Jewish Music Blog

June 16, 2006

Yehuda Generations of Song – Review

Filed under: Reviews — jewishmusic @ 3:14 pm

It’s been a little over 4 years since Yehuda’s last album, Eftach Pi, and Generations of Song is a welcome addition to the Yehuda family. This album has everything that makes a Yehuda album great – tasteful arrangements and vocals, as well as classic Yehuda-style discos and ballads.

Generations of Song is arranged by Yehuda, and its sound is very similar to Eftach Pi, which unlike Yehuda’s earlier albums, uses real instruments as well as synth sounds. There are a couple of notable changes from Eftach Pi, though. Similar to Yehuda & Friends, several songs such as Shimu and Aleinu, have duets. Also, Yehuda steps up his vocals by singing higher notes more often. This album also includes the now popular Niggun Neshomele (aka Niggun Neshoma), and Yehuda’s version is done very well. The musicians have a chance to improvise, and the groove is just right. The song Chai Hashem has a great soft-rock groove, and Ana Avda is a Turkish hora which utilizes several world instruments. The title song is a gentle jazzy ballad which starts off with very tasteful smooth jazz piano covered by Yaron Gotfried. This is the best I’ve ever heard of Gotfried, who always seems a little too mechanical.

What I like most about Yehuda is that everything fits. What I mean by this is that ballads remain heartfelt ballads, and don’t transform into hard-rock ballads, and even his rockiest song, Psach Libi, doesn’t use heavy distortion guitar just for the sake of using distortion guitar. Another example of how everything fits is that the tunes fit the lyrics to tunes. Nachem is a ballad, and not a catchy rock song. Yehuda also uses the choir very creatively by switching parts of melodies from the choir to himself such as in Niggun Neshomele and Psach Libi, and by improvising over the choir.

Yehuda takes his significant musical experience and the result is an album that manages to surpass his previous albums. This album is a must for Yehuda fans, and even for some non-Yehuda fans.

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3 Comments »

  1. hey aryeh

    i also loved this album and I think the best way to describe it is – creative. Yehuda flawlessly arranged all the songs and it sounds very unique. As you mentioned he is “singing higher notes” more than ever, altough i think the right way to say it is that he is doing more vocal improvisation (correct me if i’m wrong). I just think he overdid it a little, improvising a bit too much, but i think that’s just his style..

    yakov

    Comment by Anonymous — June 18, 2006 @ 12:50 am

  2. I meant two things by the “higher notes” – one was improvisation like you say, and the other was in general he sings the songs in higher keys. Although he may have overdone it, I like the fact that he did something different.

    Comment by keyboardguy — June 23, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  3. I personally loved Yehuda’s improv on this album. He gets better with every album! For me, it keeps things interesting. As far as the album as a whole, I think it’s definately his best album yet. The songs are dynamite and the arrangements keep you “into” the music.

    -Noam

    Comment by Anonymous — July 6, 2006 @ 12:11 pm


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