Getting Lucky with Lucky Ali

I was not a huge fan of Lucky Ali until I was given that masterpiece called ‘Get Lucky’ by my brother. But then, that one cassette changed things for me and Lucky Ali was one of the biggest names in music for me. After some time I reached college and met a guy called Vaidyanathan aka ydntn aka YD (letters going with years), who was mad about Lucky Ali, and who happened to become one of my closest friends in the coming years. I guess at that time, the only thing he ‘actually’ knew about Hindi music was Lucky Ali. Yes, he had literally used up his cassette of Get Lucky and eventually bought another one after some time.

Six and half years down the line, we were all together, some of us college friends, actually for the Aero Show (which I skipped) in Bangalore but also planning to go for the Bryan Adams concert while I got to know from one of the friends that Lucky Ali would also be playing the same night, at UB City. Now, this YD guy and I were decided that we were going for the Lucky Ali show even thought we had got passes for Bryan Adams concert. Eventually, we all went to Lucky Ali and though we couldn’t get to hear Summer of 69, we got lucky with Lucky Ali, and also, Sachin Tendulkar.

Well, let me come to the concert first. When we reached there, there was a band called Junkyard Groove playing there. While I remember not taking the band seriously when they came to VIT when I was there, this time I liked a few of their songs, including a Twinkle Twinkle little star, how much I love you just the way you are. And after JYG were gone, there was Lucky Ali.
Continue reading “Getting Lucky with Lucky Ali”

Xsuie: Lucky Ali

First vibration of sound hits my ear, and I know it’s Lucky Ali. And I’m Lucky to hear him sing. That’s how Xsuie starts. And Dil Gaaye Jaa. A very typical, very relaxing song from Lucky Ali that touches your heart, and sticks there. The best part is that you know that even though the song has such a typical Lucky Ali flavor, somewhat like teri yaad jab aati hai, it’s again so relaxing that you can listen to it a hundred times. And if you are a Lucky fan, add your zeroes.

The world, especially India, is moving towards rock now, and when Bollywood can rock, why can’t Lucky Ali? Well, I know this would be the last thing on his mind while making this song, but this was my first thought when I started to play ‘With you‘. A romantic, rockish piece with almost equal amounts of Hindi and English words. Good to listen to, though not the best of the album.

Yeh Zindagi (Everyone’s Watching You) starts with an English chorus and I wonder if the very first words were talking Geeta. Anyway, the song is more interesting than it’s good, though the lyrics and music make a worth listening song for sure.

KhudaHafiz (We Don’t have to say Goodbye) is again a good one, though the song sounds like a Bollywood sad number more than a Lucky Ali song. Still, the song is nothing less than good and should sound even better with every listening.

O Raahi (You’re never on your own) is again one wonderful pop’ish piece of poetry and music woven by Lucky Ali. The bakcground You’re never on your own is as good to listen to as Lucky’s singing but then it’s his poetry that makes the real difference. A must listen thing. By the way, Lucky Ali mentions his name in this song, a first I guess.

Rehne de is a small piece that starts very normally but as soon as Lucky Ali says Rehne de for the first time, I fall for the music and words at the same time. A song that urges others to let me remain as I am, Rehne de is a less than four minute song that moves you if you go deep into the song. The abrupt end of the song, though, is surprising for the first time.

Sea of Life (Duniya ke Samandar mein) is a song where Lucky is once again on the mission of finding himself. The song, somewhat a ballad, may remind you of Sur’s Jaane Kya Dhoondhta hai at the beginning, but the song is different and a good one.

Overall, Xsuie is a typical Lucky Ali thing with no song that can be counted as bad, or even not-good. All songs of the album are at least good, to wonderful. For now, I guess Dil Gaaye Jaa, O Raahi, Khudahafiz, Rehne De, and Sea of Life are the songs to be heard. 🙂

Lucky fans, get Lucky.

Anjaana Anjaani. Musical Surprise.

The very first on Anjaana Anjaani. After IHLS I was somehow expecting pretty high from the album, but Vishal-Shekhar go beyond my expectations. It’s certainly worth a listen.

The album starts with Anjaana Anjaani ki Kahani which is already there on televisions for quite sometime. While the short promo of the song rocks, the song, sung by Monali and Nikhil D’Souza offers a bit more and you get something that is sure shot party material.

The second, Hairat, is a hairat for me. I mean, surprise. Not that I was expecting anything less with Lucky Ali there but the way he sings so lively at the age of 51 simply amazes me. And then, before I start on Lucky’s singing, another thing that amazed me in the album was Vishal Dadlani’s lyrics. He’s always been good with lyrics of kinda fun and rocking songs, but here he impresses with his poetry. As for Lucky’s singing and V-S composition, will it suffice to say that I find it difficult to move to the next song?

Anyway, I move to the next and I’m welcomed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Aas Paas Khuda is typical and good. Something that I’m repeating about Rahat songs a lot, but then I guess Rahat is being kinda stereotyped compared to his immense talent for whatsoever reasons. Still, like most of the times, Vishal-Shekhar add some bits here and there trying to make things more interesting, and I’d say it works. In short, a typical Rahat song of the times we live in.

I have always been a fan of Vishal and Shekhar’s voices, and so the next song Tumse hi Tumse is a treat for me. As the song starts with guitar, I think for a moment if something like Bin Tere unplugged was coming, but the moment passes quickly and the song turns into what I’d say a Lucky’ish mode as soon as Shekhar starts singing. Caralisa’s quite fast English (rap?) sounds interesting to say the least, but the hero of this one is Shekhar Ravjiani. He’s going to get more people saying, ‘This is for you Shekhar!’ Oh, btw, the end of the song has some nice effects on Caralisa’s voice. This simple but beautiful one is a must listen.

As far as I remember, while the world was (and is) standing in queue outside Mohit Chauhan’s home, Vishal-Shekhar were doing it pretty fine without the guy and now that they make him sing a composition of theirs, he gets more than what you can say a typical Mohit Chauhan song. This time Mohit comes with a sad song, Tujhe Bhula Diya. The best part of the song though, for me, was Shruti Pathak’s wonderful start where she sings with near-zero background music. From here on Mohit picks up and where he comes to a still, Shekhar comes with an entry somewhat like Jogi Mahi, with the difference that here things don’t get high like that. Anyway, the point is that the song sounds good from the very first time and the more you hear it, the more you like it.

The next song, I Feel Good, goes on the well-known rock abilities of Vishal and equally unknown rock abilities of Shilpa Rao. Vishal starts singing the song in his soft voice in a way that for once can sound like Shankar Mahadevan’s voice. And then Vishal and Shilpa both completely rock me with the song. The interesting thing is that while the song is something normal for Vishal, it’s strange how Shilpa Rao never (with an exception of Woh Ajnabee, to some extent I guess) sang such a song and was kept to soft numbers with (her) heavy voice. I hope to see her to get more rocking numbers now.

Even more interestingly, the next song, which is the title, Anjaana Anjaani, again has Vishal and Shilpa, this time in a bit different mood. It’s not exactly rock but falls somewhere nearby, something like Sadka Kiya. I never had doubts about Vishal’s abilities as singer but the way he goes singing such wonderful songs, I’m bound to say he’s more a complete musician rather than a composer.

The next track happens to be the remix of Tujhe bhula diya. The track doesn’t impress me, but strangely, it strengthens my belief in the original track. Never mind.

And after a noisy sounding remix, the end comes as a beautiful unplugged version of Aas Paas hai Khuda by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shruti Pathak. Strange to see an extra name in an unplugged version, but then, nobody questions a miracle. Though, for some reason unknown to me too, I didn’t find this one as great and superb and marvelous as Shekhar’s version of bin tere in IHLS. Maybe I’m too fascinated by his voice.

Overall, Anjaana Anjaani is a superb soundtrack. V-S align a bit towards rock, and on the negative side, there are a few things that sound repetitive from them (like one inside Tujhe Bhula Diya) but the overall end result is something that you can rock yourself on, dance to, or simply cherish in a relaxing mood, in short, a perfect soundtrack. As I said, more than I expected.

My favorites (as of now): Hairat, I feel good, Anjaana Anjaani (Vishal-Shilpa), Aas Paas Khuda unplugged, Tumse hi Tumse. And the best part, it’s not easy to decide.

Update: As anticipated (written too), Tujhe Bhula Diya is sounding better every time I hear it. So much so that it is probably the most heard song of the album now, beyond the rest.

BUY Anjaana Anjaani from Flipkart

Anjaana Anjaani: Musical Surprise?

Siddharth Anand and Vishal-Shekhar look like in a mood to give some huge surprise with the music of Anjaana Anjaani. After the strange demand of Siddharth, of music being not-good-to-listen-for-the-first-time, there is this soundtrack list which I have got and this too has some surprises in it.

For starters, the album starts with a song sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. Frankly, I don’t remember which was the last album that started like that. The second thing, Vishal Dadlani sings a hopping three out of six songs. Well, personally I’d like Shekhar to sing too, after his bin tere in IHLS, but he’s not there. And yes, as it had to be, Lucky Ali sings yet another song.
Continue reading “Anjaana Anjaani: Musical Surprise?”

Paathshaala: Music Review (Hanif Shaikh)

After waiting for ages, Paathshala is finally coming. But not like an old piece work. In fact the album sounds quite fresh with all the songs sung by Salim Merchant, Vishal Dadlani, Lucky Ali and Kailash Kher. Frankly, composer Hanif Shaikh has done some good work and the album is certainly worth listening to, and many of the songs worth a dance too. No wonder the movie has Shahid Kapoor. Here is a review of the album.
Continue reading “Paathshaala: Music Review (Hanif Shaikh)”

Bekaraar (Paathshaala): Lucky Ali: Lyrics n More

Lucky Ali is back with a bang. While he is in the process of launching his album Xsuie online, he can be found in Paathshala too, singing Bekaraar in his well known style. The song, Bekaraar, is a good composition of Hanif Sheikh that suits Lucky’s voice well. The lyrics are good and though the song has only one Antara, one almost falls in love with the song listening to it for the first time as Lucky Ali sings in his typical, lovable voice that has such a huge fan following.

If I am sounding incoherent, just stop reading and go listening. Here are the lyrics of Bekaraar.
Continue reading “Bekaraar (Paathshaala): Lucky Ali: Lyrics n More”