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Beth Orton, Marianne Faithfull, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

New music from Marianne Faithfull; techno folk from Britain's Beth Orton; A great unknown from Minnesota: Metaphor; the Kirtan chanting of Bhagavan Das; and Sufi music from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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Beth Orton, Marianne Faithfull, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Like Being Born

Few fans thought Marianne Faithfull would survive the '60s. She was a seemingly washed-up drug addict when she released the ground-breaking album, Broken English in the late '70s. Now 55, Fathfull's latest CD shows she's here to stay.

Paris Train

Once dubbed "The Comedown Queen," Beth Orton makes beautifully gloomy music with a blend of techno-pop and traditional folk. This is a preview of her latest album, due for release the end of July.

Ghost Train

When we first heard Metaphor, we weren't sure whether it was the band's name or the CD's. Turns out it's the band's name and their CD, Judson Bridge is a wonderful find.

Ode to Ganesha

Bhagavan Das has been one of the world's leading spiritual gurus since the early 1970s, famous in part for his Kirtan chanting concerts. This is his first-ever CD, due out later this summer.


Without a doubt, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is the world's most important Qawwal, or singer of devotional Sufi music. Though he died in 1997, he remains Pakistan's most famous and popular singer.

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