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    The Guardian review/ 28 October 2010

    Albert Kuvesin has always been a maverick. He comes from Tuva, out on the borders of Siberia and western Mongolia, where he became an expert in the extraordinary local style of throat singing, which allows him to hold two notes at once while producing strange, deep growling effects. But he was never a typical traditionalist, and his recordings with Yat-Kha have included folk songs, furious electric guitar work and cover versions of songs by his western heroes, including Led Zeppelin. Now he has changed direction yet again, moving to the remote Scottish island of Jura...
  • Miami New Times

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/Issues/2006-08-24/music/rotations.html   Albert Kuvezin and Yat-Kha Re-Covers (World Village) By Calvin Godfrey  Article Published Aug 24, 2006       Imagine that a prehistoric Mongol demon commandeered Tom Waits's notorious throat and a fistful of Martian instruments for a possessed joy ride through a weird western canon ("In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Ramblin' Man"). Kuvezin and Yat-Kha (who took their name from a long, kotolike zither) hail from the dead-center of Asia, in a remote...
  • Mojo (UK)

    The band¹s fifth international release, Re-Covers, which pays tribute to the days of illegal pop culture that struggled under communism, could be about to push Yat-Kha into the limelight at last. Such a sound could only come from a man possessed by something. --David Hutcheon, Mojo
  • The Beat

    VOL. 25 #5, 2006 This is totally mad crazy: I did try to ignore Albert Kuvezin's Re-Covers (World Village). I really did resist but I could not. It kept coming back at me, giving my mind a right good ream­ing. Produced by Ben Mandelson, who knows a thing or two about craziness, this is one of the most off-the-wall releases that will fall into your lap in recent memory. Recovering from a series of setbacks includ­ing a car crash, Tuvan Albert found solace in his music collection of rock and blues which inspired him to make an...
  • TIME OUT. May 2005.

    Throat-singing - what the hell is that all about? If you've never seen one mouth singing two or three separate simultaneous melodies, you really need to get out more. Go to Tuva, for example, a remote republic in Siberia surrounded by mountains and filled with moonshiners, miners and cows. There you will find shamanic folk songs played on unpronounceable instruments by bearded men with grizzly, guttural voices that will pimple your skin forever. And if you're really lucky, you'll stumble across Albert Kuvezin and his band Yat-Kha. Fighting against Communist musical censorship that...
  • The Herald, UK

    The Herald: “Sons of the Ancient Tribes that rode with Gengis Khan, they sing of a way of life that makes your average rock n roll hell-raiser look like a wuss. The sound is feral and all the more mind- boggling for the addition of surf-guitar licks…a conglomeration of ancient bowed string instrument and fender Strat an otherworldly meeting of folk songs and punk thrash that exhilarates, intrigues sound like so much product”.  
  • The Standart, UK

    The Standart: "Long-haired guitarist Albert has spent 15 years honing Yat-Kha’s daring mix of ancient Tuvan folk tunes and thrash metal riggs. Tuvans might compare it to a volcano erupting in a steel plant”.  
  • The Glasgow Herald, UK

    The Glasgow Herald: “In this global village, satellite-linked, worldwide-webbed, multi-cultural fusion age, where everyone has learned something from somebody else. It seems almost impossible for a music to appear that is completely utterly different. Unless it’s Yat-Kha music”.  
  • Poets and Ligthhouses Songlines review.

    Poets and lighthouses(Five stars rating)Words that resonate (massively) Albert Kuvezin's new incarnation of Yat- Kha continues his Singer-songwriter develop¬ment with his unique kanzat style of Tuvan throat singing. Imagine a sub-harmonic Tom Waits on die low notes which, when reaching the higher register, almost breaks down with the strain of keeping this demanding technique working. Kuvezin is the only Tuvan on the disc, recorded on the Scottish isle of Jura by Echo City founder Giles Perring. The sound is fresh and dear enabling all the nuances of Kuvezin's voice to growl through....
  • Poets and Ligthhouses fRoots review.

    ALBERT KUVEZIN & YAT-KHA Poets And LighthousesYat-Kha YAT005 The idea of Tuvan folk-rocker Albert Kuvezin and his band Yat-Kha has sometimes appealed more than the reality. Not always (they can put on a darkly blistering live show), but I haven’t found myself taking to the growly voiced Mr K and co. as much as I think I ought to. The omens for this new album weren’t looking too promising either: recorded on a remote Scottish island and including some musical settings of obscure Japanese poetry… doesn’t exactly sound like the soundtrack to a fun Saturday night...
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