Aashayein: Music Review

Salim Sulaiman’s Aashayein was such a long pending album, I was never expecting it to release. But it finally did. It seems in the long time they have added as many remixes as possible, that’s how I can see 13 tracks on the album, made out of 7 songs.

The album surprisingly starts with a Pritam song, Mera Jeena hai kya, sung by Neeraj Shridhar. Interestingly, the song is a bit different from their typical songs as this one seems aligned towards rock. I wonder why Pritam didn’t get KK to sing this one. KK and Nagesh Kukunoor has already been an old hit jodi. Good one but could be better.

Then the next, Dilkash Dildaar duniya comes which is again a Pritam composition and sung by Shaan and Tulsi Kumar. A beat-based song with a nostalgic feel. Shaan is fine but I’m not coming to terms with Tulsi very well. Okay song.

The third song, Rabba comes from Shiraz Uppal. Somehow, I don’t like Shiraz Uppal very much with lower notes. Shiraz is a guy who is best when he sings with his full throat. But here he sings more on lower notes and goes high only for ‘Rabba ye kya hua, Rabba ye dil gaya’ there too not so good I had expected. Some good lyrics and certainly not a bad song, but was expecting more from Shiraz. This is just okay.

Then comes the already heard Zubeen sung ‘Ab mujhko Jeena.’ The song starts somewhat like Summer of 69 but then it moves to a fast, inspiring type song. Can’t say much about the song as I’ve heard it way too much already. It’s even been my ringtone for a long time. So all I can say is the song is definitely good.

Next song of the album, Shukriya Zindagi, that starts on a lovely note and as Shafqat starts singing ‘chhan ke aayi to kya chandni to mili’ in an easy mood, you know you’re going to get an inspirational treat from Salim-Sulaiman and Shafqat. Beautiful lyrics by Mir Ali Husain in continuously second song.

As Shreya Ghoshal starts rendering Pal mein Mila Jahan, in her soft voice, with almost nothing playing in the background, you think it’s a sad version of some song, but then the song proceeds, and after a tough job done by Shreya, instruments appear in the background. A really good song and some superb singing by Shreya but I don’t know how many will have patience to listen to this song. Try to listen to the song anyway.

Finally, Chala Aaya Pyaar brings in Mohit Chauhan. A quite slow, deep song with some romantic lyrics. Somehow after ‘Pal mein’ the song sounds a bit sad as it seems to mix with its predecessor, but as Mohit comes towards the higher notes in the song, you start liking it. Good use of percussion, loved the tabla in the song. Go for it, but it may need some patience before you fall for the song.

Shankar Mahadevan is a choice of many composers when it comes to deep songs, and even more when there are less instruments in the background, as Shankar has got some awesome power in his voice. Therefore, after Raajneeti’s Dhan dhan dharti re, he gets to sing another earthy song with less instruments and more singing. And the song is none other than Shreya sung Pal mein mila Jahan’s male version, but Shankar gives the song much more power than Shreya did. I guess people would like this one more, if they have enough patience to decide.

After this, the album has five remixes but I wouldn’t even hear them as of now, after listening to seven songs already. Oh, btw, there is one sad version of Shukriya Zindagi which is again a wonderful listen for those who appreciate one minute long instrumentless pieces. Cuz I was a fan of Aashayein slow version and always played the song after the slow version.

Overall, the album is not bad, but not very good either. While no song is actually bad, only a few, namely ab mujhko jeena, shukriya zindagi, pal mein mila jahan look upto their level. Mohit Chauhan and Shiraz Uppal are a bit below their own set standards. The biggest problem is that few songs in the album catch you instantly, though I hope many of the songs will sound just perfect in the movie as background.

All I’d say is, I had some more aashayein from aashayein.

Author: Harshit

Madman. So-called Computer Engineer. Hindi Music Freak. Hindi Movie Buff. Thinker. Reader. Critic. Blogger. PJist. (bath)room Singer. Madman.

19 thoughts on “Aashayein: Music Review”

  1. @AAA you are rude .. i must say very rude.. your music sense doesn’t matches with harshit .. didn’t mean that his reviews are bad .. I don’t see any one the net reviewing bollywood music so efficiently.

  2. @Shashank

    Thanks a lot Shashank. But I guess as I have right to give my opinion, AAA has that too. So no hard feelings.

    btw, Thanks once again for all the praise. I hope it gives me more enthusiasm to work with. 🙂

  3. Very nice review. I appreciate the reviewer’s music sense.

    One song in the album which reminds the rocks composed in ’70s – “Ab Mujhko Jeena” by Zubeen Garg really stands out. The composition,lyrics and mainly Zubeen’s unique voice and rendition makes the song a ‘must listen’ and definitely the USP of the album ‘Aashayein’.

  4. @Arjun

    Thanks Arjun. Well, I heard the song almost one and half year or so ago. Since then I’m in love with the song. Now it’s an old one for me. 🙂

  5. I already knew I liked “Ab Mujhko Jeena” and “Shukriya Zindagi” from the trailer, but myself pleasantly surprised by the following listed in the order I like them (starting with the best): “Rabba” (love the upbeat feel), “Chala Aaya Pyaar”, “Pal Mein Mila Jahan’(I preferred Shreya’s version to Shankar’s), “Mera Jeena Hai Kya”, “Dilkash Dildaar Duniya” (I love Shaan’s voice, and I agree with you on Tulsi – I was NOT feeling it with her!)

    Unfortunately, I don’t speak Hindi, so I can’t speak to the beauty of the lyrics. I will say, I find the album growing on me the more I listen to it – can’t wait for the movie!!

  6. Despite admitting most of ur reviews are far more authentic than most of the other people who review music in the net, I think u needed 2 give some more time before deciding 2 review aashayein….I feel the songs r quite good at least its a good deal better dan aisha or lafangey parindey

  7. @Kaustav

    Thanks for the appreciation Kaustav. And while may be you are right about giving more time to the album, I cannot agree with the album being better than Aisha, and I think even Lafangey Parindey too.

    Talking of Aashayein, while I loved the Salim-Sulaiman part of the album, I didn’t much like either of Pritam’s songs. Ab hai Ujala is wonderful and Shukriya zindagi n Chala aaya pyaar are good too. But I think the producers have been trying too hard here. For me, reducing two songs of Pritam, or at least one, would have been a good move. I even found remixes too many. Somehow I can feel the ghost of 8×10 Tasveer still haunting Nagesh here.

  8. @Shishir

    Well, I don’t know about the best, but he’s quite good and I think we can have at least some more songs sung by him. 🙂

  9. Zubeen has sung the song aab mujhko jeena very well…Zubeen should get muny more such works

  10. hmm.i a gree wid u.the songs are not very good.it is really low from what we have expected

  11. Harshit I like most of your reviews, some of them are very good but all said and done this is by far one of the not so good review of yours. Mera Jeena hai kya is one of the best Melody i have heard in quite some time that goes with very beautifully rendition of flute, piano and other instrument in between.
    The other song Ab Mujhko Jeena clearly deserved more description if you love the song that much. Its one of the Best of the album no doubt.

    And about you going gaga over Shankar Mahadevan Version of the song Pal mein Mila, while I along with most reviews agree, with all due respect to Shankar and his Credentials, Shreya Ghoshal gave much more depth to the song. You might want a Re-review.

  12. @Ankit

    I think you’re right about Mera Jeena hai kya. Somehow I misjudged that one. I’m loving the song myself now. Though I wouldn’t say much about Shankar vs Shreya.

    Anyway, Thanks for the comment. Support and Suggestions both help. 🙂

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