Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Reviews!



Seperti dijanjikan, ni lah review aku tuk Hadiah Daripada Hati. Da lama aku tak ulas album baru kat sini. Sebenarnya kalau ikutkan, memang aku pemalas sikit bab album review nih. But sebab ada yang mintak, ok ler.

Hope you guys like it. Jangan harap bahasa perfect ek, tetap as usual, it'll be bilingual dan tunggang langgang.

Tunggu review dalam suratkhabar kalao nak yang flawless gituh. Sebab ni ulasan percuma dan jujur jerk yang dari hati tanpa agenda nak review nak burukkan atau puji. Anyway, here it is.

Ku Mahu
(Audi Mok/Rina Khan)
My favourite track of the moment!!! Sebab lagu tema dari Spa Q nih memang rancak, and I think setakat ni takde la sound nih dari Siti from her previous albums, which is something yang betul-betul upbeat. Kira kelainan dan pembaharuan la.
Jangan layan music video dia, tapi kalao ko guna imaginasi, then you can pretty much imagine how it should be, with someone coming up with some pretty funky moves to this.
Well produced (and Audi, I'm not just saying this), I think it should have been the first single, sebab lagu ni instantly grabs your attention.

Melawan Kesepian
(Pongky Barata)
Since this song was arranged by Aubrey Suwito, expect the magic - though possibly a little cliched take of David Foster ala retro gituh. Still, it's a simple melody, yang has swirls of emotions building up around it.
Memang boleh layan - tapi after Ku Mahu, the direction of this album is a little suspect sebab aku rasakan cam dinyanyikan dua orang berbeza sebab lain sangat.
Bukan mencari kesinambungan pada setiap lagu, tapi there has to be some form of uniformity.
Still Melawan Kesepian tuk aku, is mood music yang aku leh layan kalau tengah malam, tengah dok feeling, erm... basically like the song title - Melawan Kesepian.
My possible favourite tune pasnih though I'm not sure kalau single material.
Memang tangkap feel.

Mulanya Cinta
(Dick Lee/Adlin Aman Ramli)
Semakin banyak layan lagu, yang versi lain sikit smakin aku suka (if I don't imagine the overhyped staging of P. Ramlee The Musical)
It's a good song, but I have a problem with the fact that it hardly sounds fresh. Aubrey as the producer and arranger sekali lagi, seperti lagu Melawan Kesepian, weaves his magic, and almost saves it... kira lagu nih becomes another ballad which embraces you.
Still, coming from Singaporean composer Dick Lee, this sounds too cut and paste from his previous compositions for Forbidden City : Potrait Of An Empress performed by the SIngapore Repertory Theatre some time back. Kalau sesapa pernah layan hasil muzikal Forbidden City tuh, memang akan dapat tangkap persamaan dengan melodi lagu ni. Kalau tak caya, aku ada soundtrack Forbiden City tuh mai pinjam layan pastikan tuk diri sendiri.
Masih ingat lagi lagu lagu dia considered stale there, even though our theatre folks suka sangat pakai mamat nih yang memang ketinggalan zaman.
Tak paham why orang kita suka sangat pakai dia.

Tanpa Kalian
(Taufik/Siti Nurhaliza)
Mak aih! I think this is one part Aubrey went wrong. Siti's vocals cam strained sangat and da macam kebelakang lak daripada progress - ngan kehadiran lenggok lenggok wajib walaopon, this should have been a straight forward song.
No power - but attempted confusion between making this a ballad like tune and a moderate paced bopy tune.
Lagu ni contradiction sangat with a happy melody, tapi lirik sedih hasil combo teamwork Taufik dan Siti.
And the song dragged when the melody itself could have been a bouncier and happy tune yang cutesy rather than a drama gone wrong.
Entah. Lagu nih pelik sangat - and I definitelty rasa lirik dia paling tak kena sekali. One of the weakest songs in the album though possibly one with the most potential due to it being a very confused song.

Biarkan
(Azlan Abu Hassan/Azalea)
Mula letih tahap gaban masuk je lagu nih. Again, I don't see the direction of the album yang bersepah especially with this song. And erm... this is just boring. Tak fresh langsung - biar dari segi production of the vocals ataupun from the song.
This sounds like something from the 80s lah. Azlan dah lose his touch ke, dia attempting desperately nak wat something bebetul poppish - tapi end up with this pseudo soul funk type of tune.
Fast forward jap... tak larat with they...hey hey woo hoo and all.
Mungkin Siti pernah katakan dia tunggu sangat hasil kerja Azlan, tapi sayang hasil yang diberikan Azlan tu bukan yang terbaik.

Kerana Dirimu
(Cynthia Lamusu)
Nice filler, but bebetul tatau camna nak komen lagik. The direction of the album is a pure mess. Unlike Transkripsi yang tersusun rapi dari segi perjalanan lagu, dengan makna tersirat (whether assumed or intended), hadiah Daripada Hati appears to be a rush job with randomly selected songs.
A&R is a horror. Directionless.
I don't know kenapa lagu leagu semua ala heartbreak jer konsep, asik tema dilamun kekecewaaan jer. Ini ke yang diharapkan peminat Siti?
Aku ingat lagi masa Transkripsi, there were more themes to her songs, this time semua cam redundant.
At least kalao nak sangat tema nih, the composers and producers itself should veer away from the tried and tested dan cuba la bagik fresh sound sikit.

Hati
(Sharon Paul/Shuhaimi Baba)
I always love Sharon's work. Dia nih memang talented, gifted tapi oten underrated. Jarang orang pay attention pada hasil kerja dia. But then again, Sharon ni kekadang inconsistent kerja dia. Kalau sedap, memang sedap gila.
And this is a hit - cuma tak larat lirik ratapan bangsawan. Eew!!!
So 1957 : Hati Malaya!
Perlu ke lagi zaman nih nak lirik camni.
Some people try hard to be poets - by using big words littered without reason.
Boring.
One of my favourite songs - if I don't pay attention to the lyrics.
Siti tak over mendayu kali nih and memang this is a classic Siti yang besh.

Wanita
(Mohammad Fahmi Rizal/Shanty Ramadhani/Siti Nurhaliza)
Aiyo!!! Me likey! Another favourite of mine from the album.
Now this is what I'm talking about! Adalah gak something different in this album.
A feelgood sing-a-long tune yang menaingful tanpa berangan with reference to the dictionary.
Aku suka sangat lagu nih because it's a positive and uplifting tune yang segar sikit bunyi kalao banding some of the other tracks in the album.
Must listen tune!
Produced by Greg Henderson and Aubrey Suwito, this should have been the main direction of the album this time around.

Cintamu
(Sharon Paul/Fedtri Yahya)
Since I've been b***hing about lyrics - aku memang tak penah sukakan lirik dari Fedtri nih. Again, one of those overdose feely touchy queeny punya effort biasanya. This time however, straightforward and simple. And I definitely like this one.
Along with the simple melody from Sharon, this song is a nice act to follow-up Wanita
The lilting strings make you want to dance along and just spin around with that sensation of being intoxicatedly in love.
Not the best, tapi one of the most listenable songs in the album.
Is this a single? I'd like this to be...

Sutramaya
(Aubrey Suwito/Tinta S)
Dengar lagu nih, I think Hadiah Daripada Hati patutnya along the lines of a more acoustic sound.
Petikan gitar dari Aji memang membuai. Sounds a little early 90s pop for me, with the electric guitar bits here and there, tapi it works this time around.
Again, a nice continuity. Fourth song in a row that works.
Possible single too perhaps?
Erm...kenapa it sticks sangat in my head siot. Infectious!
"Semakin jauh semakin hampir... sutramaya kasih mu"
Ooh... sing-a-long time!
Lagu ni apart from Ku Mahu yang instantly it's recognisable, and sticks in your head. Me likey!

Sekian Lama
(Azlan Abu Hassan)
Mmm... officially i think Azlan has just lost his touch. Boring siot. Siti's voice saves the song. Why do i say that?
Sebab kalau bagik orang lain nynayi nih, it would have not even been noticed.
In fact, I can imagine something like this as a filler, on a Debbie Gibson album ten years ago.
Boring!!!

Verdict : Tak sekuat album Transkripsi dari banyak segi. Bercelaru sikit, dengan hasil lagu yang cliched sana sini. Masih merupakan album yang bagus walaoapapon and worth the price tag of RM29.90 for eleven songs. Especially since about half the album or so it really quite decent material.


Recommended songs to listen : Ku Mahu, Melawak Kesepian, Mulanya Cinta, Hati, Wanita, Cintamu, Sutramaya dan Sekian Lama.

Anyway, selain dari album Hadiah Daripada Hati, ingat memula nak review filem The Golden Compass yang baru buka kat panggung the last few days. Semalam sempat ler catch it with Vern (yang belanja tetiba) dan Rudy. Didn't really want to watch it.

Kalao ikutkan sejarah pilem ni, memang kontroversi pun sebab asal usul nya dari siri trilogi novel yang kearah menghina bukan saja the whole concept of Christianity tapi other organsied religions.

Cuma dalam versi filem, dia kira dilembutkan sikit la - dan banyak yang tersirat.

But da orang belanja, aku pun layan.


Still, lepas kuar panggung, I really don't know what to say about the movie. It wasn't bad - but it wasn't epic like seperti they hyped it. They called it the anti-Narnia, and likened it to the Lord of the Rings series (producer pun sama) with a world of fantasy magical as Harry Potter's.

However, hasilnya - walaopon tak azab, in fact quite watchable - was two hours of too many sub-plots minimised and sandwiched into a two hour slot packed with effects and not much susbstance.

In fact - if I had paid for the movie to watch it - the only reasons would be Nicole Kidman, and possibly an interesting find in young actress in Dakota Blue Richards.

Lain dari tuh, overhyped kot.

Not really worth my time kat panggung nak layan - baik beli DVD cetak rompak layan jerk atau download (not that aku promote intellectual property copyright infringement - tapi nak tunjukkan jer it's not worth it)

So, no lengthy review on it.

Eh jap... lupa sebelom ni nak kongsi dua pic. Enjoy. The first is masa bowling Marsha FC arituh. Ini pic aku dan moderator @15, si Qenari (cayang bucuk bucuk!). The other masa persandingan Leya dan Ashraf. Tu si Suzana di hias akibat takde keja ngan bunga manggar. Leh? Macam South American punya Miss tak? Matilah aku...


Got some good news today. Kat De Luna (yang lagu hit dia Whine Up tuh) is going to be in town! Aku da ada interview lined up ngan dia. Yeay!

Ok guys...calling it a night...

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