Don 2: Music Review (Shankar Ehsaan Loy)

So Farhan Akhtar makes SRK do a Salman in Don 2.

Well, I am not talking about acting, but like almost every Salman film, this time SRK starts the soundtrack of Don 2 with a dialog, that merges into the second track, Zaraa Dil ko thaam lo, beautifully sung by Vishal Dadlani and Anusha Mani. I mean Shankar Ehsaan Loy this time get a voice that sounds like that of a Don instead of Shaan, who sounded all nice, not too fit for a Don I’d say. The melody is nice even though SEL keep the arrangements much as in the previous Don. Nice start.

The thing that most interested me, however, was Usha Uthup’s mysterious voice singing na koi raat hai, na koi din yahaan, to start hai ye maaya. Shankar Ehsaan Loy come up with a nice melody again, though the arrangements have been kept very espionage-y, reminding me of Karthik calling Karthik where this job was entitled to Midival Punditz. Totally like. Precisely, it’s ‘more than background.’

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404 – Error not Found: Music Review (Imaad Shah)

The album starts with Imaad Shah-Suman Shridhar sung Kya Dekh Raha hai be. The song has some strange music as well as lyrics but somehow it does sound interesting. Suman Shridhar especially sounds quite confident in the way she sings here, a little too much, which sounds deliberate as the song is like that only. A nice experiment.

The next song Aisa hi hai is a soft, slightly philosophical solo by Imaad Shah. Masterji, koi nayi cheez sikhane do and phati purani chitthiyon, is desh ki pachchis mittiyon are lyrics that, in a way, touch you. Strange. Lovely.

Psycho Baba is again strange, but less so and a bit more intriguing. While the arrangements in the song are nice, I didn’t find the composition as good as in the earlier two songs. Try you can though.

For the next song It’s all in the Mind, Imaad comes up with Rachel Verghese, who starts the song somewhere between the matrix-y music of the song, almost in a way that the song sounds more like an instrumental piece. Not bad, but not too enticing either.

Chal Soch le, is again sung by Imaad himself. The song, which uses more of Indian instruments, reminds me of songs in Shyam Benegal’s movies. Also, Imaad’s voice which sounds somewhere between Naseer’s voice and Mohit Chauhan’s soothing voice, suits the song well. Liked it again, though the instruments sound a bit too high on the voice.

The last track, 404 Theme, which is sung by Caralisa and Imaad, is a little haunting one but doesn’t have much to it.

Overall, 404 is something to look for if you believe in experimenting with music. The album has some nice and some ok songs, especially Aisa hi hai among the former.

Break ke Baad: Predictable..

I have some strange opinion about Break ke Baad. I was quite waiting for the album and now that it’s arrived and I see things similar to what I had expected, I am disappointed.

The album sounds quite like a typical Vishal-Shekhar thing, something I never wanted to exist, because I never wanted them to be typecast. Anyway, here is a review of the album. Btw, there is one thing in album I totally loved, Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics.

The first song, Adhoore tum Adhoore hum sung by Vishal Dadlani and Alyssa Mendonça is a rock-ish thing that you can hear and tell the composer now. The song is quite likeable and gets stuck in the mind, and fairly speaking, everything with the song is right other than its predictability. Alyssa’s voice sounds good here too. Go for it.
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Kal Tum The Yahan (Hum Tum aur Ghost): Lyrics and More

Whenever Caralisa Monteiro comes to sing for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, there is generally something worth looking for. Kal Tum The Yahan of Hum Tum aur Ghost, sung by Shankar along with Caralisa is no exception. Kal tum the yahaan is a wonderful, slow, and absolutely lovable song on a beautiful melody that you will most probably love the very first time you listen to, provided you pay the song the attention it wants.

The lyrics of the song look good though I have not yet been able to completely understand the exact significance of words. My guess is that the song will be more meaningful and better once we see it in the movie.
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Karthik Calling Karthik: Music Preview

(REVIEW of the album Karthik Calling Karthik is HERE.)

Karthik calling Karthik is the new movie of Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone directed by Vijay Lalwani. The music, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, will be out on 18th January 2010. The promos of the movie are already out and we already have good reviews on Hey ya, the first song out.

So here is a preview of the music album, with some guesses as to what it may have to offer.
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