Shahab Bokharaei - “Mano Beshnaas”

Navaye Rameshe (Iran)
2006 (1385)

The 20 years old Shahab Bokharaei became a household name overnight mainly due to the eye-catching vide-clip of his song cleverly starring an attractive and radiant actress! Co-written by himself comes his debut “Mano Beshnaas” with 8 tracks in collaboration with Kiarash Pouzeshi, Bahareh Rasoulzadegan, Farshid Rajayi and Arash Ghandi. Released on recently “banned” Navaye Rameshe!

Opening with “Taghdir”, a Persian NRG track a la Omid and Hossein Zaman! The song enjoys a rather solid construction and production quality.

And stylistically-adherent comes a KOOCHE BAZARAI song with a hint of BANDARI. A more traditional cabaret-style production!

Just like expected arrives a ballad for those who missed such ballads on Omid’s recent release! Well-produced just like the previous tracks.

Now lets boost things up with “Ghalbe Man”, a 6/8 song a la Omid. I am truly impressed by the vocal performance of young Shahab!

“Gole Sorkh” keeps the pace and incorporates some Mortazavi-an influences in its whirling melodies!

Back to the staring style of the album, the title-track “Mano Beshnaas” is another stylistic adherence!

I love how well the track-listing of the album has been executed! Its not every day you see such thought-through organisation on an Iranian production! “Lahzeh” is an uplifting 6/8 track with substance!

And wrap things up does “Sakhreye Sokoot”, a POP tune with Turkish influences imbedded. I had expected a ballad as the finale but strangely enough there was no other ballad on this -still- rather uplifting collection!

Navaye Rameshe has recently been closed down by the authorities because of their music-videos violating rules and also affiliation with an illegal Persian satellite station (Iran Music)! Allegedly the ministry of culture and guidance has in recent days also prepared a list of a handful artists who are to be banned from singing, and everything indicates that Shahab will be one of the names on this list! So you better hurry if you want to get your hands on this album as long as some copies are still available out there! This is by no means a masterpiece nor is it FRESH or innovative in any way! Shahab sounds like a crossing between Hossein Zaman and Omid, but still in these days of autotune-masturbation it is an authentic voice to rely on! “Mano Beshnaas” is a solid production that will please the fans of this style and Omid’s old-school sound in particular!

Artistic Performance: ++
Artistic Ambition: +
Commercial Potential: ++
Technical Quality: ++
Aesthetic Presentation: ---
Ethical Adherence: +++
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Review by: Pourya E.

Reviews described herein are mere opinions, and must be construed in that manner only! In other words they are not absolute!