Review: Yair Yona - World Behind Curtains
World Behind Curtains
|Album:||World Behind Curtains|
|Date of Release:||2012/02/14|
|Label:||Anova Music / Strange Attractors Audio House|
|Other:||Av. as Cardstock Wallet CD, Ltd. Ed. Vinyl, Digital D/L|
|Country of Release:||IL / US|
|Sub-Genre/s:||Guitarist-Composer, Guitarist-Songwriter, World Fusion|
|Date of Review:||2012/05/09|
World Behind Curtains
Released on the Anova Music / Strange Attractors Audio House labels on 14th February, Yair Yona's World Behind Curtains is the 'everything-guitar' wizard's long awaited second album. If you expected a Remember Mark II, well, the outstanding guitar wizardry is still there, yes, but this is an altogether different kettle of fish otherwise.
This is no bad thing. Yona has simply moved on. Having thoroughly mastered the 'American Primitivism' and its language, established by the likes of John Fahey, and made it his own, while also absorbing Brit Folk influences, Yona now serves up an album that is somewhat more on the reflective side than his previous, while also hinting at Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences here and there. The music remains as unclassifiable as ever. At the same time, the instrumentation has also become much more sophisticated and elaborate. Only the opener, Expatriate, sees Yona playing solo (discounting the added 'noises'). Three of the eight tracks utilise a string quartet, one, Mad About You in combination with french horn, tuba, piano, glockenspiel and clarinet.
The arrangements on World Behind Curtains are breath-taking, as are Yona's compositions - all eight tracks. They are an eclectic mix that is simply superlative. Add to this Yona's outrageously outstanding finger pickin' virtuosity and highly individualistic, gorgeous style, and superb playing by the supporting cast, and you have an album that has all the makings of a true classic. Each and every track is worth ten times the price of admission.
Consistency is not something even worth mentioning here, unless to refer to the brilliance of World Behind Curtains and Yona himself. The magic spell that this album exerts makes it virtually compulsory to play it again and again. It is just absolutely gorgeous. Finger pickin' good, to paraphrase an old advertising slogan.
Yair Yona's World Behind Curtains is more than a must have for guitar music connoisseurs of any kind, world music and folk aficionados in general and even just about anybody who loves great music. Get this as fast as you can!
1. Expatriate - 2:39
Yair Yona - 6 & 12 string acoustic, electric guitars, Dobro, bass guitar, bells & percussion
Shira Shaked - piano (2)
Hen Shenhar - violin (2, 5, 6)
Yael Barolsky - violin (2, 5, 6)
Noam Haimovitz Weinschel - viola (2, 5, 6)
Yael Shapira - cello (2, 5, 6)
Idit Mintzer - french horn (3, 5, 7), tuba (5), trumpet (7)
Erez Kariel - glockenspiel (3, 5), mandolin (4), bouzouki (4), piano (5), Rhodes (6), organ (7)
Ido Azaria - clarinet (5, 7)
Tamar Yona - piano (8)
World Behind Curtains can be purchased from:
Amazon UK (MP3)
From other online sources
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