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  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crammed Discs
  • ASIN: B00BN3WX58
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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An underground icon throughout the Arab world, vocalist Yasmine Hamdan presents her mesmerizing debut solo album - an elegant mutant strain of electro folk, inspired by various Middle eastern traditions - written and produced in collaboration with Marc Collin of Nouvelle Vague.

Yasmine first became known with Soapkills, the duo she founded in Beirut, which was probably the first indie/electronic band to appear in the Middle East. The music of Soapkills quickly became the soundtrack to the vibrant, young arts scene which developed in postwar Lebanon and elsewhere in the Arab world. On moving to Paris Yasmine worked with CocoRosie and French electronic music producer Mirwais.

The inspiration for the melodies and the lyrics of her music comes from the great Arab women singers of the mid-20th century and the mischievous sensuality and the subtle, ironic social criticism which pervades their lyrics. Yasmine's vocals are connected to traditions of Arabic music but the structures and arrangements of the songs are very remote from its codes. She takes a personal, unconventional and fresh approach that might be described as a kind of elegant, mutant strain of electro folk, mysteriously springing from somewhere in the Persian Gulf, with acoustic guitars, vintage synths, inspired atmospheres and Yasmine's multi-faceted, wonderful voice.

Personnel: Yasmine Hamdan (vocals), Marc Collin (co-producer, keyboards & programming), Kevin Seddiki, Thibaut Barbillon, Julien Deguines, Marc Kodsi (guitars), Gael Rakotondrabe (keyboards, programming), Sliman Kouidri (karkabou, guimbri), Bruno Ralle (synth)

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2013
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'Ya Nass' is the astonishingly assured solo debut from Lebanese artist
Yasmine Hamdan. (I am unfamiliar with her earlier work with duo Soapkills
and now have some homework and catching-up to do). It is a revelation!
Ms Hamdan has a beautiful voice; warm, rich, sinuous and utterly haunting.

There are thirteen songs in the set sensitively and economically produced
by Marc Collin. The mood is largely melancholic with the playful exception
of the delightful composition 'Samar'. The artfully textured arrangements
combine both electronic and acoustic elements and provide an unobtrusive
platform for Ms Hamdan's riveting vocal performances. I thought that not
having the slightest knowledge or understanding of the Arabic language
would make it harder for me to fully grasp the meaning and depth of her
work but the accompanying booklet gives brief notes on each track which
helpfully enhanced my appreciation of the recording in its totality.

I'm falling in more and more in love with this album with each repeated
encounter but if I had to pick two numbers to take with me to my desert
island then I'd definitely have to make room for both the sublime 'Shouei'
and the brief but nonetheless enchanting 'Khayyam' in my survival pack!

Simply Stunning.
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YASMINE HAMDAN is the lead singer of SOAPKILLS, Check out the song Kasdoura by SOAPKILLS, And the album Arabology by Y.A.S ( with MIRWAIS ), Terrific record. This is her first solo album, And this is the international version ( physical and mp3 ), The original version was released last year ( physical only ), Few songs are missing and new songs have been added. This is more traditional music, Subtle electronica, More personal. Check out the song Gamar, A cover of GEORGE BRASSENS.
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Great tunes, great voice, great musical arrangements. I got to know about this singer through a programme at the radio. I absolutely loved the song they played, got the album thinking I would probably like a couple more as usual. But in fact I love them all! Bewitching.
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I first came across Yasmine Hamdan around three years ago when she appeared on Later with Jools. Having bought the album and listened to this collection of songs all sung in Arabic I found it both mesmerizing and intoxicating. It just wouldn’t have the same effect if they were sung in English. Lots of beautiful songs sung with passion and intensity, just listen to the track Hal.

This is an album that is really well produced and recorded making it a good buy for audiophiles.

If you are expecting traditional music from the Middle East you maybe a little disappointed but if you are looking for something different for your record collection this would be a good choice.
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Heard a track by Yasmine by chance and was completely entranced by her voice. Went to Amazon and found this album that showcases her talent brilliantly. Highly recommended.
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Wonderful voice, mesmerizing songs, all within a very special atmosphere.
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a beautiful lady with a beautifully haunting voice. Blew me away the first time I heard her on Jools Holland.
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Bought Only Lovers Left Alive on which she sings one song. This album does not disappoint.
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