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Halim

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mantra
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004UAVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Simply, I would recommend everyone to buy this album. Of course I know that my musical taste isn't identical to everyone else's, but since Natacha Atlas probably is the most addictive music I've ever come across, it is saying a lot as there actually is lots of music out there.
OK, this music sounds quite different at first listen unless you're not already into ethnic music, but don't worry; it is accessible. 'Halim' is a most rare musical masterpiece. The blend is too perfect: Natacha Atlas' voice, so delightful and sexy, and the beautiful Arabic language(yes, it is very beautiful when sung by Natacha Atlas). The exotic rhythms, and sometimes the good techno feel (however this album isn't very technoish). High-class arrangements, without any flaws as far as I can hear.
After having bought `Diaspora' and `Gedida' I didn't expect `Halim' to be as good as my first two superb Atlas purchases, but I was very impressed by how strong and mature the songs on this album are. The opening tune `Marifnaash' is really full of go and always takes me into ecstasy (like all of the tunes), `Ya Weledi' and `Andeel' are other stand-outs. Also, I appreciate very much the tracks on which the melodies get cheesy (for example 'Amulet', 'Moustahil'), because the `cheese' works excellent with Natachas voice. Each one of the tunes here has its own charm.
`Gedida' is my favourite Natacha Atlas album, but `Halim' comes very close and belongs to the essential cds of my record collection that I have to listen to once (at least) a day. Buy it.
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2) "Halim" (1997)-Natacha Atlas. There is no excuse for not buying this CD-it's crucial to any world music collection! Less dub stuff than her first CD more singable tunes and a more polished CD. Nothing short of brilliant. She can cover everything from classical Arabic singing to modern dance/dub tunes-her range is phenomenal. Too bad she hid in the shadow of TransGlobal Underground and Jah Wobble for so long. If you like this, you should try her first CD and, while you're at it-check out TransGlobal Underground as they aren't slouches either. Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke/Victorious City) co-produced a few tracks, as did some of her cronies at TransGlobal Underground. The cronies are Hamid Mantu, Neil Sparkes, Alex Kasiek and Count Dubulah. Of interest, John Reynolds and Justin Adams also produce a couple of songs for Natacha. They are the same chaps who helped produced Abdel Ali Slimani's "Mraya". Also, Adams and Reynolds were part of Jah Wobble's- "Invaders of the Heart" (1991). The first track, "Marifnaash" has a dash of Middle Eastern flavour to an otherwise 'pop hit' with strings, accordion and a familiar Wobble bass line along with the searing voice of Natacha. The next cut, "Moustahil" starts with snake-charmer sound on clarinet with Hammond organ backing and gradually builds into something that the TransGlobal guys hijack. Natasha's 'youyous' signal the segue into her next megahit and dance hall favourite-"Amulet". "Amulet" is the cut that most likely will be aired on FM stations. This track enjoyed amazing success here in the Middle East. Moreover, this CD continually sells out over here in UAE. Back to more traditional stuff with "Leyli".Read more ›
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While not quite on par with "Gedida", this is still a definate crowd pleaser. Theres a lot more of a western influence on this CD, in my opinion anyway. Natacha's style is still a definite mix though, combining both the sensabilities of western music and the stylistic elements of Egyptian/Arabic pop music. The result is uniquely Natacha Atlas, but appeals to both fans of western music and Arabic pop. If you listen to her, your hooked. Her beautiful, seductive voice just sort of drags you in. She is definately one of the most wonderful singers out there. Her songs "Amulet" and "Layli" are just so atmospheric and beautiful (check them out; you can listen to them here). She goes on to do mind-blowing songs lie "Sweeter Than Any Sweets", "Andeel" and "Y Albi Ehda". I cannot put into mere words the splendor which is her voice. Just give this CD a shot. Even if you have never heard Arabic pop music in the past, you might find yourself dancing along to her voice.
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By Alex Kaydanov on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The talent of this woman is undescribable. In some of her songs the music seems almost touchable. Its as if she took the whole universe and weaved it into a song. When I listen to her melodies I can see the stars, the galaxies, I can see love. This is the kind of art that used to be in the world, beautiful, powerful, honest, not on a quest for money but on a journey through creativity. This music is totally alive and I think it gives and changes the world more than any amount of money ever could.
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By A Customer on July 26, 2002
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This is my personal favorite of Atlas' albums because in my opinion it shows off her AMAZING voice the best. It is a bit more traditonal than Gedida and Ayeshteni, but still great. Anytime that I need creative inspiration, I just pop this one in and imagine I'm floating down the river Nile at sunset! The best tracks are #1 and #7. I've also heard that this music is great for belly dancing, but since I don't belly dance (although I'd like to have time to take some classes) I'll leave that up to you to decide. But, as I said in the beginning, the main point of this CD is Atlas' sonorous, silky, sensuous voice. Even if you don't speak Arabic and therefore don't understand a word she's saying (like me), it's still fantastic to listen to and gets its point across. Two words of advice�BUY IT!!!!
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