I am Siti Nurhaliza’s fan. Hhehe; yeah I’m not embarassed to say that although there are a few scorns and jeers from few Malay friends who :-
- Claimed-listening-to-Siti-is-no class-but-they-themselves-are-not-proficient-in-English-BUT-to-boast-of-listening-only-English-songs!
- Those who think they are so modern and into western music. Siti is so Melayu. Not us. Hergh, puh-leeze!~
But of course, I was not as fanatic as I used to be when Siti was the most coveted virgin in Malaysia (errk? hehe..anak dara la).When she’s married, my fanatiscm is so-so; but yeah I do keep abreast with her updates and all (from Khirwan and all).
It’s been four years since I last bought Siti’s album myself – being the previous last two albums saya kirim melalui Khirwan (peminat fanatik yg TAKSUB dgn Siti! Hehhe). Agak segan juga nak beli album Siti tadi kat Alamanda..hehehe; tapi selamba aje la; menggunakan segala skill sebagai ex Asst. Relationship Manager dulu (kekeke). Siti Nurhaliza’s latest album which boasts the so-called “traditional fusion” concept has definitely being the most anticipated album by her fans, especially the fanatical typical Malay fans. It’s nice to know that Siti is wise in appreciating her fans; and she is intelligent to know that her fan base is largely made of typical Malays; and not the ‘westernized wannabes’ which happened to be the society she’s being brushing shoulders now in her life.
Entitled “Lentera Timur” (loosely translated as “The Eastern Lantern”), the album serves magnificent quality of the musical repertoire. Live strings were used during the recording of the album; which produces orchestra-like melodies and sounds. Siti’s vocal is like usual, an effortlessly pleasant to hear; although I have to say that her voice when she was ‘anak dara’ was more melismatic-enriching in comparison to now that she’s somebody’s wife. The ensemble renowned composers like Fauzi Marzuki, Pak Ngah, Adnan Abu Hassan and M. Nasir (to name a few) and lyricists like Hairul Anuar Harun produces 11 beautiful songs; enriched with meaningful lyrics.
Bahasa lirik yang ditranskripsi mempunyai rona yang bervariasi; sarat dengan maknawi tapi tak usai dek puisi. Bahasa cinta pertama yang saya damba sentiasa.
I would have to say every songs in the album come with its own strengths and weaknesses. But the songs that really capture me even with just one-time-listening would be “Seloka Budi” (The Benevolent Hymn) by Adnan Abu Hassan, “Bulan Yang Mesra” (The Friendly Moon) by Khairil Johari Johar, “Senyum Minang Manis” (Sweet Betrothal Smile) by Zul Mahat, penned by alternative chanteuse Abot; “Cinta Ini” ( This Love) by Katon and arranged by Aubrey Suwito ; and of course the qasidah-enriching and fast-tempo first single, “Di Taman Teman” (In The Heaven of Friend) by Fauzi Marzuki. Above all, this album is an excellent musical behemoth from the aspect of technical. Kudos to Siti Nurhaliza!~
As an animation films freak, I’m also excited to know that Siti is to provide the voice over for a local animated feature called “Kelip-Kelip” (Fireflies). Directed by award-winning Mamat Khalid, the 3-D ala The Bee Movie will be slated for release by the end of 2009. Besides that, rumor has it that Siti is in negotiation of providing a voice over for another animated flick slated to be directed by Adnan Abu Hassan; entitled “Bunian” (The Nymphs). I hope its gonna be a 2-D films. I really miss the old-fashioned animation films. Hope Siti will be involved in this too~!