Sunday, January 30, 2011

'7 Khoon Maaf' Music Review

'7 Khoon Maaf' Music ReviewFilm: "7 Khoon Maaf"; Music Director: Vishal Bharadwaj; Lyricist: Gulzar; Singers: Usha Uthup, Rekha Bharadwaj, Vishal Bharadwaj, KK, Clinton Cerejo, Master Saleem, Suresh Wadkar, Suraj Jagan and Francois Castellino; Rating: *** 1/2

When Vishal Bharadwaj decides to score music for a movie, fans are confident that he will come up with high quality compositions that will mesmerise everyone. And this is exactly what happens with the album of "7 Khoon Maaf", which offers songs for all tastes.

The album has nine songs.

The soundtrack gets a startling start with the already hit number "Darling" and it's an addictive number. The Indian version of traditional Russian folk song "Kalinka", "Darling" instantly strikes a chord with the listeners. The Russian flavour is captivating and makes you shake a leg on the foot-tapping tune. The unusual combination of two singers - Usha Uthup and Rekha Bharadwaj - works well for the song. The mischievous lyrics and the energy in the music makes it a winner all the way.

Next is "Bekaran", a nazm (Urdu poetry) penned by Gulzar. Bharadwaj had heard the nazm some time back and loved it so much that he decided to incorporate it in the film as a song. Bharadwaj has sung the song and his silken voice adds the required softness. It is so beautiful that it may help in re-discovering the forgotten romantic side in you.

With minimal orchestration and more focus on vocals, the song has the true flavour of a love. If you want to impress your lady love, "Bekaran" is the song for you.

"O mama" by KK and Clinton Cerejo offers something different - it's a rock-inspired number, offers a lot of punch and is quite hard-hitting. An interesting attempt where KK shows his expertise yet again. It will surely appeal to youth owing to its sound and appeal.

The song also has an acoustic version, which is definitely softer but the raw factor is intact. This version has a completely different appeal altogether. Even though both the versions are praiseworthy, the acoustic one somehow manages to impress more.

Next is "Awaara". Sung by Master Saleem, the song starts with a very simple sound but has a dark and grim feel about it. The sudden ups and downs in the tempo are interesting and the vocals add edge to the song that grows on you.

Suresh Wadkar has been a constant feature in most of Vishal Bharadwaj's albums and this time he sings "Tere liye", a soft, pleasing, slow paced love ballad. It is quite hummable, but not as good as other songs in the album. It's neither bad nor brilliant.

Then there is "Dil dil hai", an out-and-out rock offering, sung by Suraj Jagan. The song somehow fails to create an impact in spite of power-packed orchestration and rock flavour, which is quite popular nowadays. The song might fit well in the film, but individually it falls flat.

Up next is a devotional number titled "Yeshu". Voiced by Rekha, the song is poignant and sounds nicer with an expansive chorus in the background.

There is another version of the song "Darling" called "Doosri darling" and it has Usha, Rekha, Clinton and Francois Castellino behind the mike. It starts with Russian lyrics and then Rekha makes an entry and the song slows down completely, only to gain pace again after a few lines.

As expected Bharadwaj has composed a wonderful album that is not a clone of his previous work. It exudes freshness and is worth listening. However, the songs would not have achieved zenith without Gulzar's lovely lyrics. The team has done it again.

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'Yeh Saali Zindagi' Music Review

'Yeh Saali Zindagi' Music ReviewFilm: "Yeh Saali Zindagi"; Music Director: Nishat Khan; Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire; Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala, Shilpa Rao, Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali and Abhishek Ray; Rating: **

Nishat Khan is a great Sitar player, but composing music for a Bollywood movie is a different thing altogether and the artiste has failed to impress with the music of "Yeh Saali Zindagi".

The album offers eight tracks. Barring two, the rest are disappointing.

The first song is the title track crooned by Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala and Shilpa Rao. It begins with a long prelude and sets the base for the vocals. It constantly changes pace from slow to fast to slow. It's got a very western feel and is neither bad nor brilliant.

The title track has two more versions - male and female versions. Sung by Abhishek Ray, the male version is quite different from the original in terms of composition as it includes a rap portion. But even after the alterations, the song is a let-down.

The female version is the same as the original; only Kunal's part has been crooned by Sunidhi and Shilpa.

Next is "Sarara", a song that doesn't sound contemporary at all. Javed Ali has sung the number that has a good dose of 'desi' beats. It has no high points and nothing worth noticing. In short, it is unimpressive.

It has another version, which has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh.

Then there is "Dil dar-ba-dar", which was initially supposed to be the title of the film. A duet by Shilpa Rao and Javed, the song about love and loss is a disappointment.

"Ishq tere jalwe" finally brings in some relief. The poignant love song with Javed and Shilpa behind the mike is coupled with strong orchestration and praiseworthy vocals. The rock influence gives it an edge.

Finally, we have "Kaise kahein alvida" by Javed again. This is the best song of the album and is beautifully rendered by the singer. The slow pace and semi-classical touch create a tranquillising effect and makes the romantic number something to look forward to in the album.

On the whole, one would have expected better composition by the composer; lack of freshness and experimentations make it boring.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

'Patiala House' Music Review

'Patiala House' Music ReviewFilm: "Patiala House"; Music Directors: Shankar Mahadevan-Ehsaan Noorani-Loy Mendonsa; Lyricist: Anvita Dutt Guptan; Singers: Mahalakshmi Iyer, Hard Kaur, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Shankar, Earl, Master Saleem, Vishal Dadlani, Suraj Jagan, Alyssa Mendonsa, Hans Raj Hans and Richa Sharma; Rating: ** 1/2

"Patiala House", Akshay Kumar's first outing of 2011, has music that is not something uncommon, yet most of the songs are entertaining and bring out the signature style of composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

The album offers 12 songs, including remixes.

"Patiala House" music commences with "Laung da lashkara" with Mahalaxmi Iyer, Hard Kaur and pop singer Jassi - who has made an appearance after a long time - singing it. This is the title track and quite apt for a film that is named "Patiala House". Full of Punjabi energy and flavour, the song includes a few rap lines as well.

There is a remix version of the number in the album.

After the first song, the album takes a turn and comes up with poignant track "Kya main jagoon" crooned by Shafqat Amanat Ali. It has a long prelude before the vocals begin, but then it is evident that full focus is on the vocals and music becomes secondary. The song changes pace quickly, which is very interesting and cuts the monotony. Shafqat's voice is praiseworthy and adds weightage to the song. on the whole a beautiful number that strikes a chord with the listener.

It has two more versions - a regular remix and an unplugged version where the tone of vocals is slightly low. These are equally likeable.

Then comes in "Rola pe gaya" that has Mahalaxmi, Shankar, Earl, Master Saleem and Hard Kaur behind the mike. In spite of so many singers, the song fails to make a mark. Initially, it entertains a little bit, but soon the listener loses interest in the not-so-fresh composition. Even the lyrics don't impress.

The remix version has nothing great to offer either.

Next song "Aadat hai voh" brings in some respite. Sung by Vishal Dadlani, it has a pleasing guitar strumming in the beginning that sets the mood. Then the rise in the tempo with strong orchestration gives the song an edge. It's a nice, moderate-paced track that grows on you.

"Baby when you talk to me" is the only pure love song in the album, sung by Suraj Jagan and Alyssa Mendonsa. With Hindi and English lyrics, the foot-tapping song is hummable and engaging but you do get a feeling of dejà vu as the composition doesn't sound too fresh.

This one too has a remixed version.

The next track "Tumba Tumba" is a qawali by Hans Raj Hans and may appeal to those who love qawallis, although the song seems to be more of a situational number.

In the end a Sufi song enters the album. "Aval allah" is also a situational track and might be effective on screen. Sung by Richa Sharma with minimal music, the song does have its high moments.

On the whole, the music of the album is neither bad nor brilliant. Some songs are entertaining and some need more punch. It's time for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to reinvent themselves.

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