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Kenza

Khaled

1999

Kenza

Album Summary

Kenza (Arabic: كنزة) is a 1999 studio album by Algerian singer-songwriter Khaled. The album was named after Khaled's second daughter Kenza. Kenza is Arabic for treasure. Kenza has attained gold certification by Syndicat National de l'Edition Phonographique.The album was re-released by Ark 21 and Wrasse Records. It is featured in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

2.54

Votes

4503

Genres

  • Pop
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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

I have no frame of reference from which to judge this. And yet I love it. It loses an entire star because of Imagine.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
1

wow, this guy managed to inject a bit of life in to imagine. The point of this whole list is to go out of your comfort zone and listen to some stuff you wouldn't choose to and this definitely fits the bill. however weirdly i've probably heard this album more than most as it seems this is a standard issue CD for taxi drivers.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

I coudn't figure out any way to listen to this album, so instead, I'm going to leave notes for Want One by Rufus Wainwright. Only because I saw that this list already offered up Want Two and I'm like "Want Two? The fuck is wrong with this list?" Because Want One is every good part of Rufus Wainwright in one album. If you're not won over by the first two tracks of Want One, then... then you probably wouldn't like the rest of it. But it's one the perfect albums and I would give it 5 stars. Maybe Khaled's Kenza is exactly the same way.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Thought this was a fun album and nice change of pace from the other albums we have heard so far. Unfortunately with this album not being on Spotify I listened on YouTube and it became a major distraction - the ads, a playlist with the tracks out of order, and skipping audio (at first I thought this was my wifi but upon further investigation it seemed to be the source files). In any case I enjoyed the singing, including the duets, and the music was lively and exciting. Would listen again if I find another way to listen and enjoy it more.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Extremely enjoyable to listen to. Put me in a good mood and got me to listen to Middle Eastern music all day which made me feel good. The version of Imagine was pleasant too. I heard all kinds of influences, French, Caribbean, Latin. Or did those genres pull inspiration from artists like him?

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

1001 calls him the "king of Rai", Rai being a genre coming out of Algeria. Distinctly melodic with Arabic influence, Khaled shines when he doesn't sound so goddamn poppy. This is made distinctly worse by a cornball-cover of John Lennon's Imagine, though it'll be hard to top that one cover done by all the celebrities at the start of the pandemic. I do appreciate Khaled's Algerian background, I really do, but this is too commercial, too pop to retain many good qualities. The opening track, Aâlach Tloumouni, is the obvious standout here for being the closest to standard Rai music, but the rest is watered down. It's also a half-hour too long.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
1

Cover aus der Reihe „Ein Schöner Mann“. Hab mich auch gefreut, etwas anderes zu hören, aber Arabisch hört sich für mich leider häufig rückwärts gesungen an. Im Vorwärtsgang und auf Deutsch wäre dies schlimmer Schlagerpop. Satter Sympathie Punkt für seine sonst weltoffene Haltung wurde durch gefährliche Homophobie (Ansteckungsgefahr seiner Kids durch Frankreichs Legalisierung der Homo-Ehe) gecancelt. Schwör 0.5

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Thu Mar 24 2022
1

Tego akurat sie czlowiek nie spodziewal, bo wylosowac arabskie disko polo jest prawdziwa sztuka, Kenza to album z 99 z gatunku muzyki rai, ktory oznacza algierska muzyke folkowa, ale tutaj wysteuje ona w odslonie dosc zmodernizowanej opierajacej swoje brzmienie na roznorakich gatunkach muzyki popularnej, soula, funku, czy nawet reggae, ale gdzies wplata te elementy typowe dla arabskiego folka, wiec tamburynowanie czy charakterystycznie drumowanie, ciezko napisac cos wiecej, bo praktycznie kazdy song ma inny sklad instrumentalny do tego to polaczenie tradycyjnego brzmienia z synthowymi klawiszami, skreczami i innymi nowinkami lat 90 daja czlowiekowi kociokwik, a to wszystko podane w bogatej opcji, bo az 78 minutowej, gdzie zmiescilo sie 15 trakow, ktorych rozszyfrowac nie jestem w stanie, bo oczywiscie po arabsku, prawie, bo pojawiaja sie takze dwa francuzkie utwory, pewnie covery, no i na dobitke czleka zaserwowany zostaje arabsko angielski cover imagine, moze przemawiaja przeze mnie uprzedzenia, ale arabski jedynie do piesni religijno folkowych, w muzyce rozrywkowej budzi jedynie skojarzenia z danzo kuduro czy helikopterowymi songami, wiec na plejke nic sie nie przekradnie tym razem

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

I was not expecting an Egyptian/Arabic sound but I'm so into this. I never hear this style outside of like, the Prince of Egypt soundtrack (which I do love). The lush strings, cool melodies, and joyful beats make me want to dance.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Again, loved the sound and instruments on this but fact it kept me from fully getting into the music. When the English verse of Imagine came on, it really showed the power of his voice and Noa (the female vocalist). The English and my knowledge of the song helped ease me into the rest of the album and I ended up enjoying it a lot. Great use of horns on Trigue Lycee and Ya Aachkou is an absolute bop. Total surprise for me, especially enjoyed the second half of the album. Really a 4.5 for me but going to round up

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Super funky and interesting. Already saved it.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

kinda cool, never heard of an Algerian artist before. straight ahead pop with a mix of this almost bollywood style vocal sound. But then C'est La Nuit is a totally different vocal texture. Kind of a straight up cover of Imagine, but sure it's nice. Trigue Lycee is a fucking bop. This album goes a lot of places sonically. Goulalah - Dji is a prefect example. Wow what a great listen!

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Długo kminiłem co dać. Niesamowicie wciągające rytmy, przyjemne partie instrumentalne, pomaga fakt, że arabski i francuski to ładne języki. No i, co ważne, vibe jest mega przyjemny. Po prostu świetnie się tego słucha. Chętnie wrócę do niektórych kawałków. Kusiło dać 4, ale z drugiej strony, zapewne nie będzie takiego albumu już na liście 1001, więc co mi tam!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

I really liked this! Just a lot of cool sounds and rhythms, plus I totally fell for the sapiness of him and an Israeli singer alternating verses of Imagine in Hebrew and Arabic.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

I liked this alot more than I thought I would.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

The music is gorgeous and his voice is lovely.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

I really got a kick out of this album, but on my first listen I really struggled with a lack of cultural context. Happy to see more worldly music, but it took me some time to find out more about Khaled. It clearly felt like it had western pop and jazz influences, and I loved listening to it! || I eventually found a write up on Khaled and that really helped me. Learning about the history of Rai music, and persecution in Algeria. || I don't think I'll find myself picking this up a lot, but I do really dig the sound, and would always be happy if some songs came up on shuffle. I think this is a 3 or 3.5 musically for me, but going to rate it a 4 because I love a musician who fights against unjust systems and gets to the heart of the people!!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Música étnica árabe

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

his imagine version is a banger

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

I was agreeably surprised to find this here. While I usually prefer other Rai musicians, this is a nice and fun album that I had never listen to in its entirety. Makes you want to dance and puts you in a good mood.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Good music! Never listened to Algerian folk music before, it's fun!

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Well I really enjoyed this Arabic language tour through world music. Wonderful percussion sounds and interesting and varied instrumentation. really loved its mix of western style rhythm and ethnic sounds. 4 🌟

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

Well I really enjoyed this Arabic language tour through world music. Wonderful percussion sounds and interesting and varied instrumentation. really loved its mix of western style rhythm and ethnic sounds. 4 🌟

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Lekkere beats ook al versta ik er niets van

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Arabic gold

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Glad I made the effort to find it.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

French-African music - the first non-English-language, non-Western music I've got from this list since starting it nearly 3 months ago. First couple of tracks were a little bit cliche Eastern/Arabic, but the album really opens up with a variety of styles. Definitely listen-to-able.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Hadn't really heard a lot of Rai music and this is the first time of listening to this Album. A mixture of traditional North African/Algerian tunes and western pop/rock this album is definitely of interest. Reading of (Cheb) Khaleb and his approach to his craft it is clear he is both an innovator and a progressive musician. I liked this album and can see, in world music terms, why it is on the list. Loved his interpretation of "Imagine" and also "C'est Le Nuit" An interesting fact that old prog rocker Steve Hillage produced this album, was he jumping on Peter Gabriel's WOMAD bandwagon? I can see it's Value and glad I heard it.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Good album, I really enjoyed listening to it.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

This one was wild. It was almost like some Bollywood film sounds but then a definite middle eastern sound. The blended into a pop or more modern sound. Very cool stuff.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Coś zupełnie innego i raczej kojarzy się z muzyką w wschodniej knajpie niż liście top albumów, ale jednocześnie jest ciekawa, bardzo rytmiczna i po prostu fajnie się tego słucha. Cover Imagine jest na tej płycie trochę zbędny.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Utmost surprised, wasn't expecting anything like that. After playing the first song I laughed for a solid minute. After that, I pulled myself together and listened more carefully, which turned out to be a good decision. Kenza is fun, full of Arabic tones and influences, which isn't something I've known before. Fresh and enjoyable, but I'll treat this as a quirky novelty.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Kenza is a fun departure from the more traditional, more obvious albums we've had so far. It's funky, it's fun, and it is repetetive, a fact not helped by me not understanding any of the lyrics. Having listened to it blindly, the random John Lenon in the middle really threw me on a loop too. That said, I cannot deny that it made me pay full attention again, and the remaining songs were good enough to hold it... the vibes were good, at the end of the day, and really does anyone need more?

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Fri May 06 2022
4

There are pretty good songs on this. Melha might be my favorite. Sadly, I had to listed to this on YouTube with its stupid ads all the time, in a not-so-great quality. But better than nothing, I guess.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Música étnica árabe.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Really liked this, but could have done without the cover of Imagine.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Well this was unexpectedly good… was hard to find it to listen to but once I did was rewarded with a very eclectic album - and a very odd but pleasant rendition of Lennon’s Imagine.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

Good disc.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Khaled s'en sort extrêmement bien, son album d'1h20 représentant un obstacle majeur à l'écoute de Napalm Death. En effet, malgré cela il réussit à obtenir la note de 4/5. Une belle performance pour une telle durée de baragouinage arabe.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Interesting, so yeah, I am of the incorrect culture to know this guy, or anything much about Rai in general. So going in more or less blind, it's a lot of fun, a lot of variety of styles (funk, samba, samba accordian, sir?) so you're never bored. Do skip over the cover of Imagine though as that is an abomination. Track 3, man, really? Do you want people to listen to your long long record, or not? The persevering explorer however will be rewarded with a good time. I could do without a second soft rock version of C'est la nuit though.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

This album was a bit difficult to find, and even when I found it on Youtube, the track listing did not match the European or American releases. Nevertheless, I believe I got enough of the album to give it a rating. I am not familiar at all with Raï music, but after some reading, it seems as though it has a social justice element to it and addresses themes of colonization and disease. The music itself takes a western song structure form, but the vocal delivery is very unique and one I really like. The use of western instruments such as the sweeping punctuated strings along with Algerian instruments is really interesting and makes for listening that sounds familiar and new at the same time. It's always good to challenge your assumptions about what music should be and this album certainly does that for me.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Rating: 7/10

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Some bangers on here. But too long for me

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Pour etre franc, je trouve ca juste trop bon. Jj goldman a la realisation. 4.85

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Beautiful

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

I’ve never heard (or heard of) Raï music before, so this was interesting, I like it.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
3

not my styleeeee but probably a good 3, can appreciate but dont like it

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Not soooo bad, he's got some good songs.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Silky smooth voice. Bit tacky at times, especially E'Dir E'Sseba.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

So much passion in the vocals. Some nice grooves, but the production sometimes feels a little forced, and makes the whole thing sound a little sappy.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

An interesting choice. I'm glad the list is not 100% English-centric, but it's hard to listen to this and "get it" as a non-Arabic speaker. The voice does sound familiar though. Really did not like the Beatles cover, but I'm guessing those who speak Arabic really appreciate it and maybe turned them onto the Beatles. 3* Cause I have no idea.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Caught myself dancing to the beat a couple times, but too much for me. Loud and distracting

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

i loved this album! obviously i couldn't understand a word of it, but the beats and instrumentals had me grooving the entire length of the album.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Her snakker vi katalog med størrelse... Uansett, forholdsvis spenstig cover av imagine :D Likte samarbeidet han hadde med Magic System da.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Hindi

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

I was wondering if this list was only going to recognize western/english speaking music, and I'm happy to see it doesn't! Now I'm assuming like the rest of you I did not derive the message from this album's lyrics but I certainly got a feeling. Khaled sounds like he has a lot of heart(C'Est La Nuit.) I wish I knew what this actual genre is called because calling non-english speaking music World Music seems like a cop out. You could definitely hear the western 90s pop vibes on a few of these songs though. "El Bab," which was probably my favorite on here, is so clearly a 90s summertime radio earworm. Definitely cool to explore another culture's music, but this album is not really something that stuck so I don't think I'll be giving it another listen.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

3.5 - Draws from different strains of world music - Bollywood, Western inspired rock/pop, funk - while melding Arab influences. Funky, sophisticated. Cheesy at some points ("Imagine" cover) but I enjoyed listening.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Me gusta que sea radicalmente distinto a todos los discos que me han salido hasta ahora, pero es que además tiene TREMENDOS TEMAZOS. (eso sí, odio eterno a las versiones de Imagine. Nada justifica las versiones de Imagine).

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Ok, but not in my wheelhouse. I really liked “Mele H’bibte” and “Derwiche Tourneur”. A lot of the tracks had too much brass instrument volume for my tastes. Good drums throughout. 2.5 stars. Roundup!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Different and interesting, probably won't listen again though

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

most were not available to listen to.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Interesting. It is quite okay to listen to, but There isn't anything which would touch me.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Gran disco de Raï, donde se fusiona este principalmente con pop clásico noventero. Suena atemporal.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Surprisingly listenable, nothing special, but good beats, good music

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Habibi! Irgendwie geil, bis auf die zwei cheasy Coverversionen. Hab's zweimal gehört beim Badschrubben.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Really hard for me to judge this one. I'll say this: The musical styles are all over. I'm hearing Bollywood, north African, Indonesian, and even a little mariachi. I can see why it is on here, but I'm not listening to this again. 2.5 stars.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

The album wasn't available, but there are a few singles I'll check out later.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Nueva experiencia

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Pretty good. Wasn't a big fan of the first song, but the rest was enjoyable

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

gonna be interesting. reminds me of the music they play in middle eastern restaurants.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Algerian schlager lol. All the pieces are here - it's a mix of traditional and western sounds, there are dancy numbers, ballads, even some cheesy take on an English pop hit. I don't understand it so can't comment on the lyrics, but even without knowing what's being sung it screams "PG rating" (just like schlager music). Guess that's normal in a conservative country. Would go well at expo venues in the middle east after they run out of Yanni, lol. 78min was too long though. It's mostly the same kinda dance numbers that don't really do anything (again, schlager), and it felt pretty never-ending. I'm genuinely glad it's in here just to offset the 600 beatles, bowie and pink floyd albums, but I'm also pretty happy it isn't something I'm subjected to every day. 3/5 cause I can handle the novelty value as a once-off.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Not my jam but I can appreciate the quality

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Straight forward pop. Ok, but not special.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Pretty enjoyable, a refreshing change from the usual 1001 stuff. Not sure about the 'imagine' cover though

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

2.7

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Sat Nov 20 2021
3

Buen álbum, excepto la horrible versión que se incluye de "Imagine".

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Pretty good. Liked the Imagine cover. Interesting music

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Grand

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

An interesting mix of Arabian, French, and even English styles that makes for an overall engaging listen. The slower tracks drag a bit, but there’s enough energy and variety in the remaining tracks to keep one engaged.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

A pleasant surprise. Some good bops on this album.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

So many interesting and different sounds here. Appreciated the variety and the blend of genres and cultures throughout. It was cool hearing the different instruments and vocal style mixed with more western backing music. Not sure I'm racing back to it, but it was an interesting listen.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

I can dig listening to this kind of thing well enough but I'm only getting so much out of it given relative ignorance of the culture and absolute ignorance of the language. Another full failure for YouTube Music, I pieced as much of it as I could together from individual tracks on compilations and such, the rest made up from YT videos with some truly heinous audio deficiencies suggesting multiple layers of badly managed piracy.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Middle of the road

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

3.7

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

The King of Rai, Khaled fuses influences from across the globe to showcase his powerful voice. At times the production is a little over polished and it feels like Khaled has chased the nineties studio sound rather than something more organic (would have loved less drum machine) and Imagine is questionable. Opener Aalach Tioumouni is a menacing banger and C’est La Nuit is a charming ballad.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Chill Arab music

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Sounded nice. I do not speak that language so I can't say I agree or disagree with the lyrics message. Had an optimistic feel though...

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Not bad, but I agree with whoever said he loses a star for Imagine. Also, YouTube wands this worse, but I can’t fault Khaled for that.

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Sun May 01 2022
3

not my style at all, but I found that I did not turn it off either. Was nice in the background. C

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Wed May 11 2022
3

A curious one this - every time I listen closely, I start to dislike it, but playing it in the background it really loved it. Sounds out of its time. Came out in 1999 but sounds like it's from 20 years before... And sometimes further. The cover of Imagine is a bit weird - I don't think you can sincerely cover that song any more. But I enjoyed it. A 3, but a very solid one.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

suprisingly good, didnt expect so many modern influences in an arabic/french album. decent package overal

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Fri May 13 2022
3

There's some bangers. And then there's a cover of Imagine.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. Too long though. Would have been an easy 4 stars if some of the filler (especially the Imagine cover) had been cut.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

I enjoyed getting the opportunity to listen to this. The album has great energy, with bright, fun arrangements and an interesting fusion of styles. Khaled also has a very engaging voice. The run time is a little long, but it moves along pretty crisply. Fave Songs: Gouloulha-Dji, Trigue Lycee, Melha, Aâlach Tloumouni, Raba-Raba

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

14th June 2022 Listened in the morning while working from home. Went to the pub with Jess then hung with Jake. Eclectic Indian album , the cover of imagine was random

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

As of today, "Kenza" has, and will always have, the distinction of being the first Algerian album I've ever heard, my first exposure to rai and my first exposure to Khaled. Wikipedia lists him as one of the world's most famous Arab singers, synonymous with the genre of rai from the late 20th century with regular social commentary and undercurrents of protest. But as a Western listener, the only points of brief familiarity were the suffocatingly earnest "Imagine" cover and the fact it's produced by Steve Hillage, former prog-rock guitarist of Gong. Both very jarring things to take in amongst an album that is otherwise way outside my usual frames of reference, and once more showing this list's preference for world music with one foot in the West. It's hard to know what to make of this one on the whole: I'm not going to attempt a proper critical analysis of the music in relation to its genre and form, because I'd only embarrass myself. I had a great time with the more upbeat, celebratory songs like "El Harba Wine", the shuffling "Trigue Lycee", and especially "El Bab". These are often elevated by the instrumentation, including varied percussion, fluid basslines, and an omnipresent jubilant string section. On the other side, "C'est la nuit" is a beautiful, lilting ballad, if not quite showstopping enough to warrant a reprise later on. The main issue here is the runtime: nearly 80 minutes is quite tough in any genre. There's also some production that sounds distractingly 90's: the scratch effects in "E'Dir E'Sseba", the Euro-style four-to-the-floor beats throughout. It's also a pity I don't understand the lyrics and whatever depth they're communicating, but that is of course my problem rather than Khaled's. On the whole though, I had fun and I don't have any right to mark this any lower: "Kenza" deserves a fair listen from anyone.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

J'ai tout bonnement adoré le sketch du GPS marocain.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Yeah, a pretty groovy listen. Much prefer the less Western songs. I'd rather listen to straight up Rai than something mixed with europop... Fave track - "Aalach tloumouni" maybe?

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Won't listen again but had a nice time

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I think his older albums are better. Songwriting and vocally solid, but it's still nothing new under the sun. (5/10) FT: C'est la Nuit, Alach Tloumouni

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

3.0⭐

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

See, this is what I love about this project (or this journey, if you prefer). There is no way in hell I would have heard of Khaled, much less this album, had I not embarked on this generator life. If you keep an open mind, you can be rewarded with interesting, worldly music like this. I enjoyed listening to this. It seemed like it pulled from all sorts of different genres and it felt upbeat and positive. I can’t say I would listen to this again (especially as it’s not on Apple Music), but I’m in a better mood having listened to this.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Good music

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Catchy, bit eclectic.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

No clue. Not on Spotify

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

A generous 3 stars based on only being able to listen to two tracks...

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

No está mal pero siento que agregar "al músico más famoso del género (raï)" es casi casi por cumplir cuotas. El disco son básicamente baladas noventeras o rolas totalmente árabes. Ces't La Vie, quizá la más occidental de ellas (claro, está en francés) es incluso buena. También me sorprendió la rola que parece latinoamericana… no sé si sea intencional, agregar algo que suene latino (tipo Madonna o Lady Gaga) o haya una extraña conexión entre lo árabe y lo guapachoso.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

La música se escucha muy bien. Ni idea de las letras. Supongo que Khaled es como el Luismi de por allá. La manera de cantar se parece mucho a como cantan los españoles, supongo entonces que el estilo viene de la influencia mora o algo así. Muchos instrumentos presentes. Supongo que el 2.5 debe subir a 3 aunque no tenga la más mínima intención de volverlo a escuchar.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

first listen refreshing listen, but not a very diverse album

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Kinda fun, though a bit long.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Some great beats, though a little long.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Decent sound and some catchy/easy listening songs.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Some awesome songs with good beats but the vocals were a little grating on others.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Soundtrack to a foreign language film about buddy cops working undercover in Tangier. I enjoyed it but it would have been better with subtitles.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

This one surprised me. Some catchy songs, good production, and enjoyable covers.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Poppy Indian music, very good but maybe a little too poppy/dancy for my tastes.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
3

Shannon liked, Alexander meh

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

I like it when the generator throws these up. Really good production though the synthetic horns grate a bit. Didn't like the Imagine cover. Its over long. Some of the rhythmic strings are ace. 3

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

I am going to put this down to me having no interest in the MOR pop on display in this album. An extra star for the fact it is in Arabic, a language I have not come across on this list before. And thank goodness it isn't another half-baked British Blues band. Too cheesy for my likes

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

This album is pretty good. The music is upbeat and nice to listen to, even if I don't understand what's being said. The Imagine cover is also pretty good. Although it won't affect my rating, trying to listen to this album on YouTube was annoying as hell, since no one has uploaded the whole album, and the one playlist for the album has the songs out of order and with misspellings in the song titles. Favorite song: El Harba Wine Worst song: idk, I can't remember which song is which honestly

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

I enjoyed the first two tracks then it all went a bit x factor. Fortunately the album picks up again later on and I found the later tracks quite enjoyable. 2.5+/5

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Very interesting, not my style though

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Not on Spotify and had to listen on Youtube which added a little frustration to my listening experience. This album is kind of all over the place sound-wise. The Imagine cover surprised me and I did not like it. Can't say I really enjoyed the rest of the album either.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Wasn't for me

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

They lost me at Imagine

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

Conocía algunas canciones como Cheb Kheled pero nunca había escuchado un disco entero. La verdad es que nada más empezar sorprende la calidad del sonido. El disco es muy variado y en general no me ha gustado. Algunas de las canciones más étnicas son las que me han parecido más interesantes: El harba wine, Mele H'Bibti y Derwiche tourneur. Las canciones famosas de este disco C'est la nuit y Trigue Lycee no eran lo que esperaba. Se puede escuchar como curiosidad pero no es un disco al que volveré.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

Background listenable (due to not knowing the multiple languages involved), but relatively bloated. Cool sound though, and liked each song individually, but as a project I would say this could of been shrunk down.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Had to turn it off

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

نغمة واحدة أو اثنتين جيدة

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

First track started promisingly but quickly descended to warbly dross.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

هذا ليس شيئًا لكني أطلب منك أن تضع في اعتبارك أنني أملك الألبوم الثاني لفرقة الراب outkast Although the version of imagine is tremendous 😂

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Sun May 23 2021
2

Not my thing

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Endlich Mal etwas anderes für die Ohren. Trotzdem keine höhere Bewertung. Es fehlt Aicha auf dem Album.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

The opening song was great... and nothing else lived up to it (but a few at the end). Wasn't expecting that surprise John Lennon cover though lol.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

What a great singer. He incorporates elements of pop and funk here and there which appeals with me alot more than other Arabic music I've heard. Nevertheless, this genre isn't for me. Half the album was forgettable, and the pop/funk sound was the only thing that kept me interested.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

Tat nicht weh, hat mich leider aber auch gar nicht berührt - bislang ist Rai offenbar nicht meine Musik. 1,9

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Sun Aug 15 2021
2

Best Algerian cover of Imagine I’ve ever heard

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

No me gustó, se me hizo igual todo el álbum

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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

Insallah

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Sun Nov 14 2021
2

Starts off pretty good, but after the ill-advised cover of Imagine, it never really recovers.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Wasnt gone on it.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Läuft als Begleitmusik so durch.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

I can't be the only person who said, "What the fuck is this?" when it popped up. I was disappointed that it was not on Spotify, so I had to listen to music on YouTube (yuck). It's not the best quality, but I am committed to not skipping any albums on this list. Anyway, first impressions... it kinda slaps, but I find it very irritating at times. The tracks are way too long. It starts off pretty fun, but the charm wears off very quickly. There are some enjoyable moments during these songs, but it's not enough to save this album as a whole. Not much else to say really, it speaks for itself. I have zero familiarity with this type of music anyway, so my opinion doesn't carry a lot of weight. Also, the "Imagine" cover is not that bad.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

okay, the production is great, but it´s not for me and hard to listen to. Hard to rate, but it´s not total crap either.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

Not great rai. Rather inspid.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
2

I’m surprised an album that made 1001 albums would be so hard to find. Not available at all on Apple Music, and the YouTube link was to some random user’s video playlist. I guess the music was fine, but kind of a head scratcher on why this was included.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

omfg. 2?

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Ritmos y melodías árabes. Buena voz y melodías tranquilas. No me ha transmitido demasiado

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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

Melha Arabic's has just arrived here. It’s kind of rare to see those kinds of albums on the list. Classifying types of different genres is always not an easy quest. Unlikely the cover there in the middle “Imagine”, calls your attention immediately when you first listen to the introduction. D

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Oh good, I thought after the first track - bangra. I like bangra. But no, it got softer and softer until we get to an execrable version of Imagine. I won't be listening to any more of that.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

When this started I didn't think I would get through 1hr20mins of it. Rai is not a style of music that I particularly enjoy. If all 15 songs had sounded like the first then I would have definitely struggled. Luckily there was enough variation. The version of Imagine didn't work.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Stand out track - C’Est La Nuit

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

The album is long. It is in a completely different language, Arabic, I think. The music itself sounded like pop music and it was upbeat. The version of Imagine was interesting and unexpected. I don't think I will be revisiting this album.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

I really like the timbre of Khaled's voice but two things really let this down - cheap-sounding production and a lack of memorable songs. A more sympathetic backing would elevate this more than exponentially. Perfectly listenable, but not my cup of mud, brutha.

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Fri May 13 2022
2

Compared to the other offerings that are 'World Music' on this list - this is pretty bad. Probably great if you're Algerian. I'm not. Best Tracks: El Harba Wine; Trigue Lycee; Melha

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Sat May 21 2022
2

interesting percussion with heavy drums that seem to have a hip-hop influence. there's even some record scratching on "el bab"? great strings, many sharp stabbing runs and riffs. vocal melodies are good (especially second and final tracks) although blur together across the songs - perhaps exacerbated by language barrier. first track is great, "el aadyene" is funky, sounds like a mix of classic parliament and third wave ska. skipped the "imagine" cover. probably won't return for another listen: sits in an awkward position between being too familiar in it's western influence to be interesting from a world-music perspective, while the language barrier itself creates a disconnect that prevents it being simple "easy-listening" music.

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Sun May 29 2022
2

No pienso escucharlo entero.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

Kind of odd, I guess not the sort of music I listen to usually. Some bits were nice.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

Positiivinen ylläri et listalla on muitakin kuin vaan länsimaisia esittäjiä. Ihan hauskaa meininkiä, mut ei tätä toiste varmaan kuuntele.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

Not for me.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

Good fun listen, man this dude is prolific!

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

Not really my thing but it wasn’t an unpleasant listen

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

Not my thing but I could appreciate it. Too long

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Fri Aug 12 2022
2

Es entretenido exponerse a música de otras culturas y oír los puntos en común. No es algo que volvería a escuchar, pero no estuvo mal

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

No clue what is being said. The sound is unique to my ears and sometimes catchy. Still not my thing though.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
2

I'll give him this: His cover of Imagine is miles better than Gal Gadot's.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

Interesting to hear something completely unexpected, but I struggled to connect with it.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

Interesting. I couldn't find the album on Spotify so I had to go with a Youtube playlist of the album and it sounded like it was mostly covers of other songs. Not sure if the songs I listened to were really a part of the album who knows.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

This was a pain to find to listen to, but that's not the artists fault. I didn't care for this much, but I didn't hate it. It had its moments but this is a genre I'm quite unfamiliar with, and in all honesty, will probably never get into. Perhaps this is a great for fans of the genre? I'll pass.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

Nope.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

Arabic music? Well, it was much better than I expected. I’m glad I got to hear it. 2.5 / 5

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Wed Oct 19 2022
2

Dne on apple music :( unproductive at work and kinda weird vibes eating wise, but productive in home with laundry mail cleaning. Then killed at kickball but had a decent time

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Arabische muziek. Niet zo mijn ding, maar wel leuk voor een keertje. Vooral de zangeres op sommige nummers en de poppie melodie van weer anderen. Helaas irriteert de Arabische spraakklank me teveel om het echt hoog te beoordelen. **

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

E'Dir E'Sseba is a funky tune.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

A couple of good songs but not something I’ll return to

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

hard to have an opinion on this. nice to have a bit of world music, but it's not something i'd listen to again.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

It all went downhill after track 1. The cover of ‘Imagine’ was pretty torturous. I imagined if was there was a world where it didn’t exist.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Not my bag.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

I went into this with an open mind, wanting to enjoy something new but it just didn't gel. It didn't feel like an album, no connection so, sorry, it's a no from me.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
1

ugh

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Fri May 28 2021
1

Ei pystyny tätä ulinaa kuuntelee loppuun.

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Fri May 28 2021
1

Ei vittu... Lopetin tokan biisin kohdalla kun ei vaan pystynyt.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

1,5/5

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

No thank you.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
1

Definitely not what I was expecting when I read 'Khaled' haha,. It was proficient enough, but I really couldn't get into it.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

Seriously? Every song sounds the fucking same!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

Umm... I guess I can appreciate that others from different cultures enjoy the wailing pop of Khaled. Not for me at all.

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Fri May 28 2021
1

There is no reason for this album to be here... I mean, yes it is the 1001 albums you must listen to before you die and all that BS... but c'mon, are we going to listen to a Samba album? Tango album? K-pop? Japanese Ska? African tribal songs? Chinese... whatever they listen to? If the answer is no, then this album doesn't belong here. We all know the list is american-centered anyway...

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Fri May 28 2021
1

dafuq

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Thu Jul 22 2021
1

I mean…. I don’t know man. I need to find some new music soon but this ain’t it.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

yeah not my vibe.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

Prob big in Middle East, just not used to this style of music and unlikely to adopt it.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

Shhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaatttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Wed Mar 31 2021
1

I can say that this is actually better than most of the pop coming out of the US and the UK at the time. The cat seemed to like it. Or maybe he hated it, he started howling pretty good. This is competent music, created by a polished professional, and it shows. That said, this just isn’t for me

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Wed Mar 24 2021
1

Not for me thanks

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Fri May 28 2021
1

Khaled?! If Bonde do Tigrão pops up here I'llnot be surprised. No, serious WTF, that's total crap. This album doesn't even have Même pas fatigué... It's all rrrllluirrrkirrllaarrrrhhhullarrr

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Wed Jul 07 2021
1

Are you kidding?

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Wed Oct 27 2021
1

Rađe bi slušao DJ Khaleda.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
1

Cudan mi turski, a glazba vise manje.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
1

This was just not for me.

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