A Whole New World
An Angelic Rock Opera
A Whole New World is a 13 track album by Alaeddin.
The bulk of the songs on AWNW work beautifully as stand-alone singles, yet the album also exists on a different level entirely.
When listened in order from start to finish, the album is an opera—an Angelic Rock Opera to be specific.
The album follows a character, Kulna, who has entered into a love relationship that he knew was doomed from the beginning.
Kulna’s sense of loss and depression is constantly interrupted by voices telling him things he can’t comprehend (this is symbolized by the character’s vocals being sung in English while the mysterious voices are sung in Arabic).
As the album progresses, the voices reveal themselves to be angels, which causes Kulna to question his sanity, and then his entire reality.
The bulk of the songs on the album are songs of lost love, which are harmonized uniquely with these “angelic” harmonies.
Kulna evolves through the album from being despondent, and in great pain, to eventually being able to rise into pure joy and rebirth.
There are points when the angels sing briefly English, and others where Kulna sings in Arabic. This signifies that effective communication between the Kulna and his angels has been established.
Digging another layer down, many of the songs in the opera are polytonal in nature. The angel voices are often sung in a musical key, separate and distinct from than that of the main song being sung by the Kulna.
Thus, the songs have two separate but harmonious musical worlds. This gentle polytonality makes for some rare, rich, six-part harmony not commonly heard in popular music.
Emo Alaeddin’s unparalleled vocal instrument is showcased very beautifully on this album. His musicianship, production, engineering, and playing skills are all at their very peak as well.
The Album is called “A Whole New World,” by a band called Alaeddin. Does this sound like it could be a gimmick? We assure you that it’s not.
Alaeddin is Emo’s last name, the band being named after him. The album title refers to Kulna being introduced to a Whole New World that exists apart from his predicament.
Five angels reveal themselves to Kulna by name over the course of the opera: Gabriel, Raphael, Sachiel, Samael and Uriel.
In the world of these angels, Kulna’s problems have already been solved. It’s up to him to decide which world he will treasure: that of his lost love and despair, or the world of the angels, which exists beyond all problems.
These voices constantly reassure Kulna that their World exists deep within himself and always has.