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ALBUM REVIEW | World

The Idan Raichel Project, ‘Quarter to Six’

Cumbancha Israeli star Idan Raichel is a humanist and compulsive intercultural collaborator whose good intentions and soulful musicality have sometimes gotten mired in Euro-lounge electronic slop. Not so on this elegant, acoustic-led album of songs with a gentle, devotional feel. The first ones are in Hebrew but the palette grows multilingual and pan-Mediterranean with lovely vocal features from guests Ana Moura (“Sabe Deus”), Mira Awad (“Ana Ana wa Enta Enta”), and Marta Gómez (“Detrás de Mi Alma”); only the German track, “In Stiller Nacht” with Andreas Scholl, though lovely on its own, disrupts the energy with its operatic formality. The album’s title refers to the reflection and quiet that comes at the end of the day, and Raichel has said it may be time to reinvent his work after 10 years leading the Project. If so, this is a fine valedictory.

Essential “Sabe Deus”

The Idan Raichel Project comes to the UMass-
Amherst Fine Arts Center on Oct. 29.

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