Ma Ra Malai: Albatross Album Review
(Alternative Rock band, Albatross has released their 4th studio album Ma Ra Malai on March 29, 2014. The new album, more than meets the expectation set by their previous albums. Being one of the most recognized band in the country, Albatross have delivered with their new album setting a new standard not just for themselves but for all other rock bands in Nepal).
The album starts with the album-titled track, Ma Ra Malai. It truly captures the essence of the album. Through fetching philosophical lyrics and exquisite musical composition, the track should appeal to music fans across the country. One can easy expect the delicate and profound nature of tracks that are impending along the way through this track,
The next track, Gari Khana Deu, is a wonderful rock experience. Live and Let Live.
The third track of this album is a slow rock song which is completely different from rest of the tracks. Bhool, unswervingly appeals to one’s soul. I personally caution you guys not to listen to this track when inebriated. It will sting and leave a blistering effect. The Narayan Gopaesque lyrical composition and perfectly synchronized music gives this track the power to beguile the audiences of all age groups.
Aadhar, epitomizes song writing in this album. If Joe Strummer and Narayan Gopal were to have collaborated then this track should have been the conclusion. It is aggressive and meaningful. I would say it is a ruthless poem by a libertine author. It also has a heavy metal element to it which makes this song, a prodigious experience.
Next track, Manav Nai Danav, depicts the mass masquerade of our society. There is a folk rock element to this track.
The fifth track, Afanai Sansar Mai Kina is very sprightly. One can’t see a reason as to why it cannot be the new anthem for progressive issues pertaining to women. The music just frolics its way into the mind. It just caper cuts and banters us men. Again, the song writing reeks of awesomeness.
Gari Khana Deu II is all about rock. The track has a great start to it. It is one of those pouty track without which a rock album is always incomplete.
“Ma bhanda yaha koi janne chaina, manne chaina……….malai gari khana deu”.
The last track, Sagar, depicts the wonderful musical journey that this album is. What better than to end the album than with a track with a splendid guitar solo. This track is pure rock and more songs like this one needs to be composed. It’s one of those pleasant song that you always end up putting on your device and listen to with your casual flits and nods.
Great musical composition, majestic song-writing and precise drumming is ubiquitous. The album has put up an applaudable effort which targets contemporary Nepalese culture, youth aggression, dejection and masquerades that has been defining our generation for some time now.
Pictures taken from their Facebook Page Albatross Nepal
Encouraging Advice: Show some respect to Nepalese musicians and buy the album instead of being a pirate that you are.