Boomkat Product Review:
A collaboration between The Specials' Terry Hall and Mushtaq, formerly of Fun-Da-Mental, The Hour Of Two Lights was a year in development, and took in musicians from an incredibly diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. A musical celebration of Middle East-meets-West fusions, the record was conceived at the time Bush and Blair were devising their war strategy in Iraq, something that looms implicitly and ominously over the album. "Nominally this is a collaboration between Terry Hall and Mushtaq, once of British-Asian pioneers Fun-Da-Mental - but 'everybody we worked with had a story to tell,' recalls Terry Hall, 'and their stories became part of the record. We were blessed with the range of people we found.' A Tunisian singer, a Syrian flautist, an Egyptian who had settled in Iraq, a twelve-year old Lebanese girl, a blind Algerian rapper from Paris, a choir of Polish gypsy refugees brought in from a social club in Leytonstone, the clarinettist who recorded the original Pink Panther theme; singers in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Romany. 'Everybody had a sense of something in common in their minority and oppression and struggle. In the end, it felt more like we were editing a film than making a record.'"