As a bellydancer, I am no stranger to Ms. Atlas's sultry tones and the wonderful haunting oud and nay....not forgetting the pulsing of the percussion instruments which are essential to the dance.
In this album Natacha goes from the sublime Mon Amie the Rose to the tabla beats of mahlabeya.
This album conjures up warm desert winds, harems, nomads, Ali Baba and the forty Thieves, spice markets,veils and coin belts. An A to Z of Arabia, then just for good measure Natacha throws in One Brief Moment which sounds like a French-Morrocan caberet grande finale.
You don't need to be interested in bellydance to own this album, although I would say it helps. Natacha sings with such passion and intensity on some of the tracks you just can't help swirling and shimmying around the living room go on live... give it a try!