I’m not even going to bother with the song names. I’ve been given Lata Mangeshkar, who is apparently a classic Desi vocalist who sounds like a failed Disney protaganist. The song itself is very complicated, orchestral, and well-done, but the production was old, making the flutes sound like bandsaws and the strings like a chain dragging through an echoy garage. Not much to like so far.
Next is a track from the “classic songs from the hindi cinema of the sixty’s.” The sound quality is better, but the vocals are as strident. The word strident was invented to describe these vocals. If not for that, it wouldn’t be totally different from your average Doris Day tune from an old movie. But those vocals are like electrified barbed wire stretching through your brain.
Finally, a male singer. I feel like I’m chasing James Bond through the streets of New Dehli. It’s actually not awful.
A few more songs have gone by, they’re all equally bad, but none more than the others. I can really relate to the lyrics, at least. Man, the mastering work is awful for these songs. It’s only a problem because I keep thinking the song is about to fade out, and then it doesn’t, which is kind of cruel.
I’m hungry for curry.
Bottom line. This challenge was by far the most mild yet, but that doesn’t mean it was pleasant. It was probably about the same as a single paper cut on the back of your hand.