If you are expecting the music of Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (AMALL) to be anything like the music of Kaho Na...Pyaar Hai then you are in for a big surprise. Sure the film repeats the hit pair of Hrithik and Amisha and has uncle Rajesh Roshan scoring the music again as well, but that is where the similarity ends! Rajesh Roshan has a reputation of saving his best music for his brotherīs films, and I guess he plans to keep it that way. Itīs a sad thing too because if Rajesh plans to keep this up, heīll be getting no new offers except for when his brother plans to make a flick. Whatīs more even Vikram Bhatt, who has a reputation of getting the best from his music composers, canīt help boost the prospects of this dismal score. I donīt know what the technical team was thinking when they began work on this score, but they must have gotten really lazy, because most of the songs on this album are half baked and forgettable.
The album opens with the energetic and loveable title track Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage. Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet join forces to croon the soundtracks one and only song which is worth listening to. Alka sounds good, the song doesnīt demand much vocally, but she still gives it life. Abhijeet too lends good support, his vocals are a perfect compliment to Alkaīs. Lyrically the song is romatic in the teeny bopper bubblegum way, it adds to the tracks overall appeal. The music is lively and foottapping. Rajeshīs use of percussion to highlight some portions of the track is appropriated. The subtle snaps in the verses as well as the sitar and flute infusion in the opening add freshness to the song. Enjoy it while it lasts folks, because from here on, itīs all downhill.
Up next is the semi raga influenced Kuchh Hum Mein Aisi Baaten Hai sung by Sonu Nigam. Sonu does a decent job in the track. His voice sounds digitally altered, giving the song a different appeal . Lyrically itīs an ok song, the boasting words seem to fit with the heroīs personna. Like the title track Ibrahim Ashq writes the words for this one as well. The music is repetitive and gets boring after a few minutes. Adding the electric guitar to the reggae influenced background is a good idea but doesnīt help uplift the track. Overall this one may go down well with others, but for me itīs definitely missing the energy and charm.
If I had to pick the worst song on the album it has to be the twisted track O Re Gori. The song begins on a soft note. Rustic background music opens the song which sounds strangely like O Re Chori from Lagaan. Dev Kholiīs lyrics are romantic, poetic and from the old school. Udit Narayan tries to sound lively and is accompanied by the high pitched voice of Pamela Jain. The background beats of tablas, the chorus, the flute and other traditional instruments is sweet. Yet the track is boring and induces yawns, I suppose that thought came to Rajesh Roshanīs mind as well so he adds a twist and the song switches tempo. This is where we begin a downwards spiral into what seems to be a drug induced trip! All of the sudden the lyrics are getting a little less poetic and more typically filmi, the beats have quickened and if you stopped listening like I did, you may begin to think this is a different song all together. Except this song is still boring and you reach for the fast forward button...BUT WAIT! The track takes yet another twist, this one even worse than the last one! Udit begins crooning lyrics like īHindaroo Pindarooī and the music gets even worse. Udit tries his hardest to sound like he is into the song and comes out shining. Pamela Jain sounds bored as hell and you canīt blame her. Dev Kholiīs lyrics go from bad to worse, much like the music itself which goes from simply boring to simply insane! This sounds like three songs cut and paste together in some sort of psychotic medley. God knows what possesed anyone to release this song on the album, itīs embarassing! Iīm sure even Hrithikīs dance moves wonīt be able to bring it to life on screen.
Next up is Meri Jaan sung by Alka and K.K. The song sounds like a short background piece and ends even before you can reach for the fast forward button. Thank God, at least Rajesh had enough sense to end our misery before the song took some sort of unexplained twist like the previous track. Dev Kholiīs lyrics are typical and the vocals are nothing groundbreaking. Musically the song is another damp squib except this time itīs been cut short, luckily.
Tum To Sagar Jaisi begins Side B. Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik join forces again to sing this track. Abhijeet sounds nice in the opening bars of the vocals. Alka too sounds nice, clearly she is restraining her vocals for this number. The track has good composition, there is excellent but subtle use of the instruments. Bells, flute, tablas, guitar and sitar they are all interspersed in the composition, but the song is too quiet. It seems the vocals overshadow the song and therefore the effect is lost. Ibrahim Ashq does a good job with the lyrics, filling the song with passion. Still the track looses all appeal because it doesnīt really bring you anything new and doesnīt motivate enough for a second listen.
The shenaai opens the next track Hawaon Ne Yeh Kaha. And then there is Hrithikīs voice reciting a few lines. A clap of thunder and weīre thrust into an aggressive sounding chorus. The fast paced track gets under way when Udit Narayan takes over the vocals. Udit does a decent job, as always he seems to be singing with a smile. The music is fast paced and percussion laced, and why not this is one of those īlove will win in the endī type of tracks. I canīt even begin telling you how odd the xylophone sounds under all the sythesizers. Dev Kholi does a decent job with the lyrics, they fit the mood of the track. This song could have been made more appealing had the composition actually offered something worth listening to, itīs too overbearing and melodramtic making you want to hit the fast forward as fast as you can.
We Wish You A Great Life is the odd title to the odd song that follows. It opens as a sixties style jive track. The chorus chants the idiotic title, and then introducing the silly vocals of newcomer Jack who croons Dev Kholiīs silly lyrics. The icing on the cake is Alka who thanks Jack for proposing to her. What the hell you ask? Even I cannot fathom what the lyricist and the music director were thinking when they collaborated on this song. Itīs a close contender for the worst track on this album, but those honours were taken a long time ago. The music doesnīt fit the theme of the track at all. The sitar and the jive backbeat are mutually exclusive. The lyrics are utterly stupid and Jack and Alka donīt help at all. K.K. tries to save the day with a brief and more sober appearance but itīs too short to have any effect. After K. K.īs short appearance we resort back to the silly music and wacky lyrics. And then luckily itīs over and itīs time to move on.
To end of the album there is a theme piece. The saxaphone is bearly recognizeable in the 30 second piece. You hear the familiar hook of the title track (which has been liberally thrown into the albums songs when required) and then itīs over. Short and sweet, wish Rajesh had done so with all the other numbers on the album.
Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage is one of the most painful and irritating reviewing experiences Iīve ever had. You donīt know how lucky you are that you can just fast forward songs you donīt want to listen to. This album offers nothing at all except for the title track. But after one listen to the full album, even youīll agree that the title song isnīt worth it. The album is laden with average numbers which sound like their out of a music bank. Or, in the cases of O Re Gori and We Wish You A Great Life, out of a mental asylum. Rajesh Roshan you should be ashamed.