Ali, Azam / From Night To The Edge Of Day
Album: From Night To The Edge Of Day   Collection:World
Artist:Ali, Azam   Added:Apr 2011
Label:Six Degrees Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-04-24 Pull Date: 2011-06-26 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jun 19 Jun 12 Jun 5 May 29 May 22 May 15 May 8 May 1
Airplays: 3 1 2 1 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 18, 2011: New World Disorder
4. Jun 10, 2011: No Cover, No Minimum
2. Jun 18, 2011: Music Casserole
5. Jun 04, 2011: New World Disorder
3. Jun 16, 2011: Meditrrraneans
6. Jun 02, 2011: Mediterraneans
Faith (Reprise)

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2011-04-21
Azam Ali – From Night to the Edge of Day
Reviewed by Sadie O., 4/21/11
Arabian lullabies by Iranian-born singer. Don’t be put off by the concept of “lullabies” – there is absolutely nothing cloying and cute about this, although there is much that is gentle and dreamlike. There is also – as with Niyaz, her and her husband’s band – an intelligent fusion of very traditional Arab/Persian music and modern production. There’s a beautiful quote about Ali’s take on lullabies in the one-sheet. I wish my mother had sung to me this way, but my mom couldn’t even carry a tune.
Enjoy this – it’s simply stunning.
FCC clean – duh! I think it’s mostly in Farsi(?)
1. 4:53 **slow fade-in to drone and gentle vocals. Low-key and trance-y.
2. 4:09 ****intro like far-off call to prayer, then big hand drum, gorgeous vocals. Slow and relaxing, but also cool and mysterious.
3. 5:16 ***violin, Arab-style, and sort of a wind sounding drone, builds with hand drums and finally, after about 2 minutes, gentle vocals, much of them a duet.
4. 6:25 **ethereal stringed instrument and floating, lyric-less vocals for two minutes, then lead vocals float over top of what has become a sort of layered drone. No beat.
5. 5:32 ****lovely hand drum and strummed instruments – utterly evocative of 1001 Nights (in the best way).
6. 5:27 **drones, bulding, harmonizing and resolving, very peaceful but almost a bit depressing. Sweet vocals, no beat until halfway through, when a very slow and low-key hand-drum comes in.
7. 5:52 ****rather spritely ensemble, almost a dance, really lovely traditional Middle Eastern sound. Sung in Arabic rather than Farsi, also features male vocals.
8. 6:40 **floating drone, VERY low-key, VERY slow, pretty alto singing. Utterly hypnotic.
9. 3:40 ***gentle chanting intro, then full ensemble, pulsing rhythm.
10. 3:02 **floating Arab violin intro, oud, bits of vocals, sort of a dreamy, echo-laden patchwork – very much what you might hear in your dreams if you fell asleep listening to this record.

Track Listing
1. Noor (The Light In My Eyes)   6. Mehman (The Guest)
2. Dandini   7. Faith
3. Nami Nami   8. Tenderness
4. Neni Desem   9. Lai Lai
5. Shrin   10. Faith (Reprise)