Jewish Music Blog

February 21, 2006

Lipa Keneinehora – Review

Filed under: Reviews — jewishmusic @ 10:02 pm

I’ve always expected a lot from Lipa’s albums because of his unique style. This album does have a couple of unique songs and arrangements, but on the whole I feel the album is pretty typical. Each song has different musicians and different arrangers, as well as a variety of composers, which in theory provides more variety, but with a couple of exceptions the arrangements are typically yeshivish sounding. The first song, Rabosi, is the most catchy fast song on the album. It is arranged by Ron Tichon who plays all the instruments except guitar which is covered by Singolda. This seems to be a pattern for Tichon – Shalsheles 3 was arranged by Tichon with the same configuration. Only Lipa could sing a song to the words Rabosi Nevarech; in his interview with JE Magazine, he explains why he used these words. The only other song which breaks new ground is the ballad Chalom Chalamti. The arrangement is excellent, from the rhythm section and string arrangements to the natural key change. The only sound which doesn’t fit into the arrangement is the choir, which sounds the same as any typical yeshivish album. Throughout the album, the music calls for a different sound of choir, but I’m constantly disappointed by the almost annoying yeshivish sound. Another example of good arranging is in the song Hut Bitachon. At 2:36, the groove changes and Lipa’s voice is altered with a very appropriate sound for the song. -If only the rest of the song had the same amount of energy as that 15 second bridge. Nish Im Shabbos has a jazz feel, but the song itself is not a jazz tune – merely a simple tune based around two chords arranged as a jazz tune. The arrangement is nice; it would have been nice if the song was too. I like the song Al Tadin – it has a certain drive to it.

A couple of things about the drummers on the album: Willard Tyson (Dyson?) who plays on songs 4 and 10 has, in my opinion, the best sounding set on the album, but his playing sounds like he’s holding back; I feel that his playing should have been a little more busy. Ron Vered in song 3 does an annoying triplet bass note figure which is distracting and very untasteful. He uses the same groove in Shwekey’s Yedid in the song Sameach. Rick Cutler plays on song 9 which is arranged by Yisroel Lamm. The words to this song are among the saddest words there are – so what is with the drum groove? This is clearly a decision by Lamm – Cutler has too much musical taste to play this groove on his own. The groove adds an extra 16th note in the bass drum, and consequently in the bass guitar, which should not be there. Yaron Gershovsky only covers piano on this song, and his level in the mix is barely audible, which greatly subtracts from this potentially emotional song.

To sum this album up in one sentence: There are a couple of arrangements in this album which make it stand out, as well as several arrangements which subtract from the direction and energy of the songs.

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6 Comments »

  1. very good review. I felt very much the same way, except the technical stuff I have no idea about. This CD just didn’t really get me excited.

    Comment by Chaim — February 22, 2006 @ 11:33 am

  2. I heard Lipa sing Rabosai live, he is an incredible talent.

    Comment by kasamba — February 22, 2006 @ 1:00 pm

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    Comment by NightTime — March 6, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

  4. I think that the drum in track 9 is very cool. I don’t think that it takes away from the seriousness of the song. I think it’s another little thing that makes this CD so good.
    And I was told that Lipa delegated the aranging of the chior to others because he had no time. Besides the fact that they sound very cool at times.

    Comment by NightTime — March 6, 2006 @ 5:30 pm

  5. the drummer on shwekey sameach is avidani not vered

    Comment by Anonymous — May 28, 2006 @ 1:08 am

  6. Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear.
    Are we safer today than we were before?
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

    Comment by Antibush — February 15, 2007 @ 9:16 am


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