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Mounqaliba

by Natacha Atlas

Mounqaliba by Natacha Atlas

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Mounqaliba

by Natacha Atlas

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Label: Six Degrees
The album is named "Reversal," and while it putatively addresses society's descent into a new dark age, it might as well be talking about Natacha Atlas' career trajectory. The dance club diva is two releases into her reinvention as a modern Arabic chanteuse, and Mounqaliba tacks clips of the conspiracy-minded thinker Peter Joseph onto what are, for the most part, orthodox classical Arabic songs. The mix doesn't quite gel -- sweeping strings, Atlas' melismatic voice and...economic theory? -- but the glitchy "Batkallim" and the melancholic jazz of "Nafourat Al Anwar" redeem her new direction.

About This Album

The album is named "Reversal," and while it putatively addresses society's descent into a new dark age, it might as well be talking about Natacha Atlas' career trajectory. The dance club diva is two releases into her reinvention as a modern Arabic chanteuse, and Mounqaliba tacks clips of the conspiracy-minded thinker Peter Joseph onto what are, for the most part, orthodox classical Arabic songs. The mix doesn't quite gel -- sweeping strings, Atlas' melismatic voice and...economic theory? -- but the glitchy "Batkallim" and the melancholic jazz of "Nafourat Al Anwar" redeem her new direction.

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About This Album

The album is named "Reversal," and while it putatively addresses society's descent into a new dark age, it might as well be talking about Natacha Atlas' career trajectory. The dance club diva is two releases into her reinvention as a modern Arabic chanteuse, and Mounqaliba tacks clips of the conspiracy-minded thinker Peter Joseph onto what are, for the most part, orthodox classical Arabic songs. The mix doesn't quite gel -- sweeping strings, Atlas' melismatic voice and...economic theory? -- but the glitchy "Batkallim" and the melancholic jazz of "Nafourat Al Anwar" redeem her new direction.