STYLE: Messianic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 34104-13422 LABEL: Galilee Of The Nations 677797003424 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2007-11-30 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Trevor Raggatt
Zemer Levav (Hebrew for Song Of The Heart) produce modern, mainstream music aimed squarely at the Messianic worship market. The band itself comprises a family of musicians led by Mark and Shimrit Hanes alongside their four daughters - Shalisha, Adrielle, Liorah and Kerah. Between them they play a range of traditional middle-eastern and ethnic instruments - oud, harp, lyre, dumbek among others. However, this shouldn't fool you into thinking that this is the authentic music of King David. No, Zemer Levav are to Hebrew folk very much what the Corrs are to traditional Irish tunes. What they do offer is a contemporary pop/worship music tinged with the heritage of the Holy Land complemented by lyrics derived from the Scriptures. Unfortunately this comes off as resembling a potential Israeli Eurovision Song Contest entry. It's certainly very slickly done and the production of Yochanan Ben Yehuda, Bill Cuomo and Jerry Marcellino creates a smoothly accomplished mood. And this raises a problem, since each track seems to blend into the others with little to mark or differentiate them. Maybe listeners with a penchant for Messianic worship will find things to enjoy on this album. However, for this reviewer 'As Long As I Breathe' is far too bland to truly catch the ear.
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Zemer Levav, pronounced Zem-Air-La-Väv, are the Hebrew words meaning ‘Song of the Heart’. Blending rhythmic praise and ethnic worship with ancient Biblical instruments, Zemer Levav introduce the listener to a new, fresh and vibrant sound on their debut CD As Long As I Breathe.
From the producers of Adonai and Elohim, this Messianic Jewish family of seven (five sisters) worship the Lord with singing and dancing, with the harp and lyre, with flutes and hand drums and with an array of unique instruments.
With purity and innocence radiating from this music with a heart for Israel, As Long As I Breathe brings new meaning to the timeless psalms of David, “Let everyone who has breath, praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6).