Holy smokes! This album is going to knock your socks off. This is the first album in years that I can say I
enjoyed the first time I listened to it. Normally, it takes me 5 – 7 listens to determine if an album has any
merit, but this one caught my attention with the first sounds of Am Yisrael.
Am Yisrael: I am sure you have watched the concerts that Shwekey has done in Caesaria. He enjoys
singing with the likes of Chaim Yisroel and Ahron Razel and has made an effort to implement their styles
in his song choices. This first track gives that Mi Shemaamin feel and is a rock song that is sure to be
played at weddings for years to come.
Kolot: A beautiful Israeli style song that captures the power of sounds in various forms from tears to
tefillah. Featuring Shlomi Shabat and lyrics by Yoav Gnai, this arrangement of this song captures a lot of
Smeichim: If Lipa can write his own stuff, so can Yaakov! Together with Yitzy Waldner, Yaakov Shwekey
composed this song from Tefillas Shabbos. This would make for a great dinner music jam with the
perfect blend of ballad combined with sefardi style rock in the fills. The Zemiros Choir adds a lot of depth
to this song as well.
Tefillat Kallah: This is a beautiful ballad that is praise to the Kallah about building a bayit neeman. It’s
arrangements are beautiful with Israeli undertones, and is just a beautiful song.
Ach Sameach: Listening to this song will definitely make the one listening happy! This is a hora with a
great message to always be happy! When you listen to the song you can tell that the arrangements are
Israeli influenced (as much of the album is).
Zeh Hakatan: This is a ballad with a lot of emotion. The lyrics were written by Miriam Israeli. The song
takes the listener to the heart of a father with a newborn son. We are given insight into the feelings that
this father is feeling. The song brings very strong emotions. If you are a parent, listen to this song and
think back about when your kids were born. This has a great guitar solo towards the end of the song.
Osim Tshuva: When I first listened to this song, I thought, “Where have I heard this one before”. This
song of Dani Maman was song by Dedi on the Dedi & Yonatan album (and perhaps earlier). This version
is a lively rock version featuring Metalish.
Kamu Baneha: This song starts with a Disney like majestic sound of chimes. This one is another winner
for weddings. This is a beautiful ballad that is sure to be sung during dinner at future weddings.
Et Rikod: This is a fantastic Hora! This has the same type of feel as Amram Adar’s Halailah. I love the way
they took Lakol Zman V’aeit and adapted it to emphasizing how the time of a wedding is the time to
dance. This song has high energy arrangements and is going to be a great wedding tune!
Assara Bnei Adam: When Aaron Razel and Yaakov Shwekey get together, they create something truly
remarkable. Aaron Razel’s songs come from straight the heart. The words of this song come from the
Chofetz Chaim. It is a rock ballad, (not sure what Chofetz Chaim would say about that) and imparts its
All in all, Yaakov Shwekey has embraced a style. As a sefardi, his fit with the Israeli music suits him and
this is definitely one of his best pieces of work.
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