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  • Audio CD (March 4 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0014GKB62
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Adore, Adore
2. Club Thing
3. Live
4. One by One
5. There is Nobody
6. Wake Up
7. Beautiful Lie
8. Angel and the Animal
9. Sometimes
10. Yeah, the End
11. Where is My Mind

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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.

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Format: Audio CD
Wow. What a great suprise. I can't remember what made me click onto the "put into shopping cart' button, but ever since I did I haven't taken this CD out of my player.
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.
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By To The Max"Bax" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 26 2015
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Released in 2008, this CD is definitely different as compared to anything that I have ever heard before. Different in a good way.

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.
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Again, my daughter suggested this one. This year, her Christmas present for me was to let me listen to her iPod music collection. Oh, thank you. This was an excellent Christmas gift. I recommend it to any parent. As a fifty-something married guy, I'm not in the modern music scene, don't do clubs, don't do bars.

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.
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Absolutely fantastic artist. He's beyond belief; the sounds he can make with him, a guitar, and a monster pedal. :) I recommend this artist FOR EVERYONE!
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.
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HASH(0xa7b9c558) out of 5 stars I can't stop listening to this album. . . Feb. 1 2008
By jsheldon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As with many, I first heard Yoav at a Tori Amos concert this last December, and I do have to say his performance was pretty awesome (especially considering the act immediately following). The banging on the guitar, recording and playing of loops, then filling in the final components of each song was very intriguing. People were pretty much silent during his performances, which shows a lot for an opening act. I picked up this album the day that it was released in U.S. stores, and I've been listening to it nonstop since then. I can't say that there is one filler song on this album. The lyrics are a little weak at times, and I do prefer the live versions of There is Nobody and One by One from the Adore EP, but overall Charmed and Strange is rich, haunting, and extremely satisfying. You would be missing out on something very great and unique by not giving this album a chance. It'll be interesting to see how he will be received here in the U.S. in the coming year.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b9c5ac) out of 5 stars An amazing, haunting album Feb. 1 2008
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I've seen Yoav live several times. The man is amazing, talented, with a velvety voice that can croon, soar, and send shivers down your spine. His album, his debut, is riveting and gorgeous. Some highlights are "Adore, Adore" a song about people who are in the music industry for the wrong reasons, "Beautiful Lie" a song about dishonesty in a relationship, "Club Thing" which has a rockin beat and killer chorus. One of the most beautiful songs, though, is "Angels and Animals." It's worth $[...] for just that song, trust me. His best songwriting. The album closes with a slow, methodical version of "Where is my Mind?" originally by the Pixies.

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b9ceac) out of 5 stars Pre-Ordered and worth it Feb. 6 2008
By I. Jamaluddin - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Like many reviewers and others, the first time I heard him was his opening act for Tori Amos last year. I liked his style of strumming and drumming his guitar and recording it so it loops and he can play over it. I thought it was a fantastic way of further exploring what an instrument can do.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b9cb58) out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut Feb. 10 2008
By CJS - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I too first saw Yoav when he opened for Tori last fall. I'm not sure if you can fully appreciate his music unless you have seen him perform live. Since everything you hear is coming from his accustic guitar (the beats, bass and even errie sounds played on a loop), watching him actually build a song live, completely by himself, is amazing to watch. But this CD is the next best thing.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b9cae0) out of 5 stars Pretty Damn Good Feb. 1 2008
By rantboi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I saw Yoav open for Tori Amos in Louisville, KY, and I had to have his CD...well, now I do!

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" 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.


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