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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Album review: Nancy Ajram returns with solid new album Nancy 9 (Hassa Beek)

The Lebanese pop star finds her mojo once more

Nancy 9 (Hassa Beek) by Nancy Ajram. Courtesy: In2Musica
Nancy 9 (Hassa Beek) by Nancy Ajram. Courtesy: In2Musica

Even Nancy Ajram, one of the Arab world’s most successful pop stars, is prone to getting into a rut.

Even the most ardent fan wouldn’t begrudge the fact that her previous album, 2014’s Nancy 8, seemed like a thoughtless selection of Egyptian and Khaleeji pop.

Fortunately a sense of purpose has returned with the Lebanese star's latest effort Nancy 9 (Hassa Beek).

Ajram wisely widens her pallet by incorporating sounds from the Mediterranean and South America.

The title track is a breezy treat; the summery Latin groove compliments Ajram’s fragile vocals which often rely on personality rather than virtuosity.

Helm El Banat continues that welcome organic feel. The song should be a favourite when she performs it live, thanks to its anthemic chorus and Lebanese dabka rhythm.

Of course, no Ajram album is complete without a intrinsically nonsensical pop number (case in point, Ya Tabtab and Yalla). Joining that list is Khamsa Farfasha - so fun and charming that it is churlish to criticise.

With Nancy 9, Ajram straightens what was a rudderless ship.

Offcourse, no Ajram album will be complete without a completely nonsensical pop number ( see Ya Tabtab and Yalla). Joining that list is Khamsa Farfasha - so fun and charming that it is churlish to criticise.

With Nancy 9, Ajram straightens a rudderless ship.

Nancy 9 (Hassa Beek)

Nancy Ajram

(In2Musica)