Review Pakistani Music
By Bilal Ansari
The year 2012 passes by leaving us to ponder on a lot of things including the state of our music industry. What really happened? Where the genre rock disappeared? I guess the politically, socially and security wise awkward Pakistan has led to the change of mindset of the audience as well as musicians. Good thing was that the new comers made their mark this year, while the mainstream artists had less to offer to this market. Like last year I am creating this top ten list on the criteria of popularity on ViewsCraze along with social sites Youtube & Vimeo. After digging in to the stats, I would like to add a personal favorite list as well because the stats don’t do justice to some amazing underrated tracks for the year 2012. Here, check out the list of top ten songs of 2012 below.
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by Ali Ather
Piano ballads…who doesn’t like them? They are the perfect means to express sad emotion in music;the piano coupled with a soothing voice can leave any listener in a trance. Piano-based songs have been a hallmark of Pakistani music. From Vital Sign’s classic Aitebaar to the slow versions of popular songs, this kind of music has developed its own cult following over time.
By Sajid Abbas
Trying new things is a good habit. After trying vocals in “Bachana” and “Toh Kia hua”, Bilal Khan left comping and tried Rambha Sambha in his new song named “Mil Hee Gaya” from his new upcoming album “Maktoob”. “Mil hee gaya” has a soulful start with a light pad of Dholak which has recently been done in Coke Studio song “Daanah Pah Daanah” too. That starting with Dholak makes listener feel like there is something new being done by a pop singer but as the song moves forward it makes listener remember the song “Dhadke Jiya” by Call Band. We can also say that a song is inspired by so many Pakistani song which is not a bad thing. It is good to listen a cocktail. There is off beat sting runs in the whole song which is AR Rahman’s genre. That is the reason he declared his Album as “Maktoob” because he is a reader of so many music “books”. This song really belongs to a “Book Reader” like Bilal Khan.
Remixes of “Mere Anganay mai” and “Chamak Challo” are being sung live by Bilal Khan on stage so many times. This habit of our young singer tells people that he wants everything to have a new face. Rohail Hyatt has now selected Bilal Khan for Coke Studio Season 5 so there really is “something” in his voice that a Maestro selected him for his life project 2nd time.
By Sajid Abbas
Four beat song completes a slow pad than drums join in, its Haraa Dil by Jarar which is newly released in the market. According to the lyrics of Haraa Dil, composition has a different feel. Lyricist given distinct touch in wordings of songs in which there is a Hope to be with someone and happiness of being someone’s. These beautiful wordings are colored by heavy electrical guitars and drums. In this high notes era of music where different singers of different Genres are practicing the notes higher than ‘G’, Jarar tried to manage his vocal chords on high scale but his unfortunately he lost the soothing element after the 1st interlude and couldn’t give a proper face to the higher notes of the song but that “bad” of Jarar is covered by well composed interludes, well performed drumming and proper chords of Guitars. Some might find it awkward but those who have fallen in love with someone will find it interesting. Listen and Enjoy!
By Ali Ather
Faakhir Mahmood was a prominent member of the pop band ‘Awaz’ in the 90′s which gave hits like ‘Aye jawan‘,’Mr Fraudiye‘ and ‘Jaadoo ka chiraagh‘.He later went solo and came up with popular albums like ‘Aatish’ (2000), Sab Tun Sohniye (2003) and Mantra (2005) which were accompanied by many music videos. Now after a long gap Faakhir returns to the scene with his latest offering ‘Jee chahay‘.
By Bilal Ansari
As a web publisher instead of relying on personal taste we have to have a good knowledge about the audience taste and what they really want to see every time they sit on the World Wide Web. As a year passes by we get to look back at the pros & cons and witness how successful the past really was. For ViewsCraze it has been a blossoming start. 2011 was quite successful in many ways as we grew and gained the confidence & affection of our viewers. Though we are not that big of a music site or a complete music site like Pakistan’s best (KoolMuzone & Pakium), still digging deep into our stats was something interesting. We are blessed by ranking at first page on Google for almost all artists and designers we post about, which by the way is the major source of traffic for us accumulating about 86% of the traffic. I’m excluding songs of Coke Studio 4 from this list as I would be analyzing them separately. Enough of the talking lets dig into the stats for music for the year 2011 and see who had the huge impact on the audience. The formula I used here is generated by me. (Yeah! studying stats and math’s for 2 years finally had some effect). It’s simple because all I wanted to show was the rating of MOST wanted song of the year on viewscraze. It involves addition of number of views, number of downloads and number of search queries per the amount of days it has been posted on viewscraze. Then I considered the number of times a new visitor landed on that particular song page because post views can be increased by a same returning visitor, so to neglect that, a new visitor every time visited that page was considered as well. Here, check out the top ten songs of 2011!