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Take It and Drive [Extra tracks, Import]

Smadj Audio CD


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1. Betty
2. He Said - Smadj, , Martin Wheeler
3. Vogue - Dierdre Dubois, Talvin Singh, Smadj
4. Aurore
5. C'est Comme Si C'Était Fait... - Dom Farkas, Smadj
6. Sel
7. Drive - Amit Chatterjee, Mehdi Haddab, , Smadj
8. Fatwords - Smadj,
9. Meeting with the Bushmen
10. Tristan
11. Fatwords [Semtek's Say Aah Remix]
12. Fatwords [al West Remix]

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CD ALBUM

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Previous reviewer needs to research what he buys BEFORE he buys it! This album is PHENOMINAL! 28 Mar 2008
By Clinton Carty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish this album is fantastic.
Rich atomspheres, deep and laid back beats, lovely Arabic feel.
In no way is he shooting for traditional oud music...so dont expect it!

This is a LUSH downtempo album with moods of TASTEFUL house and trip hop drizzled in.

The oud playing is fantastic, the beats on point, the female and male vocals are intriguing and very heartfelt.
The remixs of Fatwords are a FANTASTIC addition.

Thank you Smadj this wont be leaving my CD player for a while....now how about some vinyl?

Fans of Thievery corporation, nickodemus, Bombay dub orchestra, K&D, do not pass this up!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smadj ‎- Take It And Drive 30 Jan 2013
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Smadj's ethnic fusion continues with TAKE IT AND DRIVE, though he takes a new direction. The compositions here are more spare than his earlier works, as you can hear immediately from "Betty," which you could almost describe as oud-school minimal. The bass and Rokia Traore's vocals on "He Said" stand alone in a spacious atmosphere, a feeling that recurs on "Aurore." "Vogue" begins to fill things out sonically, abstracting and stretching out Dierdre Dubois' ululations and making good use of Talvin Singh's tablas, and "C'est Comme Si C'était Fait..." adds more digital trickery, including some cut-up vocals, to the dub chug. "Drive" puts some Indian vocals whirling in the mix, and Rokia Traore returns for some mild electro on "Fatwords." The Bushmen chanting in "Meeting with the Bushmen" shows how far they've come (thankfully) from Deep Forest's treatment. "Tristran" mixes the instruments with subtle bleeping that that it seems almost natural. On the two bonus tracks, Semtek adds a pleasing house beat to "Fatwords," while Al West make the track almost ambient, incorporating some vinyl crackle and a hardly-there beat. A great album for drives of any sort.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trad + electronic funk = mixed bag 9 Oct 2007
By J. TIMMERMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Smadj is a virtuoso French-Tunisian oud player (one of the DuOud duo) and has created a traditional/electronic fusion with mixed success. For me the tracks that sounded the most traditional are the best, with the oud being the dominant feature. The percussion accompaniment is very good, but some of the electronica, although not too over the top, ultimately became noisy and annoying. Certainly not as subtle as oud-player Dhafer Youssef's recordings. His are arty where these are pop. Still, there's a nice Arabic atmosphere and some may enjoy the funk more than I did.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy it 3 Aug 2013
By dana denney - Published on Amazon.com
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one good song and the rest totally blow do not buy this album unless you want to waste your money
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