Alternative Press (7/95, p.98) - Rated #78 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...Recorded in England with a mix of British and Pakistani musicians, the album present[s] the awesome vocal pyrotechnics of Nusrat against a sensitively produced mix of traditional and modern instruments....Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan [is] successful in bridging two widely different musical cultures with the sheer power of his emotion..."
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a Qawwali singer of Pakistani devotional songs; this recording was a departure for him, a collaboration with artists from many different disciplines.
Personnel: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (vocals); Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan (vocals, harmonium).
Audio Mixers: David Bottrill; Michael Brook.
Recording information: Real World Studios.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely acknowledged as the greatest master of qawwali music, the devotional music of the Sufis. Having popularized this beautiful and inspirational music with a worldwide audience, he began traversing a whole new musical territory towards the end of his life. MUSTT MUSTT is probably the singer's most successful endeavor at reaching out beyond the boundaries of traditional qawwali.
The title track draws upon various devotional lyrics about a particular Sufi saint which Nusrat uses as a springboard for a melodically compelling vocal solo; in contrast, "Tery Bina" is a romantic qawwali song. Use of drum programming (by Peter Gabriel), synthesizers, and other modern instrumentation makes for a compelling listen. Overall, MUSTT MUSTT has a feel akin to some of Gabriel's own attempts at blending Western sounds with qawwali.