As a music composer and having very little sense of music composition and production, I can tell Season 9 of Coke Studio is not working as expected. The excess of musical instruments, music arrangement for songs, and music graph of the songs produced this season seem so straight and look less creative than before. Easy.
But, Coke Studio has never been a perfect show (Yes literally). Since its first Season it has come a long way and will be transforming every season. Say if you compare the first season with all the other seasons, you will find it less catchy and feel discrepancies in it. However this was the only reason that created hits like Jugni, Jalpari, Garaj Baras, Dastan-e-Ishq, Charkha Nolakha, KirKir and so on.
In this season the idea of bringing many music composers, directors and music producers was good unless the real genre and theme of CS was kept intact. Artists like Faakhir Mehmood, Strings, noori, see Shiraz Uppal et al are all best at their own. But why Rohail Hyatt is still missed? Because there was creativity in every sound being totally unique that any artist would have creative out of the same musicians. He would technically get into the depth of compositions and extracting what a listener enjoyed with no complaints. We can clearly see the artists in his seasons enjoyed naturally and now it looks they are "Forced" to smile and dance until the video directors say "Cut".
The maestro himself has a deep study of music with much of scientific background. If you have got time do watch a session with Rohail Hyatt himself at Harvard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKfy01zedX4
I believe if last year's Coke Studio entry of Tajdar-e-Haram was amazing then don't be upset. This season's last song will definitely get you out of the planet, because it will be Amjad Sabri's song with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
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