Chords & Notes
Bhadradri Ramudu… Surya Music… Rs. 35
THERE ARE two things that make this album different. Firstly, all the songs in the album, written by Veturi Sundararama Murty and composed by Sree, have been rendered by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and Nitya Santoshini – a real, refreshing change. Secondly, almost all the songs have a Harikatha-like feel about them.
While Kondantha vaadu kondekkinodu has some folk feel too, Ramulorocharu Ramulorocharu Ram bhajana is sung with a typical English accent, especially in the refrain Rama Rama Sita Sita and it sounds charming. Sitakoka chilakamma (repeated twice on the flip side), Jai Sriramachandramurtyki and Mullokambula are the other songs that keep up and carry forward the spirit.
On Side B, Sriramachandra is a song that has the ability to force a second hearing from you. Good and different attempt.
Asambhav… Tips… Rs. 55
VIJU SHAH composes for this Rajiv Rai film. And the techno tunes may just about catch the attention of the listener the first time. While some of thetunes are better suited for discos, there is no element of melody andnot much scope for good lyrics. The fast-paced Raatein badi hain sets the tempo for the album.Hema Sardesai’s voice is ideal for this song. Naseeruddin Shah chips in with some words. One notices Rajiv Rai’s name in the flap. He is part of the chorus in this and Mashuqa Rubi. Kavita K. Subramaniam seems wasted in Teri dekh dekh ladkaiyan. Anuradha Sriram’s voice sounds too harsh in Mashuqa Rubi – asong, which resembles the first one to a certain extent.On the flip side Main sada hoon (K.K.) and Koi aayega (Sunidhi Chauhan) are not impressive.Perhaps the only thing in the album worth a hearing, is the Instrumental theme (Asambhav). It begins on a soft note but gathers in momentum. The only discordant note are the words introduced towards the end – voices of Naseeruddin Shah and Arjun Rampal.
On the whole, the album seems almost impossible to hear like its title. Hope the movie is not so.
Kabhi… Saregama… Rs. 55
SWAPNA ROY, wife of Saharasri Subroto Roy, makes her debut as a singer with this album, which was released with much fanfare. The music by Sanjeev Shrivastav (he is assisted by the lyrics of Shaheen Iqbal) is quite melodious to hear although one gets a feeling of having heard some of the tunes before at times. After a point a kind of monotony sets in.
The opening song is Kabhi zindagi mein, which is being aired on the telly where Subroto Roy appears. It is like taking a nostalgic trip – going down memory lane – the visual complements the written words. The music has overtones of Bappi Lahiri. Mohammed Salamat gives Swapna company in the latter half.
Through Sandal ki aanch, Dil mera aaj kal and Yeh motiyon li ladiyon Swapna Roy is able to showcase her singing talent and come out successful. In fact these songs are better than the first one. Yeh motiyon ki ladiyon has a folksy touch to it. Swapna Roy is able to hold her own in the four songs on Side B although the songs are just about OK. Roop Kumar Rathod gives her company in the last song Jhil mil jhil mil.
Swapna Roy is able to mark her mark as a singer with this album.
Sun Sahiba Sun Fanzai’s Mix… Venus… Rs. 50
SUN SAHIBA sun is one such song, which one feels like hearing again and again, because of its lovely lyrics and a melodious voice that breathes life into the content. And when Lata Mangeshkar croons Maine tujhe chun liya tu bhi mujhe chun you really want to choose her… as the melody queen. Perhaps, not attempting a remix version of that song would have been the best gift anyone could give the legendary singer. The remix version doesn’t come anywhere close to melody – with the singer’s voice sounding huskier than necessary, and bits of English lyrics thrown in just for the heck of it… Naturally, unless you are a remix buff who doesn’t mind hearing the distorted version of the song in a disc/ pub, the album doesn’t really attract attention.
The other songs which follow this non-melodious track include Reshmi salwar kurta jaali ka, Sharabi ankhen (a club mix repeated on Side B too) and Yeh ladka hai allah, Mana ho tum on Side A. The flip side has songs like Jane jana, Mera salam lejaa and Bholi surat.
The album is good only for the dance floors but not as a priceless collection adding worth to your prized possessions.
Loving You… EMI… Rs. 150 (Two Vols.)
THIS IS a wonderful collection not only for mushy romantics but also for those who love great music – ballads, pop or rock. The compilation serves as great accompaniment for long drives or quiet walks.
Volume I features Robbie Williams’ imploring Feel, Blue’s latest title track Guilty, Aqua’s poignant Turn Back Time – there is also another version by Cher – , the hit from the OST of “Notting Hill”, Ronan Keating’s When You Say Nothing At All, Janet Jackson’s sensuous That’s the Way Love Goes, yet another song from the hit comedy “Four Weddings and A Funeral”, Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around (incidentally all Hugh Grant starrers have great music) and the Michael Learns to Rock classic, Paint My Love.
Volume II includes Alicia Keys Fallin’, Westlife’s Swear it Again, the wonderful singing and guitar in Extreme’s More Than Words, Club 7’s Two in a Million, Toni Braxton’s first hit Breathe Again, Michael Hutchence’s wonderful voice in INXS’ Beautiful Girl, the irrepressible Tina Turner’s Missing You and the Spice Girls with 2 Becomes 1.
“Loving You” is a set so wonderful that it’s a must buy.
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