Music Review: Damaru (Isheeta Ganguly)

Bande Mataram with John Abraham has Abraham reciting Tagore’s ‘Where the mind is without fear’ and I somehow liked the recitation. Probably because the poem is something that never fails to touch me. Isheeta’s Bande Mataram is good enough as there is not much experimentation done.

Aao na is a good track and the voice as well as composition and the overall result is good.

The title track, Damaru (Acoustic), though is a bit too strange here as not only the words are too Sanskritized-Hindi, the jazzy saxophone is accompanied by street laugh of children. My guess, though, is that even with these things the song might have worked if the song had enough energy as the composition doesn’t sound bad. Even the electronika version has the same problems and didn’t appeal much to me.

Sanjhari De Bata is one song I completely loved. A completely different composition with different arrangements, one new voice and some beautiful lyrics, the song is something to listen to. But the last track, Walk Alone, which very guessably comes from Ekla chalo, doesn’t seem to be doing justice to the old number.

Overall, Damaru has a few good things but overall as an album it could be much better. Not highly recommended.

Jhootha Hi Sahi: Music Review

No, it’s never easy to comment on a song composed by Rahman. Reasons are many. For one, they’re never ‘bad.’ You’ll always like them at least a bit even if at the start they sound strangest thing in the world. Secondly, he has built so high reputation and expectations in people’s minds that it’s not easy to get to that level even with the best songs. And then, he has so many fans. But the worst thing is that u can not always be sure of disliking a song of his. Probably that is why he is Rahman.

Anyway, here is a review of his new album, Jhootha hi Sahi.

The album starts with the child’s play called Cry Cry. A song that is going to be a hit simply because of it’s simplicity. Though I didn’t like the lyrics of the song much, the message the song gives is good and Rashid Ali and Shreya’s singing is sweet. Not too good in terms of music, but a likeable thing.
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