Review: Anita Rahm - Gitarre ...und andere Klänge
|Album:||Gitarre ...und andere Klänge|
|Date of Release:||2012|
|Country of Release:||GER|
|Date of Review:||2013/03/08|
Gitarre ...und andere Klänge
Anita Rahm's Gitarre ...und andere Klänge was released privately last year. It appears to be largely a solo effort.
Before going into the music itself, I am compelled to remark upon the somewhat unusual cover, specifically its central aspect, as it is so totally 'in your face' and instantly grabbing the attention long before you have a chance to even listen to the music. A younger female friend opened the package for me when it arrived, while I was finishing lunch, and instantly, most highly amused, remarked, 'oh look, a p****!' and shoved the CD cover under my gaze. And indeed, the central part of the artwork most obviously represented a vagina, I had to instantly concur to my amusement, and indeed slight puzzlement, for what was an image of a vagina doing on a CD cover? A slightly odd colour perhaps, but nonetheless, clearly a vagina. My company and I concurred that one would have to be absolutely deaf, dumb and blind to not recognise it instantly for what it is, or perhaps to never have seen this delightful aspect of the female anatomy.
As there was plenty of time left before I could actually review the album, I decided to hold a little 'straw poll,' if you like, just to make sure we were not alone in our perception. Hence, I sent an image of the cover to as many of my friends and acquaintances as possible, without any comment except to ask for the first thought that came to their mind. I have to admit, my 'sample' was not large, neither was it too small though. Twenty-two respondents were female, twenty-four male. Both groups ranged in ages from twenty-something to seventy-something, with a majority around thirty-something to fifty-something.
The responses proved fascinating. Of the twenty-two females, all but one came straight to the point and without hesitation said it was a vagina, finding it from amusing to hilarious. The one female exception thought it might perhaps be a pearl. But the real interesting bit was the male responses. Only ten of the twenty-four, often rather hesitantly, said straight that it was a vagina, with one asking whether this was perhaps an album of pornographic songs. Two thought it looked like labia minora, and one, that it could be a clitoris. But the remaining eleven expressed all kinds of other interpretations, ranging from a whirlpool to galactic nebulae. Evidently, from this it would seem that men might be far more repressed than women (nothing new really), and those that were way out were either totally repressed or had never observed the female anatomy!
However, I think it is fair to conclude from this little 'straw poll' that the overwhelming consensus is that the cover clearly represents a vagina. If it quacks like a duck, it is a duck. As for the motive for this, the whys and wherefores, one can only speculate. I might hazard a wild guess that Ms. Rahm might be of a strong feminist persuasion and might have intended this cover as an expression or symbol of female empowerment. But it is only a wild guess, as I have in no way sought the artist's position on this in advance of my review. (She is, of course, welcome to express her position and I would be perfectly happy to append this by way of a kind of 'right to reply.') However, it is impossible to find any connection between such a stance and the music itself. But a potent symbol and instant attention grabber this cover certainly is!
What of the album itself? Does Gitarre 'grab' one as instantly as its cover? Well, the answer isn't quite as straightforward as that. Ms. Rahm is certainly a competent guitarist as well as flautist and an excellent singer. The music itself often seems infused with Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African influences. However, it is Ms. Rahm's compositions, especially so the instrumental pieces, that give issue. They tend to be rather monotonous, repetitive. Otherwise, they are not bad as such and indeed the melodies as such often tend to be quite pleasing. The strongest and easily most pleasing tracks are the two songs, Ajelena and Ein Abend In Der Wüste.
Over all, and in spite of the previous comments, Gitarre is an album that is far from entirely displeasing. It is the kind of album that certainly grows on you, and repeated listening is almost a must here.
Anita Rahm's Gitarre ...und andere Klänge definitely is worth a few listens and deserving of attention. For my money, the two songs previously referred to are worth the price of admission. Suck it and see.
1. Sahara Blues - 2:14
- guitar, flute, Irish bouzouki, percussion, vocals
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