Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CD Review: Sona - India's Pop Princess

Sony BMG (India)

The angelic vocals of India's Sona touches the heart of every listener. This is a contemporary album of Hindi songs. Of course, the Bollywood sound is not too far from some of the songs on this album. Her vocals are backed with contemporary arrangements, Latin-like rhythms, and Indian roots. Some of the songs are Western-tinged ballads and Indian dance hits all sung in the Hindi language. A favorite dance hit, "Aaja Ve", stands out. A Central Asian-like tune, "Ishq Nachaya", incorporates classical arrangements, earthy percussion, electronic elements, and flowing vocalizations. Other favorites include: "Aise Jaagi Re", "Sapne", and two remixes of "Bolo Na" and "Ishq Nachaya". The meanings of the songs are included in the liner notes. A fun album not to be missed! ~ Matthew Forss

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