5 Great Albums With Foreign Accents

These women span the globe--but they don't need subtitles

The problem with world music is that it's usually impossible to understand the lyrics (although that hasn't kept Lil Jon from having a successful career). But if you want to enjoy one upside of the global economy, here are five albums by international women with something to say--in English, but with distinctive pronunciation.


The previous two albums by this Indonesian-Dutch-Israeli-Russian (who splits her time between Paris and New York City, naturally) were such delicate exercises in mood that they seemed to avoid hard consonants, as if the tiniest plosive could break the spell. Here Ann gets a...

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