Tuesday October 9, 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Posted by Karthik

Challa is every bit Rahman as far as the free-flowing, slow-burning tune is concerned, despite the Punjabi, and the phonetic similarity of the key word to Rabbi’s Bulla; Keba Jeremiah’s guitars work almost like the 2nd voice in the song! Saans, the possible mouth-to-mouth resuscitation anthem, sees Rahman performing the challenging task of straddling his sensibilities with Yash Raj’s; he does pretty well layering the tuneful melody with gorgeous violins and the dholak. The title song isn’t fully lucky as Rahman tries the fusion again, but, with its sentiment-overload, it works partly and loses steam half-way. Heer runs completely out of luck in the same attempt. Shreya’s slower Saans reprise brings out the tune more beautifully, while crafty use of Oud and Mandolin add exotica to Ishq shava, an otherwise simplistic, catchy tune. Neeti Mohan sounds confident in the super spritely Jiya re, with fantastic support from Chandresh Kudwa’s guitar. Ranjit Barot’s drums rule over Ishq dance, a strictly-background’ish track that gains some solid edge as the chorus kicks in. The poem‘s orchestration are lovely and help alleviate the tedium caused by Aditya Chopra’s dated verses. Rahman brings his own sound to Yash Raj and the result is largely impressive.

Keywords: Yash Chopra, A R Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, #200

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