Archive for July, 2017

Andheron Ke Khwaab – Amaan Sheikh

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Andheron Ke Khwaab – Amaan Sheikh

Although admitting himself to be a certified “23-year-old music maniac from Goa”, singer Amaan Sheikh’s strong point may not be versatility, but he has certainly made monotony a virtuosity with exactly the same beat pervading across the entire track known as “Andheron Ke Khwaab”. But that really does not matter as Amaan creates a piece of melodic disco that reminisces the ‘80s with its incessant usage of keyboards and programming, undoubtedly appealing to those patronizing dance clubs with its relentless beat and hooks that are undoubtedly catchy. Although the sounds have all been heard before and better and, while Amaan may not be an innovator but, then again on “Andheron Ke Khwaab”, he does not need to be anything musically beyond what he really is: Sheikh, rattle, and roll!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Andheron Ke Khwaab’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

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Eid Wali Raat – Manav Shaunki

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Sufi receives a radical change of speed on “Eid Wali Raat” courtesy of college professor-cum-singer Manav Shaunki which is produced by Funkbox.  Adapting indigenous musical heritage to fast-paced pop sounds, music composer Rampal Banga has created rhythmic and melodic arrangements for “Eid Wali Raat” that transcends way beyond traditional Sufi music, and yet maintains musical notes on rhythms and folk melodies that exist in the heart of Sufism, blurring the lines where terrains, spiritual practices and, of course, musical ideas meet, meld, and mutate to contemporary sounds. Sufi is the music of joy and reverence and, as it bridges the various aspects of cultural traditions, “Eid Wali Raat” creates, via the sheer beauty of its sound and its lyrics, a portrait of a world that seamlessly and constantly shuffles between pleasure and pain.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Eid Wali Raat’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

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Nida Fazli’s Suno Tum by Jazim Sharma

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A concept album of sorts, ‘Suno Tum’ is the very first musical album based on poetry written by Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli, more popularly known as Nida Fazli, who passed away on 8th February 2016. As a prominent Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist, and dialogue writer, Nidaji was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for his contribution to literature. But before we move further, let us consider what makes a concept album? Although there is no simple answer, I believe that a concept album could be a collection of songs by an individual composer/lyricist or with a particular theme or with a certain sensibility. This album – containing 11 tracks – largely encompasses all these arguments on multiple levels and, simultaneously, supports Nidaji’s belief that the feel of a poet is similar to that of a painter or a musician and, coincidentally, all these arts have been made to fall within the purview of the ‘Sonu Tum’ project.

The musical presentation of Nidaji’s poetry is supported by composer-singer Jazim Sharma along with vocalist Parul Mishra whereas, outside the realms of music, paintings based on selected works of Nidaji have been handled by Geeta Das. While some tracks contain a recitation of lyrics by Tom Alter, the singing on ‘Suno Tum’ is competent enough, as are the musical compositions, but the instrumentation – largely the programming – does get repetitive. Nevertheless, this constructive criticism should not take away from the tremendous efforts placed behind commemorating the eminence of the late Nida Fazli’s poetry.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Suno Tum’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music: http://bit.ly/2s4fBEo
iTunes India: http://apple.co/2smjsNQ

Also Available on iTunes International, Wynk Music, Reliance Jio Music, Idea Music Lounge.