Ishtar: The Voice of Alabinaby Alabína
For her solo release, Alabina singer Ishtar dropped the flamenco sound favored by her usual collaborators Los Ninos De Sara and instead released a collection of Arabic-flavored dance-pop. Several cuts, such as the disco-flavored "Depuis Qu'il M'aime" sound tailor-made for a club, but others have a much darker, more mysterious bent. "Lamouni" is a swirling, Arabic track that shows off Ishtar's impressive voice to its fullest while "Last Kiss" (the only song in English) is a dark, epic ballad that wouldn't sound out of place on a Kate Bush album. The real standout cut, though, is the spectacular "Yalla," which perfectly meshes Ishtar's Middle Eastern sound with techno rhythms and intricate production. The album can sometimes seen uneven, attempting to balance the lighter dance and pop cuts with the more experimental material, but the sequencing and production iron out some of the differences, and Ishtar's voice is powerful enough to lend distinction to even the most formulaic material. Ishtar: The Voice of Alabina does a superb job of mixing traditional and modern sounds, and will please anyone looking for striking original world music.
- Release Date:
- Atoll Music France
Performance CreditsAlabína Primary Artist
Ezzedine Bouzid Lute
Sameh Catalan Violin
Rabah Khalfa Percussion
Claudine Steenackers Background Vocals
Patrick Hampartzoumian Percussion
Jacques Veneruso Guitar,Vocals
Ronny Gold Piano
David Naulin Violin
Farhat Bouallagui Violin
Cyril Tarquiny Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Daniel Romeo Bass
Katarzyan Alemany-Ewald Cello
Fred Fraikin Clavier
Frédéric Mangeon Viola
Philippe Morel Violin
Eric Courrèges Viola
Daniel Dato Violin
Eve Djembi Vocals
Technical CreditsMichel Abihssira Arranger,Producer
Jacques Veneruso Arranger,Producer
Christophe Battaglia Arranger,Programming,Producer
Ronny Gold Arranger,Producer
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La Voix D'alabina is an albun for the world. Alabina's range combined with the beautiful instrumentalism of the band Ishtar is unparalleled. There is a fine range between the up beat discoteque tracks and the sensual mystique of the ballads. The music goes from romantic to menacing. Wish more of this music played in the U.S. I only found out about this album at an International Bookstore in Manhattan.
this album is great! i bought it in paris just b/c i wanted a french CD,,and you know what! i definalty got something better than i thought i did!
If you want something a bit more avante guard than the usual stuff to bellydance to, this one is definitely it.
This is an excellent album. Very upbeat and exotic. But where's 'Cest La Vie'? The version I purchased in my local B&N had this as the first track,and it's one of the best songs on the album. Before purchasing,I'd recommend looking for the version with this track.
It was Great, just like all of the other Alabina/Ishtar CDS
I saw this cd at a store on the listening station , played it and loved it ,,,, Yoou don't need to speak French to enjoy this great cd ** ISHTAR ** 5 star