POOF! THE GENIE GRANTS MASTI! BUT NOT CONSISTENTLY!
An album from Vishal – Shekhar which is pure fun! Specially when it starts off with this great cheeky rap sung by Amitabh Bachchan in his unmistakable style, needless to say with impeccable pronunciations of both Urdu/Hindi and English with lyrics such as “ ...Aladin...sun tera bheja hai khali...tujhse aake kismet hai gale mile waali”. Supported in style by Anushka Manchandani who has now carved a niche for herself in this genre of singing and is true to it.
The other song in the abum which is just out of this world is ‘You May Be’ - A song sung quite exquisitely in harmony by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani. One is of course acquainted with Shekhar’s talent (Old Sa Re Ga Ma winner and the soft voice behind Dil Se Mere Door Na Jaana from Pyaar Main Kabhie Kabhi). Vishal who is a member of the band Pentagram, shows his versatility as he sounds quite great in harmony with Shekhar in a song which is typically Shekhar’s forte. It is Vishal who is quite amazing in this song.
However, as with many other Vishal – Shekhar albums, which have 1 – 2 great songs but the rest of the album fails to generate memory space. (Think of the brilliant Khuda Jaane and the rest of the album of Bachna Ae Haseeno – sounds familiar?!!!)
Tak Dhina Din – by Shankar Mahadevan and Shaan is a fun track and very danceable, but you won’t remember it.
Ore Saawariya - Sung by Amitabh, Shreya and Sudesh Bhonsle is a cliched Amitabh track, sounds very beaten to death.
Bachke O Bachke – Shankar, Sunidhi and Shaan do a good job on this song, with beats et al. But again not a great number.
Giri – Giri – sung by Sanjay Dutt is his typical style – in the voice of the baddie Ringmaster. It is almost like a recitation. Sounds as if it’s just out of a Sanjay Gupta movie.
Genie Rap and Ore Saawariya also have remixed versions.
So two great numbers make this album listenable the others songs are also fun and good to listen to, but the others are not really ones that you’re going to store in your memories, iPods or C drives!!!