A Whole New World
A Whole New World, a 13 track album by Alaeddin.
While the bulk of the songs on AWNW work beautifully as stand-alone singles, the album also exists on a different level entirely. When listened in order from start to finish, the album is a concept, a rock opera, of sorts.
The album follows a man who has entered a love relationship that he knew was doomed from the beginning.
His 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 in English while the mysterious voices are in Arabic).
As the album progresses, the voices reveal themselves to be angels, which causes the character 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.
The character evolves through the album from being despondent, and in great pain, to eventually rise into pure joy and rebirth.
There are points where the angels sing English in a phrase, and another where the main character sings in Arabic, signifying that effective communication between the man and these angels has been established.
If you want to dig another layer down, many of the songs are polytonal in nature. The angels may sing in their own neighboring key which is a separate key than that of the main song which is being sung by the protagonist in the story.
Thus, the songs have two separate but harmonious musical worlds. This creates some rare and 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. It’s honest.
Alaeddin is Emo’s last name, and the band is named after him.
The album title refers to the character being introduced to a Whole New World that exists separate and distinct to his predicament. In the angels’ world, the problem has 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 these angels, which exists beyond all problems. The angels constantly reassure him that there World exists deep within himself.