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I realised that writing an entire review would take a lot of time and thought so I've decided to make a few comments about the newest D'veykus album "Yehi Sholom".
The music arrangements are done by Leib Yaacov Rigler, someone I've never heard of. But his arrangements are quite good. This album has a variety of different sounding songs. You've got the typical d'veykus songs mostly composed by Abie Rottenberg: Yehi Sholom, Min Hameitzar, Shomer Yisroel, Rachem, Poseach Es Yodecha and Lomo. Yehi Sholom is undoubtedly the best song on the tape. The harmony is great as is the tune itself. Min Hameitzar sounds abit like "Bo'ee B'sholom" from Vol 4, but it's still good. Shomer Yisroel has a small children's choir; it's an okay song. Rachem is very nice and Poseach Es Yodecha sounds a tad like "Tzomo Nafshi" from Vol 1. Then you've got the not-so-typical-d'veykus songs: Hamedaber composed by Boruch Levine. This is a calypso song and really un-d'veykus. But they do a pretty good job with it with lots of harmony. Hamavdil sounds very Chasidic and a bit more like Kol Salonika. Nevertheless it's a great song. Mi Lashem Elai is ok, the first part sounds almost exactly like U'vou Haovdim" which I think is sung by Carlebach. Keitzad Merakdim is a great song with cool trumpet and trombone sections. It resembles somehting from Uncle Moshy but I can't place it.
All in all it's a very good album and I think D'veykus are trying a few new song styles. Oh yeah it has the traditional D'veykus overture at the beginning. I will give "two thumbs up" for this tape. Well, it looks like this did turn out to be a review.
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