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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Tony Hil­lier

ZULYA Ka­malova may sing in her na­tive Tar­tar, but her songs are far re­moved from any folk­loric stereo­type. Com­men­su­rate with her ex­otic iden­tity, the Rus­sian- Aus­tralian has de­vel­oped an approach to singing and song­writ­ing that is more art- house ori­ented. On this, her fifth album, Zulya sings three songs in English, the first time she has sung in her adopted tongue on record. Four songs are in Tar­tar and six in Rus­sian, in­clud­ing a tango. Love Hunter , one of the English­language pieces, is Mex­i­can- in­flu­enced. Even when her songs veer to­wards melan­choly — a Rus­sian trait, of course — Zulya avoids any maudlin ten­den­cies. With ac­com­pa­ni­ment from spe­cial guests on brass and classical strings, and the Chil­dren of the Un­der­ground, a di­verse quar­tet of male in­stru­men­tal­ists whose mu­si­cal nu­ances match their leader’s vo­cal sub­tleties, Zulya has crafted a fine album. If noth­ing else, 3 Nights ce­ments the artist’s rep­u­ta­tion as one of the coun­try’s most en­thralling per­form­ers and song­writ­ers. 3 Nights Zulya & the Chil­dren of the Un­der­ground Re­mote Con­trol/ Un­sta­ble Ape Records

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