Follow-up to acclaimed 2001 debut by British-Asian singer
One of the delights of Susheela Raman’s Mercury Prize-shortlisted Salt Rain was its playfulness, as she proclaimed that world music can be fun by joyously sandwiching a Jungle Book tune between ancient Indian devotional songs. She’s done it again on the follow-up.
The title track sounds like the Pink Panther theme tune remade in Bollywood, and her pop credentials are further paraded on a gorgeous version of Joan Armatrading’s “Save Me”. Yet there’s still a plentiful supply of serious musicality and spiritual Indian vibes to satisfy the purists as well. A record to put a smile on your face?of the cosmic variety, of course.