Jewish Music Blog

June 23, 2006

Sruli Ginsberg Oz Yibakeh – Review

Filed under: Reviews — jewishmusic @ 5:42 pm

Oz Yibakeh is Sruli Ginsberg’s second album (first was Aneini), and it falls under the genre of yeshivish music. Although this album doesn’t diverge significantly from the standard yeshivish sound, there’s something a little more emotional about this album, and it reflects itself in both the music, arranged by Sruli’s brother, Heshi, and the songs, which are composed by Lipa Shemltzer, Yishai Lapidot, R’ Hillel Palei, and other familiar names. The vocals for the most part are very lively and emotional, although they are sometimes inconsistent, especially towards the later songs on the album.

The strength of the songs lies in the fast songs, such as the freilach/rock Heimo, the rock song ChasidiShai, and slow freilach Chasdei. Heimo, composed by Lipa Shemltzer, is an atypical rock/freilach which has a tremendous amount of energy. The tune is great, and has the potential to be played at weddings. (I planned on attaching sheet music in .pdf format for Heimo, but I was unable to figure out how to do this in blogger. Does anyone know if attaching .pdfs is possible in blogger?) Chasdei is an above-average slow freilach, and the tune is emotional and the arrangement is original and compliments the vocals well. ChasidiShai, composed by Yishai Lapidot, is a niggun with no words, and is a very traditional tune, which is unusual for Lapidot. The tune has a great interlude with slap bass and then goes into a funky groove. The ballads for the most part are not as good as the fast songs.

The arrangements and tunes are more varied than most yeshivish albums. ChasidiShai has a 70s disco feel, with pitch bent strings, rhodes, and wah-wah guitar. Ein Aroch is arranged very well, with interesting chord changes in the intro, and a I7 chord before a V chord. The string section sounds very emotional, especially in the intro to Oz Yibakeh, which is unusual for a Jewish album where the string section usually sounds canned. All in all, there is a great deal of variety on this album.

Sruli’s vocals sometimes sound like Baruch Aboud, Yisroel Williger, Lipa and Yeedle, but the bottom line is that he has a unique voice. The only aspect of his singing I didn’t like is that when he bends into notes, they are often out of tune. This is especially apparent in the ballads.

Oz Yibakeh is a yeshivish album plus. The arrangements and tunes are slightly more sophisticated than usual, which makes for interesting listening.

Some pictures from this album are available here and here, and the track B’fi is available here towards the bottom of the page.



  1. aryeh, you can attach files on blogger if they are saved to your computer. Save it in by documents and then in blogger, hit “attach files” and browse your documents

    Comment by sam — June 26, 2006 @ 10:13 am

  2. Thanks for your help. I still can’t seem to find where “attach files” is. Is is in the edit post section?

    Comment by keyboardguy — June 26, 2006 @ 10:49 am

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