In His New Album, an Overly Bold Gamble for Asaf Avidan

Avidan's latest shows an imbalance between the content and its wrapping: the voice, the drama and the pretension are at the far end of the scale, but the music itself is somewhere in the middle.

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The last thing the title song from singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan’s new album wants to do is make us laugh. It’s a painfully serious song – sung in English, like all the cuts on the album – with tragic...