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Music ::U2::

Posted in Music Review with tags , , on Thursday, March 20, 2008 by dragonsvamp

A friend of mine lent me some of her U2 albums. I must say I actually really like them.  When I was in Jordan, many of the ‘hip young thangs’ were into U2 and Pink Floyd so I never really looked much into them. Being the kind of person I was. But now that I actually like U2 I’m thinking I might like some of Pink Floyd if I ever get the chance to checking them out.   

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Muse ::All American Girl::

Posted in Music Review with tags , , , , , on Monday, February 11, 2008 by dragonsvamp

Carrie Underwood, the new Idol pop sensation, has a new(?) song out.  It’s called The All American Girl.  

Personally I think they forgot the ‘white’ part. It should be revised to ‘All American WHITE Girl’.

But that’s just me.

Aziz Maraka and Razz (Concert)

Posted in Music Review on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 by dragonsvamp

The previous post discussing the concert was me trying to make a stab at writing ‘article’ like. I must say it’s not really my type of writing but I think I am at least able to do it.  Here is my personal thoughts and observations about the concert.

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I wasn’t planning on attending this concert.  Moey had posted about it on his blog and I had thought about going but not seriously.  I didn’t decide to go until an hour before I was actually supposed to be there. 

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   I was running late.  It was already 7.30 and I was still not at the Courtyard where the concert was to be held.  I arrived by eight and found that it had yet to begin.  I sat with some friends and fellow bloggers and was told that the concert was postponed for another hour.  That it was supposed to start at eight thirty but they moved it to nine.  To my knowledge it was supposed to start at eight.

I sat down right in front of the stage and took in my surroundings.  The Courtyard seemed to be an outdoor tent.  It was odd but quite interesting.  There was no ceiling just the smooth flowing lines of white material.  Underfoot was a rectangle of fake grass. On one end was the stage and the rest of the grass was covered with white bean bags, couches, and low tables.  All this gave out a very cozy feel.

The first thing I noticed was that it was pretty stuffy.  There was no circulation and if someone near you was smoking you were in deep trouble if you can’t handle the smoke.  People were everywhere.  Calling out to one another whenever they see a familiar face.  I thought a few times to just get up and go back home.  I was disappointed that they had to do things the Arab way by postponing things. And the smoke was beginning to bother me.

However, a few minutes later people started to settle down and order their food so the smokers moved away from where I sat.  I sat and talked with some friends and bloggers and waited.

Right before nine o’clock struck the band members arrived silently and began to tune their instruments and get ready.  They were so quiet about it I think I didn’t realize they were there until a few minutes after. 

The moment the music started I lost all the uneasiness I had been feeling.  The hour passed very nicely. The band, Razz, did a really good job.  As many people already know I can’t stand Arabic music but this was something new.  To me Arabic music all sounds the same.  But as I said in the previous article Razz has broken away from the norm and created something quite unique. Imagine Rock, Arabian, and JaZZ music all combined into one. I might just begin to make exceptions now that I finally found some Arabic music that is different, decent and discusses decent topics.

Razz preformed six songs; Cry, Possessed, The story, You Scared Me, Bint El Nas, and Why My Dear?

At ten o’clock exactly the show was over with everyone wishing they would go on and sing for us a few more songs.  It was a very nice experience. I doubt, however, I would go to another concert of this sort again for certain reasons (which I had not realized until towards the end of the concert or even after).

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Photos and video courtesy of Samia and Reda

Aziz Maraka Concert

Posted in Music Review on Monday, January 15, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Upon entering The Courtyard in The Howard Johnson Palace, one is instantly struck with the feeling of comfort and homey-ness.  There were white bean bags scattered all over the area in front of the stage.  The sitting areas around the stage were very arabesque-ish. It was very colorful and yet still dim and warm giving the right atmosphere.

People were everywhere and they kept pouring in.  Everyone was cheerful and talking excitedly anticipating the arrival of the band members who were to preform in the concert presented by the French Cultural Center.

The concert was set to begin at 8 but didn’t start until 9 and lasted for an hour.  Aziz Maraka sang six songs including one he had just recently released ‘Bint El Nas’.  Those Arabic lyrics were set into a mixture of Rock, Jazz, and believe it or not Arabian melodies.  This mixture produces the genre Razz created by the band of the same name. 

The music was simple amazing.  The whole hour was spent in tranquility with the music and its strength. 

The recorded tracks are very, very misleading, and might even put off the listener.  However, the live show is so much more impressive. The instrumental variation and usage was amazing. They could use a bit more control and communication but since they are just beginning they have a pretty bright musical future ahead of them.  All in all, it was amazing; the vocals, the combination between the western instrumentals and the eastern ones.

Arabic music is finaly breaking from its bonds.  It is exploring new grounds and developing.  For the longest time, Arabic songs sounded just like the next but now this is all changing.  The Arab youth of today are willing to be adventurous and try new things and they have been doing a good job at it. 

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A short video of the concert can be viewed here. (Filched off Moey)

Album ::Closer Than Veins::

Posted in Music Review on Friday, May 26, 2006 by dragonsvamp

Album: Closer Than Veins

Band/Singer: Outlandish

Tracks:

1.                  Introspective

2.                  Any Given Time

3.                  Look Into My Eyes

4.                  Just Me

5.                  Kom Igen

6.                  Nothing Left To Do

7.                  Beyond Words

8.                  Words Stuck To Heart

9.                  Raggeda

10.              Callin’ You

11.              Sakeena

12.              I’ve Seen

13.              Una Palabra

14.              I only Ask of God

15.              Appreciatin’

Genre: Rap/Hip-hop

Release:  December 2005

Previous Albums/Songs: Bread and Barrels of Water

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Comments: This is the long awaited album from Outlandish.  Finally, after two years waiting ‘Closer Than Veins’ was released.  Frankly, I was disappointed with this album.  The band had calmed down considerably and this shows from how toned down the tracks are.  In the first album ‘Bread and Barrels of Water’ Outlandish seemed to be angry and therefore their tracks were more emotional.  I think the only reason I was disappointed was because I was expecting something much better than their first album.  But if I had listened to this album without knowing of the first album, which also means I would not have had as high of an expectation, I would love it more than I do.

However, there are some songs on here that are a must hear.  I absolutely love the following songs in order of preference: 1. Kom Igen, 2. Any Given Time, 3. Raggeda, 4. Callin’ You, 5. I’ve Seen

For more information cLICK HERe.

Kom Igen video:  Click here

Album ::Bread and Barrels of Water::

Posted in Music Review on Thursday, May 25, 2006 by dragonsvamp

Album: Bread and Barrels of Water

Band/Singer: Outlandish

Tracks:

1.      Introduction

2.      Guantanamo

3.      Peelo

4.      Walou

5.      Aicha

6.      Gritty

7.      Interlude

8.      If Only

9.      Fatima’s Hand

10.  El Moro

11.  Eyes Never Dry

12.  A Donkey Named Cheeta

13.  Dirty Dirty East

14.  Life is a Loom

15.  Bumpy (bonus track)

16.  Guantanamo (remix)

17.  Aicha (remix)

Genre: Rap/Hip-hop

Release:  2003

Previous Albums/Songs: N/A

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Comments: This album is a must have.  All the songs are just awesome and miraculous.  The languages used in this album are mainly English, and then a little bit of Spanish, Moroccan Arabic, and Urdu.  Outlandish should fall under their own genre in my opinion.  It’s simply a stunning piece of art!

For more information cLICK HERe.

 Walou video: Click here