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Habibi Ana

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,021,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is very ordinary dance music sung in Arabic. The delectable Miss Wehbe has quite a pretty voice - soft and fragile - but sings in a style that is more western than Middle Eastern. I had hoped this would not be the case, and was also attracted by her rather controversial image, and by the fact that I've greatly enjoyed recent excursions into the world of Arabic music through Natacha Atlas, Elissa, Nancy Ajram and some North African Arabic singers.

Arabic melodies, melismas and rhythmic runs are at a minimum here and sounds and chord progressions are more geared towards a western European audience. In the main the tracks are upbeat with prominent drum, bass and synths. The melodic accompaniment tends to be Spanish sounding guitar as opposed to more traditional style instruments that would be more evocative of the Middle East. In the later tracks guitar gives way to accordion and flutes. Electronica surface on a couple of hip-hop numbers.

The title track is an extremely infectious piece of music that's bound to have been hugely successful on dance floors right around the Mediterranean (as well as on YouTube). "Yabn el Halal" and "Ma Tkallemnish" with it's nice background chorus, are the only tracks that have a real flavour of the Lebanon (her home base). "Khayna" is a very pleasant ballad, but most of these tunes have predictable melodies. So there is no new ground being broken here - the Middle East meets West mix referred to by some reviewers and press blurbs seems more to be a watering down of the Arabic style than something that is any way dynamic.

This is pleasant or bland depending on your humour, and I would urge listeners to sample the other 3 singers mentioned above (especially the early Natacha Atlas releases) as being far more exotic and entertaining. Haifa's follow up "MJK" is also far more accomplished than this offering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Habibti Haifa! 11 May 2010
By Kiki - Published on Amazon.com
I find this album to be a wonderful blend of Arabian and Western pop sensibilities. I am fascinated by this artist and although I worry that she doesn't have a huge amount of control over her image, I think she's a bit of a bad a-- in that she is so overtly sexy in a society that seems to frown profoundly on such expression. I worry also that some of her more patriarchal critics are truly a danger to her, but I hope I am mistaken, as I am very ignorant of the culture. At the very least she endures some very aggressive misogyny wherever commentary is an option. That being said, the album is high energy and fun. Her voice is just what I want from this type of music: it's melodic and accessible, and frankly, sexy. She is an extraordinary beauty, as well. I take pleasure in the fact that a pop artist inspires me to find places on the map I never looked into before, and drives me to learn more about her culture. She's bilingual and sings a really cool version of Sway With Me (Dean Martin) in English, which I also recommend (not on this album). I wish more Americans were exposed to music in other countries because it really is such a great equalizer. Where I previously knew no one in the Middle East I now know a single pop star in Lebanon and it brings a far away place just a little closer to my heart.
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Beautiful Blend 15 Dec 2010
By Broc Simon - Published on Amazon.com
I'm Lebanese but I was born and raised in the U.S. My son however has taken interest in learning Arabic and the Lebanese dialect, and can now speak it fluently at 17. I knew of a Haifa from him always talking about her so I got him this CD because he always talked about how he loves that he can download the music but would love to have a physical copy of one of his favorite artists.

Well this album is a beautiful blend of east and west. Her vocals are light and sweet and carry you through a journey on each track. I don't understand myself but you can just hear in the production of the music and the emotion in her voice what the song is about. He loves the album and is excited for her upcoming one, and you'll love it too.
Just ok 5 Mar 2014
By Linda Ferris - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess it's alright. The cd came on time, is in perfect shape, but the music is kinda a let down. Oh well.
Best arabic artist 13 Dec 2012
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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having this in the car while driving to work is lovley, great arabic music with a touch of house and pop. Habibi Haifa!
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