Lanka: Music Review (Toshi-Sharib, Gaurav Dagaonkar, Rishabh)

I wanted to write a review for Lanka since I heard it for the first time, say a week ago at least, but somehow couldn’t do it yet. Finally writing it now.

The album starts with Iltija, Rishabh Srivastava’s song from his debut album Iltija. The song on the Bhatt pattern is an okay composition and sung okay too, making an okay though a little unevenly spaced start.

The next song Aap ki Aahat, composed by Toshi-Sharib sounds like the beginning of Bhatt-camp-song again as the beginning seconds remind me of aye kaash, kash yoon hota, but then the young Sabri brothers get into a different mood as they compose a slower tune for Sonu Nigam to sing, with some interesting lyrics as well. Nice one, something that Sonu Nigam sounds nice singing.

Sheet Lahar, composed by Gaurav and sung by Shreya, is a slow, nice composition with simple lyrics. The slow pace of the song may not appeal to all and definitely not one for ‘quick listening’ but if you give it time, lyrics as well Shreya’s singing would appeal to you. Nice job by Gaurav Dagaonkar.

The next song is again by Gaurav Dagaonkar, and is my favorite from the movie. Yup, it’s KK singing, where the irritation claimed by the lyrics can almost be heard in his voice. Barham hain hum is something to listen to, definitely.

Qubool, the next, is a regular Toshi-Sharib song, sung by Toshi, but then the song has an added dose of good lyrics, that too in prayer to god, making the song nicer to listen. Liked.

Sheet Leher comes in a different version, this time sung by Tia Bajpai, and sounds okay.

The last one from the album, Sunidhi Chauhan’s Hai Rama Rama, composed by Toshi-Sharib, doesn’t seem to be any purpose more than being yet another item number in the movie.

Overall, however, the album is good, with Gaurav Dagaonkar giving some good numbers while Toshi-Sharib give more or less their average, which is good, to say the least. Do listen to the album especially for Sonu, Shreya, n KK’s songs.

Ae Dosheeza (Kshitij Tarey): Music Review (Gaurav Dagaonkar)

Kshitij Tarey has been the front runner singer in almost all the albums of Mithoon, a composer who has been loved by many of us. But I was surprised to see an unknown composer Gaurav Dagaonkar’s name on the album, and Mithoon wasn’t there even as a guest composer. Probably Kshitij wanted something different from his album, or whatever. In any case, here is a review of the seven track minus two remixes’ album.

The album starts with O meri jaane jaan. The song with a not-too-hard rock base sounds nice and would rate as good for a first timer, but when you talk of Kshitij Tarey, the song doesn’t live up to the name he has made for himself. An average one to start with.

The second song of the album happens to be the title song, and sounds better than the first for sure, probably because it’s more in the league of songs that Kshitij is known for. Even though the song is kinda pop, at a relatively slow pace, after listening to it for a few times, it sounds nice, though not too great. I mean, I still don’t have the Kshitij Tarey in the album that I expected.

And then, he arrives, with the popular Thumri – Yaad piya ki aaye. He just sounds wonderful, as great as anyone whom I have heard singing this. But then, with my near-zero knowledge of classical music, I am no one to rate him, or any of these great people here. It’d be like seeing the stars without a telescope and guessing their distances. It’s lovely, and that’s all I have to say. The one thing I would like to mention here, though, is that I quite loved the little jazzy background with all those drums here. Kudos to the composer for that.

The treat continues as Kshitij sings Saanware. But then, this one comes from Roop Kumar Rathod’s teri justajoo, and after listening to Roop Kumar Rathod, this slow-soft version of Kshitij may not be that tasteful to some. Still, a really nice number with some deep singing.

The last track of the album is Bulle nu Samjhavan aaiyan, another old track, sung by many others including Abida. Once again nice singing, but besides that there is nothing extra in the song.

To summarize, Kshitij doesn’t seem to find a composer who could do justice to his singing and hence goes with a middle way, singing old folk/classic songs and also adding a little fresh, new stuff. It’s not for you if you’re looking for something. But if you like listening to some good singing irrespective of the age of song, or are a Kshitij fan, definitely go ahead.