Banna, Rim / Revelation Of Ecstasy And Rebellion
Album: Revelation Of Ecstasy And Rebellion   Collection:World
Artist:Banna, Rim   Added:Jan 2013
Label:Kirkelig Kulturverksted  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-01-26 Pull Date: 2013-03-31 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Mar 24 Mar 17 Mar 10 Mar 3 Feb 24 Feb 17 Feb 10 Feb 3
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 13, 2013: Arabology
The Absent One
4. Mar 14, 2013: Arabology
My Heart Tells Me
2. May 02, 2013: Arabology
The Absent One
5. Mar 13, 2013: Mediterraneans
Stranger In The Gulf
3. Mar 21, 2013: Arabology
The Absent One
6. Mar 07, 2013: Arabology
The Absent One

Album Review
Ramzi Salti
Reviewed 2013-01-24
Over the past few years, Palestinian singer Rim Banna has seen the music she had created over the last decade become part of the Arab Spring's "soundtrack".. This is her latest album, released in 2013--a soothing, tranquil album that should be listened to in its entirety. All tracks are in classical Arabic except 11. Lyrics are in many instances poems by such poets as Ibn Arabi (track 12), Badr Shaker Assaiab (tracks 2, 6, 7), and Mahmoud Darwish (track 4). Track 11 was written by Amara Al Omrani, a Tunisian prisoner who was tortured under the reign of Ben Ali.

--All Tracks are FCC CLEAN—

**1. The Absent One [Al-Gha’ib] A lamentation in classical Arabic which incorporates the Muslim call to prayer (7:05)
2. . The Hymn of the Rain [Unshudat Al-Matar] Slow, soothing.
3. Supply Me with an Excess of Love [Zidni bi-farat Al-hob] Piano and Rim’s voice, slow and sad.
4. The Trace of the Butterfly [Athar El Farasha] Nice beat, nice use of the nay (a kind of flute).
5. The Taste of Love [Ta3m El Hawa] Another slow ballad.
6. Don’t Increase His Agony [La Taziduhu Law3a] One of the faster tunes, about physical pain vs. emotional pangs.
**7. Stranger in the Gulf [Gharib fil Khalij] Calm intro, a song for Iraq.
8. Astonished by You and Me [3ajibtu minka wa minni] Male vocalist joins Rim Banna during parts of this song.
**9. Two Kinds of Love [Uhibuka Hubbayn] Majestic, slow tune,
nicely orchestrated and accentuated by various Middle Eastern music instruments.
10. My Heart Tells Me [Qalbi YuHadithuni] Grave intro, sound of kamanja (violin) makes the song sad if not heartbreaking.
11. The Free Man [Al-Hur] Fastest track on the CD but still a ballad. In colloquial Arabic.
12. The Sun of Love [Shams Al Hawa] Piano intro, about feeling connected to a Higher Power

**My picks: 1, 7, 9 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing
1. The Absent One   7. Stranger In The Gulf
2. The Hymn Of The Rain   8. Astonished By You And Me
3. Supply Me With An Excess Of Love   9. Two Kinds Of Love
4. The Trace Of The Butterfly   10. My Heart Tells Me
5. The Taste Of Love   11. The Free Man
6. Don't Increase His Agony   12. The Sun Of Love