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Genres: World Music, Pop
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With keyboardist Lyle Mays as chief accompanist, Noa comes off as a bubbling female counterpart to Marc Cohn. Oddly off-kilter, but intriguing nonetheless. --Jeff Bateman


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All Artists: Noa
Title: Noa
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Release Date: 12/18/2007
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 602498678930

With keyboardist Lyle Mays as chief accompanist, Noa comes off as a bubbling female counterpart to Marc Cohn. Oddly off-kilter, but intriguing nonetheless. --Jeff Bateman

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Stylish contemporary Israeli music given the Metheny sound
Hindburn | Church Stretton, Shropshire, England | 08/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For this album aimed at the US market, Israeli jazz/folk singer Achinoam Nini adopted the nickname Noa, which also became the title of the record. Although recorded quite early in her career, it is a very polished and competently executed album with excellent instrumental and vocal work, which is further enhanced by the classy production sound of Pat Metheny.Guitar virtuoso Metheny stayed behind the mixing desk on this project, leaving all guitar duties to Noa's compatriot and collaborator, Gil Dor, whose dexterous acoustic guitar work provides a lively backing for Noa's agile voice. Throughout, the album is characterised by a typical Metheny Group 'ambient' sound, with ringing acoustic guitars, warm synthesizer orchestrations by Lyle Mays, and the string bass of Steve Rodby. The superb drum sound of Steve Ferrone gives a terrific lift to the opening track, but throughout most of the album little percussion is used.Despite having lived in the US for much of her youth, Noa's English lyrics are of only moderate quality, but even so the songs in English come across well, being at times reminiscent of Joni Mitchell's early work. However, it is perhaps in the more exotic sound of the three Hebrew songs that Noa and Gil are at their most effective and original, with 'Uri' (a setting of a Hebrew poem) being particularly touching. Another unusual feature is the inclusion of the JS Bach composition 'Ave Maria' as the closing track, in which despite Noa's slightly clumsy English lyrics (which to classical purists would be a desecration of the Bach/Gounod original) the sentiments - a prayer for peace in her troubled homeland - are nevertheless profound.This is a superb album of music which is refreshingly different, yet with an overall sound that is comfortingly familiar. I can't recommend it highly enough. Her other albums are a bit more idiosyncratic in style, but well worth hearing if you enjoy this one."
Deserves to be much more widely appreciated
Gavin Wilson | 06/29/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Guitarist Gil Dor, unknown to me until the release of this CD, must be one of the bravest musicians around. He plays guitar throughout this album, despite the fact that through the glass panel of the recording studio he would have been able to see guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny at the production desk.This album caught the Pat Metheny Group during a creative peak, and although Pat plays no guitar whatsoever and Wertico is absent, the rest of the band is here (former drummer Dan Gottlieb even returns to play cymbals!) and the sound is very much PMG of around the 'Letter From Home' period.Don't judge the album entirely by the opening track, which is outstanding and, as single, ought to have been a million-seller, in the same timeless inspirational vein as say, Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive'. The rest of the album doesn't always maintain the magnificent standard of that opening high point, but there is much to enjoy. Track #4, 'Path to Follow', is typical of the beauties that take a little more listening.Pianist Lyle Mays does a particularly good job throughout this album, and it's surprising that he hasn't worked with Gil Dor on any of his own solo albums. Mays and Dor appeared to achieve a strong empathy here.If you want a recommendation for another female vocalist who worked briefly with Pat Metheny, Silje's 'Tell Me Where You're Going' is in much the same vein, although slightly less Hebraic and slightly more Norwegian, as one might expect of a Nordic artist."