Samir Joubran is the son of an oud maker and he has grown up to be a master of the instrument, as has his brother, who is a major part of this album. The fraternal communication they share is quite astonishing, making for some remarkable duet playing -- and they share the same spirit for inhabiting moods on this disc. As Palestinians living in Italy, much of the disc seems infused with the somber sorrow of their people. There is plenty of room for improvisation, as can be found on the epic "Ramallah August 10." This isn't classical Arab music, by any means, with its traditional structures. Instead, despite the frequently solemn mood, there is a richly elegant beauty to Joubran's compositions that often catches fire in emotions, as on the title cut, and takes flight making it especially accessible to Western listeners for whom the strictures of the Arab classical form seem impenetrable. The music has plenty of room to breathe and flow here, and Joubran makes sure it does -- just listen to "Khalaas," for an example. The playing is as exquisite as the compositions, offering something truly gorgeous and the kind of thing to draw you in and capture you.
AllMusic Review by Chris Nickson