05 October, 2011

Rockstar (Music) - Unconventionally Classic !

When a director knows what he wants and a musician who can give it come together, we expect nothing less than a classic, and that is what Rockstar  delivers. With Irshad Kamil's deep, thoughtful poems add to it, the experience becomes magical. First thing first - Thank you A R Rahman for not making this sound like another Bon Jovi album! From the first song you will be hooked to a musical journey, fresh and different. The songs are so fresh ( both in sound, and rendering ) that first time, there is a big chance that it might let you down. But for Rahman fans this is a treat. Because they know that the guy is going to deliver something different and like slow poison, this is going to infect each and every soul listen to it... Let's listen to the songs now ::

 "Phir Se Ud Chala"     Mohit Chauhan  
 The opening  track. There is no chorus and no repeating verses. It is like a smooth flow with mellow music. Mohit Chauhan got the  opportunity to flex his singing muscles and he excellently used it. Great start of an exceptional journey :)

 "Jo Bhi Main"       Mohit Chauhan  
 Rockstar needs a song to perform live. This is it. I liked the chorus Yeh Yeh Yah... The lyrics are superb.  Jo Bhi Main Kehna Chaahoon Barbaad Karen Alfaaz Mere. Ideas lost when expressed by words. Wow ! And such a careless, lost singing by Mohit. My pick of the album.

"Katiya Karun"      Harshdeep Kaur (Additional Vocals: Sapna Awasthi)   
 A folk song is a must for an Imtiaz Ali movie, which always have its feet on ground. And Rahman doesn't disappoint us here. This album has many flavours and spices. A feast, not a quick bite. This is the folk part.

"Kun Faya Kun"      A. R. Rahman, Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan 
The Sufi song. I like Rahman's Sufi style in Piya Haaji Ali and  Khwaja Mera Khwaja. This one too lives up to his reputation. I like  Rahman sings Sufi style. This is a soothing experience and a short break before the upcoming guitars :)

"Sheher Mein"       Mohit Chauhan, Karthik 
A funny song. Light lines and mood. The track and real mock is nice. Nothing much to talk about. Just an easy going song.
"Hawaa Hawaa"       Mohit Chauhan (Additional Vocals: Viviane Chaix, Tanvi Shah, Suvi Suresh, Shalini)   
We have seen road movies and this is a road song! Wandering like the wind. Roaming free. Not bound by words or languages. A lot of  blabbering makes this a complete carefree experience. Chik chik chik... Pa pa paun... This is a song going to remain in your lips  for a while at least...

"Aur Ho"         Mohit Chauhan, Alma Ferovic   
Though this album belongs to Rahman, one thing adds to the experience is Irshad Kamil's lines. Iss Lamhe Kya Kar Doon Main Jo Mujhe Chain Mile Na Aaram Mile... Can not think of better words for a song about confusion. The violin and Mohit's tender voice completes the mood, gracefully.

"Tango For Taj"     Instrumental   
Instrumental track. Something we are going to listen repeatedly. Or to dance with.

"Tum Ko"         Kavita Subramaniam   
The only song for the lady. It feels nice to hear Kavita after a long time. The deep emotional poem is well complimented by her  voice. The violin is excellent. But this song belongs to Kavita.

"The Dichotomy of Fame"     feat. Balesh on Shehnai & Kabuli on Guitars   
Never heard shehnai blends with guitar before. And it gels perfectly. You will be lost in two minutes of bliss...

"Nadaan Parinde"     A. R. Rahman, Mohit Chauhan   
A rock song doesn't always need a reason. I mean, it doesn't need to be a love song, melody, ballad or sad one. This one song talks of the wandering soul missing home. But it is not as emotionally filled as 'Lukka Chupi' from Rang De Basanti either. An easy going song with wonderful guitar solo.

"Tum Ho"         Mohit Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello 
A melody filled with emotions. Which grows inside with every time you listen to it. Suzanne's humming blends well with the mood. Nice song, which is going to last long in your playlist.

"Saadda Haq"         Mohit Chauhan feat. Orianthi on Guitars (Choral Vocal Arrangements by Clinton Cerejo)  
The rebel anthem. Angry guitar. Angry lines. Angry chorus. That's it ! It is rare to have Hindi songs dealing with anger. This is a cry of a generation ( rebel ) who wants their right to be served, no matter what. Kyun Sach Ka Sabak Sikhaye / Jab Sach Sunn Bhi Na Paaye / Sach Koi Bole To Tu / Niyam Kaanoon Bataye. Do I need to tell more ???

"Meeting Place" (Based on a Poem by Rumi)     Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir is an intelligent actor, who improves with each movie. If this, a little more than a minute piece attracts you , it is because  of the perfect modulation in his voice. He did complete justice to the wonderful verse. And a grand end to the album :)


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