My Review of Aryeh Kunstler's From the Depths.

Before I start this review I want to apologize to the many readers (and the Artist himself) for taking so long to write this review. It does not reflect my views on the album. Sometimes I just get out of the habit of writing reviews. I’ll hopefully be writing some more reviews over the next few weeks.

The album starts off with Oseh Shalom, a very nice simple Jewish Rock song. It’s a good song in that it sets the tone of the album. There is nothing really flashy about this song, but I like it a lot. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s got a great rock edge with awesome guitars and drums, and it establishes the JEWISH part of the JEWISH ROCK context for the album.

The next song, Az Yashir is one of my favorites on the album. It’s a great Rock Ballad, I wouldn’t say it’s a power ballad, but it’s got a lot of heart.

Mizmor Shir is probably my favorite song on the album, but I may say line a few more times as I do this review and listen to the album, song by song. Mizmor Shir is a great song from start to finish. It’s a real complete song and it really offers the full “alt rock” combo.

Speaking of alt rock. Im Eshkachaich really captures the mood and point of the lyrics. When a good song hits you in the right place it speaks to you, it tells a story or conveys a message. This slow balled sounds great, the music really comes together and you just get lost in the melody.

Modeh Ani starts off with some great guitars and heads into Jersey style rock concert territory. I can see the millions of Kunstler fans bobbing their heads and jumping up in down in the fictitious outdoor Jewish rock festival in my head. Tons of people jamming on their air guitars. Once again the music combined with a solid composition combines for a slam dun. It’s got a a bit of Van Halen, some Bon Jovi? Maybe even the rockier Bryan Adams. It’s just really good.

Sometimes I am shocked that this CD was recorded in 3 weeks. (as mentioned in interviews), it just floors me. I understand the compositions were inspired over time, just the music laid down in 3 weeks. But still the sound is awesome. Why does it take years for some albums in the mainstream world to be released when this guy knocks it out of the park in a matter of weeks. That’s my review for this song, Hatah Alei. Thats what this song made me think of. Because it’s just that good. The music is seamless, inspirational and just all around amazing.

Show Me Your Love is a very impressive song. Maybe I still don’t remember. But I’ve been searching for 20 minutes trying to figure out which Moshav or Lanzbom album this song was first recorded on. Then it hit me, is this an original? If it isn’t, then tell me, but I think it is. Aryeh sings this song with perfection. It’s fun to sing, although I can’t place it, if it is an original (i love my cd book) then it’s definitely gotta a bit of Moshav/Lanzbom/Carlebach mixed into it.

Mikolos reminds me of so many great 90’s rock songs. Aryeh really captures the slow rock balled feel. These songs are professionally produced and the music is very mature. The drums are exceptionally placed on this song along with some very soulful and patient guitar playing.

Mimamakim is the title track and everything on this album has been building up to this song. It’s the high point of the album for me. This song could easily be a mainstream rock song on the radio. When I like something, I like it. I know I sound like a broken record, but the music on this album was extremely impressive. The interlude on this song as it switches from the Hebrew to the title track English words “from the depths of my ….. I call to you ….” is some of the best music I’ve heard all year.

Aileh Verechev is a nice song, it keeps to that same great style the album has. I’m not gonna repeat everything I keep saying. Although it’s not my favorite song on the album, I like it a lot.

Gates is a very mellow, soulful song. A very well written song lyrically and well played musically. It’s a really good closing to the CD. Even though there is really one more song left on the disc, that song as I’ll write next is not really within the style of the rest of the album.

The Chavrusah Break Up Song is officially called a bonus track, but I don’t know what makes something a bonus. Although Aryeh does offer it as a free download which is certainly a great incentive. As much as I love this song (and I do) it’s funny they chose this song, which is so very very different then everything else on the album. What I do like about this song is that you can see Aryeh’s personality and humor come across through this song. It warms you up to him personally. As far as the song itself, its great, a very funny song that cracks me up each time I hear it. There are too many funny lines to start listing them. It’s a dry, self aware hysterical parody song. Something I wish this genre had tons more of!

You can hear the sampler by clicking here. You can buy the album here. You can visit Aryeh’s website here. You can watch lots of Aryeh’s live stuff here.


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