Lovely haunting collection of songs beautifully sung and played, after a while become real 'ear worms'. So happy to have discovered a review of this young lady's music. A great combination of arabic styles and modern, very very successful, not some fake sounding crossover.
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.
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.
'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!
Yasmine Hamdan is the lead singer of Soapkills, Check out the song Kasdoura by Soapkills. Check out the album Arabology by Y.A.S (in collaboration with Mirwais), Terrific record. This is her first solo album. This is the new version. The original version was released last year ( Physical only, Check out the original art cover below), Few songs are missing and new songs have been added. This is more traditional music, Subtle electronica, More personal. Check out the George Brassens's cover Gamar.