Re: Modern Arabic music
<pm.carey <at> utoronto.ca>
2006-08-01 07:21:28 GMT
>>Natacha Atlas - "Halim" (Mantra/Beggars, 1997)
>>Natacha Atlas - "Diaspora" (Mantra/Beggars, 1995)
>>Natacha Atlas - "Gedida" (Mantra/Beggars, 1999)
>>An obvious choice. I think these three are her best,
>>although almost every album has some must-have cuts.
>>"Halim" is definitely the place to start.
* "micah stupak" <micah <at> benthic.cc> wrote:
>i figured someone would bring up natacha sooner or later... her work
>is pretty excellent, she has an amazing voice, and does some pretty
>excellent covers. the three above discs are pretty good, and yeah, i
>think _halim_ is the best, too. _something dangerous_ is her very
>poppy album from a few years back, not that interesting, but she has a
>new one just out called _mish malia_ (from memory, not so sure on that
>one), which i think may actually be her strongest, most traditional work.
Agreed that "Mish Maoul" is a strong return to Atlas' roots, which,
after the disappointing, "Something Dangerous", is good to see/hear.
Unfortunately, as with _almost_ all of her albums, some programming
of the CD player is required. "Halim" remains the only one that is
pretty much top-notch from start to finish. She's done plenty of
ace cameos too, on some wonderful records.
Oh, yeah... good luck in Jordan, Sean! I was looking forward to getting
over there (as well as to Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, UAE & Iran),
but now it will probably be later rather than sooner...