This is one album I just had to write about. Somehow the cd landed up at my house, so I popped it in. I listen to just about every new/upcoming Pakistani artist, as these days the local music scene is improving in leaps and bounds.
Well it just took a *massive step backwards*:
bq.. … this album that I’m reviewing, Ali Zafar’s Huqa Pani, is a combination of Pachees Paisa machine beats, horrible quantization, clich�d rhythms and beyond clich�d lyrics, and that’s only the good part. It offers no treats to the sonic interests of a listener with half a musical brain cell.
… As for now, the poor music aficionados who went out and spent money on this album, and share with me, my honest opinion, I have good news. There really is a way to enjoy this album:
1- Walk over to your microwave.
2- Pop in the CD.
3- Set the timer to 45 seconds.
4- Hit the start button.
Stand back and watch in awe the blazing visuals along with the crackling vocals.
>> “Bandbaja.org: Sameem Lufti”:http://bandbaja.org/issues/005/reviews/alizafar.php , ‘Google cache’:http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:5zRzvWQeedcJ:www.bandbaja.org/issues/005/reviews/alizafar.php+&hl=en
p. Some might think the above reviewer is being overly harsh to the poor chap, but I think he let him off easy. In the not so distant past, Pakistan has had the shittiest pop music scene imaginable, with all sorts of craps polluting the airwaves… finally after years things were improving, and musicians were actually making music. It seems Ali Zafar has missed the current generation all together, and while copying god knows who’s shit music made it even more terrible. Maybe he got saddled with a producer who saw he had singing talent and rushed this album to market for a quick buck…
Some people do “seem to like Huqa Pani”:http://www.pakipop.com/evaluation/huqa_pani.html. Bandbaja “interviewed Ali Zafar in March 2004”:http://www.bandbaja.org/issues/005/interviews/alizafar.php – seems like a good chap, pity about the music though. Hmm.. the interview says the album took more than 3 years, so it’s not the producer out for a quick buck who messed up the album.
*In conclusion:* Burn it at the stake.
*Review Update:* It’s been almost 3 months since I wrote this review, and in retrospect, this album really does deserve it. Many people who like him try to make this album to be somewhat decent by denigrating all the others, but thats a really cheap tactic and just proves my point even strongly. Those who say that it’s just meant to be bubblegum pop and does really well at that, have a point, but that doesn’t make it good music. Hit music indeed, but a definite step back for the Pakistani music scene. It’s popularity is what makes it dangerous – perhaps the next Mehkal Hassan band will decide to become the next NKOTB band instead, and that will be a sad day.
h4. related links
* “Ali Zafar’s official site”:http://www.alizafar.net/
* “Salambazar: lots of comments about huqa pani here”:http://www.salambazar.com/umairsBlog/archives/2003/12/index.html#000971
*Update:* It has to be said, that there are some people for whom this music is eminently suitable. You will find them driving around, polluting the soundwaves (both by breathing and their taste of music) for miles around.
Judging by the comments below, there are a large number of Ali Zafar fanatics. To those people – please note that the above is a review of his *music* and not the man. I’m sure he’s a fine person, but his music sucks all kind of ass. It happens to the best of people – after all look what happened to poor innocent little Britney.