1. My Friends 2. Everything 3. Kismet 4. Silence 5. Om Baba 6. Space That Drops In 7. Kashmir 8. Where India Begins 9. Everything (Producer's Cut)
Manooghi Hi Silence
Manooghi Hi return with their second album Silence. Their new album is something to behold with musical influences spanning the globe from India to Seattle. It blends sounds, rhythms, and languages to form a masterful musical experience. It is nothing short of fantastic.
“My Friends” is the opening song and it definitely pulls you in the moment it starts. Once it has you, there is no letting go. You probably will not understand everything leader singer Mehnaz is singing because it is not all in English, but that does not matter. It does not matter what language comes out of her mouth because it is beautiful in any case. This song shows off the energetic vibe of the album. It is fast, catchy, and up-beat. Also, it sports some sweet guitar action on the latter half of the song. “Everything” is a good follow-up that slows down the tempo somewhat and really lets her stunning voice shine. There is a nice tempo switch-up near the end bringing the heaviness and speed back up.
“Kismet” is another excellent song that stands out on the album. It is full of energy with great music. There is a lot going on in this song, but it all sounds fantastic and blends together for an amazing musical experience. The title track “Silence” follows and keeps the stellar quality consistent. “Om Baba” brings back the great loud energy found in “My Friends.” It is a fun track that makes it hard to not move around to. “Space That Drops In” slows it down again putting Mehnaz’s great voice on display.
“Kashmir” starts off with a haunting piano that leads into a very recognizable tune. Covering Led Zeppelin, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, is no small task. Manooghi Hi do a very good job of it, while adding their own twist to the song keeping it fresh. And at almost ten minutes long, spiced up with their own flavoring is a welcomed thing. I am sure the guys would approve. “Where India Begins” is a touching song about the singer’s homeland. It is full of longing and nostalgia that is relatable. The producer’s cut of “Everything” finishes off this stellar album.
If there is one album you buy this summer, make it Silence by Manooghi Hi. There is not a wasted moment on it and it is worth every cent. Their music is infectious and Manooghi Hi is a band with music that needs to be experienced. There is something for everyone on this album and it would be a shame to miss out on it.