Sheila Chandra
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Out On My Own (1984), 5/10
Quiet (1984), 6/10
The Struggle (1985), 5.5/10
Nada Brahma (1985), 7/10
Roots And Wings (1990), 6/10
Weaving My Ancestors' Voices (1992), 6.5/10
The Zen Kiss (1994), 6/10
AboneCroneDrone (1996), 6/10
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Sixteen-year old English-Indian vocalist Sheila Chandra and songwriter Steve Coe were in Monsoon, a band whose single Ever So Lonely (1981) and album This Eye (Mobile Suit, 1982), with their fusion of synth-pop, disco-music and Indian raga, predated the "transglobal dance" fad of the 1990s.

Chandra debuted as a solo artist with two complementary albums: Out On My Own (Indipop, 1984) is disco-pop in the vein of Abba, while Quiet (Indipop, 1984) is an experiment in voice manipulation a` la Laurie Anderson.

Chandra continued her exotic-disco-pop program with The Struggle (Indipop, 1985), and her experimental program with Nada Brahma (Indipop, 1985), that contains the epic-length Nada Brahma.

The schizophrenia led Chandra nowhere. At 20, married to Coe, she basically retired from the music scene. After a long hiatus, she returned with Roots And Wings (Indipop, 1990), that updated her pop style to Enya and dream-pop while assimilating vocal styles from around the world.

Weaving My Ancestors' Voices (Real World, 1992) and The Zen Kiss (Real World, 1994) assimilate more world-music and material written by others. Their main appeal lies in Chandra's mystical vocals floating over Coe's supernatural drones.

Silk (Shanachie, 1991) is an anthology.

AboneCroneDrone (Real World, 1996) is basically a continuation of Weaving My Ancestors' Voices: Chandra's vocals improvising around reference drones.

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