Ignore everything else about Pritam's work on Jannat for a moment and zero in on the song Judai.
There is one sweet guitar measure constructed with four sixteenth beats and one dotted half note that is reminiscent of Spaghetti Westerns. A drum set and a drum machine are used to construct a house beat. A bass and rhythm guitar form the trappings of a rock song. And Kamran Ahmed - who has also composed the song - sings in Hindustani style but clips his vocals. The result is a genuine attempt at doing something new that sounds really good (and the kind of fusion I really enjoy).
Later yet, the song is rehashed (as Lambi Judai) only without similar vocal restrictions on Richa Sharma. If you happen to watch Dhoom Macha De, you might have seen Richa's propensity to improvise and here she digs into the opportunity with relish. As a result she records her third great Bollywood number (right up there with Maahi Ve and Billo Rani).
The rest of the album is a series of Pritam power ballads. And in this genre a number of us have embarrassing skeletons in our closet. How about that time when Phil Collins' Another Day in Paradise made me cry? Shudder! This sort of music should come with a warning: enjoy now and regret later.
And if I were Bappi Lahiri, I'd hold Pritam's hand and announce "Tum India ka Pheel Collins hey!" Two of the more polished songs are given to K.K. who is in fine form here. Depending on your leanings, you'll like one better than the other. I dug the hooks and harmonies in Haan Tu Hain more than rousing notes in Zara Sa. Your purchase will vary but they are both deliberately overproduced (something Pritam tends to do with panache).
Finally Jannat is closed out by a Foreigner-meets-Nickelback song sung by Fossils' Rupam Islam. Its gritty, gravelly, tight guitar rock (perhaps a little lacking in variety). Rupam has a really neat growl and he sounds nice and decadent when delivering notes that are slightly off-key.
All through the CD you get the feeling that the reason indiepop still hasn't delivered a huge star might be because its best exponents are making Bollywood music.