by Amr Diab
Released: Sep 2011
Talk about 50 and fabulous. Amr Diab has been a huge pop star for decades now, and he's not showing any signs of slowing down. Banadeek Ta'ala is packed full of vibrant, vivacious tracks in a staggering array of pop styles. From shimmering, house-inflected dance-pop to hip-swaying Latin (the Ricky Martin-invoking "Yareet Senk"), from bits of Spanish guitar to the straight-up old-school disco of "Aghla Min Omry," Diab kills just about every one, claiming ownership of each with oud licks, mournful Middle Eastern melody lines and sexy, youthful vigor. Just think of him as the Egyptian Madonna.