After making a grand entry into the world of Hindi music nearly 2 years ago, Adnan Sami Khan returns with his second Indi-Pop album, Tera Chehra. Adnan’s first album, Kabhi To Nazar Milao was tremendous success, and now T-Series has reportedly paid him a huge amount for this album. Adnan is supported by Sameer in this venture as the lyricist. Though Sameer’s work can’t be termed a masterpiece, his writing here is definitely much better than most of his often released Hindi film soundtracks. The way T-Series is promoting this album – with lavish music videos and tremendous publicity – combined with the quality of the album itself; don’t be surprised if this turns out to be another successful album for Sami.
“Tera Chehra” begins the album on a great note. This is undoubtedly the best song of the album. The rhythm is nicely put together, and combined with Sameer’s romantic poetry and Adnan’s soulful rendition; this one is definitely guaranteed to be on everyone’s lips. Throw in a sensually picturized music video on Rani Mukherjee and what more does the song need in becoming a success? There is also an “unplugged” version of the song included on the CD, which you won’t find on the audiocassette.
“Tere Bina” has an easy flow that makes it likeable. The slightly playful composition and of course the singing make it worth listening to. “Roothay Huay” is another composition which is instantly likeable. The lyrics and Adnan’s rendition are easily reminiscent of the numerous sentimental Kishore-da numbers from the seventies. However, that works for the song than rather going against it.
“Nain Se Nain Mila” is slightly experimental – and the experimentation works in favor of Sami. Sami’s tried to infuse a slightly classical touch to the song, but what’s unique is the manner in which he has arranged the beats. The beats are mixed very well and his style of rendition makes this song a keeper.
Sami’s tried to experiment a little also in “Saanson Mein”, however, he’s not as successful here. Most of the songs in the album have used the tabla as the backdrop; here however, the arrangements are more westernized. The irritating synthesizer effect infused with Sami’s voice and the somewhat jarring composition bring down the quality.
The much talked about duet with Amitabh Bachchan, “Kabhi Naee!” will unmistakably remind listeners of “Lift Karadey”. The lyrics and the theme of the song are slightly similar to “Lift Karadey”, but the energetic and chemistry-filled rendition by the Big B and Sami along with the peppy beats make it a chartbuster.
The only two mediocre numbers in the album come in the form of “Meri Yaad” and “Teri Bahon Mein”. The main contributors to minor flaws in this song are Sameer’s lyrics (can he EVER complete an album without being repetitive?) and the somewhat boring compositions.
Overall, Tera Chehra is winner! The album contains some awesome songs and if you’re fan of romantic songs you don’t want to skip this album. There’s no doubt that this album will successful just like KTNM, and it deserves to be.