Music Review: Chitkabrey – Shades of Grey (Akshay Bafila)

The small album of total five tracks starts with Aaj Chalein hum, sung by Shaan and Pamela Jain. Somehow I did not have much expectations from the song and as the song unfolded, it came true. Though the lyrics are fine, the arrangements are banal and tune is not too great. Passable.

The next song, Chinese Khushi sung by Sumitra Iyer, has a short, commonplace melody on which Sumitra seems to be trying too hard. Anyway, the lyrics of the song may sound a bit interesting as they go ‘Chinese khushi saali nikli meri,’ but I guess that lasts for two lines only.

Now let me come to what made me write this review. Rekha Rao’s Dhoop Chhaon is not something hugely interesting, but the melody of the song is good and the lyrics are kind of nice, to some extent even like typical romantic shayari but still interesting. Rekha Rao, singer of mostly regional movies, sings a good song here.

The other thing I liked in the album is Prarthana sung by Pamela Jain. The light music with easy arrangements, chorus, and old echo-like effects may remind you of old songs, like the one in Guddi, but the main thing here is that the song is nice. In fact heard a good song of this type in long time.

And after that, I would leave Chinese Khushi remix where it is. In noise.

Overall, Chitkabrey, as expected, is not really an album to listen to, but still the two songs, Dhoop Chhaon, and more than that Prarthana, are good. You can try them if you have ears for old kind of songs made in this new age.

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey: Music Review

Khelein Hum Jee jaan Sey starts with a blow. The composer of What’s your Raashee and now this, Sohail Sen, comes up to sing the first song, Yeh Des Hai Mera, himself. The good thing about the song is that the words in the song are quite good, and music is beautiful, while Sohail has done quite effective work on his voice, though quite a lot of it seems done with the machines out there. Still, the song is lovely. Nice to have a patriotic-positive song with some soft music at the time when even romantic songs are moving towards rock. Do listen to this.

The next song, Nain Tere, sung by Pamela Jain and Ranjini Jose, is something traditional, that tries to sound a bit like Lagaan’s O ri Chhori, but since the song doesn’t have a male voice, it doesn’t quite go that way, keeping the song a bit different. The traditional style of music is good but the attention it requires will be available to the song is doubtful. Like it.
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Music Review: Mallika: Pritam

Mallika is an album composed by Pritam and others. Here is a review.

KK and Sunidhi’s Chahun Tujhe is nothing different from a lot of KK Pritam songs that do NOT appear in Bhatt Camp movies. Too complex? OK. Pritam has got KK to sing a number of rock-ish numbers, but in the past some Bhatt camp movies the combination goes a step above and got us songs like Alvida, Dil Ibadat, and Mere bina of crook, but this one stays a level below, something like mere falak ka tu hi sitara. Quite okay, maybe good, but nothing great.

The thing that surprised me, though, is Ittefaq to Nahi. I had started the song quite hopefully because of Shilpa Rao’s name. But seems that her male counterpart, Raaj, is going better than Shilpa in the song. The song has two versions, namely rock and sensuous versions, though the rock version is not too much rock while sensuous version isn’t very sensuous either and the difference between the versions is less than I had expected going by the names. Still, the song is quite good, and certainly worth a listening. Raaj sounds quite KK-like in his singing. In good probability, it’s the guy who sang that slow, slightly jazzy Ajnabi in superstar.

The next song, Shah-E-Khubaan, is a beat based thing that would have been declared quite fine had it not been reminding of Kaal’s Tauba Tauba, in its percussion and, in almost all its beats. The song, sung by Niti Mohan (totally unknown name to me) and Amjad (who?) is not bad but lacks originality required to enjoy it. At least for me.

The rest in the album are two remix versions of Woh Bhooli Daastan. I tried one, and left in between. No reviewing for them.

So overall Mallika is not too great, of course, but an above average ittefaq to nahi gets me more in the album than I had expected. Do listen to the two versions of the song, that’s all I have to say about the album.