Bent Osol

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Bent Osol
Studio album by Diana Haddad
Released December 25, 2011
Recorded 2009—2011
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Genre Pop, dance-pop, electropop, R&B, Khaliji, Mawwal
Length 54:20
Language Arabic, English
Label Platinum Records
Producer Fahd Al Naser, Hosam Kamal, Ashraf Salem, Karl Wolf, Hamad Rashid Al Khodr, Omar Basel, Wessam Al Amir, Yaser Jalal, Ahmad Mohyee
Diana Haddad chronology
Men Diana Illa
(2008)
Bent Osol
(2011)
Ya Bashar
(2014)
Singles from Bent Osol
  1. "Galat Diana"
    Released: 30 May 2011
  2. "Ya Wagt"
    Released: 24 July 2011
  3. "Kol Hayati"
    Released: 17 December 2011
  4. "Yesh'had Allah"
    Released: 18 December 2011
  5. "Wadi Haki"
    Released: 6 April 2012

Bent Osol (English: A Good Girl) is the twelfth studio album by Lebanese recording artist Diana Haddad. The album was released by Platinum Records Christmas 2011. Bent Osol marks her first album in various Arabic dialects since her 2006 self-titled album Diana 2006 (2006).

Background and development[edit]

In 2008, Haddad announced that she was going to include a duet with a well-known R&B female artist on her upcoming album. The announcement came after Haddad's performance at the Mawazine festival which lead the press to guess that the act Haddad was talking about was Whitney Houston since she performed the same night Haddad performed.[1] However, later that year Haddad revealed that she meant Alicia Keys who asked an enormous amount of money that Haddad couldn't afford. According to Yamazaj newspaper, Keys asked for a million and a half US dollars for the duet.[2]

Haddad first revealed the theme of the album in 2009 when she recorded a song with Canadian artist Karl Wolf.[2]

Release and promotion[edit]

The album faced many delays prior to its release due to reasons such as Haddad's divorce in summer 2009 and the death of her father in October 2011. Eventually, Haddad's official Facebook account announced the release of the album on December 14, 2011[3]

Haddad paid for the album production herself, but Rashed Al-Majed's label, Platinum Records, took care of the promotion and the distribution of the album in the Arab world. By December 15, 2011, Middle East Broadcasting Center channels aired several promos for the album's release.[3]

As a part of the album's promotion, Haddad appeared on the new show "Hatha Ana" with the TV personality Rania Bargoth on January 23, 2012. The episode was set to air on the 16th but it was delayed due to an Arab Idol live episode.[4] She also appeared on two different shows, "Taw Al Lail" and "Banat O Bas" on the Kuwaiti channel Al-Watan where she talked about her new release and performed some of the album's songs on January 18, 2012 and January 22, 2012.[5] Haddad made an appearance at the Marina FM studios in Kuwait.[6]

During her visit in Kuwait it was announced that Haddad will be performing along with Nawal El Kuwaiti and Nabil Shoail on the forth night of Hala February, a popular Kuwaiti festival that started in the late 1990s.[7] However, it was announced on February 8, 2012 that all the concerts have been canceled due to the 2011–2012 Syrian uprising.[8]

Singles[edit]

"Kol Hayati", featuring Karl Wolf, was released as the lead single from the album. It premiered in the United Arab Emirates on Panorama FM radio on December 15, 2011.[9] Haddad talked about the song in number of occasions to the press since 2009. Zaharat Al Khaleej magazine covered the recording process of the song in one of its issues.[10]

Although Haddad released number of singles before the album's release including "Galat Diana" in 2011, "Majnona" in 2010,[11] and "Ya Aibo" in 2009,[12] none of them is considered a lead single and only "Galat Diana" is included on the album.[10]

The Kuwaiti soap opera song "Al Dakhila" also known as "Ya Wagt" is included on the album. Al Dakhila is a ramadan 2011 soap opera starring Huda Hussain and Hind Al Bloshi.[13]

"Galat Diana" is considered the first music video from the album. It premiered on May 30, 2011. The music video shows Haddad wearing 12 different costumes and looks representing the 12 zodiac signs.[14]

The second music video from the album, "Wadi Haki", premiered on April 6, 2012.

Critical reception[edit]

The album received positive to mixed reviews by critics. Generally, the album has been negatively criticized for having more songs in Khaliji dialect than any other dialect especially Egyptian and Lebanese which are more popular in the Arab World than Khaliji. Bashar Zaidan from Beljaw electronic magazine thought that "Eah Rayak", a song in Egyptian dialect, was the highlight of the album and that the big number of Khaliji songs hurt the album. Haddad's previous singles and album Men Diana Illa (2008) were all in Khaliji dialects. He criticized the song "Kol Hayati" lyrics for being "too common" and not surprising and suggested a fresh music video to handle this problem. He added: the song doesn't compare to "Mass And Louly" from Diana 2006 (2006) which was a huge surprise and a big hit.[15]

Zaidan mentioned that the album reminded him to the old 1990s Diana. He also mentioned that the song "Esmaa Kalamhom" sounds similar to Haddad's single "Emshi Wara Kidbohom" from Yammaia (1998). In terms of lyrics, Haddad's divorce affected the selection of the lyrics and most of the songs on the album are about betrayal, Zaidan said.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Bel Raha Alaya"   Abdullah Al Omani Fahd Al Naser 4:08
2. "Wadi Haki"   Deyaa Al Mayali Hosam Kamal 3:59
3. "Bent Osol"   Yaser Jalal Yaser Jalal 3:38
4. "Esmaa Kalamhom"   Mostafa Morsi Ashraf Salem 4:27
5. "Kol Hayati" (featuring Karl Wolf) Karl Wolf, Yaser Jalal Karl Wolf 4:12
6. "Galat Diana"   Ali Al Khawar Fahd Al Naser 3:06
7. "Tob Al Farah"   Yaser Jalal Yaser Jalal 3:31
8. "Ya Hath Galbi"   Abdulrazzaq Al Eissa Hamad Rashid Al Khodr 3:48
9. "Rajaa Al Sheti"   Yaser Jalal Yaser Jalal 5:01
10. "Ya Wagt" (Al Dakhila original soundtrack) Ali Al Khawar Fahd Al Naser 4:13
11. "Eeh Rayak"   Wael Tawfik Ahmad Mohyee 4:33
12. "Kaid Al Nesaa"   Moshref Al Atabi Omar Basel 3:45
13. "Rajaa Al Sheti" (Mawwal) Yaser Jalal Yaser Jalal 2:00
14. "Yesh'had Allah"   Hussain Ali Ismail Wessam Al Amir 4:02

Personnel[edit]

Personnel credits adapted from the album's booklet.

Release history[citation needed][edit]

Region Date Label Format
Saudi Arabia December 25, 2011 Platinum Records CD
Arab World December 26, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diana Haddad and a duet with the star Whitney Houston". Panet.co.il (Lebanon). 23 September 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Diana Haddad prefers Karl Wolf to Alicia Keys". Yamazaj.com (Egypt). 8 June 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Diana Haddad official Facebook account announcement". Facebook (Dubai). 14 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Diana Haddad in 'Hatha Ana': I didn't live a nice childhood due to my dad's cruelty and my early marriage didn't let me live my teens to the fullest". MBC (Dubai). 24 January 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Diana Haddad opens her heart in 'Taw Al Lail'". Al Watan (Kuwait). 17 January 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Diana Haddad back to Dubai after performing two concerts in Kuwait". Al Youm Al Sab'e (Egypt). 22 January 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "The "Bent Osol" Diana Hadddad is Hala February in Kuwait". Aaram (Beirut). 5 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hala February cancellation due to 2011–2012 Syrian uprising". Al Bayan (United Arab Emirates). 8 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Diana Haddad releasing "Bent Osol" next week". Beljaw (Lebanon). 17 December 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Diana Haddad and Karl Wolf recording "Kol Hayati" in the studio". Zahrat Al Khaleej (Dubai). 9 October 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Diana Haddad: "Majnona" and what!". Zahrat Al Khaleej (Dubai). 28 December 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "In pictures.. Diana Haddad in her new music video "Ya Aibo"". Filfan (Lebanon). 24 February 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Diana Haddad sings "Al Dakhila" theme song". Elaph (Dubai). 12 July 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Diana Haddad in 12 looks in her new song". Zahrat Al Khaleej (Dubai). 6 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Eah Rayak is the album's highlight and the Khaliji songs hurt the album". Beljaw (Lebanon). 26 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.