Hakim is simply amazing. He is a strong performer with a true gift. But, however much I like Hakim, his performance in this album was not as strong as I would have hoped. Listening to the live recording is a bit depressing actually. In terms of artistry, Hakim deserves a full five stars, but the harsh and repetitive sounds of this recording wear on the ears, making it difficult to listen to and causing it to lose two stars in the process. For a novice to the genre who appreciates a cleaner, stronger, and less strident sound, one of his other records might be best to start with. For a true fan of Hakim and Arabic music who is able to look beyond the flaws and truly appreciate the artistry of the music, this is a must-have.