Thursday, January 17, 2008

The best new Bollywood music - 5

The holidays have come and gone and here is a review of the Bollywood music I particularly enjoyed during that time. Song titles are linked to streaming music.

Give them a whirl if you haven't, tell us what you think or break the word on something good you've heard lately.

Dus KahaniyanDus Kahaniyan (Various)
  • Jaaniye (Sunidhi Chauhan, Aanchal) Music: Gourav Dasgupta
    Forget the title song, this jungle-light track is the standout song on the CD.
  • Nach Le Soniye (Mika Singh)
    As usual Mika brings the party with him on the song. It's not Mauja but if you can close your eyes and visualize Urmila Matondkar grinding her teeth in the back, it can have huge entertainment potential.

Halla BolHalla Bol (Vanraj Bhatia)

FM - Fun aur Masti (Adil Hussaini Sheikh)
  • Yeh Jalwa (Sunidhi Chauhan)
    Ok, its a tired little Arabic number, but think about how cool it'll sound on the next Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Arabic themed show!

ShowbizShowbiz (Lalit Pandit)
  • Tu Mujhse (K.K.)
    This song doesn't work as a rousing concert performance, but if you take that away its still a hugely infectious song.
  • Duniya Ne Dil Toda (K.K.)
    If you like K.K., you'll love Showbiz. And if you like raundu K.K. (which I do), you'll love this song.
  • Kash Ek Din Aisa Bhi Aaye (Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal)
    A terrific, if underplayed, metal guitar riff accompanies the chorus and even though its the sole hook in the song, it's good enough.
  • Meri Ibtada (Shreya Ghoshal)
    The short, melancholy version of "Kash Ek Din" and done beautifully in Shreya's clear ringing voice

Sunday (Various)
  • Manzar (Mahlia Kamath, Suraj, Earl Edgar) Music: Raghav Sachar
    The best of several R&B and hip-hop flavored songs on the CD and a chance to listen to new voices Mahlia and Suraj, both of whom sound really good.

Welcome Akshay KumarWelcome (Various)
  • Insha Allah (Shaan, Krishna, Akruti Kakkar, Himesh) Music: Himesh Reshammiya
    Himesh howling the titular salaam is worth the price of admission alone. Surprisingly, the other artists do most of the singing.
  • Kola Laka Vellari (Himesh Reshammiya) Music: Himesh Reshammiya
    Himesh does slow-burn progressive trance and sings a nonsense chorus. Terrific!
  • Kiya Kiya (Anand Raj Anand, Shweta Pandit)
    Extremely dance-worthy, full of wonderful pagal-majnu lyrics and the best use of Shweta Pandit in a song.

Bombay To Bangkok Shreyas TalpadeBombay To Bangkok (Salim and Sulaiman Merchant)
  • Dheere Dheere (Zubeen Garg)
    On a largely disappointing CD especially coming from the men behind Aaja Nachle and Chak De! India - Zubeen's breezy pop ghazal is the only song worth listening to.


Anonymous said...

Aspibhai, why do the Himesh songs get the best reviews? :)

Unknown said...

Bella, I plead guilty. I do dig Himesh's compositions but most of my reviews of his music are a bit tongue-in-cheek.

Anonymous said...

Kola Laka Velari. I wonder what kind of people writes lyrics these days. Well if Javed Akhtar is forced to write a 'Dard-E-Disco', anything can happen.

I am surprised that you didn't like the other very good songs in Dus Kahaniyaan.

'Kaala Peela' by Shaqat Ali Khan was simply fantastic. Try listening to it again, I am sure you will like it.

I have 'Bhula Diya' and 'Bin Tum' on repeat as well.

Anonymous said...

I am obsessed with Jodha Akbar soundtrack..It gives me delicate butterflies whenever i listen to the romantic songs and whenever i listen to azeem, it sends a chill down my spine