexander

With many international guests and friends, this cd is truly a unique blend of styles and elements that meet somewhere in the middle of all the music.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Crazy Beautiful Life
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2. Close Your Eyes
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3. Half the World
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4. I'll Be There
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5. Danza
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6. Helens Mountain
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7. Sonambula
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8. The Number Song
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9. Woman On Horseback (feat. Quodia)
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10. Amor De Bandoneón
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11. Not Different but Not the Same
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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CCA presents \'No Different But Not the Same,\' an 11-song cd with Linda Cushma, Guillermo Cides, Tim Alexander and an international circle of special guest artists and friends including Steve Parrish, Gayle Ellett, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Joe Mendelson, Federico Miranda, Mariano Enriquez, Nan Mercader, Fatimah Halim, Helen, Winston Napier, Uncle Jim and more, with final mixing and mastering by Guillermo \"BabyFace\" Zuloaga at Tonica Studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With special artwork and design by Mariano Nuño Enriquez.


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Brian Grosjean

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The first three tracks are very accessible. "Crazy Beautiful Life" is an optimistic, Flower Kings short song, where the stick player creates its cold metallic thunk wrapped in a warm ambient keyboard. Cushma's sung and chanted vocals and Cides' active stick playing propell the songs. The music tears into progressive rock territory known in Tony Levin's recent albums, and includes post rock sections similar to Oceansize and Lazuli.
Some songs characterize a more upbeat Dead Can Dance and include the prog-drone of David Sylvian. Contributors include Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Steve Parish, Winston Napier, Nan Mercader and Uncle Jim but the instrumental solos are few or non-existent, leaving it to the melody and arrangements to create the "Freak Show" advertised on the cover.
"The Number Song " is a heavy drum workout worthy of Billy Cobham in his prime. "Woman on Horseback" is a remix of a Quodia song, using ambient textures behind Trey Gunn's narration. However, the song never gets to a discernable story and the repetition lets it drown in poetic overdose, almost becoming a parody of itself. The otherwise exciting track "Half The World" reminded me of early Peter Gabriel, gets caught in the same problem. Half the world this, half the world that - enough already! Only John Lennon can make that type of lyric even remotely bearable. “Amor De Bandoneón” has a powerful beginning, and Cushma makes good use of its tango roots. They get a little mired down at the end, but the Argentinian feeling remains.
(From www.progressiveears.com)