Jaana Pehchana: Music Review (Ravindra Jain)

When I heard the first song of Jaana Pehchana (sequel to 1978 movie Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se), Hairatzada hoon main, I was wondering whether I’d be able to unbiasedly review the song as it was sung by Sachin, someone I have loved, for not only his acting and direction, but also his knowledge of music as well as his singing, and his very occasional singing too. But then as I heard the song once and twice, Ravindra Jain’s music, which gives you a touch from original movie’s soundtrack, seemed to touch me, even though it has not changed much with the time. Nothing too great in the song but if you like Jain’s music, here is another simple and likable number for you.

Kavita Seth sings the next track, Ek Farishta mil gaya hai, in a relatively more raw voice, that compared to her own voice in many other songs. But interestingly, as you move into the song, you kind of like it more and more; of course, if you have an ear for the slow number. The arrangements, a bit too old for the times, and giving a more of late 80s-early 90s can be a drawback for the song, but liked it fine.

Jis mod pe jis haal mein is a small one and half minute track based on Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se title track, probably a sad version that was missing in the 1978 movie. Simple n nice.

The surprise of the album comes as Javed Ali’s Zindagi mein Kahin na Kahin. Sonu Nigam has sounded, willingly or unwillingly, like Mohd Rafi many times, and many a times I personally felt Javed Ali’s was a very similar voice as Sonu’s. But never did I think before this song that Javed could sound so much like Rafi. The seriousness of Javed’s voice gets the old-age composition of Ravindra Jain and gets me a completely nostalgic song, so much that I heard it a few times without thinking about anything other than Rafi, and of course, Javed. Do listen to the song if you miss the songs of those years in today’s age.

Sadhana Sargam’s Jaisi bhi hai ye zindagi is once again based on the title of Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se. Less than two minutes track’s length is another thing that helps manke it sound nice, as the length definitely doesn’t let things get boring.

The last song hai ranj ka samaan too, as I had somehow expected, happens to be based on Ankhiyon ke jhaorkhon se title track, this time at the original’s pace, though again barely one and half minutes.

Overall, the album doesn’t have much new, but a lot of small tracks, half of the number, which are based on one old title track. Still, ZIndagi mein kahin na kahin is something to listen to, and Kavita Seth’s EK Farishta isn’t bad. I wonder if Rajshri should have got a few more original tracks like them rather then depending so much on the single old stuff.

Damadamm: Music Review (Himesh Reshammiya, Sachin Gupta)

Himesh Reshammiya in Sufi style, with background all bass, makes a nice start, but Damadamm masti masti mast kalandar part of the title song could be a bit more innovative I guess. Still, the song does sound nice, and with all those voices, there is almost no nasal factor in the song. Nice one. Worth a try even if you’re not a Himesh fan.

No touching (toucheeng). Only sing (seeng). Or Umrao Jaan, as they call it. Interesting. Not really quality stuff. Nasal too. But highly addictive. Dhol. Tabla. And not too much western background stuff. Not high quality, but interesting, I repeat.

Meri Gali Aaja ve Mahiya, the next, has strong bass in background, and is a bit of typical Himesh, but is a bit slow and if you don’t mind a slight nasal touch, or simply don’t hate Himesh’s voice, I guess you might well like it. Not bad, at least. Especially liked the last minute of the less than one minute song.

The next comes Madhushala, or Ishq Unplugged, that was earlier the title of the movie. Aditi Singh Sharma is really nice in her English rendition, while Himesh is highly nasal, beating even Saigal and at the same speed, for two lines, and then for two lines he comes to his natural self. In the second part Aditi also gets nasal, while Himesh gets all un-nasal immediately after. And while listening to all these ups and downs, I liked the song. Highly experimental, kinda addictive, and definitely worth a listen for the ups and downs it has got.
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Music Review: Robot: Hindi

Robot, the Hindi version of Rajnikant-Aishwarya’s Enthiran was a much waited album, composed by A R Rahman. Here is a review of the album.

The album starts with O Naye Insaan and you get to know that this Robot is going to be actually robotic. The song anyhow sounds good as Srinivas croons in two almost different voices, doing the awesome work that is done by two people in Tamil and Telugu. The song has a deep electronic effect and you can feel you’re listening to some sci-fi music. The song is mechanical from the very start and the beginning is the most interesting, I’d say addictively so. But the lyrics are too tough and I doubt many people would be able to understand much in the first few times. Khatija, Rahman’s daughter who sings for the first time here, sounds like a child and I guess it’ll take some time before she should come to sing full-fledged.
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