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Month: October, 2009

Music Review:Kurbaan(Salim-Sulaiman)

Shukran Allah,lush with Salim Merchant’s exotic chants and Sonu Nigam’s mellifluous vocals,carries a certain trademark melody that one instantly recognises with the repertoire of SEL.The lyrics radiate the effulgent sparks of new found love and convey suitably the prevailing surfeit of bonhomie and cheerful disposition.I don’t know why but I ended up relating the song Dua with a road trip,but that’s how it is.It is probably the surging tune that coerced me or maybe the racy rhythm patterns.Any which way the composers do well here by lacing the rather predictable tune with little flourishes,like the delicate guitaring and by roping in a skillful pairing,Kailash Kher and Sukhwinder in this case,to make the song sound absorbing.Salim returns with a solo in Ali Maula,an atmospheric track invoking the almighty,and vocalises the earthy,Islamic timbre to perfection.I’m not a particular fan of remixes leave alone being a stickler but I found the remix of Ali Maula to be subversive fun with neat synth additions et al.Rasiya is one song where the duo peak in their wicked streak of inventiveness.The hollow one-step techno thumps that fill the background as also the effect created of that of a clock ticking away are mighty imaginative additions.Also,the classical strain that runs through is sung impressively by Shruthi Pathak and as if the song wasn’t overtly smouldering the makers insert a sensual monologue by Kareena(?)

In tune with the principle of reserving  the best for the last,SS unleash the spectacular Kurbaan Hua towards the end.Vishal sings with a searing intensity that is mind boggling(Look at him take off from no where as the song comes to a close)even as the composers craft a riveting interplay of sounds fusing techno & rock for a potentially lethal mix.

SS come up a scintillating score for Kurbaan,traversing across diverse genres in the process.A compelling OST.

My Picks-Kurbaan Hua,Rasiya,Shukran Allah

My Rating-Four Cheers!!!!

Music Review:Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani(Pritam)

And the Dream Run Ends…

The platitudinal-non existent melody of Aa Jao Meri Tamanna is not at all enjoyable and has Pritam merely filling up the soundtrack with his umpteenth assembly line creation(Can’t really blame the guy,he’s churning out OST’s by the week).Main Tera Dhadkan Teri is marginally better with a pumping techno sound,a zingy hook line and a sprightly KK to put some life into it.It is one of those songs which you would probably play for a while after which it looses sheen rapidly(I felt the same with Pritam’s Aa Paapi and Twist as well).Follow Me follows the same route but without even the above pluses.Duh! This is for the hard core fans of Hard Kaur! One listen to Oh By God & Prem Ki Naiyya and it is obvious the composer is least interested with the outcome of this.Only the singers save this from ignominy.

Tera Hone Laga Hoon and Tu Jaane Na,sung in the instantly recognisable frail-ephemeral vocals of Atif,are by far the best songs of the album and give this below par album some respectability.The former opens with an exquisite two line crooning that goes something like this..Shining in the setting sun like a pearl up on the ocean,Come and feel me….Come and heal me.Have to say the lyricists have come a long way from writing utterly chintzy ‘English’ lyrics that one would shudder listening to.The song itself is hugely benefitted by the angelic singing of Alisha Chinai who sheds her otherwise cloying timbre for a mesmering performance.On the other hand Tu Jaane Na,which opens with a striking qawwali like portion,is absolutely relishable in terms of it’s slow,soulful and tasteful progression with absorbing ebbs and flows.Coming to Atif,he is one of the few singers who sings in a high pitch with admirable ease,his caught-a-cold-just-now does ample justice to the song.Compared to this Kailash Kher’s Uplugged version is rather bland with only a guitar providing meagre assistance.

Pritam’s middling score for APKGK suffers from a fatigue induced sound.

My Picks-Tu Jaane Na,Tera Hone Laga Hoon

My Rating-One Cheer!!

Kurbaan Track Listing

Here’s the OST listing of Kurbaan,composed by Salim-Sulaiman-

1.Shukran Allah – Sonu Nigam,Alka Yagnik

2.Dua – Sukhwinder Singh ,Shaan

3.Ali Maula – Salim Merchant

4.Rasiya – Shruti Pathak ,Neeraj Sridhar

5.Kurbaan Hua – Vishal Dadlani

PS:The songs in the trailer appear to be brilliant(Kurbaan Hua and Shukran Allah).Go take a look.

The music is releasing on Oct 13.

Here’s my review link-

Music Review:Jail(Shamir Tandon,Sharib-Toshi)

Alas! Bhandarkar’s dalliance with inferior music continues..

Though his films,till now,have contained consistently unexceptional scores,we let the man off the hook for his,one of a kind,persistence with gritty cinema.The kind of subjects he dabbles with,needless to say,reduce songs to almost a miniscule if not redundant feature of the film.Yet music listeners had their tails up,thanks to a sublime score from the Merchant brothers,when Fashion’s music got released.

Bareily Ke Bazaar Mein comes as a rude awakening with it’s barnyard lyrics and risqué singing.It is the kind of tune many MD’s have left behind in the 90s,or vice-versa,after every ounce of it’s appeal was milked,extracted and exhausted.

Daata Sun Le took me back to those times when heroines,visibly young,danced to vocals that were visibly elderly and frail,making me think whether it was their granny who was mouthing all those lines.This was the striking feature of all Yash Raj films till well past the millennium clock struck.And the singer was,of course,Lata Mangeshkar.No offence meant to the national treasure whose exquisite vocals can still be swooned over in erstwhile and much better compositions,but listening to her tenuous-time worn vocals is a grating experience that only begets the question:Why?Why do we have to put up with a Lata Mangeshkar voice that is well past it’s prime and has lost,most if not all of,it’s nectar and hence denounce all those cherished memories of her euphonious vocals from an earlier time?

Meanwhile,the two rising and remarkable composer duo,Sharib-Toshi,produce two been-there-done-that-tracks of unremarkable quality-Milke Yun Laga and Sainya Ve.The sound-scaping,from these two,is getting repetitive as is the structuring of the tunes,which,if you haven’t noticed till now,make a straight go at the heart with their,almost,manipulative ebbs and flows.It is not that they aren’t absorbing,but just that they need to revamp themselves rather than attaching themselves to a monolithic way of going about things.

Jail sees Bhandarkar returning to his old concomitant,Shamir Tandon,who sorrily sticks to his old ways even as Sharib-Toshi stage an abortive attempt at rescuing this OST from sub-standardness.

My Rating-One Cheer!

PS:For those of you who swear by the singing of Neil Nithin Mukesh the rock version of Sainya Ve might be a decent listen,though I’m not commenting on his singing here!