Friday October 3, 2014

Raunaq (Music review), Indipop – A R Rahman

Posted by Karthik

It’s heartening to see Rahman approach Raunaq not as an experimental non-film album, but as a regular film soundtrack, at least going by the tunes. It is also ironic that one of the album’s highlight – Kapil Sibal’s ‘poetry’ – is also its least obvious aspect. Kho jaayein hum explifies it best – musically minimal, with enticing, ambient sounds and shows that Kapil Sibal is no Gulzar. In Laadli, the ode to the girl child, Lata Mangeshkar has thankfully been troubled in a limited way, letting the ebullient chorus and backgrounds to do the magic. That sitar-led musical spike that has Rahman joining the chorus is a masterstroke! Sach kahoon flows like a breeze, the tune maintaining a frothy lightness all through, and accentuated by Chithra’s phenonemal vocals. Jonita carries her two songs – the somber, jazz-tinged Geet gaaoon and the very-filmy Aabhi jaa with a well laid-out musically extended intro, middle and climax – beautifully. The album’s best are Kismat se, where Shreya literally coos her way to a wonderfully pleasant melody and Mohit Chauhan’s Khatta meetha, a lively package, punctuated by catchy chorus and equally clever, addictive word play. Rahman provides more than adequate luster to this Raunaq.

Keywords: Raunaq, A R Rahman, Kapil Sibal, 200, #200



  • Anish Mohanty

    Kapil Sibal’s lyrics are very disappointing. His word play and command over Hindi/ Urdu is far from impressive.

  • hikicha

    Looks like ur #200 for ARR doesnt get u much traffic …. lets make the next one 100 :)))) – <Mumbai Ramki

    • milliblog

      If only I was after ‘traffic’… 🙂

      • Sam

        I am unable to relate to any songs in Raunaq.. On the other hand, I songs brings me happiness and memories of Kadhalan / TT days..

        Here is a point to ponder from Immanuel Kant:

        “When a man puts a thing on a pedestal and calls it beautiful, he demands the same delight from others. He judges not merely for himself, but for all men, and then speaks of beauty as if it were a property of things. Thus he says that the thing is beautiful; and it is not as if he counts on others agreeing with him in his judgment of liking owing to his having found them in such agreement on a number of occasions, but he demands this agreement of them. He blames them if they judge differently, and denies them taste, which he still requires of them as something they ought to have; and to this extent it is not open to men to say: Every one has his own taste. This would be equivalent to saying that there is no such thing as taste”

  • Kiran Kumar Bandiatmakur

    9 months, 8 albums this year …almost one album every month…. and 5 albums getting #200… I think rahman is still exciting enough to make an impact without much impact on quality…even when so many albums have relased at the same time… What do you say?

  • Umesh

    Sach kahoon is such a delight , love you Rahman 🙂

  • A 200 for Yuvan’s Biriyani and a 200 for this masterpiece? Biriyani songs were repeatedly skipped in my player in the early days and deleted after 2 days. But Raunaq will stay for decades, I’m sure about it. I feel like you are a little biased towards Yuvan. I don’t feel like 200 is not enough for Raunaq but 200 is too much for Biriyani.

    • milliblog

      Not biased towards Yuvan. That’s a broad generalisation since I don’t judge (in my head and shared here) albums based on what I think of a composer’s body of work, but what he/she has done in that album, in specific. So, 200 for Biriyani, the soundtrack, since I liked it (that the movie sucked is another matter). I do not believe I pre-like any soundtrack without knowing what the sound is like or just based on the makers/people behind it – expectations are always there, but not enough to pre-like it.

  • Muralidhar

    Just giving 200 seeing the name A R Rahman….!!!! Not fair (I am a fan of ARR though)

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