Sometimes it takes an epiphany in a form of a reality show, to reveal the true destiny of an artist. Faizal Tahir is one such individual. Formerly from a religious singing group, his ‘true calling’ is a complete 180 degree turn: he is and always has been a rocker at heart. As such, in the 1 in a Million competition, Faizal finally unleashed himself to the Malaysian music industry. Though ultimately did not win the grand prize, his raw talent and gusto is undeniable… proving once and for all that second place is most definitely not the first loser.
His efforts have culminated into the debut album: Aku.Muzik.Kamu. While obviously first billing, the album it is also as much a showcase of the genius that is producer Audi Mok. Co-writing and producing the bulk of the material, the album demonstrates Audi’s prowess as a versatile melody maker bar none. Prime example is the rousing MAHAKARYA CINTA, in my opinion, the front runner of this year’s Anugerah Juara Lagu.
In other tracks, the first single BATU & GOLEK and up-tempo KERNA KAMU is very indicative of Faizal’s brand of radio friendly pop-rock sound. His appreciation of his influences is also apparent in the album; evoking Aerosmith in the majestic anthem AKU PUNYA KAMU and channeling Queen in the thumping LA DA DI DUM (listen carefully for the Taylor Hicks reference!). Meanwhile, songs CUBA and Faizal’s own favorite SAMPAI SYURGA reveals his tender side without ever drifting into outright melancholy (though the inclusion of the delicate ‘Kasih Tercipta’ from the Waris Jari Hantu OST into the album would have been most desirable).
By and large this is a highly listenable album, so much so that it may even convert non-rock genre fans into Faizal’s growing legion of ‘rockensteiners’. And, perhaps more importantly, in his own admission, is that the album is proudly 100% Malaysian made.
- Invitation (Audi Mok/ Faizal Tahir)***
- Batu & Golek (Audi Mok /Faizal Tahir)***1/2
- Kerna Kamu (Audi Mok/ Faizal Tahir)****
- Aku Punya Kamu (Audi Mok/ Faizal Tahir)*****
- Sempurna (Omar K / Faizal Tahir)***1/2
- Cuba (Audi Mok/ Faizal Tahir)****1/2
- Sampai Syurga (Audi Mok / Faizal Tahir)*****
- La Da Di Dum (Audi Mok / Faizal Tahir)***1/2
- Mungkin Ku Tak Bisa (kuncidemak)***1/2
- Mestikah Ada Yang Lain (kuncidemak)***
- Mahakarya Cinta (Orchestra Version) (Audi Mok / Shah Shamshiri)*****
- Sampai Syurga ( Acoustic Version) (Audi Mok / Faizal Tahir)*****
- Gemuruh (Aubrey Suwito / Tessh RS)***
- Mahakarya Cinta (Audi Mok / Shah Shamshiri)*****