Erran Baron Cohen Presents: Songs In The Key Of Hanukkah
Released: Nov 2008
Label: Watertower Music
Yes, he's of that Baron Cohen family, and for all the humor his clan is known for, this release is an unironic delight that finally gives much-neglected Hanukkah music the updating it needs. In Baron Cohen's hands, "Ocho Kandelikas" becomes a neo-tango burner featuring Ladino-singing diva Yasmin Levy, and "Hanukkah oh Hanukkah" heads for hip-hop territory, thanks to the stylings of Y-Love, a convert to Judaism. Baron Cohen's hit it on the money here, giving these songs equal measures of soul and hard-partying fun.