Saturday June 1, 2013

Raanjhanaa (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Posted by Karthik

Almost no song in Raanjhanaa seems to follow familiar conventions, but they all flow so well and cohesively! The title song is heady, with lively violins and spritely sitar playing along with Shiraz Uppal and Jaswinder Singh’s enthusiastic vocals; Rahman gives his singers delightful rapid-fire lines. Shreya Ghoshal’s mastery over her voice gets a new facet in Banarasiya, a beautiful, free-flowing brew of sitar and Irshad Kamil’s earthy lyrics, topped by her scintillating vocals (supported by Meenal Jain and Anweshaa).

Rahman’s free-flowing mix takes on a new height in the longest song of the album, Piya milenge, in the dependable voice of Sukhwinder Singh, and particularly, KMMC Sufi Ensemble. It encompasses everything from Irshad’s stirring verses, religious hymns, Hindustani classical phrases and ends on a brilliant high! Ay sakhi‘s foursome Madhushree, Chinmayi, Vaishali and Aanchal Sethi seem to be having great fun amidst punchy tabla and ghatam, and a generous dose of playful singing. In Tum tak, Rahman teases us with a tune that replicates itself between his imagination and Javed Ali’s lead vocals, into something of a fervent prayer. The song is ably supported by Keerthi Sagathia and Pooja, and takes on an exciting turn mid-way to great effect! The instrumental piece, The land of Shiva is appropriately rousing.

The remaining 3 tracks are considerably more modern. Nazar laaye is light and frothy pop, again with a really long mukhda, breaking templates with irreverent delight, and fabulously sung by Rashid Ali and Neeti Mohan. Tu mun shudi sees Rabbi break the familiar flow created by Rahman’s hook, set to a perky techno background. Aise na dekho rounds off the soundtrack with a feathery jazz’ish sound even as Rahman nonchalantly covers his ground with vocals to deliver Irshad’s highly imaginative lines! Raanjhanaa is the hyper-imaginative Rahman, after a long time!

Keywords: Raanjhanaa, A R Rahman, 300, #300, ‘I told you this guy will give Raanjhanaa a 300 to compensate for Maryan’, ‘300 is too much!’

Note: Raanjhanaa is only the 5th 300 worder in Milliblog for the sheer audacity of Rahman to break every familiar tune flow in almost every song, and to a heady effect!

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  • Amit

    seriously?

  • SreeV

    Almost no song in Raanjhanaa seems to follow familiar conventions
    isnt Aise na Dekho – Rehna Tu meets JTYJN Jazz? #huntingthehunter

    • notmemilord

      Well as far as my ear says, all the songs are a mere mash up of old ARR tunes,, Mixed to perfection, i agree, He’s lost the charm he used to have. There is no ‘heart’ in his songs now. I accept that they do please the ears but where is the “love”. Not one song is the kind you’d cherish for a long time (unlike RDB,Swades, Bombay, Gentleman, Kaadhalan,,,,,,,, losing quite a few names… but yeah..) Lost it., No doubt. For me, and that is personal, this album is more shit. Just like his other recent ones,

      • fiqrana

        does he look like he has lost anything today,look at him,look at you,then decide who lost what,if you still want his old style of doing music then why dont you just listen to the old songs he has already composes and released, think from different perspective, 😛

      • Subhendu Bhowal

        Most of his music is lacking the soul these days. Tum Tak starts so soulful and he quickly loses it with unnecessary embellishments. One good song in a whole album, that’s too less for Rahman I guess!

      • Vineet Shetty

        Ten years dow the lane i expect you to say the same of Ranjhanaa. Good going 🙂

    • bukowskinerd

      Haha, was thinking exactly the same thing. But yeah, whatever – it’s a really nice album (unlike JTHJ, which I can’t stand to date) – and I must say this review really gave me much higher hopes but ended up to be much, much lesser than I expected. Le sigh.

      Anywho – agree to disagree and all that I suppose.

  • Bibin David

    miliblog guys r rahmaniacs so they appreciate all songs of rahman lol…………………biased to rahman 😛
    apart frm a couple of tracks others r shit 😛

    • navalkishoreb

      I felt like it was an under-performance from Rahman… 🙁 couldn’t strike to any song ….

      • Bibin David

        yup i agree…*abuse indicative of poor parenting removed* dat milliblog guy w 😛

    • Ramen

      All the songs are masterpieces… really strange to see such comments

  • Vivek Mathew Pulickal

    seriously why is breaking the conventional pattern the greatest thing in music direction?? wat is so wrong with the existing structure?? what structure did he break in the title song??? i loved most songs but y this excitement over breaking the conventional structure i dont kno…

    • milliblog

      Oh no, merely breaking convention is no great shakes. Breaking them all across the soundtrack and making them sound so wonderfully pleasant is… at least in my opinion.

    • sibin jacob

      bro..d title song doesnt hv d conventional chorus-stanza structure….its jst chorus in diff styles…dats unconventional….

  • Vivek Mathew Pulickal

    and yea youv got one right certainly….300is too much..:D

  • super commando dhruv

    I loved this album the moment i heard it but definitely not for breaking
    the conventions and all that. I was finally so happy to listen to that
    OLD RAHMAN SOUND. The sweetness with a free flow (actually i don’t know
    how to describe it) which has been missing in all his works post Mangal Panday, it could be felt here. I last felt this Rahman sound in Rasiya from Mangal Panday. Its been a loooong wait to get that sound/feel again.

  • cenasundar

    ROFL on the Tags …

  • Umesh

    Karthik , your review for Maryan is forgiven 🙂 😛 Super review 🙂 Rahman Thalaivaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 🙂 (I know what is in your mind : “Ah !These fickle minded Rahmaniacs !” 😛 )

  • Samhan Sal

    Piya Milenge reminded me of MJs stranger in moscow …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEEMi2j6lYE

  • sibin jacob

    deserving 300….arr always ready 2 experiment….

  • Rathnavelu

    Piya Milenge is on the loop. Loving it! Rahman-Irshad Kamil combo is here to stay. Wondering how their version of Kochadaiyaan will come out.

    • manmohan chhabra

      I fully agree.the song takes you to new heights of meditation.Sukhwinder is awesome.But don’t forget the KMMC sufi ensemble,which has done wonders.Especially the classical interludes.My god……No words to praise.The combination of mind blowing voice of sukhwinder and classy classical sufi ensemble will touch every heart when the song airs on FM.

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  • Samhan Sal

    I have expressed my feelings as a meme :

    http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3uock3/

  • Music Malhotra

    Raanjhanaa reflects the whole of Rahman Ji’s discography that’s why it’s so great. Thank you Karthik, it seems this album will appeal to everyone! BTW here’s a link to my review http://caughtinthemusicalstorm.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/raanjhanaa-music-review/

  • Charan Babu

    When you look at the 300 word reviews you’ve given for previous Rahman OST’s (Roja and Rockstar AFAIK),I get the feeling that this pales in comparison..a wonderful sountrack nevertheless.

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  • nakhre

    I’m still listening to the songs, but the few I’ve lsitened so far…. How are some of these songs even new????? The beginning of Piya Milenge is the SAME TUNE of the antaras from Blue’s “aaj dil gustakh hai” and the mukhda is “fiqrana” from Blue too. It’s a mismash of Blue songs…. (which in my opinion is one of his and most underrated best albums in the 2000s)

    “Rasaiya” is similar to a few songs from Zubeida (2001), I can’t remember which one.

    Title song is best song thus far. Old ARR charm.

    Ay Sakhi. I want to like this one, it again feels like Old ARR but the song just isn’t interesting. the “pu pu pu pu” song is rehashed from an old ARR song or maybe another hindi song?

  • This is where Amit Trivedi fails to Rahman. Rahman know the pulse of audience. he can produce popular at the same time critical compositions. When i heard that Rahman is composing keeping in mind the Banaras culture and lifestyle. i thought he will reduce his electronic music in this album. but many songs were a mix up of western and indian classical music. Even though the song reminds me his old compostions.. Nazar laaye (Kahin to hogi JTYJN , and Call me dil – Jhoota hi Sahi….surprisingly both sung by Rashid Ali) TU mun Shudi (Dakka laga YUva, Paatshala RDB) Aise na Dekho (JTYJN – title track) Still its not a cheap copy from others’songs. Thumbs Up. Rockstar was a bit higher in experiments.

    • unknown

      I agree with your view on Amit Trivedi.

  • Raghu

    what the hell.. All the songs have traces of his old songs. This doesn’t even deserve 200 words.. No song registers into the mind. There is a reason why the regular pattern is more used. It is aesthetically pleasing to our brains. When used sparingly these unconventional patterns work out sometimes.

    Even for good composers, It is not easy to come up with free flowing, innovative and original charanams. Most of the current MDs are good at creating catcy pallavi, but mostly fail to follow up with even decent charanams. To me use of these unconventional structures is to eliminate the need of creating so many charanams. In the end, result is nothing but passable album.

    If it continues like this, at the end of his career ARR will be mainly remembered for these unnecessary experiments, for introducing new singers (which again has no musical merit) and for recording quality (which he deserves it).

    In hindsight, Rockstar didn’t deserve more than #200.. Same way I believe this one will be even worse.

    • Muralidhar

      right……………it doesnot deserve 300 its too much

  • Sonnenlicht

    Started listening to it. Looks (Sounds) like a throwback to Zubeidaa, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Meenaxi days in terms of Rahman’s form and genre extension! Looping 🙂

  • suraj

    Please review telugu albums ‘Balupu’ and ‘Sahasam’.

  • jay

    karthik… I used rush to check out your blog for reviews of any new Hindi Album with excitement, because you wrote reviews according to your preferences in music and based upon your knowledge in the field.

    But now I have come to realize your bias in reviewing w.r.t Amit trivedi and A.R.Rahman. No doubt both are mega talented and your reviews are our personal point of view, but shit and bore music should be called as such.
    Ghanchakkar, Lootera and now Raanjhaana have below average music and you have manage to rate them more then excellent.

    Just try and think that your reviews might and are influencing many readers of your blog. Not every technically pleasing song or unconventional song is going to strike a chord with the mass.

    And, going by the way other posters heckle anyone who dares to dismiss your review, I guess you should take some time to sort these kind of comments as well.

    good luck for your future reviews. 🙂

    • Sirishm

      “Not every technically pleasing song or unconventional song is going to strike a chord with the mass.” If you’ve been following his blog for a long time you’d have realized that he doesn’t rate an album based on striking a chord with the masses.

      Its always been purely his preference along with technical aspects. And if your preference falls in line with his, you have a perfect site to spot the music of your choice.

      If mass’ liking was his basis he’d have reviewed Khiladi 786 and many others 200 or 300 words.

      • CA Nitish Vijay

        Rating a Himesh Reshammiya album ..writing 200 words for a Reshammiya album.. Its over par his imagination.. Nowadays there is a culture of praising Rahman and bashing Reshmmiya and sajid wajid.. He is an integral part of the culture.. all big blockbusters have music of either Pritam,himesh,S-W, no trivedi no Rahman… Rahman tried Massy music in ghajini and he came up with lattooo and behka..which itself questions his creditability wrt mass music.. Kartik giving 300 200 for every Rahman or Trivedi album is turning Irritating now..

        • bukowskinerd

          What on earth has popularity got to do with anything? No one is obliged to like any of Himesh/SW/Pritam albums just because they churn out popular stuff. And if you think Kartik just bashes all their albums, you haven’t read enough of his reviews.

          I do think he’s being a bit lenient towards ARR/AT WRT 200 word reviews, but that has nothing
          to do with him being pretentious or anything like you’re implying.

        • Adithya Bourne

          popular song doesn’t need to be best song or good song…fevicol se,balma,ghagra r popular songs but r they gud enough to called as great songs….kartik is not giving 200 for every rahman or trivedi album…he gave 100 for RDB which deserved 200 IMO and the latest one is maryan which is great album but was given only 100…..

        • unknown

          There were too many music directors like Himesh and Sajid-Wajid in 90’s churning popular music, nobody knows where they are now. A.R.Rahman is praised because of his music.

      • jay

        @Sirishm:disqus : I have mentioned that it has always been his preference, if you read my POV carefully.
        I am just criticizing his recent reviews and if other followers of this blog with a similar taste find it not suitable, they resort to bullying tactics.
        When did I mentioned Khiladi 786 or other movies whose music was supposedly liked by masses. I just mentioned that songs of both Raanjhana and Lootera are not that worthy to be praised. And buddy when you start to influence people at any stage, you need to be careful with what you write, even if its your own preference.
        And there are gonna be people who don`t like Amit Trivedi`s music in some movies or A.R.Rahman`s music, that doesnt mean you bully them and ask them to go to any other site.
        There is a reason I come to this site and will continue to do so. I have praised Karthik for his reviews of Barfi and other movies. So praise and criticism is a part of reviewing, Bullying by others, however, is not.
        Take care… 🙂

  • Adithya Bourne

    IMO 300 is too much for raanjhnaa…..u surprised us with the review of maryan(only 100 words) which was great album and then u come up with a shocker by giving 300 for this film(definitely good album but 300?)….u r as unpredictable as navjot singh sidhu….

    • Muralidhar

      I agreeee

  • Ramesh

    Many people comment that few songs remind ARR’s old tune.. But tell me.. what is wrong with that? Music needs to be composed using the 7 notes only.. Also, Rahman uses few Ragas for a specific mood and hence the songs might sound similar..

    I honestly feel the mindset of people who do not really understand the basics of Music has taken Rahman away from us..

    Other music directors have the freedom to compose 100s of songs based on same raga or their old compositions and those songs become instant hit as we can easily catch the tune. But due to this unfair attack on Rahman.. Rahman tries/experiments lot of new world music and eventually distances himself from a normal music lover who needs just instant hits.

    If you ever want the vintage Rahman then please avoid saying “This reminds me of his old tune” . Let it remind his old tune. Ilayaraja has composed 100s of tunes that sound similar. The rhythm is almost similar in most of the songs. And is the same with Bollywood greats also.

    But when it comes to Rahman we are complaining.

    This is totally unfair.

    • Raghu

      Ilayaraja might use same Raga in many songs, but his melodic structures are superior to Rahman any day.. He explores all the possible patterns for a given mood. Also Raja’s orchestration is better. Thats why they work and sound different from each other. That doesn’t mean Ilayaraja doesn’t have any uninteresting songs (IMO, there are lot).

      Also I don’t understand why people say Rahman is experimenting with new genres and all. Except for sufi genre, Rahman hasn’t done anything new that Ilayaraja hasn’t done before. Raja might have done some sufi stuff that I don’t know, but rahman’s output in this genre is simply better than any other Indian composer.

      Finally we complaint about Rahman because he is treated above every other composer whose name is not Ilayaraja. I guess lot of people don’t have time to care about others.

      • Guest

        Another pseudo-superiority complex from a Raja fan!
        Your quote “Also I don’t understand why people say Rahman is experimenting with new genres and all. Except for sufi genre, Rahman hasn’t done anything new that Ilayaraja hasn’t done before.” sounded extremely funny…could not help laughing. When was the last time Ilaiyaraaja experimented with Banarsi folk genre or at least Punjabi music? When was the last time he did Rock or Trip-Hop?

        I am also a big admirer of Ilaiyaraaja; and personally have a big collection of his songs and scores. But Ilaiyaraaja’s great works does not span over the number of genres Rahman’s music has spanned over! For that, you need to understand what genres are all about and how they are distinct from one another. Ilaiyaraaja can never do a BOYS, a THIRUDA THIRUDA, a RANGEELA, a ROJA, a DIL SE, a LAGAAN or a RAANJHANAA. Rahman’s orchestration is way superior and different from Ilaiyaraaja’s!

        Ilaiyaraaja’s superiority over Rahman lies in his speed! IR composes masterpieces at lightning speeds!!

        If you still reply claiming that IR’s work spans over more genres; I wouldn’t bother since, I have no reason to convince a prejudist!

        • Enjoyable IR-ARR fanboi fight. No music forum is complete without fans going at each other!

      • Guest

        Another pseudo-superiority complex from a Raja fan!
        Your quote “Also I don’t understand why people say Rahman is experimenting with new genres and all. Except for sufi genre, Rahman hasn’t done anything new that Ilayaraja hasn’t done before.” sounded extremely funny…could not help laughing. When was the last time Ilaiyaraaja experimented with Banarsi folk genre or at least Punjabi music? When was the last time he did Rock or Trip-Hop?

        I am also a big admirer of Ilaiyaraaja; and personally have a big collection of his songs and scores. But Ilaiyaraaja’s great works do not span over at least half the number of genres Rahman’s music has spanned over! For that, you need to understand what genres are all about and how they are distinct from one another. Ilaiyaraaja can never do a LAGAAN, a DIL SE, a THIRUDA THIRUDA, a RANGEELA, a ROJA, a RAANJHANAA or even a BOYS. Rahman’s orchestration is way superior and different from Ilaiyaraaja’s!

        Ilaiyaraaja’s superiority over Rahman lies in his speed! IR composes masterpieces at lightning speeds!!

        If you still reply claiming that IR’s work spans over more genres; I wouldn’t bother since, I have no reason to convince a prejudist!

      • Kishore Prakash Menon

        Another pseudo-superiority complex from a Raja fan!
        Your quote “Also I don’t understand why people say Rahman is experimenting with new genres and all. Except for sufi genre, Rahman hasn’t done anything new that Ilayaraja hasn’t done before.” sounded extremely funny…could not help laughing. When was the last time Ilaiyaraaja experimented with Banarsi folk genre or at least Punjabi music? When was the last time he did Rock or Trip-Hop?

        I am also a big admirer of Ilaiyaraaja; and personally have a big collection of his songs and scores. But Ilaiyaraaja’s great works do not span over at least half the number of genres Rahman’s music has spanned over! For that, you need to understand what genres are all about and how they are distinct from one another. Ilaiyaraaja can never do a LAGAAN, a DIL SE, a THIRUDA THIRUDA, a RANGEELA, a ROJA, a RAANJHANAA or even a BOYS. Rahman’s orchestration is way superior and different from Ilaiyaraaja’s!

        Ilaiyaraaja’s superiority over Rahman lies in his speed! IR composes masterpieces at lightning speeds!!

        If you still reply claiming that IR’s work spans over more genres; I wouldn’t bother since, I have no reason to convince a prejudist!

        I hope you are sensible enough, not to reply so; because you wouldn’t want to make a fool of yourself splurting out blunders like these.

        No offense! Enjoy music!

        • Raghu

          Why should I feel superiority complex just for being a fan? I am quoting the major genres that we normally accustom to see. If you start categorizing every small segment, then there will be hundreds of genres in the Indian folk itself. I don’t think argument will lead to anything with such stuff.

          Actually I believe in “Great people don’t do different things, they just do things differently”. Actually it is much tougher to create 100 different songs in one genre than say in 10 genres. I quoted genre stuff as just a mere reply to the original post.

          We would never know if IR could have done movies you mentioned as well as ARR or better than him. Would we?

          IR could be much faster in composing. But it doesn’t say anything about his music itself. Its like saying ARR introduced lot of new singers. I don’t care if a composer takes 30 mins to compose a song (as IR) or 7 days (as ARR). As I said even genres also don’t matter. At the end of the day all it matters is if it is a great song or not.

          For me, IR’s orchestration is better than everybody else including ARR and overall body of work is way way superior to everybody else. At the end of their careers, ARR should be happy if he achieves fifty percent of what IR would have done. To give you the sense of what I am saying, I have around 180 songs of ARR in my favorites and more than 1200 songs of IR.

          Thats my opinion. If you have opinion, then feel free to state it. But don’t stoop down to bad mouthing others.

          Hope you got it.. You are free to reply!!!

          • Kishore Prakash Menon

            I already said..I can’t chagne a prejudist! And do ask your pals, what ‘bad-mouthing’ actually means! IR did more than 960 films! ARR has just done over 100… But the number of genres he had spanned over is at least 7 times more than that of IR!
            At the end of his career ..ARR should achieve 50% if what IR has done? By the end of 2001, he had achieved more than 10 times what IR accomplished in his career!! Now, that is creative accomplishment! Now as far as recognition goes, ARR broke the North-South barrier and made Bollywood biggies like Subhash Ghai wait for him and spend sleepless nights for his music!

            ARR won 2 OSCARS!!! (50% of IR ?? :P)
            There is prejudice all over your reply! I have no interest to respond more! Good bye! But I would like to say again, that I am an IR fan; and I have a bias towards IR because he has done so much work in Malayalam! I too have moer than 1500 songs of IR as my favourites! That is because of the volume of his work! 100+ movies is nothing compared to 960+ movies!!

            Bye pal! Enjoy good music! No offense!

          • Raghu

            Good.. I respect your opinion. If you think I am a prejudist, so be it.

            Number of movies doesn’t matter. All it matters is how many great tracks are given. There are other composers in India who composed close to 900 movies. As I said, trying different genres is nothing great unless you bring your originality. If you care, check this out: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/ten-electronic-extroverts-from-the-middle-east-and-south-asia-02. If ARR have used so many genres, they would have mentioned it. Wouldn’t they? May be they missed it :-)..

            If you think ARR already achieved more than IR ever did, good for you. May be the way we measure the things are different. To each his own..

      • Kishore Prakash Menon

        This is for you!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_MSd1pidUk

        Playback singer Padmalatha gives a raaga-based explanation on AR
        Rahman’s masterpiece, ‘Hai Rama’. The video reveals the GENIUS of AR Rahman!!

  • Music Malhotra
  • Guest

    It’s quite surprising to hear a song like “Ay Sakhi” and “Nazar Laaye” in the same album. The Latter is about cultural superstition and jinx but the arrangements and melody keep us blinded from its message. Another aspect which pushes boundaries in Raanjhanaa is the inclusion of both “Tu Mun Shudi” and “The Land Of Shiva”. Both songs are very powerful in their own respect but are worlds apart. Rahman Ji has tried to cater for different people with different tastes and if one does not appreciate the wholly then they at least will be appreciating certain / individual songs. So it’s a win-win situation!

    BTW, “Banarasiya” – I’m having difficulty trying to even hum along to this song and such complexities are purely Rahman Ji driven!

  • Music Malhotra

    It’s quite surprising to hear a song like “Ay Sakhi” and “Nazar Laaye” in the same album. The Latter is about cultural superstition and jinx but the arrangements and melody keep us blinded from its message. Another aspect which pushes boundaries in Raanjhanaa is the inclusion of both “Tu Mun Shudi” and “The Land Of Shiva”. Both songs are very powerful in their own respect but are worlds apart. Rahman Ji has tried to cater for different people with different tastes and if one does not appreciate the album wholly then they at least will be appreciating certain / individual songs. So it’s a win-win situation!

    BTW, “Banarasiya” – I’m having difficulty trying to even hum along to this song and such complexities are purely Rahman Ji driven!

  • milliblog

    Much has been said about the fact that I accorded a ‘300’ for Raanjhanaa, a soundtrack that most expected a 200.

    First things first, I’m honestly surprised (and amused) at this 100, 200 and 300 business becoming a reasonably common nomenclature to value a soundtrack. It shouldn’t be, in my opinion.

    The word count was solely my personal note on how much I enjoy a soundtrack – it need not become some sort of barometer of how others should enjoy an album. It merely indicates my (personal) excitement with a soundtrack – that’s it.

    Second, despite the myth that I accord word count even before writing a review, all I do is write free flow after and while listening to any soundtrack 3+ times. If I end up with a word count of below 50, I dump it and make it a NW1W. If it’s between 50-150, I listen to the soundtrack many more times and decide on making it 100 or 200, depending on how it grows on me.

    If I have the word count between 150-250+, I do the same – rationalize it to a 200, or the max I can accord, a 300. For all the five 300 worders on Milliblog, my free flow writing shot up beyond 300 and I curtailed/edited it to reach 300.

    You could always argue or debate my take on the number of words for any soundtrack, but please don’t get carried away with the number of words. It is simply my excitement to get something I think is worthy to as many people as possible. It really doesn’t matter if it does, or not, but I, at least, have the pleasure of sharing my excitement with a few people.

    To summarize, a 200 or 300 merely refers to how much I have enjoyed a soundtrack; not how ‘good’ it is or is supposed to be. I’m in control of the former; the latter is very, very, very subjective.

  • rnjbond

    This is a phenomenal soundtrack. We’re so lucky to have this and Lootera right next to each other.

  • jeanjohny

    Three quality days into the songs and I must admit that I’m yet to get hold of the twist and turns in the arrangement. I dont know how to explain it, but nothing is short of classy. Well there is an immediate feeling to the tunes that they are heard before, but later we realize that it is just the beauty of the tune that grabs us instantly that makes us feel so! Rahman Sir, you are a true genius and it is much pronounced in Ranjhanaa.

    Karthik, I appreciate your talent to pick the beauty of this album in such a short notice, as always!

  • huzefa jairajpuri

    Are these song melodious??plzzzzz..irshads wonderful words wasted. Awful tunes. ..once javed akhtar wasted such good tunes wid his words(ek tha deewana)n here words r desolated..tum tak is way away 4m cliche luv songs, tht dsnt mean u mk a bhakti song with sm bass in it.n tht repetitv irritating ‘tum tak’. A R Rahman is overrated netym.

  • Blaming Rahman for silly mistakes, and praising other composers for their average compositions is like, blaming Tendulkar for getting out on 98 and praising Kohli for his 58 runs. 🙂

    • Muralidhar

      yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • unknown

    No music composer’s music is debated so much much like A.R.Rahman. You can hate his music or love his music but you cannot ignore his music.

    • Prabhakar Bhat

      I can. That’s why I listened only once and did not bother to listen again. It didn’t evoke any emotions.

      • unknown

        Try listening to Shortcut Romeo may be it will evoke emotions for you.

  • Muralidhar

    the songs are good…….and enjoyable…… but i seriously didnot expected a 200 but WTH 300 is too much for this album………..

  • Prasanna Ramachandran

    Just realized that three of the four 300-worder ARR albums begin with R – Raanjhanaa, Rockstar, Roja. Interesting coincidence…

  • Noushad

    Well after JTHJ ,which I am still finding it hard to slot into mediocre or good…And Mariyaan , which again was good but not great but for the Excellent Nenje ezhu .It was getting into dangerous territory for Rahman where three of his albums are well good but not great .Can’t remember the last time this happened .To the relief Ranjahnaa …The variety of songs of reminds me of Delhi-6 …A beautifully rich layered album ,My playlist is set for this month

  • Miss Mithai

    Rahman is one of the best composers but it doesnt mean we have to have to love everything he comes out with. Some songs are hits and misses, just look at Jab Tak Hai Jaan. We can hope for a soundtrack like Dil Se…but a gem like that only comes around once in a while

  • Vishwastam Shukla

    It’s time we read about the music we keep plugged in to. Read how artists like Rahman and Irshad Kamil go about creating their masterpiece tacks.

    Visit – http://melodybites.blogspot.com/ for more!

  • ManBearPig

    Agree with your take on ARR’s compositions for “Delhi 6” and “Rockstar”, but “Raanjhana” a big letdown, IMO. It might also have something to do with Irshaad Kamil’s ordinary lyrics. Ok, not just ordinary, awful sometimes.

    Contrast “Raanjhana” to “Ek Thi Daayan”, where Gulzar’s awesome poetry helps to lift Vishal’s ordinary compositions. An example of why good lyrics are still an important aspect of Hindi songs.

  • siddiq shaikh

    great soundtrack especially piya milenge, tum tak, raanjhana, tu mun shudi, aise na dekho,nazar laye. great review completely agree with 300 words from milliblog.only arr can give goosebumping effect with his tunes,alaap , sargams, variations improvisations and arrangements which no other composer can.phir milenge intense song like noor un ala and aur ho, aise na dekho for me is better than all his top jazz songs overtaking rehna tu, tu bolein main boloon.

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