Just Do What's Right by Brothers of the Baladi | 619981252324 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Just Do What's Right

Just Do What's Right

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by Brothers of the Baladi
     
 
Middle Eastern music is traditionally fairly sparse -- attempting to evoke the human voice with every bit of instrumentation, and keeping to the dastgahs, the maqams fairly tightly. When it becomes modernized, however, it can become a big sound, as in rai. Here with the Brothers of the Baladi, it's a very, very big sound. The

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Middle Eastern music is traditionally fairly sparse -- attempting to evoke the human voice with every bit of instrumentation, and keeping to the dastgahs, the maqams fairly tightly. When it becomes modernized, however, it can become a big sound, as in rai. Here with the Brothers of the Baladi, it's a very, very big sound. The core of the sound is in Middle Eastern instrumentation, but there's a chunk of electronica behind it all and strong (and tweaked) vocals. The album opens with an intriguing cover of the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth" in an entirely new light. The title track is a thick fusion of old and new with aspects of belly dancing music layered with some fairly ambient vocals and more electronica. A couple of more traditional numbers come next, dropping most of the modern ornamentation in favor of simpler oud and saz arrangements (but with a funky beat that's a little more pumped up than the traditional versions). And then it's back to the modern fusion pieces. An anti-war song is followed by a bit of a swooping ballad in "The Next Time," and a return to the more clearly Middle Eastern with Farid Al Atrache's "Wy'ek." After an oddly-placed traditional Anglo-Saxon dirge, the cycle seems to repeat again -- another anti-war song, a modern fusion belly dance (more hopped up than ballad this time though), and a traditional Arabic piece in "Wah Wah." A bit of the Song of Solomon is adapted into another piece of the very big sound -- lots of voices, lots of electronics, lots of drums. After a traditional Persian piece is reworked, the album ends with another cover of a classic rock anti-war song just like it began, using Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" this time around. The sound is thick. These guys are taking a lot of liberties with traditional musics, and generally winning on their bets. They're primarily in the circuit of world music festivals and college campus performances, but their sound is more thoroughly developed and richer than that would imply. Worth a shot for anyone who's got an ear for modern world music and something like what rai might sound like in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Brothers Of Baladi
UPC:
0619981252324
catalogNumber:
11
Rank:
250292

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brothers of the Baladi   Primary Artist
J. Michael Kearsey   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Vocals
Michael Beach   Castanets,Tabla,Timbales,Vocals,Zarb,Zills,Bendir,Riqq,Def
Eddie Parente   Violin,Guest Appearance
Bruce Robertson   Drums,Timbales,electronics,Guest Appearance
Geoff George   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Brenda Erickson   Violin,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Youssef Boutros   Violin,Guest Appearance
Kerry Movassagh   Electric Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Belinda Underwood   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

J. Michael Kearsey   Composer,Producer
Chris Rea   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Michael Beach   Composer,Producer
Farid el Atrache   Composer
Bruce Robertson   Producer,Engineer
Geoff George   Composer

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