Made up of vocalist Anthony Khoury, guitarist Joey Abou Jawdeh, bassist Fabio Khoury, percussionist Nicola Hakim and pianist Carl Ferneine, Adonis's newest album, Min Chou Btichki Beirut showcases a surprisingly wide array of genres, emotions, vocal ranges and even instrument versatility.

With 11 vastly different tracks, Adonis ushers you in with Kermalik, one of their typically brilliantly upbeat classical Arabi-meets-Pop-meets-Folk tunes that will make even the most somber listener brighten up.

They then take you on a roller-coaster ride through genres, hopping on a fez-clad Arabic train and riding circles through hints of deep bass vocals (who knew Anthony Khoury had such an impressive range!), upbeat head bopping selections, and surprisingly tender song choices. Nharak Said is particularly impressive, ending with several measures of Khoury at his peak and almost pirate-like melodies.

Probably one of my favorite tracks on the CD is Manni Herban, which highlights Khoury's honeyed voice with a depressingly beautiful piano melody and haunting lyrics. I kind of even fell in love with him a bit, and I'll freely admit to raping the repeat button. I also loved Fi Zini Ktir and Amiri L Saghir, both of which are happier, upbeat tunes filled with ukuleles and guitar riffs and breathtaking falsettos.

Overall, the entire album is a testament to just how brilliant Adonis is as a band—vocally, lyrically, and instrumentally. It's a full trip of the highs and lows of emotions, and though you might like some vastly more than others, at the end of it all, all you can do is sit back and go "wow."

If you want your own copy of Min Chou Btichki Beirut head on over to Virgin Megastores or mark your calenders for Adonis's album release party, on August 18.

A Sneak Peek at Adonis's Min Chou Btichki Beirut

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