Tekbilek, Omar Faruk / Alif
Album: Alif   Collection:World
Artist:Tekbilek, Omar Faruk   Added:Mar 2002

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 13, 2018: Hanging in the bone yard
Dulger, Dark Eyes
2. Jul 04, 2006: The Cafe Americain

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-07-24
OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK – Alif: Love Supreme

Narada, 2002

TURKEY / USA – Faruk has been a fixture on the American world music scene since the 1970’s. He sings and plays a wide range of instruments, but his primary vehicle is the ney (reed flute). This album focuses on 3 aspects of love: religious, romantic, and the love of life. The only problem is that collaborator and producer Steve Shehan wrecks a lot of the music’s delicacy and authenticity with droning keyboards and too much layering. The album is WAAAAY overproduced, but a few tracks overcome that and are worth listening to.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS: 1, 4, 11… and I like #2 (sue me)

01. 5:54 – Sufi song from Eastern Turkey: dragging tempo, moaning vocals, dramatic
02. 5:05 – Lively Sufi song gets the new-age pop treatment, but somehow it works.
04. 4:45 – Low-key Bulgarian… flamenco?! Guitar, oud, vox float over a quick synth rhythm.
07. 10:01 – Medley of Sufi compositions: slow, darkly mystical, droning and hypnotic
09. 5:16 – Gauzy fantasy that gradually builds up steam; self-consciously exotic but okay.
10. 5:02 – Bellydance music with synth backing & electric bass.
11. 6:27 – Love song from Azerbaijan: good duet vocals, surging rhythm, much drama
12. 5:51 – Israeli song: atmospheric intro, good duet vox in a soulful setting; too much synth!

[Fo] - 7/24/02

Track Listing
1. Dulger   7. Alif
2. Gardener   8. Dadash
3. Laundry Girl   9. Take a Flight
4. Dark Eyes   10. Ya Bouy
5. Shinanay   11. Lachin
6. Don't Cry My Love   12. Forbidden Love