What is brilliant is the sheer variety in the album, with each and every song composed with such finesse, that there is not even one song which you would feel like forwarding. It's definitely an album for which different people will have different favourites within it.
The album is entirely beautiful, one of the finest delivered by the little maestro in some time.
Great mesh of the music and Prasoon Joshi's lyrics, both in consonance with the tone and feel of the central theme and the individual thread in each song.
'Masakali' is the cheeky tease of a song. Sung in absolutely the right level of sauciness needed for the song, by Mohit Chauhan (who comes away from his usually accented hindi delivery to sing true Indian 'ishtyle' for this one). Dedicated to Sonam's dove, this song will definitely bring a smile to the 'lips, with its lyrics and style and make the limbs sway (read 'matak') to its beat.
'Genda Phool' is this rustic and folk song sung excellently by Rekha Bharadwaj and supported well by Shraddha Pandit and Sujata Majumdar, however, it is the unusually modern beat that has been given to the song, the bird noises in the background that take the song to the next level. Difficult to listen to this song without moving your body to it.
'Dil Gira Dafatan' is the soul stirring number sung exquisitely by Ash King to the fabulous strumming of the accoustic guitar. A style which reminds one immediately of 'For Emily Whenever I May Find Her' by Simon and Garfunkel, composed so many years ago. Supporting vocals by Chinmayee and the furious play of violins (in the latter part of the song) add to the beauty of the song.
Then you have the pure 'Bhor Bhaye' in two fantastic voices, the inimitable recording of Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali khan coupled with the fresh voice of Shreya Ghoshal. The raag Gujri Todi rendered without any adulteration, minted in the dewy freshness of the early morning.
'Delhi 6', the title track is the complete eclectic modern day Rahman number replete with the new age voices of Blaaze, Vivienne Pocha, Tanvi, Benny Dayal and Claire and belted out in hard hitting style which is so very Delhi.
'Rehna Tu' is Rahman's soft number, set to a lazy beat sung by Rahman himself (Supported by Tanvi and Beny Dayal). The lyrics are especially beautiful. The introduction of flamenco strummings in between the song are great too.
The racy 'Kala Bandar' with a great beat again, is very hip - hop with tongue in cheek , fun English rap in between 'It wasn't me I swear, everybody's looking for the monkey out there'
'Arziyan' is the quintessential sufi qawwali (reminds one of 'Piya Haji Ali' and 'Khwaja Mere Khwaja') without which the Rahman album is really incomplete. Sung from the heart by Kailash Kher and Javed Ali.
Lastly the 'Aarti' sung in folk style completes this well rounded and varied album.
An album which is a treat for the senses. Do please purchase the original audio CD, it will be well worth it.