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Voice of Pakistan Vol 1 – “Voice of Pakistan Vol 1 ” – [Dolor Del Estamago]

Thurston Hunger   12/13/2005   A Library, CD

No payback for the playback singers, this collection of the
world’s most supreme pop music comes via Stomach Ache with
bootleggy flare, without a clue to any of the artists or
tracks. On the initial piece, at nearly the end we get some
potentiometer plundering, doppler dropouts which then are
resumed on track #3 after a more sedate interlude. It’s a
“Happy Birthday” surprise (forget the Time Warner copyright
and sing this number at your next b-day). Is the sweet
trilling on #4 Lata Mangeshkar, well is this really stuff
from Pakistan?!? Then I guess that’s not a whole lotta Lata,
but whoever is singing she nails a nice boopsiness to the
choruses. Now #8, that sounds like Pakistani to my still
learning ears. Hallowed qawwali hovering over harmonium.
Voices are squeezed tight with longing, like the hug
of a forbidden screen kiss. Many tracks have what must be
more than 101 strings tugging at your heart all at once.
Much of this has a rough swiped-from-the-radio or copped-
off-DVD’s-kinda vibe, there may be an element of Gruxery
here. But ultimately who cares? This music rules the day,
and this is just a fantastic collection of bewitching
sublime subcontintent sounds. Where’s my guru?

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