Jewish Music Blog

May 18, 2006

Upcoming Albums

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishmusic @ 10:26 pm

Sameach released a new podcast today, and the 60 minute podcast previewed 6 new albums. Here’s a quick rundown:

First off is the album Uz Yevakeh sung by Sruli Ginsberg. The song previewed is entitled Heimah and is composed by Lipa Schmeltzer. Heimah has a freilach-then-rock groove, and the energy steps up for the rock. The B section melody uses 8th note anticipations, which adds to the groove and makes it more energetic. Sruli Ginsberg’s voice is pretty standard, but he adds the proper amount of energy for the song, and the Cher effect is used tastefully on his voice.

Next comes the song Tiferes off the album A Time and Place sung by Yossi Rotbard and Yerachmiel Ziegler. Tiferes is a catchy slow rock song, with a unique arrangment and great groove. It also uses a nice blend of electronic effects and acoustic instruments. The harmonies are all appropriate and well done. I am a big fan of Yerachmiel’s voice, and he works very well with Yossi. I can’t wait to hear the rest of this album.

Third is the title song off of the album VeHakohanim sung by Shlomo Katz, the brother of Eitan Katz. The song is arranged in a very simple quasi-Carlebach style. Katz has a very unprofessional voice, and I don’t think it’s enough to propel the song through the simple acoustic guitar-centric arrangement.

Siman Tov Mazel Tov is a wedding compilation album, and it features 75 songs in 2 CDs. The 9 vocalists are: Ron Ben-Chaim, Yoel Sharabi, Shlomo Chaviv, Meir Sherman, Avner Levy, Sandy Shmueli, Ari Pollack, Gershon Veroba and Avrami Weisberger. I think the concept behind the album is excellent – have one album with all the popular wedding songs so people can choose songs for their wedding or just enjoy commonly played wedding songs. The main key to this album will be the songs chosen.

The next new album is Koili El Hashem, produced by Dudi Kalish and Moshe Schwartz with vocalist Yaakov Daskal. Koili is an uninspiring song, even though the arrangers have some creative ideas such as clavinet funk and latin. The groove itself is very yeshivish, and Daskal’s vocals don’t have much energy.

Last, we have the title track Yogati from Yacov Young‘s album. The music uses the standard yeshivish sound, and Lamm’s arrangements are all over it. The disco Yogati has the potential to become popular at weddings. Although the drums have a more live, less compressed feel, Rick Cutler’s drumming is very simple and rigid. The also-stiff bass on the high part makes heavy use of the on-beats, which is a little disconcerting and subtracts from the groove.

All these albums will be released within the next two weeks.

Also, Avraham Fried will be releasing his next album called “Father Don’t Cry” around June.

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5 Comments »

  1. “is composed by Lipa Schmeltzer”

    a free demo would be nice

    Comment by ליפא שנילצער — May 25, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

  2. Free demo’s are available at all local jewish music retailers.

    Comment by Anonymous — June 6, 2006 @ 12:50 pm

  3. i really can’t wait 2 hear avraham fried’s new cd “father don’t cry”
    all his cd’z are so amazing!

    Comment by Anonymous — June 12, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

  4. i heard there is a video clip coming out with avraham fried’s father don’t cry

    Comment by Anonymous — July 9, 2006 @ 1:20 am

  5. 1) is this really lipa commenting??? 2) yacov young is really nice specailly the “yagaty” song!!!! i saw him by gimmel tamuz

    Comment by shimong — July 9, 2006 @ 7:27 pm


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