Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Whats your Rashee, Music review by Phalgunn Maharishi

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Music: Sohail Sen

Singers:  Sohail Sen, Alka Yagnik, Madhushree, Aslesha Gowariker, Tarannum Malik, Bela Shende, Udit Narayan, Rajab Ali Bharti, Bhavya Pandit, Shaan, Marianne D’Cruz, Pamela Jain, Ashutosh Gowariker

Believe it or not, the album has a total 13 tracks, each representing a zodiac sign and the last one summing up all of them.The music of What’s Yours Rashee oozes with freshness and breaks all preconceived notions about Bollywood music.

There’s a very soothing start to the album with Pal Pal Dil Jisko Dhoonde (Sohail Sen). There is generous use of the saxophone in the music, which makes it even smoother. The track will be loved by all..!

Listen to Jao Na (Sohail Sen, Tarannum Malik) and you will notice the melody is just created out of pure guitar and bass…now that’s seldom attempted! It takes you back to the good old days when Rahul Roy strung up the guitar for his only remembered movie.

Up next is Aaja lehrate that has vocals by Shaan and Bhavya Pandit. It is quite fast-paced and has western influences with English lyrics thrown in here and there. But the peppy number doesn't stand out in the album.

Bikhri bikhri, sung by Sohail Sen and Marianne D. Cruz, will have a tranquilizing effect on you. A soft, soothing and melodious number, it immediately strikes a chord with the listener.

Then we have Mannunga mannunga. Director Ashutosh Gowariker himself goes behind the mike along with Pamela Jain to sing the song. But the track is unappealing and unexciting.

Sau janam, a love ballet by Udit Narayan, Madhushree and Sen, is one of the best songs in the album. A mushy number, it has a strong musical backing and stays with you long after. A great composition.

Next in line is Aa le chal. Sung by Aslesha Gowariker, it is nothing extraordinary. An average number.

Pyaari pyaari is another feel-good song with some amount of sweetness in it. It is crooned by Alka Yagnik and Sen.

For some Gujju flavor blended with some Arabic beats (weird right?!), Su Chhe (Alka Yagnik, Bela Shende) actually works!

Eventually leaves you feeling like fusion is not such a far-fetched dream for Indian musicians after all! The Arabic flavor continues with Salone Kya (Sohail Sen, Tarannum Malik) and feels like a slower version of Mayya Mayya from Guru..!

Dhadkan dhadkan has edgy music with a strong musical backing. Once again Sen and Tarannum team up for the song that has a haunting feel to it. The number does impress.

The best track of the album is saved for the last. Koi Jaane Na(Rajab Ali Bharti, Bela Shende) has a lot of classical arrangement in the composition, but what elevates the song are the high pitched vocals by Rajab Ali. Truly amazing..!

Finally, there is Chehra jo dekhe hain by Sen again that is the title track of the film. The song includes samples from the other 12 songs.

On the whole What's your Raashee? is a decent album, even though long. The budding composer has done a good job.
Review by Phalgunn Maharishi (Music Composer, Singer and Programmer) Email: phalgunnmaharishi@gmail.com

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