Charmed & Strange
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|1. Adore, Adore|
|2. Club Thing|
|4. One by One|
|5. There is Nobody|
|6. Wake Up|
|7. Beautiful Lie|
|8. Angel and the Animal|
|10. Yeah, the End|
|11. Where is My Mind|
Yoav (pronounced YO-AV) is already one of the most talked about new artists of the year. His unique musical influences have resulted in a sound that fuses the singer-songwriter tradition with Eastern scales and rhythms, all rooted in a dance-club groove. Even more incredible is that every note of the music on the album, and in live shows, is produced from Yoav himself. Using loops, delays, and pre-programmed tracks, Yoav is able to create a sonic landscape around him in shows and on record that sounds like a large and diverse group of musicians. The debut album Charmed & Strange, was recorded in Oxford and Montreal. Yoav grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and has since lived in London and New York. Montreal is also an occasional home for Yoav, and will hopefully be a frequent stop for him as the album builds momentum.
He sings into his guitar, slaps it around quite a bit and you wouldn't be entirely surprised if he happened to throw it down and stomp on it with his bare feet. Born in Israel, raised in South Africa and now splitting his time between Montreal and London, Yoav isn't quite like other singer-songwriters. He counts Timbaland and the Neptunes as major influences and spends as much time coaxing funky rhythms out of his battered acoustic guitar as he does strumming it. He won over Tori Amos' fans after supporting her on tour, which makes sense. The songs on his debut album, Charmed and Strange are quirky and inventive. Listening to the dense, multilayered arrangements on "Adore Adore" and "Club Thing," or even his ethereal take on the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?," you'd be hard-pressed to believe that the whole thing was played on that poor six-string. -- Aidin Vaziri --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This album has diversity with a great background beats that hold the theme of the album together. Lyrics are thoughtful, the music is tight, well produced and dynamic. Strangely I was charmed by this CD.
Yoav Sadan's music is purely simple, acoustic guitar and his vocals. Bass and percussion on the CD are compliments of deft finger slapping on his acoustic guitar. The man makes his guitar sound like an electronic drum box using only his hands. It's amazing.
This debut album has gone on to critical acclaim and he has since been on a tour of sold out concerts everywhere.
I read that, his sound can be compared to Justin Timberlake recording with Massive Attack. Seems appropriate to me.
His music is a sensory playground where we all can gather and be hypnotized by his powerful singing voice. Lose yourself in the multiple rhythms that develop in each song. The man is doing his part to transform music to a better place. A place where people of different music tastes can all enjoy the same music.
Yoav is an exceptional musician. He has a decent voice, but the music transcends any vocal limitations. His guitar and percussion range from pure folk to pure blues to folk-rock to alternative rock. This would be the ideal album to be introduced to his music. There is nothing offensive here, but that doesn't mean there isn't intensity. Listen to any excerpts on the internet, then buy this album. There is not a single weak song on it. Then listen carefully several times. You will be hooked. An exceptional new (to me) performer.
This is the perfect cd to play in the background, to drive to on long or short journeys, or to pay rapt attention to the profound lyrics.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This man can write, sing, play guitar, and all of his loop petal effects are amazing, especially watching him play live. Go see him live if you can, and snap up this album. Yoav is sure to hit it big!
Yoav's voice is very mellifluous, but if there are times high-pitched singing isn't your cup of tea, some of the songs here aren't for you. (However, it's not as annoying as James Blunt's voice can be.) The sparsity of background music to his voice gives him more a lot more emotional impact. His voice is very haunting.
I didn't listen to his songs on iTunes beforehand so this is my first experience listening to more than the songs he played during the opening act - the cover of the Pixies's "Where is My Mind?", "Beautiful Lie", "Club Thing" and "Adore Adore." I love all four of those songs, and the new songs I replay often are "There is Nobody" and "Yeah, the End." There are different moods to this album. Some songs make me want to dance - "Club Thing" - others make me want to grab my special someone and slowly sway against them - "Yeah, the End" due more to its beats then lyrics - and yet more moods. His lyrics are a little simplistic, but that's good if you don't want to have to analyze a song like poetry in English classes.
The music has a fresh sound that is both haunting and beautiful to listen to. It's a great start and I am anxious to see where he goes from here.
At first listen I liked six or seven out of eleven songs, now, after listening to it a couple of more times, I like ten out of eleven. (The only one I have problem with is "Sometimes..." it starts off nicely, but then it goes downhill. Maybe it'll grow on me.) Either way, liking ten out of eleven songs is pretty damn good!
My favorites before buying the album (based on the iTunes Adore single and Adore EP): Adore Adore, Beautiful Lie, There Is Nobody, One By One.
After getting the album, here are my other favorites: Club Thing, Live, Wake Up, Yeah The End, and Where Is My Mind (not his song, but an amazing cover nontheless).
The only major problem I had was with "There Is Nobody"...it sounds different than it does on the iTunes Adore single, and not in a good way. It's the same recording (as far as I can tell) but now it sounds muffled for some reason. Maybe it's just my copy, but I prefer the clearer iTunes version.
Yoav is much better live, in my opinion, so if you get the chance to see him live, don't miss it.
Recommended for people who like unique singer-songwriters.