Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
Singers: KK, Sunidhi Chauhan, Hard Kaur, Atif Aslam, Mika, Alisha Chinoy, Neeraj Sridhar, Suzzane D’Mello, Javed Ali, Jojo, Soham, Rana Mazumdar, Ashish Pandit, Kailash Kher, Paresh and Naresh
Music release: 1 October 2009
Another Pritam release. How many films is he doing in a month? I don’t think he says no to anyone asking him to compose for their films! Let us see how this one fares…
Main tera dhadkan teri starts with a rap piece that has Hard Kaur going He is a sexy sexy followed by dharti hila de, la de lishkaare. Thankfully, KK soon comes with the actual lyrics of the song is his so-good-when-high-pitched voice…that will make you go wow!! A very catchy opening to the album. Sunidhi complements him quite well – the number seems to be tailor-made for her vocals and range. The interlude is well-laced with rap and bass guitar pieces. This racy number is sure to become one of the chart-toppers.
Tu jaane na has a pleasantly surprising prelude – male chorus with guitar and tabla!! Pritam tries to impart old-world-charm to this number with a different rhythm to great effect. Atif croons well and imparts his trademark warmth to the number. His alaaps in this one will encourage you to sing along with the number. Whatever people say about him, Atif is Atif…and he is good. Period. Don’t agree with me? Listen to this one and then decide for yourself.
Not a bad start at all, I must say. The first 2 numbers have made me wait for more. Let us go ahead…
Oh by God starts with the traditional, used ad nauseum shaadi shehnai prelude that continues throughout the number. Like Aahun aahun and Twist (both Love Aaj Kal), Pritam has “rehashed” an old, traditional tune well again.
Tera hone lagaa hoon has Atif pairing with one of my favourite female singers…Alisha Chinoy. Pritam tries to do a Tum se hi (Jab we met) but the vocalists make it sound fresh. Especially Alisha (with her oomphs and aahs) and the opening male voice (not credited to this number). The more said about Atif, the less! And Pritam uses him to a great effect. A very soothing number, I must admit.
Prem ki naiyya is a naughty but catchy number sung by Neeraj Sridhar and Suzzane D’Mello. Somehow, it reminds me of the band Euphoria (Dhoom pichak dhoom, Mai re fame). The lyrics has some bhojpuri-like words and phrases and is easy on the lips. Like most other songs in this album, english rap phrases find a way here too. The big question is whether these were really required (?)
Aa jao meri tamanna has Javed Ali (Hai Guzarish fame) and Jojo doing the honours. The opening resembles Jaane kaise shab dhali (Raqeeb). Jojo gets to play only second-fiddle (read: chorus/echo) to Javed in the number.
Follow me starts (once again!) with He is a sexy sexy. This hard core (sung by Hard Kaur) rap number seems to be tailored to be played at night clubs and parties.
The next version of Tu jaane na (Reprise) is sung by Soham, Rana Mazumdar and Ashish Pandit. After listening to Atif in the ‘original’ number, this version pales in comparison.
The remix versions of Main tera dhadkan teri, Tu jaane na, Prem ki Naiyya, Tera hone lagaa hoon sound good too. The good thing about these remixes is that they do not ‘cacophonize’ the original numbers.
Kailash Kher gives a rustic feel to the fourth version of Tu jaane na in the score…called Tu jaane na (unplugged version). He also croons the chorus part in the beginning.
Songs to look out for: Main tera dhadkan teri, Tu jaane na, Oh by God, Prem ki naiyya, Tera hone lagaa hoon and Aa jao meri tamanna
My favourite number: Tera hone lagaa hoon
Final verdict: Ajab Pritam ka ghazab music! After months and months of ‘not-a-good-album’, ‘one-song-wonders’, ‘pick-2-good-songs-and-listen’ scores, here comes one that will make you feel good with each song. Each number in the album has been carefully worked upon and etched to sound good to your ears. The vocalists do a magnificent job to take the compositions a level up. Moreover, the tunes have been packaged well (except for a few rap pieces) make you listen to them again and (yet) again. Such albums come once in a blue moon…go, listen to the songs …and enjoy!
My rating: 8/10