Egyptian singer Amr Diab has released a new album on New Year’s Day entitled Ya Ana Ya La (Either me or no one at all). The themes are love and heartbreak.
The music is Arabic Pop with bits of Tarab and Modern beats. The album parallels classics from Amr Diab’s works from the 90s. For example, Mahsoud (envied) has musical notes similar to Nour Al-Ain (Light of the eyes). The remix of Mahsoud is remarkable in terms of the beats. The instruments throughout the record are impressive, such as the drums, the piano, the lute. The song Ya Dalaao, in the beginning, has a bold composition that reminds me of Tunisia artist Sabel Al-Rubai’s Barsha (a lot) with a catchy beat. The arrangements are dynamic in musical styles.
Amr Diab’s voice is bolder than ever. His singing is flowy and smooth. He sings expressively, according to the mood of a song.
The lyrics are romantic and poetic. There’s a sense of hope in each song. The words have detailed descriptions and remarkable freestyle poetry, along with a fantastic depth to them, full of passion. The writers did an excellent job writing these tunes, including Ayman Bahgat Amar. Khaled Ezz, Khaled Tag El-Din and many other talented lyricists. The song Ayez Aamel Zayak (I need to do like you) describes the struggles of separation, including a broken heart. Tabl (a drum) describes the heartache from a possible betrayal and the excuses that come with them. It’s a different way to describe such a subject matter. Bethazr (I guessed) expresses the mixed emotions of a new relationship, new love, to which many can relate. The album covers the different aspects of relationships, from romance to challenges to breakups/separations. Fakerny Ya Hob (Remember me, my love) is an emotional song about intense relationship struggles. The words are rich in language and layers, expressing a range of emotions.
The album Ya Ana Ya La is available.