Hidden Melodies Revealed

April 7, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Label: JDUB Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 JDub Records
  • Total Length: 52:52
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001VG39XW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,759 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Like too many albums out there, this one tries a bit too much.
E. D. Garcia
This is an unusual stew of musical genres, (I won't say "mix" or "blend" because it's not that smooth.) combining rock and world music with traditional Jewish songs.
B. Niedt
Definitely not a band I will check out in the future and definitely not something I will listen to regularly.
K. Eckert

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Colan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
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It's interesting that the Product Description for this album does not mention an important fact about this music - that it is based on traditional Jewish songs, and a good amount of the songs are in Hebrew (the rest in English).

That does NOT pigeon-hole this album into a "type" that you can dismiss - although that is probably why it is not described in those terms. The music is a modern mix of alt-rock or art-rock playing with a healthy dose of World Beat sound, and (on many tracks) supported by various horns and a violin. And it rocks! Except for a couple of tracks that are spoken word.

The origin of the music gives it some important characteristics - lots of minor chords; unusual chord progressions and rhythm structures; some interesting breaks; at times dissonant. In some ways it reminds me of middle-period King Crimson albums, and like KC, I think this album would be good played loud on a good stereo. But it is complex, which for casual listeners may make it less than accessible. I suggest you give it a few listenings before you decide what you think of it.

If you think you won't enjoy music whose lyrics you don't understand (not a problem for me), then read the lyrics and translations on the band's Web site, swaymachinery dot com.

For me, 3 stars is a solid, good album, and that's how I rate this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geekdomo TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
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Overall the music in this collection is pretty cool. I like world music, the intricacies of the different pallets help to make something unique and interesting. What I did not like about this cd and what caused me to give it 4 instead of 5 stars, is the sort of pretentious ramblings of the lead singer. In one "song" he only chats with the mic in a psuedo poetic verse. It never really goes anywhere and is kind of annoying hence the -1 star. When the music is playing its fun and jazzy. I don't speak Hebrew but as with all world music the sound is what is the key factor, and for that it delivers just fine. All in all a nice collection for your world music collection.

Thanks for reading my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avid reader VINE VOICE on June 2, 2009
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The music is absolutely fantastic -- high energy, creative. A definite original groove. What I didn't care for was the vocals, and this is purely personal preference. Several of the songs are traditional jewish songs, sung in (I assume) hebrew (or would it be yiddish?). It's not a sound that I am used to.

The other thing I didn't care for was a few 'short stories' intermixed. They are original stories. They are read in a low, kindof whispery voice that I found rather... disturbing. The stories and some of the songs are in english.

I simply didn't "get" this music. I'm sure I would love an instrumental recording from this group, but the vocals just didn't work for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Charme HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2009
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Indie rock, jazz, blues, klezmer--these are just some of the styles that lead to high energy and creative music from this group. However, I agree with some other reviews that I could have done without the poetry readings, and also that sometimes the vocals get in the way of the music--not because the vocals are often in Hebrew, but because they sometimes seemed at odds with the high energy of the music.

In listening to this album, just skip the poetry and fast forward some of the vocals. This group has great talent and is definitely worth listening to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn VINE VOICE on June 3, 2009
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I was not sure what to expect from this CD. What I found was a very interesting faith based mix of Rock, Jazz, and Jewish folk, with some Hebrew. It kind of has like a story backdrop with an almost hypnotic feel to it . I really enjoyed it very much. It has interesting rock guitar riffs and some nice horns. Sway is a good description because you almost sway to the rhythm while you are listening to it. It reminds of religious Jews that sway when they are praying. Something completely different yet still easy to connect to whether you are jewish or not.
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This is one crazy album. Apparently it is classified as yiddish fusion...I have learned I am not a big Yiddish fusion fan.

The strong point of this album is the instrumentation. Many of the songs have phenomenal horn riffs and pounding beats. "Amin Zemniros", "A Staff of Strength in the Hands of the Righteous", and "Aveinu Malkeinu Z'kohr" all have wonderful horn parts.

Another positive point of his album were the three spoken tracks. "When I First Came to This Country", "The Mask", and "The Princess" are all spoken tracks that tell brief stories. These were very well done and some of my favorite tracks on this album.

Unfortunately I found the somewhat yodeling Yiddish singing to be distracting from the rest of the music. Some of the singing made me wince and really grated on my nerves.

For all the craziness of the funky music and grandiose singing, some tracks were more accessible than others. I found "Tell it all to Me", "Ahavas Olam", "I Shall Chant Praises", and "Drinking and Driving" to be the easiest to listen to and most accessible tracks on this album. So, give those four a listen first and if those are too far out there for you then this is probably not an album for you.

Part of it was probably because I couldn't understand the Yiddish lyrics; but overall I thought the singing ruined what could have been a great instrumental album.

Although some of these songs were okay I just felt like this was a bit outside of my comfort range for listening (I have a pretty big comfort range and listen to a lot of experimental music). Definitely not a band I will check out in the future and definitely not something I will listen to regularly. Maybe if they did an instrumental album in the future they might be worth a re-listen.
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