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Dingle Days ( Cautious)

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From Under The Bleachers to Winning Over

She Had a smile
That Stayed A whilealbum_cover_zameer
Every Night with Her
Brought Me Sunshine

If you hear the above the opening lines to a song, I am sure, you would want to hear the rest of the song too. These lines have been taken from the song First Love, from the album From Under The Bleachers. (too many “froms” in one sentence)
An interesting thing about of the albums name is that it appears in 3 songs in the name, putting the listener in a doubt about which track is the title track, or it could be that the reason for the naming the album are the tracks.

Back to the song, First Love, it also has a complete-r fuller Urdu version (not on the album) called Yaad
which you can watch here .

Story based song, Where The Sun Don’t Shine, also talks about the mystery of women, that even after a long period MR. Singer still hasn’t completely learnt about his love” TELL ME WHY DON’T YOU GO WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE NO MORE”, somehow this lyric doesn’t make me think straight, and with the singing being in a naughty voice, it’s only natural that thoughts wander.

“With you” is the second video to be released for the album and this track is just marvelous, shows the beauty of being in love being narrated in stages in a story form (again). Soft bass lines and an over infectious chorus line gets you to LOVE the track at the first listen. Very much proves, that even when love at first sight doesn’t happen, love at first sound is possible.

You Lied To Me: as the name of song suggests is about betrayal but also that of the writer to still forgive the mistakes of his love, and “wants her back” even what she has put him through with her betrayals and lies.

It’s easy to be filled with hatred for Zameer after hearing Mind Over Muder, because the lyrics are so blasphemous that you wish he is stoned to death for writing this song. But once the initial hatred dies out and you begin to think logically about the concept of the song, written from the head of a brain washed conscious terrorist lamenting against God and questioning HIS way but still hell bent to carrying out his acts. Beware though because the song has an immense amount of soul, the melody may make you start thinking with the mind of a terrorist.

The debut single Win or Defeat is written with the philosophy  in Zameers own words is that “ When defining success for yourself, don’t worry about winning or losing as defined by societal perceptions but to just follow your own dream”, with such a theme, the lyrics have an uplifting tone and an upside tempo .

This is a good album and an excellent way to promote Pakistani talent globally, if anybody understands English and you need to showcase Pakistani music to them, just present this album and watch them sing praises for what our country has. As good Zameer is on his album he is just a tad better in his LIVE performances.

If you haven’t gotten the album, what are you waiting for ? Go ahead and buy it straight away .
It’s available from too.


Mauj Chronicles

mauj-album-coverArtist Name : Mauj
Album Name: Now in Technicolor (I still doubt that this name is actually the album name, though)
Reason for mentioning the above: Album Review, Of Course.

Since there are no online music stores valid for Qatar, I had to use the services of my brother to download the album, burn it and send it across to me along with “Zameer :From Under The Bleachers”, both of which have yet to be released in Pakistan, my usual resource for attaining
the music which I do.

Anyhow, I had heard most of the tracks prior to the album release ( that does not mean I have personal connections with any of the band members), I had managed to listen to the tracks because of Tv Performances which Mauj had done for AAG Tv and Play Tv. But me being an ardent Pakistani music fan ( which all of you must know by now),  I had to include the album into my collection of Pakistani Music ( that’s the only “COLLECTION” of music that I have anyway.)

Let me share a few track reviews from the album.
Pyaar Ka Jadoo (Cover): primarily the same tune as the original ( Zohaibs track).O.Shafique sings the song in the voice that had been screaming the lungs out, the night before, in a concert, the night before the recording ( that’s too many commas for my own good in one sentence).
Although I feel the guitars should have been less muffled but I guess that is to give an old sound to the song, the ending has a Caribbean feel to it, which is SO MAUJ. Love it.

Paheliyan: “taint tainreiun reiun tannanow tannanow” Funky tune, the guitars are slashy and cool, I’ve currently kept the track as a ringtone on my cellphone. Sharp Start and Sharp Ending, this track I am sure has been heard by a lot of people as it was also performed by Omran in Coke Studio Season 1, other than having its video out which further helped in growing the reach of the track.

Aaye Na Aaye: A completely new track for me but surely lit out a flame, the track has a mood of its own and has visuals attached to it ,very fresh sounding and can be easily be an awesome background score for a movie.

Hasratein: The track which I had before was all instrumental, it had a finer chords less impure riffs than the “on album” version, the album version is more raw sounding for sure, to compensate for Omrans pleasant sounding vocals.

Overall the album is pretty good , with lyrics that range from playful to mature , guitars that are heavy, groovy and structured . A professional album , with Omran that’s the least we can expect.

Tthe album differentiates between a good act (Mauj) and mediocre ones ( Aplently)!

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Lyrics (minor)

I’ve gotten my hands on Maujs Album, although I am not doing a review of it at this moment, I would like to share a thought about just one of the point which came to my mind after hearing the track “Awaz” which further strenghtened an already established belief.

“Aye Parindo Kisi Shaam Urtey Huey, Raastey mein agar woh nazar aaye to, Geet Baarish ka koi sunana ussey;
Aye Sitaron Younhein Jhilmilatey huey, Uska Chehra Dareechay mein aajaye to, Baadlon to Bula kar, Dikhana Ussey” -Mauj

All those veteran musicians and lyricists who critisize the current lot of musicians for not being able to write meaningful lyrics must be doubting their own future, (hence the bitter resentment) when they hear the stuff being made these days.

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Dingle Days (Pisa)