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.

Music Review: Kuch Pal (Madhushree)

I knew Madhushree as an A R Rahman favorite. Remember the name from Kabhi Neem Neem of Yuva, but she never sang too much, though keeping on registering her presence. And this time she does it again, gets her presence felt in her first (I guess) private album, Kuch Pal.

The album starts with ‘Hero‘ which sounds like a song of ’90s, but Madhushree’s voice is perfect for the song and the song is lovable, even with the oldy music. Tale Spin’s rap is nothing too great, but doesn’t disturb the flow of song and in due times gets mixed into the song. Like.
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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.

Ek Ladki Shabnami Jaisi: Music Review (Apoorv)

So Venus comes up with an album for a newcomer. Something that is not so commonly seen. And that was what made me look for this one. Here is a review of Apoorv’s debut album, composed by Ricky Dev and Arbind Jha.

The first song, Ek ladki hai shabnami jaisi has so very common lyrics and even music and the voice of the debutant seems a bit touched up. But the arrangements are nice and the song sounds okay from the very first time, getting better with the time. Not too good, but nice. Worth a try.
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Rewind: Nine Lost Memories: Music Review (Band called Nine)

Boss, Chhote Sheher ka banda hoon main, small town guy. apne rules bade clear the, dekho, bat aur batting gloves mere the. to seedhi si baat hai, captain to mujhe hi banna tha na, abe aise kyun dekh rahe ho, koi bigdail ameerzaada thode hi tha main, pocketmoney jodi thi, poore ek saal, sau rupaye mahina..

There I started listening to Neelesh Misra and then never stopped for the next one and a half hours. I don’t know if I’ll be able to write an unbiased review of this thing I have completely fell for. So you may look at this as a praise. So, continue, shall I?

Yaadon ke idiot box mein, kya kya chalta hai. Shilpa Rao’s voice not only attracts you from the first time you listen to the song, it keeps getting better as the lyrics and music, all are good. A good start, but if you’re listening for the first time, probably Neelesh Misra’s commentary would still beat Shilpa’s lovely singing and those nostalgic lyrics.

Loneliness. The theme of second commentary, Tanha logon ke sheher mein. I’d not like to say more. Do listen to it.

The second song, Maazi starts with a radio-like sound, with Suraj Jagan’s voice, but the rock’ish attempts of Suraj seem to be only supporting Shilpa as she comes in. I’d say the song sounds like a fairly successful experiment. Wonder if the song should have been named More Piya. 🙂

Adrak ki chai use bhi pasand thi, mujhe bhi. Meri kavitayen use bhi pasand thi, mujhe bhi. Need I say more. Neelesh is impressive, continuously.

Yaadon ke Idiots box mein comes in for the second time and the good thing is that you have heard the tune once and you like it all the more. More like a pop-hit with a few words that do not fit the music but fit well in the context. A lovely song, though I wonder what generation it caters to as the lyrics mostly talk of the ’70s. Good nonetheless.

Poori film bhi nahi dekhne di usne. No, I can’t divulge more than that. Listen to the man, again. This time in the song as well, as the man, Neelesh Misra makes his debut (I hope) in singing, that too with a jazz number, Roobaru. Or as much jazz I liked to hear. Soft, romantic, easy on ears.

Gusse mein hum kitne badtameez ho jaate hain, nai..‘ and ‘Ullu!‘, the two things that give the story ahead.

Shayad, comes next, with Suraj and Shilpa. This one sounds quite like a Bollywood number, the ones that are created by Vishal-Shekhar nowadays, a bit sad, and with an element of rock in them, but definitely lovely. Or probably a bit better.

May ka mahina tha. Office ke saamne, ek building mein ek aurat achar ke liye neembu sukha rahi thi, maine phone uthaya, ek number dial kiya…

Suraj Jagan next sings a nostalgic, childhood memory of ‘Aangan.’ Watch out for the words here. Love them.

Aakhir shaadi ka fixed deposit. A touching narrative. Followed by a beautifully sung rock’ish, but more than that Naina Tore.

Shayad, the next piece, is a slightly romantic one, and the following Unka Khayal is something I must congratulate Neelesh Misra for. It’s definitely not easy to even decide to sing such a song for a beginner, but Neelesh pulls the much background-less thing off. Shilpa is of course good in this one. Lovely song, no, wait, ghazal it is, right? And made a jazzy one at that. 🙂

Takleef, followed by probably the only ‘fast’ song of the album Dil Raffu Raffu, chahti karwana re, followed by aapke jaisa hi hoon comes next. Among the three, probably Shilpa’s song is the weakest, cuz the two narrations are as good as the rest of them, the last one ending just like an ideal ‘kavitta,’ ending exactly where it started. Boss, chhote sheher ka Banda hoon main..

Recommended. Buy the CD. It deserves your 150 rupees.

PS: The CDs can also be bought from flipkart Here.

Jhoom – Ali Zafar – Music Review

Yashraj Music was launched with a movie which had Indo-Pak ties in its background, Veer Zaara. But now, a bit surprisingly, Yashraj Music actually gets their first private album by a singer from Pakistan, Ali Zafar. Yes, Ali’s third album, Jhoom is out on none other than our very own YRM.

Well, after the small surprise on the cover, I was in for another surprise as I heard the first song, dil jhoom jhoom chale soneya, or simply Jhoom. The song is a Sufi style one, quite different from the songs Ali is known for. And while the song relies less on Western instruments and more on Tabla etc, Ali’s heavy voice (remember teri yaad aayi and jugnuon se bhar le aanchal) makes the song a bit heavy, but good nonetheless. One expects the song to be liked in time as one listens to it.

The second song ‘Tu jaanay na‘ is a lighter one, which Ali sings in that easy going style he has been most popular for. The way instruments in the background are not kept limited to background only, it reminds one of older songs of the industry. Easy on ears, and quite lovable.
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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.

Bandish: Music Review

Bandish might be a rock band but as they launch their album, they give out variety, some good and some not-so-good. But at the minimum, the album is worth a listen. Here is a review.

The album starts with a KK sung tere bin which sounds very much like some composition of Pritam. The way song starts abruptly doesn’t trouble you much but the album starting with such a typical song can for once make you skeptical, even though the song is good. As the song moves towards the end, more rock elements add up, but certainly not what I was expecting to hear. Okay.

The second song, Bandish, featuring Pete Lockett is more of a rock song that I was expecting. The music given by the band is wonderful as it has not just instruments but vocals also as part of it. The lyrics are inspiring and the music is good, fast, but not all hard rock. So even people with less taste in rock may like it.

Khuda Bakhsh/Tere bina featuring Krishna sounds like Bollywood material, but one of the better ones there. The song has completely Indian music with a percussion base. Something like what Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been singing nowadays. Krishna has a signature style of singing such songs and he does full justice to the song. Good one.

The next in line is a remix of KK’s tere bin. A typical remix. Reminds me of Gangster, Woh Lamhe and Showbiz.

Meethi Baatein Teri is next and I can assure you Bandish is not really rock. They have quite varied genres and this song belongs to a totally different one. Meethi baatein teri is a soft, slow number, sounding somewhat like an Aryans’ song, especially with the voices. The song is good but the way they say aankhen or aankhon se sounds bad as they say it like ‘Khan,’ from the epiglottis, which is not the way. So just okay.

The next, ‘I believe in you‘ is one of the best songs of the album. A completely English, romantic piece sung in a voice that reminds me of Bryan Adams and a nice aalap in a female voice running in the background. Not really the rock I know, but quite towards it. Whatever it was, I just loved this one.

The next song Mahi features Krishna again and this one is completely Bollywood style and will certainly remind you of Jatin-Lalit days. I don’t exactly where I have heard such music, probably in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Anyway, if you move ahead of that, you will find that Krishna sings the song wonderfully and with a few effects, the song sounds pretty good. A bit-too-slow but lovely piece of music and Krishna’s singing. I’d say listen to it once. And continue if you like it.

In the end comes a traditional one that I have heard number of times by number of people in the past few years. And somehow I love it everytime, by everyone. This time it’s Bandish who sing Dumadum mast kalandar. This one is a live piece, that is with added crowd effects. The crowd effects might not sound real but the band has left no stone unturned in making the song sound good and it pays off. Wonderful listen.

Overall, Bandish is a fine album with some songs okay, some good and some very good. The title and I believe in you are the best pieces while dumadum mast kalandar gives the same punch even now. Krishna is good in his both songs though his Mahi goes a bit too Bollywod way. KK somehow disappoints even with his good song as it’s way too typical. But the final verdict says the album is worth a try at the least.

Hum Yaadon ke Sang (Raeth)

Hum Yaadon ke Sang is the second album of Raeth, the band that is remembered for Bhula do. 🙂 Their second also looks quite similar as the band still sounds Atif’ish, but not bad, and though they cannot say themselves totally fresh, they don’t sound too stale to listen to either.

The album starts with title Hum Yaadon ke Sang jee gaye which is a typical, known type of semi-rock with typical and okay lyrics. Not a great listen but not bad. The good thing about the album is that this is not the best song of the album. And btw, of course, the song sounds better at higher volume.
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Akriti: Music Review (Akriti Kakkar)

I didn’t have much hopes when I started listening to Akriti Kakkar’s debut album, Akriti. But then, I liked the first song I heard from the album. And liked some of the songs quite enough, so much so that I decided to keep some pending things there and first write about ‘Akriti’.

The album opens with Mehrmaa ve, composed by Shankar Mahadevan. The song is a slow, good song with an oldie touch. Akriti sings the song well even though it’s not the best song of the album and the girl fares better in some forthcoming songs.

Gazab, the second song of the album, is the first composition of Akriti Kakar in the album. The song is not great but certainly good for a first time composer of 23 years of age. The composition reminds me of Sona’s aaja ve, mostly in terms of its programming. An average song, that you will like if you listen to it a few times.

The next song, Chhoone do, is again composed by Akriti herself and written by Neelsh Misra. Now this is an impressive composition by the singer and arrangers/programmers Tubby and Parik keep the music light there. A well composed, well written, and overall impressive song.

Na re na na re was the best song of the album the first time I heard it, without much pondering. The words might remind you of Guru but the song has nothing to do with that na na re. The only thing that matches is that even this one is a wonderful song to listen to. Interestingly, even though composed by Shankar Mahadevan, the song feels like coming from A R Rahman’s school of music, the soft madness it is composed with. No disrespect intended to Shankar; he has certainly created some good stuff. Good work by Gulraj Singh on arrangement and programming.

Dil vi diwana tera is an old, traditional Punjabi song that Akriti tries to sing and does sing pretty well, except that she seems to be trying too hard in some places to get that authentic Punjabi touch. No questions about the song that sounds perfect in its place. Good work by Akriti but she still has a long way to go. (The song is credited as a tribute to Noorjehan ji on the album cover)

The next song, Taabeez, is again a composition by Akriti, this time with a slight touch of Arabic style. The composition needs some full throated singing and the singer seems to do it quite well for herself.

The last song of the album Chal kahin sang mere is a soft, techno song with some good beats. A good, likeable song.

Overall, ‘Akriti’ turns out to be something much above my negligible expectations and certainly worth a try. The album is not very great when compared to those launched by biggies but certainly above an average debut album. Also, the album establishes Akriti Kakar as more than just a singer as she manages to come up with some decent to good tunes of her own. Now I have some expectations from the girl.

Chand ke Saath: Music Review

Frankly, I don’t think I am good enough to review an album that consists of only Asha Bhosle, Roop Kumar Rathod and Hariharan only. So you may consider this one as just my opinion about the album. The album is composed by Sudeep Bannerjee and lyrics are written by Jai Shankar Mishra.
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Main Jis se Mila hoon: Someone Somewhere (Raman Mahadevan/Rajiv)

Sometimes simple is beautiful. Someone Somewhere’s Main jis se mila hoon/main jis se juda hoon is one such song. When I saw Amitabh Bhattacharya’s name in the credits, I thought there would be something good, but the first song disappointed me. Still, the second song, main jisse juda hoon, as it has been written in the album, caught my attention as I found myself listening to Raman Mahadevan’s rendering in repeat mode. Later, the song appears in two more versions, both sung by Rajiv Chamba.
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Best of Rahman: Man Chandre

First things first. Mann chandre is one the very best songs of Rahman. Or at least that is what I personally felt.

I don’t understand Punjabi very thoroughly but courtesy Yash Chopra, i know quite a few words of the language and that helped me a lot in understanding the song, as it’s completely in Punjabi, which is probably the only limiting factor of the song.

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Saari Raat (Devika): Review

Gems are generally found in the deepest places, and so you miss them. Devika Chawla is probably such a gem. At least some of her songs are. Devika’s second album Saari Raat consists of some touching songs. Barkha Bahar aaye to start with.

The album is called Sufi but I’d say it’s more a fusion album than Sufi. But then, it hardly matters to me what type it is as long as it’s good to ears. So here is my take on Saari Raat.

Barkha Bahar: Barkha Bahar aaye, piya nahi aaye. The lines say exactly what they are. A soft, soothing, slow song which is presented with some more western instruments, giving a fusion that is, I can say like the songs of Shibani Kashyap, to give you an idea.

Saari Raat: I thought it was the chorus and the original song will start. But it went on and on like that and I was kind of lost in the tune. Though just kind of and not exactly. Good, worth a try.

Unka Khayal Aaya: This one sounds more like a remix of an old song than an original song. The song has soul but seems the instruements have overtaken the voice. Could be better.

Andheri Lagan: Another song in the same league. Nothing new in the song, sounds just fine.

Rehna Tere Bina: Music is fine, mixing interesting and singing OK. But the song doesn’t seem to click instantly. Probably due to its lyrics that sometimes don’t fit the music and sometimes mix too much of Hindi and Urdu together.

Kothe Utte Chand: About the last song, I said it didn’t click. About this one, I’d say, it clicks. There are no words in the first 45 seconds of the song, but I still had a feeling by that time that there was something in the song. And as the song proceeded, my ‘feeling’ was coming true. The song is definitely a good one. Though I don’t know exactly which dialect of Hindi/Punjabi it is, I get the gist. Lovable.

Sajan Kyun Nahi aaye: I am going to listen to Hindustani Classical Music. Yes, if a song like this credits Hindustani Classical Music in the composer’s place, I think I would love Hindustani Classical Music. No, the song is not some Aalap you need to be afraid of though there is an interesting aalap at the end of the song. It’s a slow, soft, touching song with beats and a lot of western instruments you would most probably love to hear. Try the song.

Barkha Bahar (Live): Heard the first one? By the time you’d be in love with the song and maybe not mind all the applause in the background. The song seems to be a bit faster than the original song and a bit more lively, though I don’t know if the song is fast or not. Worth listening to, again.

On the whole, the album is good and gives some songs worth listening to. Barkha Bahar, Kothay Uttay, Saajan kyoon nahi aaye are wonderful. Saari Raat, Unka Khayal and Rehna tere bina are fine. In short, out of eight songs, there is hardly anything that needs to be skipped, which is quite good by most standards.

I’d say if you like to go out and experiment, here is something you must check out. It’s definitely above average.

And if you are shy of experimenting, just find out Barkha Bahar (preferably live version) and listen to it.

Ek Ladki Deewani Si (Adnan Sami): Music Review

When Adnan Sami came, he was a hit because he was new and fresh. Now Adnan Sami is lost because he is not new anymore and he is not bringing much new. Probably that’s the reason he keeps on doing small experiments and this time comes with the brother of deceased legendary Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson.

Adnan’s new album, Ek Ladki Deewani si has nine songs including one remix of Mumbai City. While all the songs are composed by Adnan himself songs are arranged and programmed by John Stewart and even Salim-Sulaiman, except for Mumbai City which is programmed by Jermaine himself.

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