Compelling eastern rhythms, a haunting voice of unbelievable flexibility and power, mysterious (to most of us!) lyrics and the sort of melodic twists and turns that leave your entrails in knots of pleasure... Ahem. Sorry. Got carried away there. This is an album unlike any others I've heard: a beautiful rendition of traditional Yemenite songs using all the latest recording techniques so that the sound is smooth and rich, slipping down like thick black coffee, while the rhythms make your feet itch to dance. The percussion is unusual: some of it tin trays, etc, arising from the banning of traditional instruments by Orthodox Muslim administration in the past - the result is complex, crisp-sounding and layered - not the heavy thudding drumming some traditions give you. Melody is frequently up-beat but there is a wistfuless about some songs, arising from their yearning - some are love songs, some songs of exile. The words are fabulous - some of these songs are about the love of God: others celebrate "The crowning of man and woman in married bliss" and read like the Song of Solomon. Imagine singing "Sand-lily of the Sharon, Rose of the Valley/ She slipped through my aching fingers with her head upturned/ And left only the pain" to your beloved late at night! This album is a delight, from one of the foremost singers of her time (I *think* she died last year, in fact.) Her voice is powerful and melodic and expressive - she seems to have the ability to sing forever without taking breath. It's for atmosphere, for singing along with, for dancing to.. If you like Middle Eastern music, then you'll love this.