Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bodyguard Songs Review

Film: "Bodyguard"; Music Directors: Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam Chakroborty; Lyricists: Shabbir Ahmed and Neelesh Misra; Singers: Salman Khan, Ash King, Clinton Cerejo, Mika Singh, Amrita Kak, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Alam Gir Khan and Shaan; Rating: **

After his brief acting spree, music director Himesh Reshammiya returns to composing with Salman Khan-starrer "Bodyguard". The composer, who has collaborated with Salman after six years, has churned out all the songs for the album except one that has been composed by Pritam Chakroborty. The album is out and out commercial, but its 12 songs offer nothing extraordinary or unique.

The first song of the album is the title number -- crooned by Salman himself. What starts with a few dialogues soon begins to sound too much like "Dhinka Chika" from "Ready", again starring Salman. Nonetheless, this one too is catchy and is a blend of Indian and western beats. Not a bad start to the album. It also has a remixed version.

Then comes in the Pritam number. The mushy outing "I love you", sung by Ash King and Clinton Cerejo, is a typical Pritam love song, which is actually his forte. It is light, simple and easy on the ears. There is nothing new or different that the song offers. It's just a decent hear.

This too has different versions, including a remix and an unplugged version where Shaan replaces Ash King. Shaan's apt and effective vocals make it more appealing and likeable.

"Desi beat", crooned by Mika Singh and Amrita Kak, brings the Punjabi flavour to the album. High on energy, strong orchestration and loud beats describe the song. It's a total dance number.

This too comes with versions. One is a remix and the other a Punjabi hip-hop mix where Alam Gir Khan takes Mika's place.

Next is "Teri meri", a poignant love song by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal. High on Sufi touch, the song scores on vocals but offers nothing new or fresh as a composition. It is moderately paced and is quite average.

This too has a reprise and remix version.

Finally, the album ends with an instrumental theme song, which is the music of the song "Teri meri", but with psychedelic beats.

On the whole, the album is quite average. Though none of the songs is very bad, there isn't any that really stands out and grabs attention.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Songs Review

Film: "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan"; Music Director: Sohail Sen; Lyricist: Irshad Kamil; Singers: KK, Neha Bhasin, Benny Dayal, Aditi Singh Sharma, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ali Zafar, Shweta Pandit, Shahid Mallya, Sreeramachandra and Joshilay; Rating: ***

Expectations were high from the soundtrack of Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan" because it was a Yash Raj Films production and the film managed to fulfil those to an extent. The music album brings forward composer Sohail Sen in a very different space. While most songs are fun, a heavy influence of folk cannot be ruled out.

The album offers six originals and two remixes.

The music journey begins with the title track of the film that is already making waves among music listeners. The fun catchy and foot-tapping song has been aptly sung by KK. It is basically a track explaining the kind of girl the protagonist wants for his brother. It is a total wedding inclined track, complete with the sounds of dhol and a brass band.

Then comes in the track that has given Katrina a makeover of sorts and has presented her as a rockstar. The song called "Dhunki" is a rock infested composition with an Indian touch. Impressively crooned by Neha Bhasin, it is quite like fusion. Power packed vocals and interesting guitar riffs makes this song a potential chartbuster.

Next is "Choomantar" that starts with a kids's voice. It's a love song but not very mushy. It has Benny Dayal and Aditi Singh Sharma behind the mike and has influences of hip hop. Although the song seems to be interesting in the beginning, it fails in sustaining the interest of the listener and falls flat.

The track also has a remix version, processed by a band called Joshilay.

Up next, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan brings in a qawaali "Isq risk". This genre is the singer's forte, so he delivers his best. The moderately paced love song grows on the listener and is quite like a contemporary qawaali owing to new age lyrics.

This one too has a remix version processed by Joshilay but singers are different. This version has been crooned by Neha Bhasin, Sreeramachandra and Joshilay themselves.

Then comes in an out and out massy number called "Madhubala", sung by Ali Zafar and Shweta Pandit. The fast-paced, high energy track has the flavor of the language of Uttar Pradesh Dhol plays an integral part of the composition and it is very much on the lines of songs like the iconic "Khaika baan banaras wala" of Don.

Next comes in another folk inspired track "Do dhaari talwaar" with vocals by Shahid Mallya and Shweta Pandit. This one is massy too and talks about a girl, who is sharp and straight. It has a slow start but it later picks up pace. Due to the nature of its sound and lyrics, it might get more importance in small towns. On the whole, a decent hear.

Overall, the album is a healthy mix of fun and energy. It is a different attempt from the composer, whose effort is visible in the album.

Mausam Songs Review

Film: "Mausam"; Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty; Lyricist: Irshad Kamil; Singers: Shahid Mallya, Mika Singh, Pankaj Kapoor, Hans Raj Hans, Rashid Khan, Karsan Sargathia, Tochi Raina, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Wadali Brothers, Lehmber Hussainpuri and Hard Kaur; Rating: *** 1/2

When a talented actor like Pankaj Kapoor turns director, expectations are bound to be high. So while the first look of Kapoor's "Mausam" is already making waves, its music too has potential to strike a chord with the audience.

The album contains 13 tracks but the surprise element is the delightful compositions by composer Pritam, who has gone out of his comfort zone and churned an album that is rich in traditional sounds and mind-blowing vocals by some of the best singers in the industry. Meaningful lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil gel well with the mood of the album.

The album starts with a pleasing, out-and-out romantic track "Rabba main toh mar gaya", which will make you smile instantaneously. Sung by Shahid Mallya, it has been making rounds on channels and is already quite popular as it evokes mushy feelings. Simple, hummable and light-orchestrated songs are Pritam's forte and he doesn't disappoint this time.

This track has another version, which has been crooned by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The composition is not very different from the original, but Khan's vocals and high-pitch voice take it to another level.

The next song brings in a complete change in mood, owing to its energy. Director Pankaj Kapoor goes behind the mike for "Sajh dhaj ke" along with Mika Singh, known for adding that extra zing to any song and this peppy Bhangra track is no exception! It's a complete fun, dance number.

It has two more versions - one a club mix tiger style and the other a desi mix tiger style.

The album brings out its soulful side yet again with "Ik tu hi tu", which is sung by famous Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans. The moderately-paced Sufi inclined track grows on you and the emotional vocals effortlessly manage to pull on one's heartstrings. Touching lyrics give an edge to the beautifully composed track.

This song too has two more versions - one is Mehfil mix sung by Wadali Brothers. Although the original is appealing, this too is soul-stirring because of the heartfelt vocals of the singers who give the song a true qawwali feel.

The other is a reprise version voiced by Shahid Mallya and it is quite similar to the original, but it has its own essence.

Then comes the most beautifully composed song of the album "Poore se zara sa kam hai". The love ballad brings forward a pensive mood and its semi-classical inclination adds more substance to it.

Up next is "Aag lage us aag ko", a Gujrati-based folk rendition by Karsan Das Sagathia. It's a fast-paced high octave song that might be more appealing with visuals.

Finally, the albums offers "Mallo malli", a light-hearted, fun track sung in Punjabi, but it has a club feel to it, owing to the Indo-western composition. It has been sung by Tochi Raina.

It has two more versions - one a usual re-mixed version and the other sung by Hard Kaur and Lehmber Hussainpuri.

On the whole, the album is a good mix of slow and fast tracks and hence suits all moods. Pritam has done a commendable job and has proved his prowess after a long time.

Speedy Singh Songs Review

Film: "Speedy Singh"; Music Directors: Sandeep Chowta, RDB, Jassi Sidhu and Rishi Rich Productions; Singers: Veronica, H-Dhami, Jassi Sidhu, RDB, J-Hind, Ludacris, Manjit, Nav, Sarb and Nindy Kaur; Rating: ** 1/2

A total Punjabi soundtrack is not something you see very often, but Akshay Kumar's production venture "Speedy Singh" is an album that is meant for the lovers of bhangra, which has been mixed with hip hop. Composed by Sandeep Chowta, RDB, Jassi Sidhu and Rishi Rich Productions, the songs will make you tap your feet.

The album begins with Veronica and H-Dhami collaborating to sing the song "Ne aaja ve", which has a romantic tilt. A club number, this Punjabi-influenced track is moderately paced. While Veronica hums the English lyrics, H-Dhami has added the Punjabi flavour.

Up next is "Shera di khom" that is a new version of the title track of 2008 film "Singh Is Kinng". The song that has Ludacris, RDB, Manjit, Nav, Sarb and Nindy Kaur behind the mike is already being liked by listeners. A fusion of hip hop and Punjabi music, the track talks about the laurels of the Punjabi community.

"Sansar" makes for an interesting composition. It is a racy track crooned by RDB and J-Hind. The song, once again a bhangra-cum-hip hop rendition, manages to stand tall among other tracks and holds the attention of the listener.

The album also has a wedding number - "Veer da viha". An out and out Punjabi track with no western influence unlike other songs in the album, it is sung by Jassi Sidhu. The song is actually a slightly different version of the song "Veerji Vehon Chaleya" from RDB's album "Aawan Ni Aawan". In this version, the lyrics have been altered a bit.

Finally the album sums up with a traditional Punjabi song "Rail gaddi". This version has been sung by Jassi Sidhu and is quite similar to the original song but with a few more beats and modified lyrics.

On the whole, the album is a Punjabi music lover's delight. While most songs are suitable for a DJ's console, they might get more value with visuals.

Force Hindi Songs Review

Film: "Force"; Music Directors: Harris Jayaraj and Lalit Pandit; Lyricist: Javed Akhtar; Singers: KK, Suchitra, Karthik, Bombay Jayshree, Mahua Kamat, Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghoshal, Vijay Prakash, Shalini Singh and Neha Bhasin; Rating: **

Remember chartbusters like "Zara zara" and "Dil ko tumse pyar hua" from "Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein"? The man behind those melodies, Harris Jayaraj, has returned to Bollywood after a decade to create music for John Abraham's upcoming film "Force". Unfortunately, he has failed to recreate the "Rehna..." magic.

The album offers five tracks.

It begins with "Khwabon khwabon", which is already being promoted on radio and TV channels. Sung by KK and Suchitra, the track has an Arabian feel and is moderately paced. With a strong musical backing, it is a track with a romantic lyrical underlay, but it isn't too mushy. Although the track doesn't sound bad, it could have been better sans the Arabian touch.

Up next is "Chahoon bhi", supported by Karthik and Bombay Jayshree's vocals. The singers have adopted a very subtle and restrained style of singing for the number and that works in its favour. It is a simple, breezy composition that grows on the listener. Essentially a honey-dipped love song, it is quite easy on the ears.

Lalit Pandit has been roped in as a guest composer for the next song "Dum hai toh aaja". It starts with a bang and is quite edgy. Characterised by power-packed vocals by Mahua Kamat, this rock-inclined song has a strong orchestration and some impressive guitar riffs. After a strong beginning, the song somehow loses grip and punch on the way to the end.

The next song "Main Chali", crooned by Naresh Iyer and Shreya Ghoshal, describes a girl, possibly the female lead in the film. The number is high on beats and there is a change in tempo at a couple of places. But all in all, as a mix of peppy and romantic, it is an average composition.

Finally the album brings forth "Dil ki hai tamanna" with Vijay Prakash, Shalini Singh and Neha Bhasin behind the mike. Starting with the sound of whistle, the song has a romantic overtone and is a simple composition. Although there is nothing extraordinary about the song, it's not bad for a hear.

On the whole, the album is not even close to the score that Harris composed for "Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein". Nevertheless, the music of "Force" is a decent attempt and might get more notice with visuals.

RA.One Music Review

Film: "RA.One"; Music Directors: Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyricists: Vishal Dadlani, Niranjan Iyengar, Kumaar, Panchhi Jalonvi, Anvita Dutt and Anubhav Sinha; Singers: Akon, Hamsika Iyer, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Clinton Cerejo's Choir, Shruti Pathak, Nandini Srikar, The Prague Philharmonic Choir, Sidd Coutto and Sukhwinder Singh; Rating: *** 1/2

Shah Rukh Khan's "RA.One" has been generating curiosity since beginning and expectations have been high from its music as well. The album of the film lives up to the expectations, thanks to composers Vishal-Shekhar for packing a musical punch for the sci-fi movie.

The film offers 14 tracks, including remix versions and theme tracks.

It starts on a rocking note with the already popular number "Chammak Challo". A clear winner all the way, the song, which has Hindi, English and Tamil words in the lyrics, makes you groove.

An interesting thing about the track is that it's crooned by international artist Akoon, who has voiced not just the English lyrics but Hindi ones too. Hamika Iyer supports him by singing Tamil words. A fun dance number, "Chammak Challo" is here to stay and it will surely become DJs' favourite.

The song also has a few other versions, including a remix by Abhijit Vaghani, another remix by DJ Khushi and an international version.

Then comes "Dildaara", a mush melody at its best. Sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali, it has John Lennon's song "Stand by me" mixed into it and the combination is interesting. The song boasts of various genres.

Then comes another Akon number called "Criminal", a peppy and upbeat track that also has Vishal Dadlani and Shruti Pathak behind the mike. An amalgamation of Hindi and English lyrics, "Criminal" is a perfect party number.

It also has a remixed version by DJ Amit.

Next is "Bhare naina" and it will make you sit up and take notice. The song has been sung by The Prague Philharmonic Choir, the chorus group that came here all the way from the Czech Republic to sing the song with Nandini Srikar and Vishal-Shekhar. If the semi-classical flavour in the number sets a pensive mood, use of orchestration takes it to another level. The choir makes the song sound very international, but its soul and feel are Indian.

Then there is "Right by your side", an ordinary composition crooned by Sidd Coutto. A regular fast-paced composition, it is a happy and exuberant track.

"Raftaarein" reminds one of R.D. Burman compositions. Sung by Vishal-Shekhar, it is a perfect chase track. The style of composition is very similar to that of Burman and, despite being a situational track, it leaves its mark.

Up next is "Jiya mora ghabraaye", a fusion of rock and semi- classical. It has a very strong musical arrangement and impressive vocals by Vishal Dadalani and Sukhwinder Singh and the song will be liked by hard rock lovers. Interesting composition and a good attempt.

Then the album offers three instrumental theme tracks called "Comes the light", "I'm on" and "Song of the end".

On the whole the album is worth buying and offers some interesting and entertaining tracks. Kudos to the music composers!