If you are waiting for a soundtrack that will probably end up as being one of the best soundtracks of 2007, then your wait is over. Vishal-Shekhar prove once again that they are two of the most versatile maestros that we have in Bollywood. This is one of those soundtracks that prove easy to get addicted to. There are soundtracks, which take a bit of time to grow on you, and then there are those that you fall in love with instantly. This is definitely the latter.
Vishal-Shekhar have proven themselves time and again with soundtracks such as I See You, Dus, Jhankar Beats, Musafir, and many more. It was the two-punch combination of DUS and Bluffmaster that truly gained them some respect.
Some may say that Himesh Reshammiya is the music director for the younger generation; however, I do believe that V& S are a much better representation of this generation. Good melodies, excellent vocals, and instrumentation are guaranteed with this music duo.
The first song on the soundtrack, Sajanaji finds Sunidhi Chauhan channeling the voice of Shobha Mudgal in a Rajasthani techno folk song, with a bit of Bhangra thrown in. Our music directors are known for mixing different styles of music together, but I dare you to sit still with this song. This is a song that will probably be remixed to death, so listen to it now while it’s still fresh. This is a FRESH TRACK. (Fresh, meaning that it’s something new and fun to listen to). Strange that there is no remix for this song on the album, it seems like a natural for it.
The second song on the soundtrack, Jaane Hai Woh is a big drop from the kinetic energy of the first song. This one is probably my least favorite on the album, as it follows the pattern of slow songs that was established by V&S with ‘Suno Na’ from Jhankar Beats (an instant classic that is hard to beat). The song is saved from any kind of mediocrity by the vocals of Shreya Ghoshal and Shaan. Both are amazing singers and bring their best to this song; however, one can’t shake the feeling that we have heard something similar before. I would say this is a SEMI-FRESH TRACK.
The third song on this album, Albela Albela is another one to stand up and dance to. James Brown funkadelic meets V&S indo fusion to give us what I like to call, Indo-Funk. The music sounds like something from the heyday of Motown. To add more fuel to the music fire, V&S rope in Shankar Mahadevan of Shankar-Ehssaan-Loy fame. I give much respect to V&S for taking Shankar as lead vocalist for this song. Shankar Mahadevan has gone on record to say that he was blacklisted by other music directors and was not being hired by them, since he became a music director himself. It’s nice to hear his “dhishoom” voice singing another music director’s song. Also, lo and behold, we hear Vishal lending his considerable singing talents to this track. Dance to the Indo-Funk with this FRESH TRACK.
The fourth song on the album, Halke Halke reminds me of a tune that sounds like Bombay Vikings mixed with Silk Route. Aha! That must be because the lead vocals are none other than the man behind Bombay Vikings, Neeraj Sridhar. This song is very much a pop style tune, and is something that probably could be played behind the scenes on any soap commercial on T.V. What I mean by that is that it’s not intrusive in any way, and is pleasant to listen to. Still, I would have preferred if V&S had made the tune a bit different and not tried to ape the Bombay Viking style which Neeraj does very well on his own. Don’t V&S realize that sometimes it works best to put a pop singer in a song that is totally different than the style listeners are used to? Maybe next time they will make up for this missed opportunity. I would say this is a SEMI-FRESH TRACK.
Our favorite female playback singer, Sunidhi Chauhan returns for the fifth track, Pyar Ki Yeh Kahani accompanied by Gayatri Iyer. This Flamenco based number totally made me feel like I was Zorro, chasing after my Indian heroine! Seriously though, Sunidhi is at the top of her game and really sings her heart out with this one. The Flamenco rhythm and Spanish guiter riffs all make for a song that will take you to a different place. V&S hit the ball out of the park with this one, making it a FRESH TRACK.
Paging Robert Miles, will Robert Miles please stand up…. please stand up… The sixth track on this surprisingly good V&S album, Hath Dhore Niye Chalo is an instrumental in the Robert Miles vein. Produced by Funinternational, it is different than the usual V&S style, which makes me think about how much each artist contributed. Nevertheless, there are some smatterings of vocals that really make this trance, techno, Bhangra, Robert Miles musical mix one that makes you feel like playing it while speeding down the Autobahn. The more I listened to this track, the more it grew on me, particularly the little bits of vocal thrown in here and there. This instrumental makes it the fourth FRESH TRACK for V&S on this soundtrack.
The seventh and final track on this soundtrack is a remix of , Halke Halke that makes the song sound even more like a Bombay Viking’s tune. As far as remixes go, this one is pretty standard, the only difference being a faster percussion track. I do think that apna DJs really need to realize that a remix is not just about adding a faster beat, but truly deconstructing a song and giving the listener something a bit different. All in all though, it’s not a bad remix, just not different enough from the original tune, which makes me say that it is SEMI-FRESH.
I must give a special mention to Javed Akhtar for really writing some winning lyrics. It’s nice to see dad support his son Farhan on what I believe is the first production from Excel Entertainment directed by someone else.
Vishal-Shekhar do not disappoint with this album and I am sure the music will be on the best of 2007 list. There is not a bad song on the album and the music is truly refreshing to hear. This one is a must buy and will be at the top of your playlist for weeks. Different music styles are blended together to produce a highly enjoyable soundtrack from two of the most versatile maestros in Bollywood.