Usually before I review, it will take me a few listens to form strong opinions. However, I have confidence in Nochi offering a solid product, so I am writing this after only once through the album.
Ein Kadosh Kashem (Track 1)
The musical introduction at the beginning of this track is heavy on the electric guitar and provides a strong energetic beginning to this album. The words are appropriate for the tempo of the song and fit nicely with the rhythm of the song. The song is a classic Jewish style song, but the arrangements take it to another level. I can see this being a popular song.
Esa Einay (Track 2)
This is a simple and beautiful song. I closed my eyes while listening to this song, listened to the guitar strumming, and imagined overlooking Har HaBayis together with a bunch of guys singing this song at a Kumzitz.
Yoshaiv (Track 3)
This song has the “Nochi” ta’am written all over it. Listening to this song brings back memories of old-school Dveykus. It is simple, beautiful and easy to learn (ok, so you might need a siddur or tehillim in front of you when singing it).
Oz Tischazek (Track 4)
Quick reminder, I am writing this as I listen the first time. What I love about this album is its consistency. This is another great song, with a simple yet fun arrangement.
Banai (Track 5 – Title Track)
This song has a classic rock musical feel to it. It is an all Hebrew lyrics song which is unique to this album. The appearance of this style song is a bit surprising to me, but it is nice to know he is adding something unique and different to his portfolio!
Deah Es Hashem (Track 6)
This song has a rock rhythm with words that are not forced. This one may take a few more listens to love, but definitely a solid song.
Berosh Hashono (Track 7)
Maybe I feel this strongly because Yomim Noraim are around the corner, but this song is very emotional and is an absolutely beautiful composition. I am bringing back the gang for a Kumzitz to sing this one. I just love the end (starting about 4:40) when they sing out Us’shuva, Us’fila, Utzedakah!
Rabos Machshavos (Track 8)
This is a classic sounding hora. However, I was surprised to hear speaking within the track which discussed the depth behind Rabos Machshavos. I have not yet determined what I think about it. What do you think?
Tzadik Katamar (Track 9)
My initial thought when listening to this song was that it has a blend of Dveykus and Eitan Katz. I cannot be sure that is what Nochi was going for, but I mean it as a compliment. This song will be a hit at Shabbos tables around the world, no doubt.
Tzaischem (Track 10)
This is a a remake of this song from the first album! Still a great song!
All told, after just one listen, I would listen to this over and over and over and over!