It has been a while (or never) since I posted something on just music. So here is my attempt to voice my musical opinion on some music that I have been following recently:
Yuuvraj – What can I say although I admit that it took me some time to understand the interleaving of the instruments used & the basic foundation on which the songs have been built on, before I could really call it another master stroke from AR. I am not claiming to understand all the nuances of all forms of music – but only someone with some basic musical knowledge will be able to appreciate the core strength and the core experimentation of this album. Be it a simple tune like “Mastam Mastam”, that has been so beautifully given a French Carnival feel in a Waltz tone, as the whole ambience shifts from being a backyard lilting melody to a tap dancing crowd in Scandinavia or the absolutely out of the world fusion in “Dil Ka Rishta” – where the style is like where Pandit Jugal Hans Raj meets Beethoven and they both present a Disney song…! I am running out of words to describe the melody that is everywhere in the album and the rich orchestration. I can’t pick between Manmohini and Dil Ka Rishta to decide which one would be my eventual favorite – The album is so rich that an absolute heart wrenching melody like “Zindagi” is the least experimental and has the simplest arrangement of all, if you really have to rate the album.
Weather Report – Yet to give this album a full chance. But I am late to find this – blame it on my recent soft corner for Jazz. A very experimental fusion album – Much advanced for its time. Yes. 20 years too advanced for 1977..
Kala – Imagine a little girl from a sleepy fishing village from the southern Sri Lankan coast hopping on to the US Bill Board charts through some rowdy music that actually has liberal use of Tamil folk rhythms in it. MIA, at first was a curiosity to me and then turned out to be someone who I like for her originality. Her RAP is very original and speaks a very different personal story than what an American Rapster’s story would. Heavy experimentation and very big on bringing original rhythm to her Rap which is not the kinds that we all have heard of in a typical hip-hop number. I bought her collection called “Kala” through iTunes and boy do I love it!
Oh! There is so much music to soak in….for now..