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Hadara Levin Areddy | King O

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King O

by Hadara Levin Areddy

Heart-piercing voice, sharp lyrics and a gut-shot performance in a kick blue rock-and-soul, with some R&B grooves and some NYC hip. It's all about city mad love
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Gets You
3:55 album only
2. Illusion
6:11 album only
3. Holy Wine
1:46 album only
4. What the Fuck
3:44 album only
5. Before You Go
4:09 album only
6. Satisfaction
3:48 album only
7. Happy Bossa
4:03 album only
8. Too Far
2:39 album only
9. Ain't No Use
4:15 album only
10. Starway
3:29 album only
11. Lo Hitkavanti
1:40 album only
12. Free
2:35 album only
13. Kama Zman
8:53 album only
14. Little Angel
2:33 album only
15. You Showed Up
2:13 album only
16. Here's Real
2:22 album only
17. Ani Rotse Otach
4:46 album only
18. Paper Town
1:12 album only
19. Good Song
4:02 album only
20. What the Fuck (studio Version)
3:38 album only


Album Notes
An honoured FilmTV graduate of NYU, Hadara lived 7 in New York City, where she directed an independent feature and gave birth to Adaam James. She then returned to Jerusalem, where she was born and raised, directed some TV documentaries, authored a poetry book (Papaya Zoom) and worked as a free-lance writer for several magazines.

In 2000 Hadara broke into her music career without any previous notion, experience or relevant education, surprising herself and everyone else. Just like that, she began writing her piano driven songs, performing them around, instantly winning the favouring embrace of fans, media and the Israeli music industry. Since then, there ain't no stopping her.

She has begun devoting herself totally to music, developing a style of her own, some sort of kicking rock-n'-soul and her own kind of R&B with plenty of words. Her first three albums, "This is a true story, the rough cut", "Live in Tmuna" and 'King O", independently produced, were released between the spring of 2001, and the beginning of 2002. She's currently working on her next two albums.


"King O is typically Hadara's: loaded with rare sort of honesty, sweeping emotion and magnetizing charisma. She knows how to touch all the right places with precision, grabbing the self-conscious neo chick-chic faminism by its very heart. Her sexy, bespelling manipulations justify all the appraise she receives."
(Kol Ha'ir 15, Febuary 2002)

"HLA hits it with her timeless performance, corresponding with an endless list of American singer-songwriters of the greatest league. HLA is an unprecedented phenomenon. She has independently produced her three albums within a year, gaining the deepest respect of all the industry professionals, and her monthly concerts are crowding the house with admiring audience..."
(MAARIV 15 Feb 2002)

"The rebel girl...HLA is the closest thing here to a real rock-n'-roll girl, in the Joplin-Mitchel-Sixties sense of the word. She's got a hippish sort of sex appeal and a voice that ranges from whispering through sexual fundling to a scream. She doesn't recall her own provocative lyrics by heart. She sings and writes about sex, relationships and quirky love. Very American, very much in English. A kind of Feminism mixed with Chauvinism; girl power mixed with a tremendous need for love". (Yedioth Acharonoth, weekend magazine 5 OCT 2001)

"She's got a voice that fills you entirely...a kind of madness, totality and child-like honesty that make you feel that every thing is happening, that anything can happen....you can feel it especially in her live shows...and she'll be giving her heart, that's for sure. It may even be a bit too much."
(Shlomi Shabban, Achbar Chayalim, 18, MAY, 2001)

Channeling New York hip through Jerusalem's roots, vocalist and songwriter Hadara Levin Areddy's third album owes much to both, Joni Mitchell's soul-jazz sensibilities and Ani DiFranco's independent grrrl attitude. Her soulful sexy delivery is flavored with a hint of accent, but her own self-described "kick-blue rock-n'-soul" style could have only been born in America. Mostly piano-driven and often accompanied by slick contemporary R&B grooves, Areddy's songs could have been lifted from Erikah Badu's songbook if they were transcribed by Fiona Apple's right hand and Joan Armatrading's left. The sunny "Happy Bossa" is in strong contrast to the acerbic "What the Fuck," both of which exude a child-like honesty with a very mature delivery, almost as if Blossom Dearie had recorded an album of Tori Amos covers. Her song topics are emotionally soul bearing, but not in a draining way, more like a shared catharsis with her audience. Areddy has been recognized in her native Israel for some time, and hopefully King O. will bring her the attention she deserves worldwide. - Zac Johnson

"She's brutally honest, a crazy combination of Tom Waits and Jonni Mitchel with a Janis Joplin edge" (Tony Paris, x-editor of Creative Loafing, US, May 2000)

"Highway of emotion...she's the most real thing around...an ultimate artist...without boundaries, rules or inhibitions...she writes an impossible amount of songs and reminds us of the lost charm of the sixties and seventies"
(YNET MUSIC, Yedioth, March 2001)

"She's a 2001-style hippie, with a rare vocal ability... she might become the first international Rock-n'-Roll star coming from Jerusalem" (Zahav TV)

"We're talking real wonder here...intimate and revealing lyrics...a real bomb of emotions. Half a ticket price of Ricky Lee Jones, and way higher an emotional potence. ( Shy Lahav, Ma'ariv, 2001)

"A good thing is happening to the Israeli Female singer-songwriting: Hadara Levin Areddy is releasing her second album... Her presence reminds one of ... a storming river washing out everything with unstoppable stream. Her performance and lyrics have that primary heart call that is unfortunately disappearing from the world of music...She's a proud mainstream, healthily grounded in the underground! (Adi Gold, Yedioth Achronot 2001)

"A mixture of Bert Anderson and David Bowie, Hadara's songs document a long movie of complexed relationships. Free of any rules and inhibitions and guilt, she deals with her human frailties with grand honesty. Must see in live concerts"

"There is something about Hadara , so deep, so real, so compelling, so convincing, so believable, so bespelling...coming out of love, passion, compassion and a strong drive to express herself...Endless gentleness and sensitivity...artistically she's an all around winner. Her album is an impressive demonstration of creativity and a rare instance of true grace". ( Avi Efrati, Tel Aviv, April 2001)

"...the audience is bespelled out of its breath....her strong and conspicuous cheek bones...she lustfully gnaws at the excited heart...juggling with intense emotions, Leon Russel-style, with a Billy Joel kind of piano, ranging from Dr John to Tori Amos. She battles with the text, kicking and screaming... passionately ravaging the microphone, geniusly playing with her voice" (Avishay Matia, "HA'IR", 21-9-2000



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