I bought this album on a whim about a month ago, having never heard of Cheb Khaled before, and I like it. Except that is, for the title song, 'Aiysha', which I thought sounded like an average American popular song in a foreign language. The other songs are much closer to an eastern tradition, 'Rai' music, according to the previous reviewer - lots of strings and unusual beats. So I think it's pretty good.
Cheb Khaled reaffirms his position as the undisputed King of Rai despite popular newcomers on the scence such as teenage sensation Faudel and Cheb Mami. The title track Aischa builds up on Khaled's masterpiece Didi with a fusion of upbeat french & ethnic Arabic beats. The song Ouahrane conveys a strong political message dealing with Algeria (Khaled's native land) & the its never ending problems & violence with ther longing of return one day to the homeland. The other offerings are aimed at hardcore Rai fans & not up to par to the smash hit Aisha. Khaled's popularity is unparaaled in France (his adopted country). Overall a good release from a very gifted & talented singer/songwriter
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