OK, this guy didn’t command me to buy him. He had to be on sale for $5 for me to pull the trigger.
I love crap Indian soundtracks. If for no other reason, for the album artwork. There’s plenty to laugh at here… what’s that around Aalapana’s neck? A choker? Only one glove, eh? Wonder where he got that idea. Slick little wifebeater he’s got on there… allowing just a little wisp of chest hair to come through. Sexy.
But, OK, even laughing at the fashion choices of yesteryear aside, the graphic designer’s choices are pretty laughable too. Hard to think of anyone using musical notes in album artwork these days. Generally, if you’re in the music section of a store, and the sign says “CDs,” that’s usually enough of a clue for me that I’m looking at music.
Think the “Salya” in the lower right hand corner is the graphic designer signing his masterpiece? I always hate it when I see that. You know, on a flyer for a band or something, you’ll see “flyer by X design.” Bad form.
Enough about the cover. Here’s a taste of what’s inside: ”Chemma Chekka” is about what you’d expect from the cover. Pop melodies, crap synthesizer, and sickly sweet male singing. Kind of nauseating.
But, if you keep listening to the disc, you’ll hit ”Kalise Prathi” as well. And that doesn’t suck at all… shrill Bollywood singing, some fine tabla work, nice minor key, etc., etc. The disc is actually something of a mixed bag… about 60% suck, 30% mediocre, and 10% interesting. And 10% interesting for $5 is about all you can hope for.
By the way, if this has piqued your interest, and you live in or near Chicago, stop by the Swad store at Rockwell & Devon. They’ve got at least 2 other copies of this disc in the sale section, along with dozens of other 5-buck soundtrack CDs.
The rest of you can visit over here.