Hum Tum Shabana: Music Review (Sachin-Jigar)

The first song, Music Bandh na karo, is on the lines of party abhi baaki hai, but not that good. Still an okay one, should work fine as a party number.

The next, Hey na na na Shabana is an interesting one, Raghav’s voice is well used by Sachin-Jigar and the music is kinda catchy. Not too fast, not slow, and the comic-ish video would help the song for sure. Liked it.

Mika and Suzanne’s Thank you Mr DJ is slow, with good beats, and will be highly addictive. Perfect material for parties, and if not, there will be remixes, of course.

Anushka Manchanda and Jigar come for the next track, Piya Kesariyo. The song is a bit like its name, in terms of vocals, but the background is all rock and quite lovely as the rock here is slow again. Anushka is a good choice of voice for this one. Like.

The last original number of the album is Tochi Raina’s kaari kaari, where he gets all high, somewhat like in Gal mitthi mitthi, though the music is not ‘that’ dancy, but the song is anyway lovely.

Overall, in Hum Tum Shabana all the songs are good and like all Sachin Jigar albums in the past some time (read FALTU and Shor), have some good amount of freshness as well. Do try the album.

Update: Seems people are offended by the words ‘nothing too very great.’ Or more than that, when I read the review later, even I found the words a bit on the negative side, not really something I intended to do. Hence changed them.

Soundtrack (2011): Music Review (Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, Papon)

Welcome to Soundtrack.

That’s something Atomizer says. Not a great track, but I put the theme on loop and didn’t get bored for quite some time as it just kept going in the background. Repeatedly, giving me some typical Midival Punditz-Karsh Kale music.

The next, Banao banao by Papon is already one of his famous tracks, and his magic doesn’t leave him in this light, experimental, dopey track. Liked it.

It’s Ek Manzil though that made me take the music of this album seriously. The song sung by Vishal Vaid, has not just a lovely beginning music, but some wonderful lyrics as well. Rocking.

Fakira, next track, sung by Vishal Vaid again, has a nice start and some addictive music with words repeated such that they stick in your head. You can probably call it an Electronica-Sufi number, if you can get what I am trying to say.

Kailash Kher sings the next song Main Chala, which is full of enthusiasm and josh, that Kailash sings in his signature voice, with a little rocky music. Will sound okay without a video/background detail but should look much better once you have an idea of the background of the song.

Papon comes again to sing Naina Laage, who, after an wave-y start, moves on to some lovely singing on a nice rhythm. There are not too many words in the six and half minute song, but it sounds wonderful nonetheless. One of the best songs of the album.

The next track is a remix of Kishore Kumar’s ruk jaana nahi, sung by Suraj Jagan, who surprisingly fits well in the track, though the live mood of the song could be lessened a bit in my opinion. But I get a feeling that those who haven’t heard the song before would find this one lovely, and those who have, won’t really be offended. A nice try in short. Well done rockstar boy.

The next in line is Symphony of the Streets by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, is a kinda easy on ears cacophony, comprising of sounds of horns, trains, planes, and more. Try this one.

The Soundtrack Theme is again something that seems to have a kinda similar sound, though there is no cacophony involved, but instead, a nice, soothing melody can be found in the background.

Anushka Manchanda’s What the F is going on sounds promising in the beginning, but gets a little banal from where the punch line kicks in. Still not really bad.

Lastly comes Malini Awasthi sung Ye Jeevan hai, who doesn’t sing the song in a sweet-loving voice, but in a more serious-solid tone, that may seem a bit harsh too, but then ye jeevan hai, and thus it goes. Liked it. Cannot prefer it to Kishore of course, but I don’t think I’d mind listening to this version. Do try, unless you totally cannot not hear Kishore songs sung by others.

Overall, Soundtrack is something new, which was kinda expected from Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale. But then Papon’s added contributions give some more variety and sweetness to the album. I am not sure how many would love the album, but if you like Electronica, are a fan of Midival Punditz/Karsh Kale, or want to try something new, I think you should go for this one.

Update: Both the songs that belong to Papon are Midival Punditz compositions. Since I had heard the song Banao Banao much before the movie, I considered it a Papon composition, which is not the case. Thanks to Vipin of MusicAloud for this one.

I am Kalam: Music Review (Abhishek, Madhuparna, Papon, Shivji, Susmit)

Abhishek Ray’s composition for the words chaand taare jeb mein hain is well sung by KK and makes a nice listen. The next, Shreya’s Chini bhini, again composed by Abhishek, has lyrics bubbling with enthusiasm and Shreya is kind of surprising in this one as she sings the song in a little intoxicated voice. The combination of lyrics and music here is not really what one would expect seeing the lyrics, but it sounds nice the way it is.
Madhuparna composed Rang Jamale reminds me of Chak de the way it starts, but then the song has only a touch from there, more in the terms of arrangements than composition. The composition seems to have more touches from here and there, but does sound fine and Javed fits well here. The female version of the song, sung by Anushka Manchanda, is a little different from her regular more-English-than-Hindi songs and she sounds different, and nice. One good part is that Anushka doesn’t let the instruments overpower her voice here.

Papon’s self composed (probably his first in Bollywood) Zindagi aisi waisi is quite lovely and makes Papon sound promising once again, this time as a composer as well. I had already loved him in Jiyein Kyun, but this time he sounded more serious. Protique Mojoomdar’s positive lyrics are definitely a plus.

Susmit Bose and Shivji Dholi’s Jeevan ek rangoli hai is more of a live thing and the folk’ish number sounds different, like it’s recorded out of the recording rooms, like old songs. But the lyrics of the song are good and the song gives a ‘real’ feel.

Udan pe baitho kaaga bole is another small, real sounding track from Shivji Dholi which is almost unplugged with just a harmonium to support him.

The last track, children’s version of chaand taare jeb mein hain is an okay one. The version reminds me of Chillar Party where Amit Trivedi had got some children to sing in a wonderful manner, but here there is nothing like that and children just make a good chorus, like it happened in old movies during one time. Not bad.

Overall, I am Kalam is a good album with assorted composers. Interestingly the album doesn’t have usual run of the mill songs and also the lyrics of almost all the songs are good, irrespective of who they have been written or sung by. I hope the movie is equally good.

Buy I am Kalam Audio CD Here.

Dum Maaro Dum: Music Review

Abhishek and Earl’s Thayn Thayn somehow sounds so much like a piece from Bluffmaster even with a different composer here. I guess this will sound good and look great once it comes out. Watch out for it.

Te Amo, the song sung by Ash King, is definitely a lovely one and Pritam does his own good thing with Ash’s voice, as long as you don’t compare this one to Dil gira daffatan. While Ash is lovely in the soft romantic song and natural with the English parts of the song, Sunidhi is not bad either. One song you would love.

Like in all Pritam albums, there is another version of Te Amo, a reprise by Pritam. I guess I need not tell you how a soft version of a soft romantic song would sound when Mohit sings it. The slight acoustic setting Pritam has given to the song is nice.

Mit Jaaye Gham. Dum Maaro Dum. Shirt. Potty. Nanga. Well, It’s like that only. All I can say is that after this song is on air, the censor board won’t have to do much to decide the audience. Families are NOT going to watch this one. Oh, as for the music, it’s okay. As expected, it’s made in kinda addictive mood. But lyrics, oh, well..

If there is something in the album that I was able to hear in a loop from the first time itself, here it is. Jiyein Kyun is not only good on music and singing, the lyrics are so lovely, I just fell for the song very soon.

As for the music, Pritam is almost in Metro mood here and Papon sounds so much like James in his singing. And Mr Sahni Jaideep, I love you. DO Listen to this one.

And then Zubeen Garg’s Jaana hai is a signature Pritam song in Zubeen’s very typical voice. Nothing too great, but there is definitely a special kind of depth in Zubeen’s voice that Always attracts you, which especially suits songs with a, what would I say, kashish, with a longing to go ahead and achieve something. And here is one such song. Liked it.

Overall, Dum Maaro Dum may be an album to hide from your parents (yes, at any age) after listening to that title song, but there are a few good songs in the album and while you love everything from Jiyein Kyun to Te Amo, Jaana hai and Thayn Thayn aren’t disappointing. In short, cool. In fact a bit too much in a some places, you know.

Jailhouse Rock: Death of an Immortal song

Jailhouse Rock was born on September 24, 1945. This hit of Elvis was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and was on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of all times.

And now, Karan Johar buys this song for his remake of Stepmom and gets it almost killed by one of the country’s finest musicians, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Oh, I do count them one. 🙂

Talking of the new version, it’s clear Kajol, Kareena and Arjun are shown trying to sing the song while they don’t remember the words from the song, as Kajol (actually Anushka Manchanda) says chalo hato pare nacho dil khol ke let’s rock, hello ji let’s rock, main to bhool gayi phir kya wordings the, something something Jailhouse Rock. Interestingly, while Anushka does the job of being causal perfectly (as shown in the video on Kajol), Suraj Jagan who has been a lot into rock a lot, and my thinking is, could well have been a big fan of Elvis, doesn’t get all that casual, as he seems to be giving his best to the song, result of which is that he doesn’t really sound casual unlike Anushka. Frankly, I did not like the song after the original version but still the best part of the song for me was where Suraj sings alone, especially where he says ‘yo mama let’s rock.’

And now, after saying such negative things about the song, I’ll tell you why this song will be a hit.

1. It’s a song in a Karan Johar movie with SEL’s music, so any relatively weak song would also have a chance of lasting much longer than it would have had in some other movie.
2. The music is still the same. The one that was there in one of World’s top 500 songs.
3. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy know what they do. They might have made the song a bit irritating, but it certainly is very tongue sticking. Listen to it thrice and bingo! you’re humming it.

So don’t get irritated, nor try to get used to the song. It’ll be there on your tongue in some time, as long as you’re in contact with TV or radio.

PS: I don’t know how Akriti Kakkar seems to have gone a bit down in the song, most probably it’s Anushka who has been in too high a voltage to let me concentrate much on Akriti’s voice.

Jail House Rock

And Karan Johar’s next song arrives. OK, not Karan Johar’s song, but his production’s next movie’s first song is out and here goes their first song, Dil khol ke let’s rock which is actually a version of Elvis Presley’s 1957 song JailHouse rock. Thus, Karan Johar and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy go a step ahead from Pretty Woman which was a 1990’s movie. I need not think twice to guess that Karan would have got the rights for this one too.

It’s another matter that I didn’t like the song so much as the original one, even though I’m not a big fan of Elvis. Probably I didn’t like the voice of Anushka in the song (I hope it’s her) and for sure I don’t think Kajol and Kareena go with that rock voice right after Lata and Alka and Shreya Ghoshal. Still, if the song exists in a Karan Johar movie, it has to be a hit, and however liked or disliked by me, a song can never be not worth a hear if it comes from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and that too one that was made by Elvis and that when it was listed on the 500 best songs ever.

Oh, btw, Suraj Jagan sounds good in the song.

Here is the video.

and if you want, here is the original JailHouse Rock from 1957. Colorized later, of course.

We are Family: Another similar soundtrack?

I love Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. But when it comes to Karan Johar, I suddenly become skeptical. I know Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have given some fabulous music for Karan’s movies from their first song together (Kal ho na ho, title), but somehow I think Karan doesn’t use the full potential of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and I think there are several proofs of it. Take any ‘different’ song of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and you know it’s not from a Dharma movie (Exceptions are invited).

Now that Karan Johar’s next product We are Family is coming, some of the details are coming out and I’m again getting a feeling that the music of the film will be same again. The typical that happens to be in his movies: one or two songs with a Sufi touch, one party song, like in a bar or something, maybe one philosophical, and quite surely a sad version, and definitely one theme. I think though that after MNIK, WAF also may have one rock-ish number as Suraj Jagan is there again.

For example, I know there is a song called Rehem-o-Karam in the movie and by the very words, I smell a Sufi song. Not that I don’t like Sufi songs but hasn’t he had enough of them in MNIK already? By the way, the song Rehem-o-Karam is sung by Vishal Dadlani along with Shankar Mahadevan. I wish Rehem-o-Karam turns out to be a rock number but chances look kind of bleak.

I know Karan knows what he is doing and I also know that the songs that come out will be wonderful, and at the same time hit, superhit. But I think this way, music loses, and at the end, we lose.

Anyway, all I can do for now is anticipate and guess, until the music release, which is reportedly scheduled for first week of August, though I was expecting end of July, guessing 28th. And all I wish is that I’m proved wrong, and KJo and SEL bring us the best music we have ever heard. Amen.

Update: Here is the detailed soundtrack of the movie.

  1. Ankhon Mein Neendein – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan (5:02)
  2. Dil Khol Ke Let’s Rock – Anushka Manchanda, Akriti Kakkar, Suraj Jagan (03:57)
  3. Reham O Karam – Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan (05:47)
  4. Hamesha & Forever – Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Tara Waaliya (04:51)
  5. Sun Le Dua Yeh Aasmaan (Theme Slow Version) – Shankar Mahadevan (03:53)
  6. We Are Family (Theme) – Dominique Cerejo, Clinton Cerejo, Neuman Pinto, Vivienne Pocha (02:48)

Lafangey Parindey: Music Review (R Anandh)

It’s strange to see how Yash Raj Films suddenly picked an unknown composer called R Anandh for their new project Lafangey Parindey. Lafangey Parindey is the new movie of Pradeep Sarkar who has made Parineeta and Laaga Chunri mein Daag and this time moves to a totally different genre.

The album starts with a rock-ish title song sung by another newcomer called Rohit Sarkar. The song has a punch feel attached to it and Swanand Kirkire’s lyrics quite help that. Nothing great but the song certainly sounds good as a background in the promos. I think good promotion will make the song popular for at least some time, till the release or so.
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Aisha: Music Review

Amit Trivedi is here again. I was not even done with listening to his awesome Udaan, when he came back with Aisha. The good thing is that unlike Udaan, Aisha is not all typical Amit Trivedi in his favorite rock mood, but much more versatility. In fact with the present variety, you may count it as, something like half a Dev.D.

The first song of the album is Suno Aisha, which is a peppy number with some light, likeable experiments with instruments. The song that falls almost in line with Vishal-Shekhar’s Jaane Kyun and Jab mila tu, sounds different also because of the soft voices. By the way, with Amit Trivedi and more, the song even has Ash King, the guy who sang Dil gira daffatan for Rahman last year in Delhi 6.

The next song is the Punjabi piece, Gal Mitthi Mithi Bol, sung by Tochi Raina, the ‘Pardesi’ boy. The song is a hardcore Punjabi one with slow beats and quite carrying the flavor of Dev.D’s Punjabi songs.

The next song, Shaam, is a slow-soft, quite typical Amit Trivedi thing. When listening to the song for the first few times, you may think the song would go into rock mode but Amit n Neuman Pinto keep rendering the soulful lyrics of Javed Akhtar in a soft but typical mode of theirs. Reminds me of Aamir’s songs. Whatever it be, I love the boom boom boom para.

The fourth song of the album is Behke Behke, sung by Anushka Manchanda, Raman Mahadevan and Samrat. The song is a dance number with a touch of music that sounds somewhere between Caribbean and Arabic and even Goan to me. The song even reminds me of Honeymoon Travels’ Pyaar ki ye Kahani. Maybe I’m losing the genre but the whole point is the song is different, and good. Likeable stuff for sure. And some good singing by Anushka.

And the next song is Magic. O no, the name of the song is Lehrein, but the song has almost created a spell on me in the first few listenings only. Awesome singing by Anusha Mani again on some slow, soulful music and some touching lyrics by Javed Akhtar. I guess the best song of the album, and probably with this one, Amit Trivedi-Javed Akhtar will be able to recreate the magic of Iktara. Lovable.

By the way/tumse keh denge sung by Anushka Manchanda with Neuman Pinto is a fast paced dance number that doesn’t really sound like Amit Trivedi from any corner. The song is well sung by Anushka and the way she speaks in between, she reminds me of Aye Bachhu sung by Suzanne D’mello. Good but not great.

Besides, the album has two remixes, of Gal Mitthi Mitthi and Lehrein. The remix of Gal Mitthi is a common Punjabi song remix while Lehrein has got a lonuge mix that sounds pretty good.

Overall, Amit Trivedi has come up with some variety this time, thus bringing soemthing for those who said he was making only rock-ish songs after Dev.D. Must listen.

And yes, if you want to have my opinion on the best song, it’s simple I guess. Lehrein aayin, lehron mein beh gaye.

Firangi Paani (Krantiveer): Lyrics and More

Sachin Jigar are back. Oh, you didn’t know them? Well, no big deal, but the guys certainly make good music. And they do it here again after doing that in Teree Sang, that Satish Kaushik’s movie on a 15 year old Pregnant girl.

Well, this time they create Khuda mere Khuda, the song that is already popular and coming on TV every now and then, in the hope that it gets them some viewers, and I wonder if people will fall in the trap. No, they won’t.

So, the second song of the movie that caught my imagination is the item song called Firangi Paani, sung by Anushka Manchanda. If you ask me, I can literally see Bipasha Basu dancing on the song in a Namak Ishq ka mode. The lyrics are pretty interesting and the music is wonderful, but the best is Anushka’s singing who leaves her mark quite close to Alisha Chinoy or Sunidhi Chauhan. Closer to Alisha I’d say.
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Krantiveer (new): Music Review (Sachin-Jigar)

Sachin-Jigar, the guys who gave some wonderful music in Satish kaushik’s Teree Sang, are back. This time the movie they have got looks even smaller and useless at the same time. But then, movies don’t always decide how the music would be, and so, there are some good things sachin-Jigar have come up with.

The album opens with Khuda mere Khuda, sung by KK and Shreya Ghoshal, which is definitely good, the best of the album, and can be easily found on the TV. Though I don’t guarantee you can watch the video. So my suggestion is, get the music alone, without visuals. A typical KK song. With good music and some little, interesting effects by composers Sachin-Jigar.
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Kites: Music Review

Rajesh Roshan has come a long way from Julie to Kites. And here he composes again for the person he does it best. For his very own nephew Hrithik, for their home production, Anurag Basu directed Kites.

Now that the movie has been in limelight for quite some time, and Hrithik has not done a film for years now, expectations from the movie, as well as it’s music, have to be high. This is Anurag Basu’s next venture after his superfantabulousmusical Life in a Metro, doesn’t help lessen the expectations. So here is a review of an album with sky high expectations.
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Teen Patti: Music Review

Salim-Sulaiman are nowadays giving music which is more movie specific than general, especially so in Pyaar Impossible. This time they get a thriller as Teen Patti, and they create some good music for the movie. The songs may not be hits before the movie, but they sound good enough to fit well in the movie and so, if the movie goes well, which I expect, the songs may be loved by people. Here is a review of the album.
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Raat Gayi Baat Gayi: Music Review

Raat Gayi Baat Gayi is a Saurabh Shukla directed, award winning movie from Pritish Nandy Communications, going to release on 31st December. So here is the music review for the last movie of 2009. Music and lyrics, and most of the singing, by Ankur Tewari.

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Pyaar Impossible: Music Review

Short and Sweet. These are the first two words I’d like to say about the the music of Pyaar Impossible. Salim Sulaiman have just five songs and two remixes in their new album Pyaar Impossible, out of which Alisha and 10 on 10 are already out and quite liked too. Other songs of the album are not bad either. Here is a review.

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