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The groovy quintet Hadorbanim is back with Levi, a rich mix of rock, pop, bossa nova and Latin grooves. While the potential certainly exists for an album of so many musical styles to come across as muddled and overreaching, the players here are all sufficiently talented to pull it off.
Levi's first track, "Od Lyla" (Another Night), became a huge hit earlier this summer. It's a fun track with peppy pop music and uncomplicated lyrics - a fitting lead single because Hadorbanim, recently crowned Galgalatz's band of the year, have always been about entertaining.
The band continues its mission throughout Levi. "Samba Stav" (Autumn Samba) brings back memories of the country's samba frenzy some years ago, while "Yom Shishi Be'shesh" (Friday at Six) includes some very solid Latin grooves. "Kol Ma She'ratzit" (Everything You Wanted), a piano-driven rock tune, has also performed well for the band on the radio.
Hadorbanim broke onto the Israeli music scene with Kobi, the band's successful 2003 debut. Fans who've followed the guys since then will be happy to find their live concert hit, "Hayadat?" (Did You Know), included here. And while the musical styles vary throughout Levi, a pleasant Seventies sound ultimately begins to dominate. It's a nostalgic experience, one that creates high hopes for whatever the band does next.
Get ready to dance. The four-piece Boom Pam band has released its self-titled debut album. The collection offers 12 tracks of original arrangements mixing Balkan, Jewish, Greek and Mediterranean influences, as well as three bonus tracks, among them the band's cover version of 1969 Greek hit "Boom Pam," which the band recorded with Israeli rock star Berry Sakharof.
The album kicks off with a klezmer-style "Wedding Song," and with each new track adds other ethnic flavorings. "Our mix really describes Tel Aviv ... a place where people from all over the world meet," the band has written about its music. "This sound is a sharp cocktail of all the different styles that collide here. And we try to bring them all together."
The group's ethnic beat proves groovier than the listener might expect, with the band infusing surf rock and even circus music into its brew. Only four of the album's tracks include lyrics - there are two in English, "Otto Chichoni" and "Let Me Touch," and two in Hebrew, "Adi Adios" and "Chatul Chatula"- and the rest of the album is simply acoustic.
Boom Pam has described its stage act as an "alcohol-soaked wedding party," and the group's first album, an enjoyable mish-mash of styles, merits a matching description.