Mausam (2011): Music Review (Pritam)

13 tracks. 6 original songs. 11 singers. With some singing more than one song and some songs getting different singers for different versions. In short, Pritam does his best to create a full mix and match combination, and the results seem pretty good. There we go with a review.

Rabba main to mar gaya oye. Shahid Mallya. A nice song with lovely, romantic lyrics and Shahid Mallya’s slightly husky voice goes quite well with the light music of the song with a little Punjabi touch. Good start.

The second song may remind you of thoda thoda pyaar with its video and initial arrangements, but once Mika gets into singing saj dhaj ke tashan mein rehna, you know it’s a typical Mika thing where you can lose yourself and dance like mad. I may be biased here, but I kinda loved Pankaj Kapur’s single line entry here.

Next comes Hans Raj Hans with ik tu hi tu hi, a sad song which not only boasts of some nice arrangements and lovely use of chorus (should I say a bit Rahman’ish), but also some beautiful lyrics from Irshad Kamil. Do listen to this one. I am wondering at how composers are turning to Hans raj Hans for serious stuff like this one or rather how it didn’t happen much earlier.

The next treat comes from Rashid Khan who sounds in his full color as he sings Poore se zara sa kam hain. I must applaud Pritam here for giving Rashid full command over the song as the latter sings without any background for the first minute and later also goes in a very Indian arrangement. Another good thing, you find no adulterated (politically correct: remixed) versions of the song. Do listen.

Karsan Sargathiya’s aag lage us aag ko has more than a touch of folk, especially with Dholi Taaro man Karsan’s singing. Okay this one.

Hard Kaur’s entry in the serious album sounds a bit sudden/strange/abrupt, but soon Tochi Raina takes over with an almost new avatar as he sings Mallo Malli naal yaar de, a lovely Punjabi dance number for the youth to dance on. Not a very mature song going by the standard of the album yet, but still quite interesting and listenable, or should I say danceable.

After the original songs start remixes, reprises and more. First one, Rabba, with Rahat here. Needless to say, the version is nice, but I was equally ok with Shahid Mallya’s version. In fact with nothing special for/by Rahat here, I’d prefer Shahid’s version.

After Singh is Kinng, Tiger style come in to remix for Mika’s Saj Dhaj ke, in a desi mix and a club mix, both of which don’t sound too great, but are good for dancing at parties.

Next comes a reprise version of ik tu hi tu, which is sung by Shahid Mallya this time, and the guy kind of impresses me, as he sounds as good as Hans Raj Hans did for the song. But what is a surprise here is the next version of the song, sung by Wadali Brothers. The Mehfil Mix sounds nice and quite different from the original. But then again, do not compare with Rangrez.

At the end there are two versions of Mallo Malli, which are sung by Lehember Hussainpuri with Hard Kaur and Tochi Raina alone respectively, which look a bit too much as so many repetitions were probably not required.

Overall Mausam is a really nice album from Pritam with at least four songs out of six in the ‘very good’ category. While almost the entire album seems to have a Punjabi touch, there is still variety in the songs, and not only in terms of singers used. So my verdict is: buy it, listen to it.

Lyrics from MAUSAM

Double Dhamaal: Music Review (Anand Raj Anand)

Double Dhamaal is a short album of four original and three remixed tracks by Anand Raj Anand where he gets Mika, Sunidhi and Ritu Pathak to sing besides himself. Here is a review.

The album starts with the title song also called Chal Kudiye. The song is sung by Mika and Anand Raj Anand himself and is an okay Punjabi number. Not bad, but nothing too interesting, can say a typical Anand Raj Anand composition.

The next entry is called Oye Oye and uses the ‘oye oye’ part from Viju Shah’s Tridev number, probably without any rights because this particular part was a straight lift from Gloria Estefan’s ‘Rhythm is gonna get you’ (1987). Outside this, the song sung by Sunidhi is not a very impressive composition but the use of oye oye is good. Nothing too great again.
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Ready: Music Review (Pritam)

Ishaq ke naam par karte sabhi ab raasleela hain, Main karoon to saala character dheela hai. While Neeraj Shridhar and Pritam are at it again, Amitabh Bhattacharya makes his presence very clearly felt in the song with his witty pen this time. Listen to this one: farak padta hai kya baahon mein munni hai ya sheela hai. Go for it.

Wait, was it Pritam rendering those English lines at the start of this wonderful song? It should have been Neeraj to start this romantic treat from KK, the song that’s called Humko Pyar hua. Not much to say, this one is good again. Go for this as well.

Enter DSP. THE Devi Sri Prasad with his only composition for Ready 2011, sung by Mika. I knew only one Ringa ringa in Telugu and as soon as I started the song, it was unmistakably the one. And I must say that the dhinka chika remake is not bad. Gives me the feel of the original song to quite an extent, probably as close as it could be. What is to be seen is how well the song fits Bollywood, cause I still imagine a typical Telugu movie background with the song. I’m in for this one.

Enter long vacha at the start. Enter must-dance-on-this DJ. Enter RFAK. In a whole just-dance mood, with his awesomely superb singing. Enter Tulsi with her can-somehow-sing-well-with-RFAK mood. Awesome song.

OK. Maybe I said too much about that last song, meri ada bhi aaj kya kar gayi, but frankly, I loved the song and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing in that mixture of long-vacha and some more pieces of popular Punjabi songs with that good melody at that fast pace, making a good thing to dance on, or simply listen to, as you like it.

Since I didn’t find anything special in the remixes, that is kinda all I have to say about the album, which actually isn’t less in any way. The album has just four songs and while all four are good, they are also different in their style and representation. While Pritam sticks to formula in Character Dheela, there is some experimentation added in Meri ada bhi, KK is good as ever and DSP’s composition is almost all new to Bollywood listeners. In short, it seems the music is ready to rock you, are you Ready?

Dharti (2011): Music Review (Jaidev Kumar)

I’m not very much into Punjabi music, but Mika’s Gaddi Modange made me watch out for Jimmy Sheirgill’s big Punjabi movie Dharti’s music. And results were not bad. Here is a review.

The album starts with Mika singing a rocking ‘asi jithe javange, gaddi modange, phir sare de saare ye signal todange‘. The song almost has the quality that RDB songs have attached to them. My guess is that the song is going to fight the top Bollywood chartbusters this year.

The thing I wanted to know was whether the second song of the album was anything close to the first, but Rabbi Shergill with Jimmy Sheirgill didn’t disappoint me. Bandiya tu is a lovely track with that well known soothing and touching effect in Rabbi’s voice, with some lovely lyrics, which thankfully I was able to understand the most of. Do try this one.

The next, Title song by Jaggi Singh, might not be the rocker of album, but if you go a bit into the lyrics, you’ll probably love the song, and all the more so if you belong to the land of Punjab. The small song has a few links to the proud history of Punjab.

Diljit Dosanjh sings Warrant which is again a good one, though doesn’t hit as instantly as gaddi modange or bandiya. More of a typical Punjabi track with almost all possible instruments (:P), warrant still doesn’t disappoint.

Gippy Garewal gets to sing Sarkaraan in this one. Saade hi paise te, sarkaraan chaldiyan ve is a song of the soil in terms of music as the song has some good use of folk instruments.

The last two tracks, sura so pehchaniye and deh shiva bar mohe ehai are more of chants than anything else, one almost mixing into the other. What confused me a bit here, though, is the name of Arvinder Singh who I knew for Sabse bhali sharab hai and paani sharab mein.

Overall, as expected, Jaidev’s album is better than I had expected. 😀 And while Gaddi modange is rocking me already, it’s the Jimmy-Rabbi combination i.e. Bandiya tu that beats everything for me. If the movie is as good as the album, I’m in for it. All the best Jimmy.

Thank You: Music Review

Anees Bazmee definitely does things in an upside down way. That’s how there is Thank You after Welcome. This one again comes from the Pritam’s Factory of Dance-n-forget Music. Here comes a review.

The album starts with Mika’s Pyaar do Pyaar lo, that you might have caught on TV. The oldie-newie song sounds more like a remix and looks very much like a try to redo apni to jaise taise from Housefull. I guess Pritam has been successful, but not so much as SEL were with theirs.

The next song, Razia, is sung by Saleem and Ritu Pathak, but Saleem can be confused for a girl with his high pitch here. Allah bachaye meri jaan ki razia gundon mein phans gayi sounds like a typical item song and Ritu sounds pretty good with her singing. Nothing new, just another good product from the Factory.
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Tanu weds Manu (aka Mannu Bhaiyya)

When ten seconds into an album you know that you’re almost going to dance to this tune, you know what quality it is going to be. Well, Tanu Weds Manu happens to be something like that. As Lehmber Hussainpuri croons a Very Punjabi Saddi Gali in a Pritam-meets-Amit-Trivedi way, one is bound to dance to his tune. Yet another wonderful tune and arrangement from RDB, adding to their list of singles in Bollywood.

The next thing out there is Mohit Chauhan’s Kitne dafe dil ne kaha, that is Yun hi. The song isn’t so typical Mohit Chauhan, but has a slight ’90s-early 2000s element attached to the music, with all the Tabla, flute and more of Indian instruments. At the same time, lyrics are wonderful and Mohit unquestionably has to be beautiful in such a song. Do listen to the song, and give it time if it does need that.

The next song Piya, sung by Roop Kumar Rathod, has a classical feel to it. While the song may not sound all that great for the first time, after listening to it for a few times, it’s quite a treat to listen to. Especially some parts of the song (for example ‘Pal na kate ab sakhi re piya bin’) are really beautiful.

The next is Wadali Brothers’ Rangrez mere, a qawwali that takes you into old times with its very real arrangements. While I don’t know how much people are going to like it, the thing I loved in the song is the real Qawwali feel you get. Except that in a few places the Qawwali needed to pause a bit more, everything seems to be quite fine. Do try this one.

MANNU BHAIYA. When I talk of the album, THIS is the song I talk about. While a friend of mine (who also happens to write reviews) thought it had a Vishal Bhardwaj touch, I felt, and still feel that the song has a similarity with the early songs of A R Rahman. While Mannu bhaiyya ka karihen has got an addictive beat, rest of the song is a good mix of some easy-going music and lets-talk-about-it lyrics. A must listen thing, like it or not is your decision.

The last original song of the album is Mika’s Jugni, another Punjabi song in the album that is not so happening as Saddi Gali, but good nonetheless. A typical Mika song, Jugni will make you dance to it, but not precisely the first time you listen to it. First you listen to the song, take the words in, and then your feet go on the techno-tunes of the song.

As the last track comes Krsna’s own version of Rangrez, where he puts the qawwali arrangements in almost background, giving more emphasis on words. While one good thing about the song is that you get every word clear, Krsna sings the composer’s track, with its unmistakable truthfulness. For example, by the time he comes to sing karvat bhi rang.. salvat bhi rang, he’s almost lost in the song and when you’re not writing a review, you’re lost in the song too. 🙂 Definitely engaging. Completely loved it.

Overall, Tanu Weds Manu is a complete surprise package and while one was expecting a good movie, the wonderful album has raised the expectations from the movie even further. As for the album, the other surprising thing besides quality is the variety present here. Accolades for Krsna for such a debut.

Action Replayy: Music Review

Pritam’s Action Replayy starts with a Zor ka Jhatka given by Daler ‘paaji’ along with Richa Sharma. The now-so-sober Daler goes all mad in the song and you can hear him singing words like shaadi ke mandap se khud ko tu bhaga. Anyway, the song has a punch and Daler does make it even more wonderful. Richa’s nasal avatar makes the song more interesting than anything and what you get is an addictive song that will keep running everywhere for some time.

The next song O Bekhabar seems to be on the lines of Tum jo aaye of OUATIM and even though in this one Shreya sings alone (as compared to tum jo aaye’s Tulsi-Rahat) she sounds good enough to equal the hit. Likeable song.

The third song, Nakhre, sung by Francois Castollino, is a step ahead of zor ka jhatka when it comes to lyrics. The song has some matter-of-fact lyrics (according to boys that is) which can make you laugh even before you reach the theater to watch the movie. Definitely interesting, again.
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Music Review: Chak Jawana – Gurdaas Maan

Chak Jawana is a Gurdaas Maan album, featuring Akriti Kakkar, Mika, Feroz Khan and Alka Yagnik. Here is a review of the album.

The album opens with a romantically beautiful Pind di Saver where Gurdaas Maan simply falls in love with his village and gives you a wonderful musical description of his village. I think a song to be loved by those who know any amount of Punjabi.
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Lamhaa: Music Review (Mithoon Sharma)

I have been thinking of writing music review of Lamhaa for quite some time now but every time I get stuck to Madhno and forget to move ahead of the song. So, here comes the late review of the album.

The album starts with Madhno re, a slow, soft, romantic, typical Mithoon song, sung by his favorite, Kshitij Tarey along with Chinmayee. Kshitij sings Mithoon’s tune in a soulful way and the song comes out to be superb. And then, Tu hi to har pal bandha hai, lamhon ki in zanjeeron mein.. just awesome singing by Chinmayee.
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Saajna (Lamhaa): Mika, Chinmayee

The combination might sound strange to you. But here you see the advent of a new Mika Singh, at least for one song. And that’s the other version of Lamhaa’s already hit song, Madhno. The Mika version.

More than anything else, the song comes as a surprise as Mika sings for Mithoon with Chinmayee. The surprise comes as a pleasant one as Mika renders the song quite good and well in control and doesn’t go mad anywhere. The way he ends his Saajnaa sounds like a usual ‘singer’ and you really wonder if it’s him. But then, the voice is almost unmistakable.

Chinmayee is as good in this version too as in the other one. The other difference of the two versions is that this one has lyrics completely in Hindi.

Mithoon Comes back with the Music of Lamhaa

Sanjay Dutt’s long pending Lamhaa is finally about to release. Lamhaa’s music will be out soon too. And my guess is, it will be worth waiting for. After a long gap, Mithoon is coming back with Lamhaa and this time he’s coming up with almost all new singers, for him that is.

This time Mithoon’s album is going to feature Rahman’s old favorite Chinmayee in at least two songs while in one of the songs she will be singing with Mika Singh. Another song in the album is given to Palash Sen of Euphoria while he also brings pop-singer Arun Daga for a song. Besides all these singers, Mithoon will be singing himself for the album too.

Here is the track list of Lamhaa:

01 – Madhno Re – Chinmayee, Kshitij Tarey
02 – Salaam Zindagi – Arun Daga
03 – Main Kaun Hoon – Dr. Palash Sen
04 – Saajnaa – Mika Singh, Chinmayee
05 – Zameen O Aasmaa
06 – Rehmat Zara – Mithoon

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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Housefull: Music Review (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)

Housefull’s music is not great. It’s what it is supposed to be – Total Time Pass and Entertaining. Like it, love it, use it, throw it. Well, almost.
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Sadiyaan: Music Review

Raj Kanwar’s Sadiyaan has Adnan Sami as its music director. Now while most of the songs of the song are quite usual, Adnan ropes in a lot of singers in what seems like a try to make it look varied. Many of the song can also be found using Adnan’s trademark Tabla/other instruments with restrains, somewhat like in Bheegi Bheegi raaton mein or most songs of Lucky. The only thing I liked in the compositions of Adnan here is that the tunes are mostly melodious and some of his songs are likable even with his typical style’s strong presence.
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Right Yaaa Wrong: Music Review (Monty Sharma)

When I was listening to the first song of the album, Meri Aashaon ki bhor tu, I was wondering why Monty Sharma’s music doesn’t click. Probably after Saanwariya he has got all strange movies with not a very good fate. While Chamku had Bobby Deol (enough to flop a movie, even if it is good), Heroes and Fox both had Sunny Deol and I am not very hopeful about Right yaaa Wrong either.

I quite liked the first song of the album, even though after that I never found that touch again in the album. The song, Meri Ashaon ki, is a melody based, slow song, that makes me feel good about the album. The song is sung by an unheard of singer, Amitraj. And frankly, I loved the singer as well.
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