Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Now Sounds of the Middle East
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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The aoud & the finger-drums at their best and worst
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well...if you gotta have your dose of bastardized Beatles ("Yesterday") to get the other, more unfamiliar Middle Eastern stuff down the gullet, I suppose this is one way to do it. The aoud-picking here was delightful, with a fine backup ensemble, but the producers or artists apparently couldn't resist pandering to the suspected pop instincts of the typical buyer, so we get a couple of little pitches to the lower common denominator to lengthen our attention span. I really liked the aoud playing here; it was lively, authentic, virtuosic at points, and this really was a fun album for someone just becoming aware of Middle Eastern music in its more lively incarnations."