Friday, January 23, 2009

Delhi 6 - Music Review

AR Rahman sure knows how to live up to his name and fame. I can go on writing about this album, but somehow I find myself comparing it to the charm that Alaipayuthey/Saathiya created. It makes you feel happy about yourself.

The album opens with a devotional song, that does not really invoke a prayerful instinct as Ik Onkaar or O Paalanhare or Pal pal hai bhaari. But somehow this seems more like a wedding song than a prayer. Maybe its because of the all women playback and the dholaks.

My respect for Javed Ali has increased multifold with this Sufi qawwali. Teaming with Kailash Kher, the song has a divine feeling to it. The jugalbandi in the second antara and the opening by Javed Ali is hair raising. The Islamic side to Delhi(ala Jama masjid, Red Fort et al) is brought out beautifully in this song.

Bhor Bhaye:
A complete-full-fledged-classical-thumri. A woman with a honey coated voice and a legend who has literally stripped every swara in music. A delight for every person who appreciates classical music. Winding, complex alaaps and big expectations from Shreya, and I bet she's lived upto it.

Delhi 6:
Wild ! Insanely brilliant stuff. Brings out the true spirit of the capital in a hip-hoppish style. Total upbeat score.

Dil Gira Dafatan:
Ash King is a popular British singer. But somehow his singing doesn't appeal to me. But what leaves me curious is the usage of the word "Dafatan". How many times have you heard it really ? It means, "suddenly". Chinmayi has 4 lines to herself and breezes through like a zephyr. Serene, yet rustles and refuses to settle down.

Genda Phool:
Think of a wedding'ish folk with someone like Rekha Bharadwaj of "Namak ishq ka" fame. And now think of techno beats along with her nasal undertone. Throw in a little raucous cuckoo'ing. Hard to imagine? Listen to this track.
Fusion at its best and the man has to be lauded for only he can pull off such a thing without making it sound awkward.

Hey kaala bandar:
This reminds me of some mocking song as well, but I can't quite place it right now. I'm probably high on music. Quite funky and I'm raising eyebrows at Srinivas in such a song. After Zindagi from Yuvvraaj, I'd lost hope on him to sing fast paced numbers, leave alone be part of one. This song has familiar bits from Dil ka rishta (Yuvvraaj)

Before you ask me what on earth it means, its named after the type of dove that you see sitting on Sonam Kapoor's head in the video. The song has a casual attitude to itself and is very easy going. You feel yourself being carried away by Mohit Chauhan in the mataks. :P

A poem. Solemn. Heartful. Period.

Rehna Tu:
The opening reminded me of Rangeela for a moment. Somehow I am not able to describe what I feel about this song. The arrangement and usage of vivid instruments that one can't distinguish, its a treat to any hard-core music lover.

Quoting Prasoon Joshi's line from one of the songs -
Gali hai deewano ki Dilli 6 !


Keshi said...

Fantastic, share pretty much the same views on the album.

Pria said...

Love ur reviews. Used to read them on your main blog, but lost track after you migrated them here. This one is spot on too!!
ARR rocks!

sallu said...

thanks so much !!!! i love bollywood song so much!!!do you have skype ,,,,please add me my name is sallu116!!!

balmuru said...

wow! i'm your fan now! thanks for the postings...keep it up...

:) typical piecean

Chiju said...

The expectations were met.. i loved masakali and rehna thu more than the others..
and ur views on Arziyan.. well written.. :)
just wondering why you have not written anything after that though!

kaka987987 said...

Tu meri adhoori pyaas pyaas, tu aa gayi mann ko raas raas, ab toh
You are my unquenched thirst, I'm in love with you
ab toh tu aaja paas paas, Hai guzaarish
Please come to me at least now, this is a request.
Hain haal to dil ka tang tang, tu rang ja mere rang rang
The status of my heart is pitiful, let's get you colored in my hues
Bas chalna mere sang sang, Hai guzaarish
Just walk along with me, I request you.
Kehde tu haan toh jindagi, zharano se chhutke hasegi
If you say yes, life will smile at us,
Moti honge moti raaho mein yeah yeah yeah
Our paths will be strewn with pearls, yes.

Shishe ke khwaab leke, raato mein chal raha hu, takara naa jaaun kahin
Taking along dreams made of glass, I'm walking the nights, I hope I don't collide somewhere.
Aasha ki lau hain roshan, phir bhi tufaan kaa darr hain, laun bhuj naa jaye kahin
Light is the flame of hope, yet, I fear the hurricane. I hope the flame doesn't extinguish.
Bas ek haan ki guzaarish, phir hogi khushiyo ki baarish.
Just one request for your approval, then it will rain happiness on us.

Chanda hain aasman hain, aur baadal bhee ghane hain, yeh chanda chhup jaaye naa
There is the moon and the sky, and also the gloomy clouds, I wish the moon doesn't hide itself
Tanhaayi das rahi hain,aur dhadkan badh rahi hain, ek pal bhi chain aaye naa
This loneliness is killing me, and heartbeats are on the rise, my peace is long lost.
Kaisi ajab dastaan hain, bechainiyaan bas yahaan hai.
This story is so peculiar, only impatience is left here.