Oumeima Releases New CD Titled 'Zaman' + My CD Review

Oumeima (Omeima) El Khalil has just released her much anticipated album 'Zaman' which aims at solidifying the success that her critically acclaimed previous CD 'Ya' made upon the Arab and world music scene.

Here is the track list on the new CD followed by a sample of track 1.  You can hear samples from the other tracks on Oumeima's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/OumeimaElKhalil

Track List on 'Zaman':
  1. Tabaa El Wosta (الطبقة الوسطى (04:05
  2. Niyalak (نيالك (03:05
  3. Rasayel (رسايل (04:11
  4. Thilalouna (ظلالنا (03:42
  5. Hatha (هذا (05:31
  6. Fi Akher Al Ashyaa (في آخر الأشياء (04:49
  7. Leh (Revisited) (ليه (03:51
  8. Bint W Sabi (بنت وصبي (05:50
  9. Arifou Biladan (أعرف بلاداً (04:41

Oumeima el Khalil is an established Lebanese singer who interprets her culture and passion for music to a worldwide audience. She has a voice that has been touching her diverse fan base for decades and she continues to thrive in the music industry today.

For more info see http://www.oumeima.com

El Khalil, Oumeima Zaman (2013)
This is a pleasant album by Oumeima (sometimes spelled Omeima) and follows her previous critically acclaimed album ‘Ya’ which got a lot of airplay on KZSU. Oumeima’s voice is still there, clear as a bell, but this CD seems more traditional than experimental.  Give it a chance because it will grow on you.

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 are in Levantine dialect. Tracks 4, 5, 6, 9 are in Classical Arabic.

All tracks are FCC clean.

**1 Tabaa El Wosta 4:05 [The Middle Class] Best track on the album, mid tempo, satirical lyrics and commentary on class systems.

2 Niyalak 3:05 [Good for You] Slow ballad expressing the aloofness of the beloved.

3 Rasayel 4:11 [Letters] Sad song about loss of love and loss of one’s homeland.

4 Thilalouna 3:42 [Our Hills]. Classical Arabic poem/lyrics about Egypt

5 Hatha 5:31 Somewhat faster beat than most tracks; classical Arabic lyrics.

**6 Fi Akher Al Ashyaa 4:49 [The End of All Things] Mellow, soft melody and soothing, sad vocals. Classical Arabic.

7 Leh (Revisited) 3:51 [Why] This track was originally released on Oumeima’s previous album and here has been revamped and slowed down. Lebanese dialect.

8 Bint W Sabi 5:50 [A Girl and a Boy] Pleasant, mellow ballad in Lebanese dialect.

9 Arifou Biladan 4:41 [I Know Countries] A ballad that borders on a hymn. Picks up in middle with electric guitar which is startling. Classical Arabic.

**My faves: 1 and 6 (Ramzi Salti)

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