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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Easy Life
  • ASIN: B0015Y56Z4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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01. Sanehvaal Chounk 02. Saibaa Dha Khath 03. Nashia Tho Dhoor 04. Bindi Koka 05. Basakhi Vaaleh Meleh 06. Moohoo Boldhi 07. Dhullah 08. Thokha 09. Raah Ni Labhnay 10. Maama Dhe Poth

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fanatic on 28 July 2009
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If anyone loves their 90s hip hop and knows their bhangra or is keen to explore the genre, this album really is a must. The specialist n truskool created a revolutionary debut album that shook the bhangra industry and in my opinion, raised the bar significantly. SO many english people i know say all bhangra songs sound the same but these artists really brought something new to the table and no one can say their music is run of the mill stuff!
The album consists of 10 great tracks, all of which i still listen to five years later! Subtle sampling of hip hop songs very cleverly fused with traditional folk bhangra showcase their abilities and if Punjabi MC managed to break into the mainstream with Mundiya tho bach ke then I think that these guys definately deserve one or two hits as well!
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. . . is not an overstatement if we accept the achievement of this album and its artists.

From the first track there is evidence of a deep, symbiotic relationship between the artists and Bhangra both as a musical genre and culture. The understanding of the melodic beat structures inherent to Bhangra is consummate and excellently executed throughout each track, while the vocals and lyrics are confident, distinct and memorable. I particularly like how the authenticity of this album to, specifically, Indian-Bhangra gravitates around the rich vocal mastery of Kulvinder Singh Johal, who epitomises the Bhangra vocal with an effortless opening crescendo as on Track 2 - Saibaa Dha Khath. Though interestingly and in a welcome sense, the question this album begs is how authentic and true to form and genre can a British Bhangra album be before compromising innovation? If we accept that innovation is both exciting and enriching to music, and especially to a not so elastic form as Bhangra.

This question's antonym was posed from music emerging after the decline of Bhangra in the late nineties and early noughties. Then the question was: to what extent can Bhangra innovate before it stops becoming Bhangra? I think that question has been confidently answered by some of the woeful music to emerge this decade, and I intentionally and reservedly refer to it as music, rather than Bhangra.
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While most bhangra albums suffer from two big tracks and a lot of filler, 'Word is Born' almost suffers from being too good and too clever. Critically acclaimed and deservedly so, this 2004 release is the evolution of UK Bhangra taking elements of 90s hip hop, funk and big beat while still retaining a purist approach to Punjabi folk through a British Asian's eyes. Tru-Skool himself is a producer, musician (he plays the Tabla, Dholaki and Dhol drums), sound engineer and occasional vocalist based in the Midlands. The first time I heard this album, it blew me away; every time I come back to it, it does the same thing again. I would also recommend the excellent 'Raw as Folk' album on Bazaar Records for being equally innovative; an album Tru-Skool was also involved in. While Panjabi MC caters to the masses, Tru-Skool probably (and possibly intentionally) caters to those in the know. Highly recommended.
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