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Tue, 12 Oct 2004

Gedida / Natacha Atlas
My discovery of Natacha Atlas was pure serendipity. I'd been watching one of the extras on a James Bond DVD; it was about Danny Arnold, who wrote the music for Tomorrow Never Dies. And it mentioned a CD he'd produced of covers of Bond songs. I went searching in all the usual places for the CD, which apparently was never released in the US. Even worse, it appeared to be out of print in the UK. So I tried the less legal sources of music. (Shhhh! Don't tell the RIAA!) And I found an amazing version of From Russia With Love by someone named Natacha Atlas. Her Middle Eastern singing style is an natural fit for a story that takes place in Istanbul. And one I wanted to hear more of.

The iTMS to the rescue. I was surprised to find several of Ms. Atlas's albums on the store. Gedida is my favorite so far. with performances of equal grace in English (One Brief Moment), French (Mon amie la rose) and Arabic (the other nine tracks). Not your ordinary listening, at least in this part of the world. Sadly, there's no From Russia With Love on the iTMS, at least not from this artist. But she does have a kickass rendition of You Only Live Twice. That's something.

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