NITIN SAWHNEY Human (V2) Rating: NN
The problem with someone like Nitin Sawhney producing his own records is that there's no one to sit him down and tell him no. Sawhney is immensely talented and open-eared, a fan of every possible style of music. Unfortunately, his eagerness to represent all those different genres from classical Indian folk and pop to triphop, jazz and reggae leaves his albums sounding more like reference books than cohesive listens. Human pulls back slightly (there are no cameos from Nelson Mandela this time), but the globe-trotting sheen remains. Add to that Sawhney's admirable willingness to tackle racism, imperialism, the war on Iraq and the existence of God and a descent into airy New Age twaddle is almost unavoidable.