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Diab, Amr / Banadeek Ta'ala (I'm Calling You, Come)
Album:Banadeek Ta'ala (I'm Calling You, Come) Collection:World
Artist:Diab, Amr Added:12/2011

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Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2011-12-29 
Amr Diab, Banadeek Ta‘ala (I’m calling you, come)
(Rotana/Laser, 2011) – ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN
Reviewed by Abu Ramses

Beloved Amr Diab, the king of Egyptian Geel-style pop, won the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist in 1998, 2002, 2007 & 2009. He was the first Egyptian singer to appear in a music video. Tracks of this highly-hyped album leaked online before its release in Sept. 2011 - delayed due to the anti-Mubarak uprising, which Diab strongly supported. Mainly romantic lyrics & house-beat tunes with Diab backed by his “boys”; some more creative fusions depart from this baseline. Diab’s usual fare - successful in its own terms.

Try 1, 3, 11
1. Banadeek ta‘ala (I’m calling you, come) - Fuses a house beat with an electric oud – 3:15
2. Halla halla - Upbeat, romantic, lyrics about a great life-changing love – 3:25
3. Ma’darsh ana (I can’t) – Foregrounds Diab’s solo vocal with a more oriental melody, recalling Diab’s early sound – 3:52
4. Allumak leh (Why would I blame you?) mid-tempo; wailing guitar – 3:21
5. Ma‘ak bartah – (With you, I’m relaxed) – Electronica and house beat - 3:53
6. Ya rayt sinnak (But for your age) – nice percussion but otherwise un-notable; he falls for a girl who’s too young – a dicey theme in Egypt – 3:29
7. Ma’ali ‘Aynaya’ (She lifts my eyes) – upbeat dance tune with Klezmerish/ Balkan elements – 3:15
8. Hiya Hayati (She is my life) – 1 minute intro of house beat percussion solo; then with guitar intro; keeps a driving beat to the end with no break - 5:13
9. Yawm ma ‘itabilna (The day we met) - soft tone, smooth & romantic slow dance, nice solo guitar on breaks – 3:25
10. Aghla min ‘umri (More valuable than my life) – Electronica & house beat, 60s rock guitar solos – 4:46
11. ‘Arif habibi (Do you know my love) – Mid-tempo with Latin beat & guitar accompaniment – 3:25
12. Tagriba wa-‘adet – (Trial and Error) – Some electronica; beat shifts between house and traditional Egyptian maqsum; a bit too repetitive – 5:04

Track Listing
1.Banadeek Ta'ala (I'm Calling You, Come) 7.Mally 'eiynaya (Fill My Eyes)
2.Halla Halla 8.Hiya Hayati (She Is My Life)
3.Ma'darsh Ana (I Can't) 9.Youm Ma 'itabelna (The Day We Met)
4.Allumak Leh (Why Should I Blame You?) 10.Aghla Min 'umri (More Valuable Than My Life)
5.Ma'ak Bartah (With You I Relax) 11.'aref Habibi (You Know My Love)
6.Ya Rayt Sinnak (Except For Your Age) 12.Tagrua Wa-'addet (Trial And Error?)