Agneepath: Music P-review (Ajay-Atul)

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The music of Agneepath is supposed to released in 10 days still, but the promotional tracks are out, somehow the thirty second previews were enough to make me write a review, based on promo track, so you can call it a preview as well.

Kamsin kamariya saali ik thumke se lakh maare, note hazaaron ke khulle chhutta karane aayi. Well, Chikni Chameli, featured on Katrina Kaif, is not just interesting with lyrics, its music is attractive and more than everything, Shreya Ghoshal’s singing is surprising. Gonna wait for the song.

Ajay-Atul. Roop Kumar Rathod. A song that says ‘sehme hue sapne mere haule haule angdaiyaan le rahe, thehre hue lamhe mere nayi nayi gehraiyaan le rahe, zindagi ne pehni hai muskaan.’ Seriously, do you need to know more? Again, I am waiting for the album! 😐

Deva Shree Ganesh is one song that is a little regular, probably because of the subject as well. Reminds me of Don’s bappa moriya, and probably not as zealous, but can’t be sure about the latter in a 30 second preview again.

What again beats me is Sonu Nigam’s Abhi mujh mein kahin. Sonu’s singing is getting worth songs after some long break it seems. Recently he sang a nice song in Lanka and now this. Lovely.

Shah ka Rutba sung by Sukhwinder seemed to be Dabangg pattern from the name, but the song has a different flavor and goes more in Azeem o shaan shehenshah in terms of lyrics, and the music is a little qawwali’ish. Not too great from the promo, but definitely a like.

Gun Gun Guna ye gaana re sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Udit Narayan seems to be a break from Sunidhi’s recent series of (mostly average) item numbers, as the song sounds like a light number. Also, Udit Narayan, who does not feature in the promo track should be something to cheer as he is not generally seen in albums nowadays and lately I have started missing his voice to some extent.

So all in all, Agneepath looks like something that can be bought on the day it gets launched. I don’t think anyone’s going to be disappointed. And yes, Ajay-Atul are definitely here to stay.

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U R My Jaan: Music Review (Sanjeev Darshan)

The album starts with Shaan’s feel-like-’90s Kya kare dil bechara. The song has an okay melody and doesn’t sound really good, but doesn’t sound bad either. An okay one, reminding me of Anu Malik days of the ’90s.

The next song, that is the title track, is very Nadeem-Shravan’ish in its arrangements and is sung by Sanjeev himself with Shilpa Rao to support. The song is a good listen if you put it a few years back, but today, it seems the song could have been worked on a little more. Also, bringing in a professional singer instead of Sanjeev could be helpful.

The third track, Mera Maula Kare, sung by Roop Kumar Rathod, is a good one. The only thing that disappoints a bit is the climax of the melody after the lovely build up, but once you have heard it, the song does sound good. Sanjeev Darshan do create something worthy of their uncle’s voice here.

The next song, Shreya’s Main Zameen pe hoon, sounded like the most complete song of the album to me. Not that the song is the best of the album, but the way the composer duo have made this one, it doesn’t feel like there is anything left to do, hence giving a feeling of completion for the type of the song it is. Peppy, well sung, nice.

The Next track, bin tere we mahi, sung by Master Salim and Richa Sharma is a nice Qawwali’ish composition and though there is nothing much new in the song, it’s worth a listen as the singers have done a good job here.

The last track of the album, Chand wahi hai, is a nice sounding, seen and heard so many times, romantic track sung by Javed Ali and Shreya Ghoshal. Okay end to the album.

Overall, the album is not great and is kinda insignificant, but is not as bad as I had expected it to be. Sanjeev Darshan are yet to be good enough to compete with today’s composers and to an extent, still have to come out of ’90s phase, but it was a nice try from them here.

Bhindi Bazaar Inc. Music Review (Sandeep Surya)

The album opens with Akkad Bakkad sung by Suraj Jagan. The song is a parody of many things and almost every word in the song seems to remind of something or the other. Though, interestingly, the song sounds new even with pieces from Kishore Kumar’s songs to what not.

The next, maaldaar ki jeb, is more interesting in its singing and lyrics more than anything else. Tochi Raina, the man who has sung some wonderful songs, sings this one in a different style. A second different in a row.

After two ‘different’ songs, a classical sounding aa ja re piya is definitely music to ears. Well sung by Sandeep Goswami and Shweta Pandit, the song almost reminds me of kaare kaare badra of Mirch in the way it’s arranged, though Shankar Mahadevan was an added advantage in the latter. Anyway, a worth listening to song.

The next comes Taan ke Seena which is sung by Shibani Kashyap in her well known style, but the lyrics of the song are a bit on the other side, more of real-life lyrics instead of her more common-popular romantic ones. Okay, but probably Sunidhi could be a better choice for this one.

The last song of the album, Kitni Baatein, sung by Roop Kumar Rathod is a deeply sad one and Roop seems drowned in the depths of the song right from the start. A good, but very slow and quite sad number, that is not for everyone. Should work well as a background song in the movie.

Overall, Bhindi Bazaar is not really a musical, but the songs are good enough to be liked at least in the movie. Most of the songs have an instant appeal, especially the first two ‘different’ ones. If you like to check out new things, I’d say it’s worth a try.

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.

Toonpur Ka Superhero: Music Review

With Toonpur ka Superhero, Anu Malik gets an album after a long gap that was running from last year’s Kambakkht Ishq. As the movie is a live action-animation, the songs have to be made according to children’s choice and to some extent Anu Malik, and more than that Rishi Rich succeed in that. Here is a review.

The album starts with Let’s go to Toonpur, the only song composed by Rishi Rich, performed by Veronica, Mumzy and H-Dhami. It’s a song with the movie’s story running in it while the light pop music of the song should be liked not only by children but may prove addictive to all.
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Music Review – Life Express – Roop Kumar Rathod

Life express is a lesser known, small movie with music by Roop Kumar Rathod. And as expected, Roop gives some likeable music for the album, though not all that good as I expected. Here is a review.

The album starts with Udit Narayan-Shreya ghoshal’s Pyaar ka Namak. The song is a usual Udit Narayan thing, that sounds a bit like the title of Koi Mil Gaya. Sweet, Simple, but very common.

The second song, Thodi si Kami, is sung by Roop himself. A beautiful composition with some sadness, some philosophy and romance at its very heart, Thodi si Kami appeals and clearly is one of the best of the album. Roop composes and sings the song himself adds to the fullness of it. Worth listening for sure.
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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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Veer Music Review

Salman Khan’s Veer was my first surprise of the year. When I saw the credits, I was surprised, nah, almost shocked to see the name of Rekha Bharadwaj and Sharib-Toshi with Shabaab Sabri, and I confirmed again that it was composed by Sajid-Wajid. And it was. And then, I heard it. Yes, it was a surprise. So here is my music review of Veer.

Composers: Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Gulzar
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