- Audio CD (17 Mar. 2017)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Crammed Discs
- ASIN: B01MR5BQBD
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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With her debut solo album 'Ya Nass' (2013), Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan (Hailed as "Arabic music's modern voice" by New York Times), introduced her personal, modern take on Arabic pop. In 'Al Jamilat' ('The Beautiful Ones'), she pursues her musical exploration, while taking a look at the mutations at work within the Arab world. While Yasmine's vocals are definitely connected to traditions of Arabic music (to which she takes an unconventional and fresh approach), the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes, and take in elements from contemporary Western electronic, pop and folk music. Her unique vision is fully realised in this album, which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barât), and recorded with contributions from NY musicians Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn, Marc Ribot) and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley. The success of the 'Ya Nass' album saw Yasmine's profile rise greatly in Europe and America. In the Middle East she's enjoyed iconic status since the days of Soapkills, one of the first indie/electronic bands in the area. She's performed prestigious shows on four continents and appeared in the Jim Jarmusch movie "Only Lovers Left Alive", where she's featured singing, onscreen, in one of the film's most memorable scenes.
Top Customer Reviews
these pages back in 2013 and despite my continuing lack of any kind of understanding of
the Arabic language I remain enchanted by her voice. ‘Al Jamilat’ is a beautiful recording.
There are eleven new songs to savour in the collection. The opening track ‘Douss’ with
its transparent arrangement and balmy vocal harmonies is a stunner; a must for a warm
Summer's day. So too ‘La Ba’den’ which seems to shimmer with a limpid inner heat haze.
‘Cafe’ pitches a haunting traditional Middle Eastern melody against a grinding, caliginous
contemporary electronic backdrop to highly atmospheric effect. The curiously convoluted
invention ‘La Chey’ lopes along like a tipsy dream; the album’s impressionistic highlight.
Ms Hamdan has delivered one of the most intriguing and affecting releases of the year
so-far. I entreat you to hear it, even if you (like me) are unable to fathom a single word!