The debut from this half-Moroccan, half-French singer/songwriter is pleasant. It has its moments that glisten, but for the most part it passes by without making a great impression. "Kiss & Thrills," which revolves around a very simple, bluesy riff, works superbly, almost hypnotic, as if someone had dropped Ali Farka Touré into North Africa alongside a female singer. The lush layered vocals of the closer, "Old Friends," set up a deliciously dreamy atmosphere, while "Stand Up" seems to mix chanson with touches of modernity to good effect and a surprising Arabic interlude. Unfortunately, the remaining eight tracks have little to make them stand out, being mostly French blandness (although largely sung in English). Zahra has talent, and a nice kittenish voice, but it all needs more development and editing.
|1||Beautiful Tango||Vaugeois, Zahra||3:56|
|4||Set Me Free||Zahra||3:55|
|5||Kiss & Thrills||Zahra||3:51|
|6||At the Same Time||Naim, Zahra||3:24|
|7||Imik Si Mik||Naim, Zahra||3:55|