Amr Diab

Awedony

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Amr Diab's other albums usually blend Western music with his traditional Egyptian singing, but on Awedony, he put his Western influences (apart from flashes of techno in "Kalast Feek Kol Alkalam") on hold to incorporate Eastern and Spanish music. There's some slick, modern-sounding production, but the general feel is towards a more international sound. "Al Malak El Barea" is a clear example, mixing Asian and Arabic music into a seamless whole. There is also the mixture of accordion and hand claps in "Nary (Ya Habeba)," giving it almost a tango feel. Similarly, "Weghlawtac" would please fans of the Gipsy Kings, with its strummed guitars and shuffling rhythms. What's more, Diab, is in fine voice, showing off his wailing throughout, and especially in "Enta Yali Bahebak"." The songwriting is impressive as well, with not a weak tune in the bunch. In fact, the album does such a good job of displaying Amr Diab's talents that it's a shame it isn't longer. Clocking it at barely 38 minutes, the album ends just as it's beginning to settle into a groove. The meager length (especially for a CD) makes it difficult to consider Awedony Diab's best album, despite the superb singing and music, since it seems frustrating that Diab and his producers would just stop as they were clearly hitting their stride. Still, the quality of the music means it's still worth hearing. Though its scant length makes it somewhat unsatisfying, Awedony contains some of Amr Diab's best songs, and those interested in discovering his talents should seek it out.

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