Sheila Chandra, 1996

This album, the third in the trilogy for Real World, gives you the fullest access possible to Chandra's imagination - the melodies are in the bones of the drones.


  • The album is beautifully performed, recorded, mixed and compiled with intelligence and a strong sense of structure. It makes good use of a listener’s valuable time while issuing a challenge to hear in a fresh way. August 1996 The Wire (UK)
  • For Sheila Chandra, the power of the drone holds no limits. Billboard (USA)
  • There is a continuity of development in her ideas... ...a refinement, maturity and, importantly, focus...On ABoneCroneDrone, Sheila Chandra is fashioning a vocal music which is intellectually stimulating, engaging...without reliance on linguistic meaning. A little night music for followers of her musical journey and journeying. Folk Roots (1996) (UK)
  • ..Chandra goes in search of melodies of the imagination in quite mesmerising fashion... Stratford Observer (1996) (UK)
  • ..with this final part of her trilogy, she’s produced her bravest, if least commercial, album yet. The Guardian (1996) (UK)
  • ...Chandra’s work is literally entrancing: simultaneously eerie and soothing, ancient and modern. 5 October 1996 Daily Telegraph (UK)
  • ..a kind of somnambulistic heaven...a quiet kind of beauty... Q Magazine (1996) (UK)
  • ...continues her spiritual adventures in what is now a very distinctive and individual style... ...both vocally and within the strong spiritual nature of her music. Music Week (1996) (UK)
  • ...it’'ll leave you speechless. Chandra has created the DIY album, but you can only get out of it as much as you’re prepared to put in. Like it or not, it’'ll leave you speechless. Mojo (1996) (UK)
  • Startling and revelatory in its execution. Top (1996) (UK)