Jewish Music Blog

July 7, 2005

Why Does Jewish Music all Sound the Same?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishmusic @ 11:55 am

It seems that anybody Jewish who thinks they can sing (and some who can’t) is coming out with a Jewish album. The tiny Jewish market is flooded with tons of so-so singers. It would be nice if at least these albums sounded different, but they don’t even have that going for them!

So, why does Jewish music all sound the same?

I think the answer is very simple –
If one uses the same: Composers, Arrangers, Musicians, Recording Studios, Engineers, any music is going to sound the same.

That’s why anything remotely different is automatically a “best seller”. Case in point: The Chevra, Blue Fringe.

This is also why I feel that an album like the most recent Journeys is to be additionally commended. The composition of the songs on Journeys 4 is way beyond the typical Jewish song. The music was meticulously arranged and the musicians are different.

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4 Comments »

  1. I can only say I agree but the most obvious reason is arrangements. I have heard albums with the same musicians but with different arrangers and the sound was signifacntly different and better.

    Comment by Jewish Blogmiester — July 7, 2005 @ 2:58 pm

  2. We really need to go back to the raw classic rock type mix of the good old days. The new overprocessed sterile sounds just gives me a headache.

    Comment by The Real Shmuel — July 7, 2005 @ 9:33 pm

  3. I agree partially. We do have some refreshing new sounds in JM. Examples: Lev Tahor (not the accapella ones) – gadi fuchs’ compositions are superb and very original; Shalsheles – altough Lamm is the arranger they sound definetly different and original. Anybody heard Shimon Craimer? YG produces it but the songs are very original and refreshing.

    In the other hand the good albums are very scarce and most of what comes out is indeed the usual boring stuff.

    yakov

    Comment by Anonymous — July 14, 2005 @ 1:34 pm

  4. Shaleim has a very different sound, no heavy arrangements, just 2 guys singing and 1 guy on keyboards. The Shapiro Brothers also has an original sound.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 2, 2005 @ 1:00 am


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