Thursday January 15, 2009

Music review: Delhi 6 (Hindi – A R Rahman)

Posted by Karthik

Aarti is piously serene while Arziyan pulls off the same thing with aplomb, just in another religion. Shreya Ghosal compliments Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan amazingly well in the classically inclined, Bhor Bhaye, even as Rahman treats this song with the respect and austerity it deserves. The title song is über cool – superb vocals by Blaaze, Benny, Vivienne, Tanvi and Claire – all blend in a way that only Rahman can accomplish. Ash King and Rahman’s backgrounds – in that order – are in rocking form in Dil gira dafatan…the way Rahman adds and builds on the orchestration is nothing short of enchanting!

In a spectacular Vishal Bharadwaj’esque twist, Genda phool not only utilizes Rekha Bharadwaj’s rustic vocals beautifully, but also seems to emulate and goes one step over Vishal’s usual music style, with a brusque rhythm et all! Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics stand out in the pop’ily catchy Hey kaala bandar that digs some shine off the director’s last outing. Ditto with Noor, where Amitabh’s narration is heard in an ethereal set-up.

Above all these incredible goodies, the soundtrack belongs to Mohit Chauhan’s Masakali and Rahman’s own Rehna tu! While Masakali is a pitch-perfect, perfectly in sync melody dipping into the choicest exotic world music styles, complete with a jaw-dropping orchestration and magnificent singing by Mohit, Rehna tu sees the composer creating pure sensory delight. Prasoon’s lyrics again speak for themselves beyond the already brilliant tune while Rahman, along with Benny and Tanvi evoke a reaction that can best be described by the after-effects…weak in my knees! And boy…that strange and bizarre, extended carnatic ending…unbelievable!

Rakeysh Mehra is one blessed director, to have inspired such an awe-inspiring assortment of songs marked by its collective dramatic diversity. Delhi 6 is one of the best ever soundtracks I’ve heard in ages.

Keywords: A.R.Rahman, A R Rahman, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Divya Dutta, Om Puri, Rishi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Delhi-6

Note: This is THE first soundtrack to have evoked a 300 word review in Milliblog. Its just that good and is a must-buy…multiple CD copies, if possible.

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