One of the interesting things that have happened to Hindi film music is the non-filmi sound that has become a staple for the past few years now. I feel it was the film Rock On!! (2009) that brought about this change. Almost every film since then has made an effort to capture the international pop-rock sound. Gone are the tabla-dholak-harmonium days of Nadeem Shravan, Anand Milind or Jatin-Lalit (thankfully). Although they were talented songwriters, they were trapped by old school producers and unexposed audiences whom they were tuned to cater to.
But it’s great to see Hindi songs take in the ‘international sound’ and run with it in a fairly competent manner. The track record, however, is still flawed. For, although the voice of the youth is reflected in songs like ‘Bhaag DK Bose…’, the mass-fallback will always be relegated to the Munni Badnaams and ‘Thai thai fiss…’ of the world.
And till the young thinkers of this country don’t start thinking internationally, there will always still be the old-school bullies who will shove ‘Sheila ki jawani…’ down your throat, whether you like it or not… if I may say so.
Dedicated To Chaos
This is the band’s 11th album after 2009’s American Soldier. And although guitarist Chris Degarmo is no longer with the band, a competent Michael Wilton nicely takes over. The classic QR sound is still there, even if a bit of the electronics have taken over. Geoff Tate’s voice remains powerful as ever, clearly the driving force of the band. The ‘progressive-metal-ness’ of the band is a little muted here, with the emphasis more on groove-friendliness coupled with radio-friendly hooks — as it should be.
Bottomline-Good dedication here
One of the most prolific and profoundly progressive bands of all time, Yes has consistently pushed the boundaries of conventional progressive rock music. This is an original album after a long hiatus, (2001’s Magnification) and a rich and fertile comeback. Canadian singer Benoit David replaces long-time vocalist Jon Anderson, though original members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White still remain. The original sound is back even if a bit of the earlier power is missing.
Bottomline-Dive into this
Glee - The Music Volume 6
Nothing has furthered the cause of mash-ups and revival of popular music as much as this gravity-defying television series has. So, here’s another volume of smart merchandising and integration of some of the biggest and most iconic songs in pop music history. From Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder to Otis Redding, ABBA and even Adele, no stone remains unturned. Not to mention detours into musicals like West Side Story and Sunset Boulevard. This is pure glee.
Bottomline-More new directions
Diary Of A Madman (2-CD Legacy Edition)
Ozzy Osbourne Sony Music
Insanity comes full circle with one of rock music’s most famous madmen bringing back his glory days, remastered! But not without controversy, as Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake’s parts were re-dubbed by new musicians causing much anger among fans. But frankly, the difference is marginal, if any at all. Tracks like ‘Over the mountain…’ and ‘Diary of a madman…’ still retain their power. Disc 2 is a live recording of songs captured on Ozzy’s Blizzard of Ozz tour all the way back in the early ’80s.
Bottomline-Remains a page-turner