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Shabd... T-Series... Rs. 125
ONCE AGAIN we have a one-song album. Shabd is all about Sholon Si. Rendered by Vishal Dadlani and Sunidhi Chauhan, the song has the jazzy feel that Vishal Shekhar are known to offer, post Jhankar Beats. Here without much support from the lyricist Irshad Kamil, they have managed to deliver the optimum. Beyond this, Shabd doesn't say much. Khoya Khoya by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan raises hopes. The song has the required lilt but fails to materialise into anything outstanding. A few notches below is Bolo To by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. The rest is forgettable. The music goes with the theme of the eponymous film, but the words fail to keep pace.
Dreams... Venus... Rs. 40
YET ANOTHER album that takes one to the early 1980s' style of singing and music. Leading the track is Jane Kahan sung by Kumar Sanu with lyrics by Jalees Rashid. The song has a low music with badly written lyrics. Kaise Kate by Sunidhi Chauhan and Na Jaane Kyun by Abhijit and Sneha Pant are fast-paced but do not hold listeners' attention.
Though Kavita Krishnamurti manages to create some magic in Dil Ki Dhadkan with her soothing voice, the music does not charm. Opening Titles is a fusion of Western and Indian ragas. The other songs in the album are Nazar Ne Nazar Ko by Babul Suprio and Anuradha Paudwal, Jane Kahan (Part Two) again by Kumar Sanu, Duniya Tere Bazar Mein by Pankaj Udhas, which really makes one `udaas' after listening and Sapne Sach Honge by Shaan. All in all, not a memorable set of scores.
Nazakat... Sagarika Music... Rs. 50
THIS ONE is surely for those who love soft music with a peppy touch to it. Entirely composed for the guitar, each song in the album will lead one into fairyland. Nazakat is a collection of songs composed by Shibani Kashyap herself, with her team of lyricists and musicians who have lent their artistic skill to add to the versatility and musical content.
The title track Kya Nazakat Hai, sung and composed by Shibani Kashyap with music arranged by Julius Packiam, celebrates beauty and sensuality with utmost innocence. The rendition does justice to the song, written and narrated by Murad Ali. Shibani's husky voice creates magic for the listeners.
The numbers Hakim Tara Chand and Ishara Karo are fun dance tracks, which bring out the versatility of the artistes who can perform sensuous, romantic and punchy numbers with equal ease. Though the track Man Mera Ram Ram Kare did not grab much attention, it is a combination of traditional folk and Western club style.
The other noteworthy tracks are Kashmakash, Din To Gujar Jaye, Ho Raha Hai Mujhko Ye Yaqeen and Thodi Thodi Saanj. Overall, a hummable affair with a touch of Western style.
Shastra Pancharatnam... Asthika Samaj... Rs. 40
THIS IS one of those rare devotional albums. Based strictly in classical Carnatic music, it is produced by relatively lesser-known names. Composed by P.N. Krishnan, flautist and Sanskrit scholar, the collection comprises five Sanskrit kritis (musical pieces) dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, plus an invocatory song in praise of Ganapati, the destroyer of obstacles and harbinger of success.
While all the lyrics and tunes are by Krishnan, the chitta swaras (solfa passages) or patterns of notes arranged rhythmically, interspersed throughout are the contribution of vocalist Akhila Krishnan. These passages add pep and structure to the kritis. The singers are Hema Ranganathan and N. Shailaja. Violin accompaniment is by Neelesh Viswanathan and mridangam by Kumbakonam Padmanabhan. The invocatory song is in raga Shankarabharanam, and for the others - pancharatna or five jewels - the composer has used the gana ragas: Nattai, Gowla, Arabhi, Varali and Shri in that order. A fine addition to the collection of the devotee.
Super DJ... Non-stop Hits... Sony Music... Rs. 150
WITH FIFTY non-stop dance tracks, including songs that are hot on the club circuit, the twin cassette high BPM (beats per minute) compilation featuring DJs Sammy, Hobo, Mars and GTS is one for the house party, driving or pure listening.
Lend an ear to remixes of hits from the 80s and 90s--Billie Jean, Like a Prayer, Don't Speak and Can't get you out of my head included.
But what makes the album a must buy are heart warming golden oldies Karyn White's Super Woman from 1986, Laura Branigan's Self Control and the Roberta Flack hit Killing me softly.
While Generationext can look forward to tracks by Darude, Scatman John and N-Trance. Go for it.
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