This was my twelfth CD, in December 2002 involving the late Nusrat Fatteh Ali Khan (NFAK) & on the strength of the other Albums I had bought over the years. As usual the tracks are quite long and two stood out for me. Track 2: "My love has become a stranger (Mahya a Pardesi Hogiya)" and Track 3: "Waiting for years (Barsoon Kay Intizar Ka" lyrics written by SM Sadiq & by Qaiser whose names are mentioned in tracks (as their signatures) with amazing poetic lines that can be translated in many ways with regard to romance in general & in the context of master (Saint/Peer) & (Follower/Murid) referred to in a particular Qawwali song or (Nasheed).
The other track(s) 1: "Mother, I Have to Go to Farid (Mayey Nee Main Dhak Farid Dey Jana" a praise song in praise of Sufi saint Baba Farid Gang-i-Shakar is the only praise track on this Album & track 4: "Each and every Rosary Bead (Tasbeh Dei Ik Ik Dhaneh)" for practicing Sufis and Catholics draws interesting parallels between the two faiths/beliefs in connection to the use of "Rosary beads" and metaphors associated with them.
Overall, a great album on listening to track: "Waiting For Years" reminded me of the Arena /Melodic /Corporate rock specialist's Foreigner & the less famous track: "Waiting For a Girl Like You" not musically but song-wise in terms of it being a Ballad & drawing an anology with Nusrat's Qawwali track & "A Stranger (Pardesi)" on most occasions being a foreigner!
It is worth buying as must buy the "Dust to Gold" Album and possibly "Shahen Shah" to compliment this Album in terms of the musical tempo within the "Body & Soul" Album.
As a fan of Qawwali and specifically a fan of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan I was probably always destined to like this CD. Though I wsa surprised by just how much I do like it. The longer track lengths really allow Party to get into the rhythms and start producing some kicking beats. The main man's voice is magnificent and it is easy to see why this kind of music is described as devotional and trance inducing. I would recommend this album to fans of laid back Asian beats and chillout fans looking for something a little different and perhaps a little more challenging.
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