Music Reviews and Recommendations: October 2010

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October has been a big month with music. The major albums released this month were Action Replayy, Golmaal 3, Break ke Baad and Guzaarish. So we'll see what is worth listening to in these albums, one by one.

ACTION REPLAYY 2010 (Pritam):

The music of Action Replayy is kind of quite what you expect -- light, entertaining and a bit romantic too. The album has nine songs, out of which most are good at least. Zor ka Jhatka (You must have heard this one by now), Nakhre and Chhan ke mohalla are more of entertaining, and have some element of comedy in them. Zor ka Jhatka is well sung by Daler Mehndi, and Richa Sharma adds an old nasal touch that you could find in the songs of '50s and earlier. Nakhre is enjoyable simply for its witty lyrics, while Chhan ke mohalla has a combination of some old-school lyrics with some good beats.

Also, Mika's dhak dhak and Suraj Jagan's I'm dog gone crazy are good, while Shreya's O bekhabar is a light, soft, romantic and lovable track. She also sings Baaki main bhool gayi well. Tera Mera Pyaar is the not liked number of the album, and Luk Chhup Jaana is not bad, but doesn't sound very great with so many other good songs already around.

GOLMAAL 3 (Pritam):

Coming to Golmaal 3, Pritam disappoints. While Action Replayy was good and lovable, Golmaal 3 doesn't have many good songs to Pritam's credit. The album starts with the title song of Golmaal, which simply builds up from the title of the first Golmaal of the series. The second song, Apna har din is a good one, with some good lyrics, but nothing too great. The next song of the album is perhaps the best of the album, Ale. A beautifully sung number, by Neeraj Shridhar and Antara Mitra, Ale is definitely good on music and not bad on lyrics too. The only "must listen" song.

Further in the album is Desi Kali, which might be liked for Sunidhi's voice, but the resultant song is not really effective. The remaining two songs of the album are Disco Dancer sung by Bappi Lahiri and Yaad aa raha hai tera pyaar, sung by Sudesh Bhosle. All I'd say is that the originals was originals and will remain so.

BREAK KE BAAD (Vishal-Shekhar):

Vishal-Shekhar come up with yet another good album in Break Ke Baad, but one negative thing here is that their albums have started sounding similar, patterned in a way.

Break Ke Baad starts with Adhoore tum, where Vishal and Alyssa Mendonça rock quite literally; quite typically too. The next, Ajab Lehar hai, sung by Neeraj Shridhar, sounds like a Pritam comppsition, though the song is good and quite addictive, with its simple, beat-beat-go-up-n-come-back melody. The next song, Dhoop ke Makaan, though, is something worth listening to, as Prasoon Joshi's beauitfully written song has been given some fine music by V-S, and Shekhar himself comes up to sing this one with Sunidhi and Caralisa. You can even find arranger Mikey Mcclearyu in the singing credits for this one.

The next song, Dooriyaan hain Zaroori is good, but the way Vishal-Shekhar are getting dependent on rock for change, it's no more looking like change, and I'm feeling a bit irritated. Monica Dogra sings this one in quite a heavy voice, while Vishal comes up to support her singing between the lines. I like the way he sang the song.

The next thing I liked in Break Ke Baad is Main Jiyoonga. The song is composed in a somewhat Amit Trivedi way, and Nikhil D'Souza rocks yet again, this time with his simple rendering of the beautiful-beautiul words written by Prasoon Joshi. I loved the words, and liked the music and singing in this one, but somehow I felt that the song could be a bit better, as Nikhil's voice sounds a bit too down below the instruments playing, something I felt in Shekhar's part in Tujhe Bhula Diya.

At the end, Vishal sings an English version of Main Jiyoonga which doesn't say 'I'll live', but says 'Don't worry about me'. Just mean to say that it's not a mere translation of the song, but is almost a different song, with its own identity, but same music and similar thought at the heart of the lyrics. Liked the lyrics in this one too. Good, well controlled singing by Vishal, and overall, a good album from the duo again.

GUZAARISH (Sanjay Leela Bhansali):

Next comes Guzaarish, on which I have mixed opinions and the overall opinions of people vary very highly. But then there are a few things which are accepted by everybody. For one, the album has a huge effect of Saanwariya on many songs, and at times you might feel like listening to Saanwariya only.

Guzaarish starts with a sweet, soft, title song, sung by KK along with Shail Hada. Sau Gram Zindagi has some good and interesting use of words, and the song, even without too great a music, attracts you purely with the lyrics, something that is found common going further in the album.

The next, Tera Zikr hai is a good composition by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, where the lines aren't long, but still Bhansali composes in a way that you feel a light punch coming in the music, and the words get more effective. Can be addictive if it starts growing on you. The next, Saiba, is simply some sweetness packed with some words of love language. Sounds fine as the song doesn't stretch itself for a long time. KK's Jaane Kiske Khaab is more of a poem, and doesn't affect much, but Sunidhi's Udi is definitely a break from the slow-soft songs and gets us something with more energy. A good song, but all the more lovable among all the slow tracks. Sunidhi, of course, sings wonders and if you see the video, Aishwarya dances well there too.

The next song, Keh na Sakoon, a very soft, short, but very deep and romantic number, is my favorite from the album. Harshdeep's Chand ki Katori has some powerful singing again, but the music isn't that powerful, and so the song may not be liked by all. Daayein Baayein is the most up-to-date song in the album in which Bhansali gets as close to Pritam as he probably can. The song is good, even though not too effective and not exactly what Pritam would make still. :)

The album ends with Dhundhli Dhundhli shaam hui, sung by Shankar Mahadevan. The song has light, minimal music, as Shankar's rendering of those words in his powerful voice seems enough to make it reach the depth of one's heart. Completely left to Shankar by SLB, and so beautifully presented, this one.

Overall, Sanjay Leela Bhansali composes a fine enough album for a debutant composer, but then, with the standard of music in his previous movies, this one seems a bit too similar within the album and out of it too. The best part of Guzaarish is the lyrics, and many songs can be heard and liked only for the lyrics. Probably most of them.


Besides these four main albums, there have also been Allah ke Banday and Dus Tola.

Allah ke Banday is composed by various composers. Chirantan Bhatt's Maula is fine, while Kailash Kher, Naresh, and Paresh's Kya hawa kya Baadal (You can call it Kailasa too) is good.

Dus Tola is composed by Sandesh Shandilya, and has Gulzar's words. The album has Laal-Laal aag hua patta chanaar ka, which is a lovable song. Besides, Mohit Chauhan's Aisa hota tha and Sukhwinder's Jee na Jalaiyo are good too, making Dus Tola a good album.

If you still want something more, try Suresh Wadkar's Kaanton se from Rakht Charitra and Neeraj Shridhar's Bhajan Sia ram ram from Ramayana the Epic, that one in his own style.

Looking forward now towards music releases of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan sey, whose promo I loved, and Tees Maar Khan, which is coming on November 12.

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