|Studio album by Nitin Sawhney|
|Released||13 September 1999|
|Genre||Downtempo, Drum & Bass|
|Nitin Sawhney chronology|
Beyond Skin is an album by Nitin Sawhney. It was released on the Outcaste label in 1999. The album focuses largely on the theme of Nuclear Weapons; Sawhney states in the booklet that the album "has a timespan that runs backwards", beginning at Broken Skin with the India-Pakistan nuclear situation and ending at Beyond Skin with Robert Oppenheimer quoting the Bhagavad Gita – "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds".
Sawhney also aims to question what constitutes one's identity – he writes in the liner notes for the album: "I believe in Hindu philosophy. I am not religious. I am a pacifist. I am a British Asian. My identity and my history are defined only by myself – beyond politics, beyond nationality and Beyond Skin."
- "Broken Skin" (Sanchita Farruque, Nitin Sawhney) – 4:05
- "Letting Go" (C. S. Gray, Sawhney) – 4:49
- "Homelands" (Nina Miranda, Sawhney) – 6:00
- "The Pilgrim" (Sawhney, Spek) – 4:29
- "Tides" (Sawhney) – 5:06
- "Nadia" (Sawhney) – 5:05 (The vocalist for this song is Swati Natekar who is singing in the Brij dialect of Hindi. The words roughly translate to: "The River ebbs and flows, My lover calls, I do not hear")
- "Immigrant" (Sawhney) – 6:21
- "Serpents" (Sawhney) – 6:17
- "Anthem Without Nation" (Sawhney) – 5:48
- "Nostalgia" (Sawhney) – 3:41
- "The Conference" (Sawhney) – 2:53
- "Beyond Skin" (Sawhney) – 3:48
- Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
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