Album review

Various Artists - Beginner's Guide To World Music

The distinguishing mark of world music is that it's sung in other languages, which makes lyric sheets and translations crucial for comprehension. This three-disc guide fails to provide any such documentation, leaving the tracks to succeed or fail as pure sound events. If you don't mind not knowing what the hell a singer is singing about, you may be in the market for these themed discs (World Party, World Café, World Chill). The selection criteria are harder to guess. This is for a very subjective clientele.

Rating: 3 / 10


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