[Album review] Ni Ni Khin Zaw – Red

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It’s nearly a month since Ni Ni Khin Zaw released her second album titled “A Ni Yaung” (Red), but I never got around to writing the review even though I bought it a day after its release. So, here is my brief review. Continue reading

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Best Myanmar albums of 2013

Long time no see. I’ve been thinking of compiling a list of my favorite albums in 2013. I must admit that I didn’t listen to many albums this year, especially Myanmar albums. I think I only bought five albums this year – well, four albums and one album from online – and I only listened to three or four albums. I didn’t even download many Myanmar albums this year either. Continue reading

L Loon War – A Sone Mae…Hmaw Lint Chat

Forgive me for I have sin again by buying another pirate vcd and this time I really regret buying it, not because it’s terrible, but because it was so darn good. This has got to the second best vcd I have seen after Sai Sai live show in these days. Some of the vcds, such as City FM, are not even worth buying in pirate versions. One of the reason why I buy pirate is ‘cuz I only like a few songs in the whole album, such as those songs featuring Ye’ Lay, so I didn’t want to waste my money on the ones I don’t like.

But anyway, the vcd I’m talking about is L Loon War’s “A Sone Mae…Hmaw Lint Chat”. Truthfully, as I am more of a fan of hip-hop and r&b type in Myanmar songs, I only liked a couple of songs in his second album. And I have already seen enough of good albums turned bad which they were released as vcds so I didn’t think this one would be different from usual vcds. I no longer have the time to write in detail about each and every song so I will just write a brief over the ones I like.

First of is “A Phyu Yaung Thet Thet”, with Moe Aung Yin and Chit Thu Wai and of course L Loon War plays the keyboard while singing. I like the song and Chit Thu Wai is quite cute in the video but I don’t get the concept of the whole video.

“Min Bae Ko Chit Tae” starred Sai Sai and Phway Phway who is a new face for me. This is my favorite video in the whole album. The lyrics are about a guy who fell in love with his friend so he’s ready to confess to her but in the video, the couple seemed like they are already in love with each other instead of just as regular friends. The ending reminds me of a scene from My Sassy Girl when Sai Sai and the girl jumped over the fence to go into the park at night. The video also includes a short clip of them chatting with each other using Burglish.

“A Sone Mae Hmaw Lint Chat” is my favorite song in the whole album. The reason I like this song is because it is similar to Korean ballads and not many singers here sing like him, except copying the song directly of course. Ye’ Lay and Chit Thu Wai starred in the video. Even through I like the song and the couple look so sweet together, I find something missing while watching the video. Perhaps it’s the scene when Chit Thu Wai was trying to hold on to Ye’ Lay to not go away (I guess he’s going abroad ‘cuz he’s wearing a suit lol). I find that scene funny instead of feeling sad. And also the storyline is a bit weak as I couldn’t understand why they became separated.

“Mi Thar Su” is a more of a photo slideshow than a video. The lyrics are about how a kid’s feelings get hurt ‘cuz his/her parents are always fighting and unable to take care of the child’s education. The video is nice to watch at first but afterward, the slideshow kept repeating the same pictures over and over again and that started to annoyed me so I skipped to the next song.

I don’t listen to songs like “A San Taw Dialogue” but I like the background scenery in the video.

“A Chain Tine Min A Twat” is a really nice accapella song. I like seeing Moe Hay Ko in the video. She’s not actually necessary to be included in the video but seeing her smiles light up the video (I’m at lost at word here…..)

If you are living in Myanmar and really like him, I suggest you to support him by buying his album. Even through I bought the pirate version, my sister said she will be buying the original one, either to keep at home or to send to oversea friend, it makes me feel better that we would be supporting him. I would have buy it but I have too many dramas dvds to buy as there are many releases out in the market now.

Ye’ Lay J me Album Review

I bought Ye’ Lay and J me album on Sunday. I had been waiting for that album release ever since I saw the album cover photo at Native Myanmar forum. I wasn’t disappointed with the album. There are 9 songs in total, J me sang 5 songs and Ye’ Lay sang 4 songs. And again the total number of songs is 9. Ever since 9 Night was released, this is the third hip-hop album with only 9 songs. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Those people who aren’t satisfied with only 9 songs in J me’s solo album will be happy to hear these songs.

 

I like all songs by J me. The second song feature Bo Lay and the lyric book said he also sang in the fourth song but I don’t recognize his voice in that song. The fifth song 100 % Percent is sang in English and I’m surprised that it passed the censor board. Maybe it’s okay to curse in English but not okay to curse and use rude words in Myanmar.

 

I’m a bit disappointed to hear the first song by Ye’ Lay ‘cuz it’s just a regular mixed song between pop and r&b. My eyes were falling asleep while listening to that song and it only got wider on the second song. But I also didn’t like that song that much probably because of the chorus part and the way he sing hello. I like the rest of the songs by him. I think Chan Aye Win featured in the third song but I don’t recognize his voice. He performed that song with Chan Aye Win at his birthday show.

 

After I have listened to this collaboration album, I realized that I like J me more than Ye’ Lay.

 

I bought this album to show my support to both of my favorite singer and I suggest that you do the same also. I’m sure this album will be shared online and I’m also guilty for doing that ‘cuz I want to share them with my friends who are living aboard and unable to buy this album.