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Neeke manasichaanu... Supreme... Rs. 38

THIS ALBUM adheres to the earlier system where most of the songs are penned by one lyricist. A rare phenomenon these days. And a rare treat too for people who prefer to enjoy the melody of the lyrics. The songs are all written by the much-acclaimed lyricist of the Telugu film industry, Sirivennela Sitaramasastry. He is known to string words together beautifully for a poetic effect.

Like in the song Tholichoope edo chitram chesinda, a lyrical melody, which sounds a bit similar to O myna nee gaanam ne vinna (Antham). The rich content runs through the other songs like Andi andaka, Aakupachchani siri and Maaghamasam manchi muhurtam kudirinde enchakka.

Mehbooba mehbooba, written by Bhuvanachandra, is an exception and looks as if the focus here is on the music than on the meaning. This number is a straight take-off on Dil ding-dong ding dole (Style) and is going to catch up with the young crowd. Worth buying.


LOC Kargil... Saregama... Rs. 55

ANU MALIK has brought out another worthwhile album and gave his best for J.P. Dutta - his music for Border and Refugee stands testimony to this. Sandese aate hain from Border still rings in many ears even today. His Panchi... in Refugee was endearing with the singers Alka Yagnik and Sonu Nigam chipping in their best effort. The music of LOC, Dutta's magnum opus on the Kargil martyrs, has a classical feel and touch of the soil. Anu Malik has imparted the earthiness using the Indian instruments and not merely re-churning the tunes from tune banks. There is an element of poignancy in the lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The singers put in their best effort and the end result is a good album.

The first two songs Seemayen bulaye tujhe and Pyaar bhara geet are melodious and grow on the listener. In the first one, Alka Yagnik sounds different and sonorous. Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam are harmonious. Shreya certainly has a bright future in the industry. Both these songs have a classical and ethnic touch. Roop Kumar Rathod's Khush rahen is O.K. In Before we forget, an instrumental, the last one on Side A raag Desh is predominant and is a moving piece which brings memories of the motherland.

The longest song on the flip side is Main kahin bhi rahoon - an emotional song sung by many singers. Though it does not have the same beat like Sandese Aate Hain, it is still touching. Sonu Nigam renders the final song Ek saathi aur bhi tha as a befitting finale and tribute.

This album is certainly worth the price.

Paisa Vasool... Times Music... Rs. 55

FOR THIS Manisha Koirala and Siddharth Koirala production, Bapi Tutul scores the music to Sandeep Nath's lyrics. Mostly remixes old songs (at least side B and a few songs too sound like remixes), it also comprises a few other numbers, the prominent ones being Rukte Chalte (Shankar Mahadevan) and Yaadon Mein (Shreya Ghoshal and Shaan). These are the two better numbers of the album. Yadon Mein sounds quite similar to Yaadon ki baraat.

The title song Paisa Vasool (the opening one with slightly inane lyrics) sung with lot of gusto by Sunidhi Chauhan sets the pace for the album. Vasundhara Das too packs in energy in her Bindas. The remixed versions of Helen's dance mix and Hai re hai tera goonghta are like the usual remixed versions without much appeal.Overall, the album does not enthuse one to listen to it more than once.


Driving Rock Anthems... Various Artistes... Virgin Records... Rs. 100

The album is a collection of 18 songs performed by various artists and bands drawn mostly from the golden era of rock-the 70s and 80s and a couple of tracks from the 90s. Starts on a delightful note with Meatloaf's Rock and Roll Dreams Come True which continues to make for delightful listening a decade after it was first sung. Bryan Ferry's Let's Stick Together is sung to the wonderful accompaniment of a clarinet. Powerstation's forte in Get it On is in the opening strains of the electric guitar. One track that is apt for driving with its wild thumping piano is The Stranglers' Go Buddy Go, while Chris Speeding's Motor Biking and 2-4-6-8 Motorway by the Tom Robinson Band have the same feel. Talking Heads' Psycho Killer is a live version.

The album also includes the very popular Blondie single, Atomic. Robert Palmer offsets Suzi Quatro's Devil Gate Drive with the absolutely devilish Simply Iresistible. Jane Wiedlen and Belinda Carlisle root for soft rock in this collection.

A must buy for those who believe that rock is the soul of music.

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