|Ben Shalom, Achi / Hebrew Love Songs|
|Add Date:||2003-11-24|| ||Pull Date:||2004-01-26|| ||Charts:||Reggae/World|
|Week Ending:||25 Jan||18 Jan||11 Jan||4 Jan||28 Dec||21 Dec||14 Dec|
Adama, the Jewish-music band based in El Cerrito, CA, and Achi, their lead singer with the baritone voice, perform 15 tracks whose lyrics are either derived from or inspired by the “Song of Songs”. The Song of Songs (written by Solomon) is said to relate the joy experienced through sensual connection with spiritual ecstacy, and although I’m not familiar with Hebrew, I certainly got that sense listening to many of these tracks, which range from soft, instrumental numbers, to rough, folksy dance tunes. Good stuff.|
Track 1, Iti Milvanon: Breezy start; slow, deep male vocals
Track 2, Bona Habanot: Sounds more like traditional middle-eastern dance music, with drums and flute. Male chorus in the vocals.
Track 3, Sh’ney Shoshanim: Slower male vocals plus drums.
Track 5, Ro-eh vero-ah: Great instrumental prelude, male chorus vocals with steady beat. Layered orchestration with piano and violin.
Track 6, Eil Ginat Egoz: Beatiful piano start and soft flute throughout.
Track 8, Lif’not Sachar: Short flute refrain.
Track 9, Im Hashachar: “Breathy” male vocals, Drumming and other percussion.
Track 10, Neitzeh Hasadeh: Short performance by acapella-ish choir.
Track 11, Hinach Yafah: Short exquisite piece with piano and flute. Transported me right to the hills of Jerusalem.
Track 12, Ki Tinam: Slower, soft singing with accompanying guitar.
Track 14, Hana-avah Babanot: Similar to 11 as it begins. Male vocals and accompanying female choir.