Personnel includes: Natacha Atlas (vocals); Harvey Brough (vocals, psaltry); Melanie Pappenheim, Princess Julianna AKA Mi Julee, Myra Boyle, Sinead O'Connor, Niara Scarlett (vocals); Mike Neilson (acoustic guitar); Jocelyn Pook (viola); Gamal Awad (accordion); Sami El Babli (trumpet); Gamal Gem (keyboards); Inder Goldfinger (tablas); Andrew Cronshaw; Abdullah Chhadeh; Temple Of Sound; Ibrahim Kawala; Tuup; Z.
Producers: Mike Nielson, Trans Global, Paul Castle, Andy Gray.
Personnel: Harvey Brough (vocals, psaltery); T.U.U.P. (vocals, keyboards); Myra Boyle, Sin‚ad O'Connor, Melanie Pappenheim (vocals); Justin Adams (guitar); Mike Nielsen (acoustic guitar, programming); Essam Rashad (oud); Abdullah Chhadeh (qanoun); Andrew Cronshaw (zither, shawm); Jocelyn Pook (viola); Brian G. Wright , Jacqueline Norrie, Duchess Nell Catchpole, Dinah Beamish (strings); Larry Whelan (flute); Bernard O'Neil (double bass); Temple of Sound (percussion, programming).
Audio Mixers: Mike Nielsen; Philip Bagenal; Temple of Sound.
Recording information: Real Noize.
Unknown Contributor Role: Andrew Cronshaw.
Natacha Atlas' Something Dangerous is a bit slicker than her last, lightening up the beats and sexy intensity of Ayeshteni for more radio-friendly pop electronics, occasional vocal harmonies reminiscent of Destiny's Child, and lots of guests. Not that you could tell from the first cut, the gorgeous "Adam's Lullaby," on which she's backed by a gently playing Prague Symphony Orchestra string section. After this peaceful opener, the pace picks up with the dancehall-style "Eye of the Duck," featuring fellow Transglobal Underground member Tuup. Then the title cut gets a little funky while Atlas trades off vocal duties with the rapping Princess Julianna. A little later, Atlas takes on "Man's World." While her voice is lovely for it, the cover doesn't quite recapture the magic of her last album's success with Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You." The collaboration with Sin‚ad O'Connor, "Simple Heart," is a high point, and the album really hits its stride in the songs that follow, with especially good interaction between Atlas and Niara Scarlett on "Who's My Baby," before mellowing out into closing ambient cuts. ~ Joslyn Layne