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This is the first album by the group of musicians known as Mostar Sevdah Reunion, the Bosnian musicians played "Sevdah" during the Balkan war - a type of oriental blues with emotional vocals and dramatic lyrics which paint vivid and sometimes dark pictures. The musicians got together again a few years later and have since put out about 6 albums.
Obviously it would help if you could understand the lingo but I think the melodies and vocals are powerful enough to get the picture across regardless of understanding the lyrics. The guys at Time Squares Records have thought about it though and issue a translation of the lyrics of all the songs into English with the album. What an awesome album it is too, the only MSU album I have - so I can't compare it to their later work.
In a region often known for heavy usage of brass instruments, these guys turn to guitar to get their kicks and the superb almost flamenco like sounds generated from the musicians is gentle yet at the same time, deep. The singer Illijaz Delic, a previous unknown to me is surprisingly awesome and sounds like a Balkan Ibrahim Ferrer who adds power, soul and a bit of flair to the line-up - even duetting with Esma Redzepova on "Moj Dilbere".
The album has chosen a great selection of regional folk songs which are then perfectly crafted and produced to come up with an excellent album. The slower dramatic tracks are nicely broken up with more upbeat gypsy tracks heavy on the violin and accordion to give the album a nice varied sound.
1. Asik Osta Na Te Oci: I Feel in Love With Your Eyes
2. Mujo Kuje Knoje Po Mjesscu: Mujo Shoes the Horses in the Moonlight
3. Mostarski Ducani: The Bazaars of Mostar
4. U Stambolu Na Bosforu: In Istanbul on the Bosphorous
5. Dul Zulejah: Zuleiha the Rose
6. Moj Dilbere: My Heartthrob
7. Kradem Ti Se U Veceri: At Night I Steal Upon You
8. U Lijepom Starom Gradu Visegradu: In Beautiful Old Town Visegrad
9. Snijeg Pade Na Behar, Na Voce: Snow Is Falling on Blossoms and Fruits
10. Psenicica Sitno Sjeme: Tiny Seed of Weat
11. Daurko Mila: Sweet Giaur (Infidel) Girl
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Asik Osta Na Re Oci
2 Mujo Kuje Konje Po Mjesecu
3 Mostarski Ducani
4 U Stambolu Na Bosforu
5 Dul Zulejha
6 Moj Dilbere
7 Kradem Ti Se U Veceri
8 U Lijepom Starom Gradu Visegradu
9 Snijeg Pade Na Behar Na Voce
10 Psenicica Sitno Sjeme
11 Daurko Mila