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Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms II
Various Artists
Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms II
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock
 
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As on the first Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms, the ambiance here is dance-oriented and club-friendly, which is at once unsurprising and perfectly authentic. Modern Middle Eastern pop is youth-oriented and notoriously o...  more »

     
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms II
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ark 21
Release Date: 2/12/2002
Genres: Alternative Rock, International Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: Africa, Middle East, Arabic, Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 618685004123

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As on the first Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms, the ambiance here is dance-oriented and club-friendly, which is at once unsurprising and perfectly authentic. Modern Middle Eastern pop is youth-oriented and notoriously open to intercultural experimentation, but some novelties work better than others. Rachid Taha's percussive, bass-driven "En Retard" is one pick hit, and Cheb Mami's string-driven "Baida" is another. Khaled's "Trigue Lycee," Sabu and Arabian Fantasy's festive "Yala Habibi," and "Albi Htar"--a live track by Ragheb Alama and Faudel--are also worth the price of admission. Oojami's "Instanboogie," which is simply annoying in the living room at high noon, sounds fabulous at 2 a.m. after a few drinks. However, Shani's "Call of the Wild" is trite and clich&eacute-ridden, and "Take Me, I'm Yours" reduces the queenly Tunisian diva Latifa to fatuous rhapsodizing about desert trysts and camels. Ultimately, though, this mixed bag will delight worldbeat techno fans. --Christina Roden

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Just the 1st song is worth the price!
12/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I like this CD. It is not as good as the first version, but the first song (Olga Tanon/Hakim) is incredible! I can't get it out of my head.. I listen to it constantly. Perhaps that's because my Arabic fiance and I met while living in Spain and I find the blend of Arabic and Spanish irresistible...I would definitely recommend this CD - but if you're new to this style, buy the first version and Arabic Beats. And if you're into world music, I highly recommend Buddha Bar III. It has some great Arabic music (Amr Diab!), some Hindi, Spanish and various other world styles."
Excellent, accessible Middle Eastern music
Shantell Powell | Kitchener, ON, Canada | 02/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms 2 is an exceptional compilation of Middle Eastern music with an occidental flare. Each week, I play different music at my introductory belly dance classes, and this CD was a definite favourite for my students. The music is accessible for western ears, yet has enough of the eastern sound to be recognizable as something quite different.Standout tracks include Rachid Taha's "En Retard" (I love his raunchy-sounding vox and the crunchy and heavy music), Olga Tanon & Hakim's "Ah Ya Albi" (upbeat and fun to dance to), Amina's "Lirrili" (also fun to dance to), and Cheb Mami's soulful "Baida."If you're looking for an introduction to Middle Eastern pop/dance music, this, and Desert Roses & Arabian Rhythms I, are perfect samplers."
Typical Sequal
Claudette | Redmond, WA United States | 03/04/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Unlike the original Desert Roses (which I loves from the first few bars of the 1st song) it took me a while to warm up to it. Though the music is enjoyable to listen to, I don't find it as suitable for belly dancing as the original. Desert Roses 2 is more discoteque/club dancing than belly dancing. For someone looking for modern music for belly dancing, I'd do Desert Roses, then Arabic Groove, and then maybe Desert Roses 2."