After the worldwide success of the feel-good album, released in 2007, Yael Naim unveils her second album in 2011 She Was a Boy. Closeted in a Parisian apartment for two years, Yael Naim and David Donatien perfected Yael’s songs in Hebrew and English, which culminated in a commercial and artistic success (Victoire de la Musique 2008, for the Album of the Year World Music category).
Following the use of the song “New Soul” in a television commercial for Apple, she entered the Top Ten of the US sales charts. Since then however, the Parisian flat has been turned into a studio; more space, but the same passion to make an album at their own pace. Having made great use of these past three years by playing anywhere where there was even a slight echo of their music, and to taste the pleasures of the fringe (a tribute to Joni Mitchel, on the Beatle’s album Let It Be, a collaboration with the National Jazz Orchestra and a representation at the Pleyel concert hall), Yael Naim has given her all to this process that she herself qualifies as a particularly intimate way to create songs. At the same time, David Donatien involved musicians such as Thomas Bloch, Lionel, Stéphane Belmondo and the pianist Éric Legini. Furthermore, the French artist Tété was invited to the banquet table of sessions, alongside the “eternally-young” tender singer, Spleen , Jacques Daoud and Yoed Nir (cellist), as well as the usual friendly crew of musicians that regularly join them on stage.
Yael offers us a mix of gentle as well as heartbreaking songs, for example the light tempo of “Come Home”, or of their dreams in “My Dreams” and their certainties, using the richness of Balkan chords as in She Was A Boy, in which Yael, still just a child, encounters a young woman who is not like the others and not of their opinion. Strength and fragility, a trek around the world (jazz, variety pop, classical), and a soul-searching journey of self, here the voices and melodies vibrate within the compositions of Yael, and so does the listener.
Yael Naim in the Press:
The Q: Yael Naim (NBC New York)
Yael Naim loves Rihanna Too (Elle)
Yael Naim has a Story to Tell: The Interview (PopMatters)
Yael Naim on the Apple Ad that Kick-Started Her Career as the ‘Israeli Feist’ (AOL Spinner)