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SGS Music, Rs.50
IT HAS a curious name - "Kachchi Pencil" - but this offering from across the border is a delightful collection of six songs sung by Akram Rahi and Naseebo Lal. The latter in particular is quite impressive, her shrill, high-pitched voice reminiscent of our own Shamshad Begum of yesteryear whose talent was so skilfully exploited by the inimitable O.P. Nayyar in many a song. This cassette, brought out by SGS music, has music score from Wajahat Attray while Bajwa has penned the lyrics for this love story. Though the singers are of Pakistani origin, the cassette itself is typically Punjabi but fortunately it has none of those sickening `balle balle' stuff that we get to hear day in and day out. The first song on side A "Likhe Naseeb Kachi Pencil Naal" is a beautiful one and easily the pick of the lot and the lyrics is quite telling. "Luk Luk Rovenga" is another good one but "Aag Hijar Ne Laiye" by Naseebo Lal on side B has been wonderfully sung. There is an indescribable beauty to her voice, still a little raw but nevertheless full of feeling and emotion. The cassette is certainly not a bad buy. The music is just passable.
MUJHSE SHAADI KAROGI
A TYPICAL masala album as you would expect from a David Dhawan film. Music directors Sajid-Wajid's hard work is evident in the orchestra, which has the pace without being interfering. However, Jalees Sherwani's words leave much to be desired.
"Rab Kare" by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik has the lilt but no novelty "Mujhse Shaadi Karogi" has the style of Sonu Nigam but will survive only as long as the film. Sonu is again in full form with Sunidhi Chauhan in Anu Malik's sole composition "Jeene Ke Chaar Din". The song will keep the party crowd hopping for some days. "Kar Doon Kamaal" is meant for Sukhwinder Singh and he does justice to it. Not a bad buy if you refresh your shelf periodically.
SWEET HONEY MIX
HERE COMES a cassette that is a must-must buy for all those blueline, RTV and chartered bus drivers. So that they can play such `so-called' music in full volume and can play on commuters' nerves. Such silly stuff can have a truly deleterious effect on any music-lover. But who cares. T-Series has yet again conspired to bring out the Sweet Honey Mix cassette featuring, as it proudly proclaims, 20 full remix songs that are nothing but a terrible assault on one's ears. The new crop of singers - Smita, Sneha Pant, Pamela Jain and others seem to have been smitten by the remix bug - who can neither sing well nor yet imitate the original masters, have committed unpardonable hara-kiri on some exquisite original songs. At least Sonu Nigam, initially dubbed as master plagiarist, did a pretty decent job, in trying to emulate the immortal Mohd. Rafi.
Many super hits of yesteryear have found a place in this album, the first two being that of the inimitable O.P. Nayyar compositions, "Leke Pehla-Pehla Pyar" from C.I.D. and "Kabhie Aar Kabhie Paar" from Aar Paar. Nayyar himself was regarded as a pioneering artiste and a consummate beat and rhythm specialist of his days. We also have the "Chhod Do Anchal" from Paying Guest, this time a different remix version than the one we have been hearing of late. The real insult comes when we turn to the last two songs in side B, "Jhumka Gira Re" from Mera Saya - Madan Mohan must be squirming in his graveyard. The original Asha Bhonsle song was a pure delight and the imitation is pretty cheap. In the last song from Barsaat, "Jiya Beqarar Hai", even Lata Mangeshkar has not been spared. There is nothing sweet about this honey mix of a cassette, it is a sugar-coated bitter pill with an unpleasant taste that promises to linger till another crazy remix comes our way.
Music Today, Rs.55
THIS ALBUM is a must buy for those fans of Vishal Bhardwaj who feel that the talented music composer has not been given his due. There is plenty of evidence here to buttress the contention.
There are relatively new songs like "Ru-Ba-Ru" from Maqbool which presented Daler Mehndi in a new light. Then there are songs like Gulzar's "Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale" from Maachis. In fact, the two have joined for more than one venture in the past, and this album gains immensely from the chemistry they seem to share.
Keep some out fro Hariharan's "Atthani Si Zindagi" which has a grooving tempo and gives the album a dimension not often managed by many compilations.
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