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Inspiring Voice reviews Yisroel Werdyger – Oideh Lokeil

Inspiring Voice reviews Yisroel Werdyger – Oideh Lokeil

Chassidic Niggunim, General, Music, Reviews — By on December 30, 2012 7:37 am



Rarely do I have the opportunity to write a review about such an album. Sruly is not just a special talent. He is a wonderful person and his warm and aidel personality shines through his music. Prior to releasing Oideh Lokeil, he released 2 other albums which were both hits. However, this one is by far the best. It is produced by the famous Teem Productions – Yossi Tyberg and Gershi Moskowitz. The music is arranged by Shua Fried and   Yanky Briskman. Let us not forget that Sruly really put Shua Fried on the map when he made the arrangements on his first album – Bayis Ne’emon.

1) Borei Oilom –  Composed by Pinky Weber

This kicks off the album with a bang. It’s a wedding song similar to  Bayis Ne’emon from his first album.


2) Ashreini – Composed by Pinky Weber


This one starts off  quietly , but the high part is high and sung very well. It’s sort of mid-speed, but at 3:30 some more spunk is added to the music.  I love the way he ends the song on a high note.


3) Zaro Chaya – Composed by Pinky Weber


This song is a hartzige masterpiece. A deep tefilla for good children like a mother would tearfully express by lichtbentshen. It starts with with haunting music and the sound of children playing in the background. The children’s choir enhances the song as it is about the kinderlach. Do you remember “Oh Dovid” from JEP #3?  This song starts off very similar to that and that song was a breathtaking hit. A very emotional tone-setter for the whole song. The second time around he adds emotional Yiddish words that’s like icing on the cake and makes the song all the more emotional.


4) Oideh Lokeil – Composed by Motti Illowitz

The title song of the album and it’s an upbeat techno song . It’s funny that the message is not direct that one ought to keep his neshoma clean, but rather just tune in to its beauty while thanking Hashem for it, and the music enhances that message.


5)  Mesikus Hatorah – Composed by Rabbi Hillel Palei


Just the words alone are a real hit! They are taken from the Ohr Hachaim Hakodosh in Sefer Devarim and describe how wonderful it would be if people would feel the sweetness of the Torah. The inspiration would be so powerful that they would poshut go NUTS!!! over it and not give a hoot about all the money and riches in the world because the Torah encompasses all the good things in the world.

The tune starts off like a typical nice slow song, but then in the high part, it takes off  with a beautiful kneitch on the word “mishtagim” which means ” go crazy”. The song finishes off with repeating the words “Ki Hatorah koilleles kol hatoivois” (the Torah encompasses all the good things) slowly at first, then speeds up.


6) Boiee Bishuloim – Composed by Yishai Lapidot

A nice above average mid-speed song that has a very sweet high part.


7) Shavti Leyrushalayim –  Composed by Dovid Klein

The words are taken from Kinos on Tisha B’av It’s a nice hartzige song with a knaitch by “Koi umar Hashem, shavti liyrushalayim” similar to MBD ” Vizera Avudov yinchulihu” ( Kulom Ahuvim – Ki Eloikim).


8)  Gadlu – Composed by Motti Illowitz

A geshmake 3 part  fast song that gets you dancing. At about 3:45 it slows down somewhat for the second part –  like the shtick like sometimes happens by hakofos when we really get in to it.


9) Yom Ze Leyisroel –  Composed by Moishy Wertzberger


Interesting that this is the 3rd time in the past year that songs came out from this Friday Night zemer. The others being Tzudyk and Miami Mizrach. However, unlike the others which are more hora style, this one is slow and hartzig to match the words that are meant to sooth the broken souls of our nation with the neshama yeseira of Shabbos. Then at 4:40 it speeds up to a more upbeat ending  of hope.


10) Nogil – Composed by Motti Ilowitz


This is the hit from the fast songs of this album. If Gadlu didn’t get you dancing, this definitely gets you pumped up and ends off with a bang with really high notes.


11) Midas Horachamim – Composed by Rabbi Hillel Palei


It starts off with the popular nusach that Baalei Tefilla use for  Slichos and Neila so we know that this is a slow deep tefilla to daven to  Hashem for rachamim. The high part transitions to an optimistic tone of faith that Hashem will answer our tefillos and tears. Here too Sruly’s aidel personality shines through and as a fantastic Baal Tefilla for Yomim Noiroim, he means it when he sings this.


12) Nigun Simcha  – Chabad


A hora- style Lubavitcher Niggun that will definitely get very popular. Whoever knows Sruly can visualize him singing this at weddings and get the oilom really in to it!


To sum up, you gotta get this masterpiece!





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  1. avrami says:

    Nice review, but i would like to clarify a couple of things. Number 1, it was Lipa Schmeltzer who really put Shua Fried on the map, but forsure that Sruly Werdyger definitly gave him more fame.
    Number 2 who write that his first 2 albums that were both hits and you are right, but i think this new album was not as great as the first 2 specially his second one, which that one was a masterpeice. But my main issue with this cd is that the arrangements are a bit dry. i am trying to find out why he left shua, shaua’s arrangements took his albums to a nexty level that he doesnt have on this album, the songs that have the best arrangements are done by shua fried. The song collection could have been a little better mainly the fast ones, but yes its a nice album and a pleaseure to listen to!!!!!!

  2. Inspiring Voice says:

    Sorry for not being totally accurate, but please let me clarify:
    You write “Number 1, it was Lipa Schmeltzer who really put Shua Fried on the map”
    Yes Lipa used him for a couple of songs on his Hallel tape, but who knew much about him then? After Sruly used him, his fame took off.

    You write: “But my main issue with this cd is that the arrangements are a bit dry. i am trying to find out why he left shua, shaua’s arrangements took his albums to a next level”
    Dry arrangements? By whose standards? I didn’t hear one person complaining. Also, by having a relationship with Yanky Briskman in addition to Shua Fried, does that imply leaving Shua Fried? Come on! I sell for my shvugger telecom services, but I also have relationships with other companies. Does that mean I left my shvugger? No way!

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