Songs for Sad Women

Songs for Sad Women is an album by the Lebanese oud player and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil which was recorded in Germany in 2005 but not released on the Enja label until 2007.[1]

Songs for Sad Women
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Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 10–15, 2005
StudioSound Studio, Zerkall, Germany
GenreJazz, World music
ENJ 9494
ProducerRabih Abou-Khalil, Walter Quintus
Rabih Abou-Khalil chronology
Journey to the Centre of an Egg
Songs for Sad Women
Em Português


Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz     [2]

All About Jazz reviewer Ian Patterson observed "On Songs for Sad Women Abou-Khalil marshals a stripped-down ensemble which plays with air akin to intimate chamber music, yet with the soul of timeless folk music ... This is a highly satisfying addition to Rabih Abou-Khalil's impressive discography; graceful and poetic, and one that lingers in the memory".[2]

The BBC Music review by John Eyles stated "After twenty-five years and eighteen albums, it is unlikely that Rabih Abou-Khalil is going to spring any great surprises; long ago he found a distinctive individual style and has stuck to it since – with sufficient variations to keep it fresh and interesting. One need only hear this music for a few seconds to identify its creator. Aficionados will find everything that keeps them coming back for more; the characteristic blend of jazz-inflected Arabic melody with subtle rhythms combines into a hypnotic whole, as ever with Abou-Khalil’s fluent oud playing in a central role".[3]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Rabih Abou-Khalil

  1. "Mourir Pour Ton Décolleté" – 7:29
  2. "How Can We Dance If I Cannot Waltz" – 7:08
  3. "Best If You Dressed Less" – 6:56
  4. "The Sad Women of Qana" – 8:46
  5. "Para O Teu Bumbum" – 7:08
  6. "Le Train Bleu" – 6:55
  7. "A Chocolate Love Affair" – 11:09



  1. ^ Rabih Abou-Khalil discography accessed June 20, 2018
  2. ^ a b Patterson, I. All About Jazz Review, accessed June 21, 2018
  3. ^ Eyles, J. BBC Music Review accessed June 21, 2018