The lyrical gem on Mazi Haal Mustaqbil, 'Insaan' with its metal
feel in music and Faraz Anwar's intense vocals is simply superb.
As a track, it's a look at one man's surrounding and his want to
make a difference and yet there is a very raw, almost humble quality
to the wordplay as a line goes, "Kahein Undar Koi/Ham Aakhir
Kyun Na Kuch Kahein/Kahein Undar Koi/Hum Aakhir Kyun Na Kuch Karein…"
it makes a lot of sense in these strange times that we live in.
And musically, even though it is hardcore rock, bordering on metal,
'Insaan' has a melody to it, which is extremely rare when it comes
Even though, Faraz Anwar was certainly not a new name in the music
business but it was this album – Mazi Haal Mustaqbil - with
his band Mizraab that led to a vast number of fans or as they proudly
call themselves, 'Mizraabians'. The album was undoubtedly one of the
best metal efforts ever done in Pakistan and as a result, it even
won Mizraab a Lux Style Award nomination for Best Music Album in 2004.
Contrary to popular belief, MMH was not the debut album of Mizraab.
It was in 2000 when Mizraab first launched onto the scene with an
album, Panchi. The album didn't fair well in the scene and Mizraab
called it quits. Four years later, Mizraab returned but other than
Faraz Anwar, the other members had changed.
After the success of Mazi Haal Mustaqbil, Mizraab are once again coming
back with a new album, Ujalon Mein, later this year so do watch out
for them. But until they return, download 'Insaan'. It really is fantastic!
Off Noori's debut album, Suno Kay Main Hoon Jawan, 'Hum Bhoolay' was
a departure from the 'Jawan' theme that played through out the album.
'Hum Bhoolay' remains one of Noori's most phenomenal numbers to date
because it has long lasting value. It has a melancholic mood to it
that makes it a musical departure from most tracks on the otherwise
With its haunting feel and refined production quality with Ali Noor
providing some sorrowful vocals, it just grabs one instantly. As the
lyrics go, "Hum Bhoolay Dunya Bhoolain/Hum Bikharey Ab Kya Rona/Beeti
Yaadoin Key Saaye/Ab Hain Paraain/Iss Chhaon Ko Tu Bhul Ja" –
it is a song that pens inner turmoil of the heart and yet, this is
not a simple love-dovey weepy song. It is open to interpretation and
that just makes it all the more wonderful.
though Noori is essentially a rock-n-roll outfit and with Peeli
Patti Aur Raja Jaani Ki Gol Dunya, where they opted for a meatier
sound, they have the ability to construct moody songs. Tracks
like 'Ooncha', 'Aarzoo' and 'Jaa Re' come to mind. Currently
Noori brothers Ali Noor and Ali Hamza are both on a sabbatical
from music but they have a third album in mind. For now though,
check out 'Hum Bhoolay'… if you haven't already heard
Back into Love'
Hugh Grant and Haley Bennett
Who knew that British actor Hugh Grant could sing so well?
Coupled with newcomer Haley Bennett, 'Way Back Into Love'
lingers in your head… long after the song stops playing.
There is an earnest charm to this track and Hugh brings incredible
vocals for a debut singer on this song. Newcomer Haley Bennett
also deserves applause here for bringing a fresh, fragile
vocal work here.
Off the soundtrack of the runaway rom-com hit Music and Lyrics
(which featured Hugh Grant as a singer), 'Way Back Into Love'
is just a slow, delectable pop treat. With the wordplay that
goes, "I've been looking for someone to shed some light/Not
somebody just to get me through the night/I could use some
direction/And I'm open to your suggestions/All I want to do
is find a way back into love/I can't make it through without
a way back into love/And if I open my heart again/I guess
I'm hoping you'll be there for me in the end" –
it is simply a post breakup song that really works. The whole
soundtrack of the album, which takes '80s as a theme and modern
day difference as well, is fabulous! In most songs, it is
Hugh who delivers ace vocals, even if somewhat tongue-in-cheek
at times but they work nonetheless. If you like Hugh as a
singer, also download 'Pop! Goes My Heart' and 'Love Autopsy'.
Before Bollywood music became the dominating force in Indian
pop music, it had some decent music to offer, with a distinct
style of its own. In those years in the nineties, Mehnaz was
one singer who made quite a name for herself. Known even today
as the singer behind the hit 'Miss India' and yet it is a song
like 'Mausam' which highlights Mehnaz's talent and maturity
over the years. This last great track from the once-famous Indian
pop diva is nothing like Zubaida Khanum's 'Mausam' or even Josh's
version of the same. 'Mausam' by Mehnaz has an earthly soul
feeling to it with romance playing a strong part. From its beautiful
beginning that is initiated by a flute to its North Indian feel,
thanks to percussion and an extremely modern composition with
slow morbid guitars, it is a gem of a song.
first arrived on the music scene in 1996 with the monster hit,
'Miss India' off her debut album, Main Hoon. After the success
of Main Hoon, Mehnaz collaborated with Graham Russell of Air
Supply for the soundtrack of the offbeat film, Split Wide Open
and even teamed up with rival Anaida on the thematic album,
Sambalke. But it was with Mausam years later that critics ranked
her as one of the finest artistes in India.
Considered the father of modern classical guitar movement, 'Alirio
Diaz' is one of the most addictive pieces from the Spanish guitar
master. It's hard to imagine that any instrument other than
'the piano' can be heard solo but Andres proves with this short,
sweet piece that it can be. With its gentle beginning, one doesn't
expect the frenzied crescendo that comes out of nowhere.
'Alirio Diaz' has a grand quality; one can picture the Victorian
Era in its glory when it plays. But then that just varies from
one listener to another.
Starting from the early age of four, Andres Sevogia is considered
a pioneer. From Mozart to Beethoven to his own compositions,
Andres had the ability to interpret any composition and create
a new sound within it. Alongside Hermann Hauser Sr, it was Andres
who helped create what is know known as the modern classical
guitar with harder wood and nylon strings. If you like this
composition, check out Andres playing Mozart! They are all must-hears
for real music aficionados.