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Azam Ali — Endless Reverie
Album: Elysium for the Brave
Avg rating:
6.3

Your rating:
Total ratings: 941









Released: 2006
Length: 5:42
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Waiting for the rain
For the skies lamenting
All around silence
Has its roots sunk deep

My longing lingers
My tresses twist
But in my isolation
All truth is empty

Waiting by the wayside
Of an endless reverie
Where all the things I run from
Are sure enough to find me

Would that love were something
Than a false slavery
To a god I don't know
And to all the things that tempt me

Then in the light of reason
Where truth is empty
The alchemy of sin
Would be revealed

Waiting by the wayside
Of an endless reverie
Where all the things I run from
Are sure enough to find me
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 ElCamoteLoco wrote:
I thought this could have been Faithless to start with.

 
My thought as well
lovely!
very nice — more like this!
I thought this could have been Faithless to start with.
 dubberdan wrote:
Beautiful

 
Ya! and mysterious and all kinds of other nice adjectives! Thanks for this new (to me) song, Bill!
Beautiful
Someone new to me! Love it when that happens.
Thanks for sharing
Waiting for it to change gears but suspecting it doesn't but on the plus side it's reminded me how long since I listened to Tori Amos' Iieee.
 ckcotton wrote:

Ok... Hows this

Its an Enya ripoff because they both SUCK!

Who cares about the origin or tradition.  

 
Ugh.  Digging yourself deeper into the pit of ignorance, ck.  
Soul stirring, lovely, passionate!
Endless is right.
 Lrobby99 wrote:
pass the NoDozz
 
Man no kidding.  Today I'm on meds that "may cause drowsiness" and this Persian Drone Strike is not helping!!!{#Lol}
 fredriley wrote:

It's very hard to avoid flaming after such an ignorant comment. Enya is a Celt, Azam Ali a Persian, and their works come from their different cultural and musical traditions. Other than being women singers, they've got f*ck-all to do with each other. The idea of Azam Ali ripping off Enya is just bonkers.

That you don't like either is fine - no shame on you. That you conflate them is shamefully ignorant.

 
Ok... Hows this

Its an Enya ripoff because they both SUCK!

Who cares about the origin or tradition.  
Likeable music.  Exotic and hypnotic.  I have no idea what the lyrics say, but that's okay.  Great variety, RP!
The child safety guard that censors internet content won't let me listen to this sizzling track.
 scraig wrote:


This is a zero on the RP scale, but a 5 on the pain scale.
 
Sweet,
I haven't seen one of those pain scales since I visited the chiropractor 20 years ago.


 scraig wrote:


This is a zero on the RP scale, but a 5 on the pain scale.
 
I can understand how this could be annoying to some, but it is not that bad...wow.  Definitely need to be in the mood for it...

 ckcotton wrote:
Enya ripoff... they both suck
 
It's very hard to avoid flaming after such an ignorant comment. Enya is a Celt, Azam Ali a Persian, and their works come from their different cultural and musical traditions. Other than being women singers, they've got f*ck-all to do with each other. The idea of Azam Ali ripping off Enya is just bonkers.

That you don't like either is fine - no shame on you. That you conflate them is shamefully ignorant.



This is a zero on the RP scale, but a 5 on the pain scale.
Enya ripoff... they both suck
underground sexual deviant party?
 ziakut wrote:
Tehran should be proud! 
 
I don't see why - Azam Ali left Iran as a young girl, and now lives in the USA. See her Wikipedia page. I'd lay pretty heavy odds that the theocracy would loathe her, though the people probably bop like crazy to her music. This is a terrific album, not a duff track on it, both exotic and, in parts, erotic. Highly recommended. 

 fredriley wrote:
You want unpredictable, go for Stockhausen or The Prodigy.
 
Prodigy - unpredictable?  Hardly.  You want unpredictable try Squarepusher or Aphex Twin! {#Hungry}
Tehran should be proud! 
This is dope. 
pass the NoDozz
 Scott_Alic wrote:
This sounds like a soundtrack to bad yuppie sex.
 
"Sex is a lot like pizza. When it's good, it's really good. When it's bad. it's still pretty good."

 Scott_Alic wrote:

Cuban cigars. Fireworks. Saganaki. BC bud.  {#Smile}
 

A fine set of combustables ... {#High-five}
7 {#Arrow} 8

Great segue from William Orbit

 DarceySuzanne wrote:
It's pretty and creates a mood. The whole cd is pretty good actually.
 
Thanks for the tip.

Ooo—-they like "Dead Can Dance" —- I dont know, I like this kind of stuff, sometimes, sounds good right now while cleaning. Yup, cleaning is my sex today.
It's pretty and creates a mood. The whole cd is pretty good actually.
 Jelani wrote:

NO sense in paying more for something you're going to burn.
 
Cuban cigars. Fireworks. Saganaki. BC bud.  {#Smile}
 Jelani wrote:

NO sense in paying more for something you're going to burn.
 
Nice comment.  I'll have to remember that.

 EssexTex wrote:

That's a funny image.... yuppie's in their overpriced re-vamped apartments...at it to the sounds of this jibberish.

 
... a burned CD-R with Thievery Corporation, Afro-Celt Sound System, maybe some John Mayer to mix it up. 

To each their own and all, but me and the missus'll stick with "Honky Tonk Women" on repeat...

Scott_Alic wrote:
This sounds like a soundtrack to bad yuppie sex. Scented oils, hundreds of IKEA tea lights, etc.

That's a funny image.... yuppie's in their overpriced re-vamped apartments...at it to the sounds of this jibberish.

 Scott_Alic wrote:
hundreds of IKEA tea lights, etc.
 
NO sense in paying more for something you're going to burn.
{#Puke}
This sounds like a soundtrack to bad yuppie sex.  Scented oils, hundreds of IKEA tea lights, etc.
 Droidac wrote:

If I may borrow a very well-used comment....

This song is soooo good for the ears.

 
And the bedroom....
 ri_shelton wrote:
Turned WAY up, this song makes something in my attic stir!
  Yeah, I just turned it up to 11 and something strange is going on here.......

Turned WAY up, this song makes something in my attic stir!
 fredriley wrote:

As criticisms go, that's, well, "boring and predictable". The vast majority of music falls into the "predictable" category, from Mozart onwards. You want unpredictable, go for Stockhausen or The Prodigy. Boring, of course, is your own view and fair play to you, but as insults go, "predictable" is in the same category as "derivative" and just as meaningless.
 
Thanks for answering that much more sensibly and eloquently than I could have, Fred.  If you ever find yourself in central Ontario, I'll buy you a beer.

 AdyMiles wrote:
Boring and predictable
 
As criticisms go, that's, well, "boring and predictable". The vast majority of music falls into the "predictable" category, from Mozart onwards. You want unpredictable, go for Stockhausen or The Prodigy. Boring, of course, is your own view and fair play to you, but as insults go, "predictable" is in the same category as "derivative" and just as meaningless.


I love this song.

If I may borrow a very well-used comment....

This song is soooo good for the ears.



Boring and predictable
Ok, but "endless" is not necessarily a good thing for music like this...

 dBdwg wrote:
I like the music OK, but the decapitated head she is holding on the cover is creepy.
 
{#Lol} 
That being said, I really like what I've heard from her.
 fredriley wrote:
I bought this album on the strength of this and another Azam Ali song played here, and I can strongly recommend it. It sounds so much 'bigger' on a proper stereo system rather than on PC headphones with 128kbps MP3. Stunning.
 
Thanks for the recommendation. I may have to open the wallet again.

Endless indeed...
 bizon wrote:
This sounds far too much like Inertia Creeps.
 
Kinda, yeah. Whenever I hear this, I end up thinking, "I could really go for some Massive right now."
1 to a 0... Bill you need to get a rating lower then one!
primal.....

 dBdwg wrote:
I like the music OK, but the decapitated head she is holding on the cover is creepy.
 
A decapitated head is nothing at all.
 dpjag wrote:
Add me to the list that get tired of the piece before it ends.
 
Add me to the list that doesn't!

I like the music OK, but the decapitated head she is holding on the cover is creepy.
Add me to the list that get tired of the piece before it ends.
Very "Dead Can Dance" like...only not quite as good IMHO.
{#Sleep}{#Sleep}{#Sleep}

Huh?  Wut??  Oh.  Sorry.  Zzzzz...


and on and on and on... you get the idea.. {#Yes}
 Antigone wrote:
Endless Reverb?
 
nope.. just endless! it goes on and on and on and on and on....

Curvy  like a beautiful woman.
If you like this, check out Loreena Mckennitt — much more interesting than this.
Endless Reverb?
{#No}  Pretty much Audio Valium...Suitable for snooze-jazz fm only!

And I resent that Viagra remark...remember Viagra is a upper, unlike this ditty!

This sounds far too much like Inertia Creeps.


This is cool...



wanna be
rocklandlove wrote:
Yikes. Death by reverb... Enya stuck in a stopover somewhere Eastern...
(Does it really matter where she was born or brought up or lives? Cheesy is cheesy in any location!)



Thanks for saying what I didn't have the words to say. I'd like to add something relating her to Barbara Streisand as well, but I haven't had enough caffeine.

rdo wrote:


{#High-five}

{#High-five}  Yo.

 Leslie wrote:
Very cool.
 

{#High-five}
Yikes. Death by reverb... Enya stuck in a stopover somewhere Eastern...
(Does it really matter where she was born or brought up or lives? Cheesy is cheesy in any location!)

Very cool.
I can think of a couple of activities this song would be wooooooooooonderful for....{#Hug}
Ugh, not this endlessly monotonous song again.


walking like an Egyptian now
Viagra music?
 californiatwin wrote:
Quite UNlikeable!
 
Fixed.

 fredriley wrote:

I hardly think so, and I write that as a MA fan. Since when have MA been big on Indian and Persian tunes and beats? And she is the real thing, being Iranian by birth, Indian by upbringing, and now a US citizen. She'll have been infused with Asian music from her early years. See the Wikipedia entry on her.
 
Maybe she should sue Massive Attack, being the "Real thing"? And I always thought Coca Cola was the real thing. Or was it Pepsi?
Man, this world is too complex for a simple man like me.


There is a lot to explore in this music, even more to feel.
 Baum74 wrote:
Massive Attack should sue her ...
 
I hardly think so, and I write that as a MA fan. Since when have MA been big on Indian and Persian tunes and beats? And she is the real thing, being Iranian by birth, Indian by upbringing, and now a US citizen. She'll have been infused with Asian music from her early years. See the Wikipedia entry on her.


Any vibrato that can give me goosebumps is OK by me.
I bought this album on the strength of this and another Azam Ali song played here, and I can strongly recommend it. It sounds so much 'bigger' on a proper stereo system rather than on PC headphones with 128kbps MP3. Stunning.
Nomads in the snow
Thanks, Vandal. Still, it's an important word (being both vaccine and cure for xenophobia), so it should be broadcast correctly!
 Otomi wrote:

Oops. Thanks. Forgetting my English. One more time:

xenophile
 
No complaints here.  My intention was not to correct you, but to echo your sentiments. . .

 vandal wrote:

xen·o·phile  (zn-fl, zn-)
n.
A person attracted to that which is foreign, especially to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.

xeno·phili·a (-fl-) n.
xe·nophi·lous (z-nf-ls, z-) adj.

 
Oops. Thanks. Forgetting my English. One more time:

xenophile
Whoa. Listening to this on my brand-new Shure SE530 earphones. Yummy...
 Otomi wrote:

xenophyle
 
xen·o·phile  (zn-fl, zn-)
n.
A person attracted to that which is foreign, especially to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.

xeno·phili·a (-fl-) n.
xe·nophi·lous (z-nf-ls, z-) adj.



LOVE this.  More please!
stop it!!!! very very boring song{#Headache}
8 .{#Arrowu} . 9 . {#Hearteyes}



ziggytrix wrote:


Pop should eat itself.

I do always think this is Inertia Creeps when it starts up. Very similar drums, middle eastern instrument (samples?). However, I don't think this is a Massive Attack rip-off. Robert Del Naja did not invent middle eastern sounds nor did he invent breakbeats.

That said; Inertia Creeps is the better song of the two in my opinion.


I agree, it is rather some "Zeitgeist" Coincidence ...
And you are right, RD Naja didn't invent the breakbeats. It was Peter Schmidt in his musical lab in Oberbayern. Working on variations on bavarian Volksmusik he accidentially invented the breakbeat. But not knowing what to do with it, and not seeing its world-changing potential, he sold it to a local rastafari. The rest is history.

And yes - inertia creeps is the better one.

 Baum74 wrote:
Massive Attack should sue her ...
 

Pop should eat itself.

I do always think this is Inertia Creeps when it starts up.  Very similar drums, middle eastern instrument (samples?).  However, I don't think this is a Massive Attack rip-off.  Robert Del Naja did not invent middle eastern sounds nor did he invent breakbeats.

That said; Inertia Creeps is the better song of the two in my opinion.

 vandal wrote:

"xenophobe" - I love that word and this music. . .
 
xenophyle
 vandal wrote:

"xenophobe" - I love that word and this music. . .
 

Is a Xenophobe similar to a Xylophone?
Wow this music is really really full! (Of itself.)
good music to stare at the sand in my navel
Massive Attack should sue her ...
I cant find those characters on my keyboard!
max  mox wrote:

translates as : "I am not American"



fredriley wrote:

Quite. Iranian by birth, Indian by upbringing, American by adoption. See the Wikipedia entry on her. Every song I've heard from her on RP has given me goose pimples, and this one's no exception. 8 from the Nottingham jury.

Oh, And a big {#Nyah}to all the bigots and xenophobes on this board who hear anything Middle Eastern sounding as a clarion call for the taliban {#Mad}

"xenophobe" - I love that word and this music. . .


 Droidac wrote:
Just so you know, she's been living in America since 1985.
 
Quite. Iranian by birth, Indian by upbringing, American by adoption. See the Wikipedia entry on her. Every song I've heard from her on RP has given me goose pimples, and this one's no exception. 8 from the Nottingham jury.

Oh, And a big {#Nyah}to all the bigots and xenophobes on this board who hear anything Middle Eastern sounding as a clarion call for the taliban {#Mad}


got me the whole album. ثمينة  indeed ;)


Love this song more every time I hear it.  Gotta get it!{#Bounce}
maxmox wrote:
translates as : "I am not American" :exclaim:
Just so you know, she's been living in America since 1985.
After hearing the song today I just had to move my rating from a 7 to a 9. I agree with many of the comparison remarks that have been made but there is something going on in this song that makes it unique, I just can't seem to put my finger on it. I'd love to hear more from Azam Ali.
Danimal174 wrote:
I could see that...the voice reminds me more of Loreena McKennitt, though, than Enya.
I was going to say that!
maxmox wrote:
translates as : "I am not American" :exclaim:
:lol:
a_genuine_find wrote:
:hearteyes:ثمينة:hearteyes:
translates as : "I am not American" :exclaim:
Dead Can Dance meets Delerium, in a good way.
:hearteyes:ثمينة:hearteyes:
... a different world . . . . nice!
drews wrote:
At the risk of showing off my ignorance, this sounds like Enya goes to the middle east
I could see that...the voice reminds me more of Loreena McKennitt, though, than Enya.
Papernapkin wrote:
My criticism is the cover photo is overly retouched.
I think they were going for that hand-colored B/W retro look . . . I think it may send a "hi I'm overproduced" signal unintentionally. Trust a designer to pick the nits . . . ;-) Nice musically; it grows on me with each listen.
that's hot 10
grade lowered 6>3>1 thank God it's over!
she is pretty though