Monday, 30 November 2009

MV : "Esarn lum plern" by Tai Orratai ต่าย อรทัย

From Tai's morlum album.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

CD : Pituk พิทักษ์ - sathanee narmtar waylar ngao

Well Pituk has long hair, wears army gear and plays a guitar on the cover so you expect this will be on the tougher and rockier end of the lukthung spectrum. The opener "Dor doo barn" is quite a surprise though with a very traditional sound especially when the tempo picks up later on. Pituk's vocals have a bit of a rough edge to them, though not as rough as say Job.

"Sathanee narm tar" is a great song, Pituk's vocals are so crisp and almost rip out of the speakers. The song itself is a slow builder with a great melody and structure. "Tahlay mai chuay arai" with it's big guitar chords is more rocky but its great lukthung with a few rock flourishes instead of the other way around. "Sarm cha narm tar tok" is a good up-tempo song with a great beat to it.

The album is very good but quite unexpected if you expected another Vit Hyper say. Never judge things by their cover is thus the message here. I love a cover with trains on it by the way!

Rating : 8.8/10

Favourite songs : Sathanee narm tar, Tahlay mai chuay arai

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

CD : Fangkaew Worasamon ฟางแก้ว วรรษมน - mark kwa puean dai mai

Seems every now and then a new artist comes along whose debut pretty much blows away anything else currently out there. And this time her name is Fangkaew Worasamon and this album is fabulous. Opener "Rawung! ... tok loom ruk" has a lovely dinky little melody and a very listenable chorus. Fangkaew's voice has plenty of young girl vitality and energy, maybe not the best lukthung vocals ever but certainly not bad.

The opening song is a little silly maybe but the following "Nung sue pok dum" is serious business, a big lukthung ballad. It checks all the boxes perfectly as far as i am concerned. Slow building melody - check. Great chorus - check. Driving vocals - check. One of the best songs i've heard for a few months. "Duay kwam kid tueng" is a more traditionally sounding song, Fangkaew's vocals do not work quite as well on this. Rockier songs are her forte but this is still very listenable.

"Lor" is an "interesting" song, with a very electronic beat and is a very child-like song, though has sufficient charm for me to actually like it and i usually loathe songs like this! "Ruk mai kla sadeng oak" is much more serious and is a lovely country-rock song.

The album isn't quite perfect but the closest thing we have to it right now. As i said these new artists who i really like come along once or twice a year. Unfortunately they never seem to release a second album which either means i do not know what on Earth i am talking about or it is sheer bad luck (probably the former). Anyway i hope Fangkaew bucks the trend!

Favourite songs : Nung sue pok dum, Rawung! ... tok loom ruk

Rating : 9.4/10

Sunday, 15 November 2009

CD : Oiy Kraton อ้อย กระท้อน - narm tar mai lai kuen

Oiy has been around for awhile but this album sees her move to RS. The opener ("Rao ruk kun mai dai") sets the stall for the rest of the album really, quality singing with a strength to it coupled to a rock edge that erupts before the song has ended to a big ending. "Yah rong hai" has a restrained and bluesy feel to it turning into some big guitar chords.

"Hua lum phong" raises the tempo a bit and has a more traditional feel to the earlier songs which are more rock than anything. "Narm tar" is back to slow bluesy rock, Oiy's vocals have a slightly silky feel to them that is expertly matched by the backing. It oozes quality this album. Like a lot of singers though her vocal style is much more suited to slower songs, "Lhok nee mee wai yieb" raises the tempo and doesn't quite work as well. Slower songs like "Poo chai pee sua" and those mentioned earlier dominate the album though. On this song Oiy singing has a slightly delicate nature to it which works really well with some traditional instrumentation added to the rock mix. Excellent album.

Rating : 9/10

Favourite songs : Rao ruk kun mai dai, Poo chai pee sua

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sunday, 8 November 2009

New releases (08/11/09)

  • Job Sabuy Heart - Narm Tar Poo Chai (2nd album)
  • Takkatan Chollada - Kon Ngao Tee Kao Jai Ter (4th album)
  • Krung Suksan - Rua Jaew
  • Poj Suwannapun - Mitr-parp Pleng
  • Ton Sithipong - Saphai Yah Mo
  • Mike Piromporn - Bon Sen Tarng Sai Derm (17th album)
  • Noknoi Uraiporn - Ying Diew Mue Nueng
  • Tunwa Rasritanu - Gingka Thong
  • Assawin Seethong - Julie Naruk
  • Su Trai-Ngarm - Dao Mayrai
  • Tinglee Ornsila - Jikko Panejorn
  • Som Suda Srilumduan - Lhor Raya Sood Tai

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Top 5 CDs of October 2009

1) Karaked - karaked klang fhon
2) Noo Meter - khon derm tee koon kei
3) Fangkaew Worasamon - mark kwa puean dai mai
4) Dokruk Duangmala - dai rub kiet pen fan kao
5) Anda - vol 4