Archive for July, 2007

Tuesday July 31, 2007 06:17

Dhokha (Hindi, M.M.Kreem)

Shakeel Azmi’s meaningful wordplay stays on in Anjana, a charming, old-worldly tune. Kreem’s own rendition in the milder version is a bit more striking than Kay Kay’s! Pakistani musician Shiraz Uppal composes/ sings Sayeed Quadri’s eloquent Roya re convincingly enough, barring some commonplace backgrounds. Rafaqat Ali Khan carries the angst-ridden title song well, backed by […]

Monday July 30, 2007 18:54

Aggar (Hindi, Mithoon)

The serpentine, sufi’ish build-up to the title song is mesmerizing, with an added Punju flavor for tadka effect! Tulsi’s vocals jar but Hamza makes up for it! Mithoon’s trademark tune structure works big time in Ke bin tere, along with his refined orchestration. Nachle is eminently foot tapping, with well-placed backgrounds. Paas aaya kyon goes […]

Saturday July 28, 2007 17:11

Bommalattam (Tamil, Himesh Reshammiya)

Oh nenjil, for all practical purposes, is a standard, one-hook Himesh tune, except that he’s not singing and is sung in Tamil. To be fair, the anupallavi and charanam are indeed appealing. Koyambedu beensu tries to eulogize cinema, but the lyrics are downright silly. The rhythmic Kannirandum sounds at best like a decent Deva song. […]

Many visitors have been asking my choice for the most-awaited soundtrack. If you go by conventional choices, Vishal Shekhar’s Om shanti om would be right up there. Ditto for Aggar – to see if Mithoon pulls it off again – after a repetitive single in Abhijeet Sawant’s Junoon! The two promos – Ke bin tere […]

Wednesday July 25, 2007 19:16

Phir Bewafaai (Indipop, Agam Kumar Nigam)

Phir Bewafaai invokes painful memories of the 2005 smash hit, Bewafaai, by the same singer – and is indeed soaked in cheesy poetry about deception and betrayal, by lyricists Prashant Vasl and Praveen Bhardwaj. Nikhil stays true to the brief and dishes out templatized, dholak-based melodies that may have been very appropriate when Kishen ‘T-series’ […]

Tuesday July 24, 2007 18:53

Kaisay Kahein (Hindi, Pritam & Others)

Much as Zubin tries to infuse life into Kee kasoor, this techno-styled ditty just fails to take off. But Shaan is in super form in the title song. Pritam uses an appealing rock and roll format in a simple sing-along mode. Aided with an interesting country styled drawl, the brother-sister duo – Sonu and Nikita […]

Monday July 23, 2007 21:01

Kahaani Gudiya Ki (Hindi, Vivek Prakash)

Is it Jagjit Singh’s voice? Or does he insist that his songs be composed in its own particular genre, right up to the choice of instruments? Not that I’m against it…I’ve grown up with Jagjit’s brand of music, but the 3 tracks by him here are seeped in his usual standard, morose tunes that even […]

Sunday July 22, 2007 17:22

Fear (Hindi, Himesh Reshammiya)

Tanha tanha lets us on Himesh’s annoying nasal twang slow and steady that it builds up into a complete rage by the time the track ends. Dil dhadkata hai is as juvenile as it can get with a mishmash of silly sounds. Dil ki daro deewar is marginally better thanks to Udit’s presence, despite being […]

Friday July 20, 2007 21:19

DIVA (Malaysian, Mithoon)

Diva’s lead star, Ning Baizura croons with a fantastic range in Bintang impianku – marked by the composer’s now-trademark keyboard backgrounds. In contrast, Kasih is a mellow melody punctuated with pleasant backgrounds. Beyond the groovy prelude and rap phrases, Nafas dan hidup settles down to an easy, rhythmic pop structure. Padamkan ragu is the pick […]

Wednesday July 18, 2007 20:27

Marigold (Hindi/ English, Shankar Ehsaan Loy)

Shaan excels in the ballad-style Yeh pyaar, singing Javed saab’s very imaginative seven stages of love. The composing trio outdo themselves in the superbly orchestrated Woh pyaar hai and Tan man, while Vikas Bhalla makes up for his sorry indipop attempt with a pretty good duet alongside Alka Yagnik in Paagal si. Sachcha pyaar just […]

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