This album is based around a theme, being â€œA Folk-Punk History of the Hebrew Nationâ€. The tracks on this CD go throughout the entirety of Jewish history, bouncing through the distinct segment of the groupâ€™s history. The disc starts out with â€œExiled To The Diasporaâ€, a driven type of track that will have the drums firmly implanted in listenersâ€™ ears by the end of the track. â€œDiasporaâ€ moves on to â€œAbâ€™ramâ€ for the second track, making for a more deliberate approach.
Liebermanâ€™s approach here allows listeners to have a greater understanding of the disparate styles that create Liebermanâ€™s own; while there may be some commonalities to be had between the tracks, the different tacks taken makes for a richer experience overall. The flute takes a front seat for â€œMidianitesâ€, in a much more melodic role than had previously been present on Liebermanâ€™s albums. It is this sort of flute use that makes the whole of Liebermanâ€™s music shine, and gives me the desire to continue on eagerly with whatever is left on â€œDiasporaâ€.
Later tracks such as â€œThe First Fall of Jerusalâ€™emâ€ give listeners further insights into the rich tapestry that makes up Liebermanâ€™s influences. This means that the song itself barely makes it to 75 seconds, and benefits greatly from a more electronic type of draping. The same intense tempo is present here as was present on the onset of â€œDiasporaâ€, while Lieberman has enough of a head about eir to let the track fall by the wayside rather than let it run too long. â€œ2nd Diaspora: Babyloniaâ€ slows things down, allowing Lieberman more than a fair opportunity to lay out a far bit of storyline. This track, one of the longer on the disc, is where Lieberman should look to go in the future. This is because there are more than enough different ways that listeners can appreciate the track, whether it be through the instrumentation, the arrangements of that instrumentation, or Liebermanâ€™s narrative.
While I must admit I am not too familiar with any of the events described covered here, Liebermanâ€™s focus here is more than enough to get me motivated to pick up a history book.
Top Tracks: Midianites, The First Fall of Jerusalâ€™em
Steve Lieberman â€“ Diaspora (CD) / 2009 Self / 18 Tracks / http://www.gangstarabbi.com