Zeid & The Wings new album ‘Aasfeh’ is a combination of Electro music, reggae and indie, with an enjoyable Lebanese flavor.
The whole album will take you on a journey to the streets of Lebanon giving you an enjoyable, adventurous and relaxing mood. It’s a good blend of romance, rebel, happiness & sadness. The instrumentation of the songs is good, especially in the tracks “Asfeh” and “Hkini”, The lyrics are really awesome and well written as well, the words in general are easy and meaningful for any Arabic listener, covering variable topics and harmonically combining English and Lebanese Arabic languages in one album, in the track “Coward” the combination of the English lyrics with the background vocals singing “Mawlana, mawlana” was so brilliant, it was very matching with the topic of the song which is describing how people are enslaved in their hypnotic life, I consider it a genius blend of English and Lebanese in one track.
It is noticeable that the track “Asfeh” is the master of the entire album; it takes you to a love story set in the Winter of Lebanon, with different phases harmonically combined to give the love story an adventurous trait.
There were rebellious songs that say what anyone desperate about the world would say, like “Coward” for example which is a rebel against the hypnotic and hypocritical life and “Castle of Sand” is also a nice rebellious reggae song. According to the romantic track “Hkini” you go relaxing with the slow beats, soft vocals and calm lyrics then getting transmitted to reggae which I consider an intelligent preamble for the following track “Color Divine” which is a cheerful & colorful song and at the same time a contemplation of life. “Lola” is another romantic song similar to “Hkini” which has soft vocals and calm lyrics.
“Rocket” is another featured track, which I consider second best after “Aasfeh”, it sounded to me like a familiar pop song, which sounded ear-friendly, but it has the unique “Zeid Hamdan” flavor that made it more than an ordinary pop song, the lyrics are really well-written, light and meaningful.
Reviewed by: Noha ElHawary