Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Miss Pooja - Jattitude

Miss Pooja is a consistent artist. She regularly releases tracks tailored to her huge fan base and she never seems to change. My opinion of her also never seems to change. I have a love-hate relationship with her music which was still there when I gave her latest album Jattitude a listen.

Jattitude kicks off with Mundiya Nu Daure. It’s not the best start to the album as there is a disconnect between the vocals and the techno accompaniment. The English lyrics make little sense and I don’t see the point of them. Dashing Heer is similar in style to Mundiya Nu Daure and just as bad. Miss Pooja doesn’t sing much on the track and when she does the lyrics are repetitive. The mix of English and Punjabi is odd and the song is like a bad Bollywood house remix.

It’s my opinion that the traditional tracks work best for Miss Pooja rather than house tracks. Pheenghan and Maape Kehndy are two classic style songs which are brilliant. There are tempo changes in Pheenghan which add interest and stop the song from getting boring.

There are two versions of Shona Shona. In the original version there is far too much going on, but after a few listens it grew on me. The love mix version is better. It’s quieter and less busy but does not work as well as the original.

Mallo Mali is a cute song and reminds me of an innocent 90s Bollywood film in a good way. It’s probably my favourite on the album. There is a girly feel to the track and I would love this to be made into a video.

The title song of the album is instantly recognisable as a Tigerstyle track thanks to the amount of bass and specially effects used. As its name suggests, Jattitude is a powerful song with lots of attitude. However, at almost six minutes it is too long and gets repetitive and boring.

Halfway through the album is a little gem of a song. Nabaz is a gorgeous traditional number which shows off Miss Pooja’s lovely vocals. It proves that she can sing beautifully when she doesn’t have to compete with too many backing. At just over a minute long, it’s too short.

Dr Zeus produced Vaid, which features Major Saab as the only male voice on the album. This is a good song, but it sounds dated and clich├ęd in places. However there is a good structure to the track and it rounds off the album nicely.

Verdict: The best tracks on Jattitude are the traditional ones. The more modern ones are ok, but Miss Pooja sings best when unhindered by too much experimentation. An average album from the popular Punjabi singer.

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