IMPACTFUL STIRRINGS (STRINGS) OF THE SOUL
The album leaves an impact, and takes you back to another like it, ‘Omkara’. Well the similarity in tenor running through the album is not surprising, given that Piyush Mishra and Vishal Bharadwaj go back a long way to their Delhi University days.
Piyush Mishra, essentially a theatre personality, has not only written the lyrics but also composed the music and lent his voice to a few songs within the album.
The song in the album which stands out and compels you to hear it a second time, almost as soon as you’re done with the 1st listening, is ‘Aisi Sazaa’ by Shilpa Rao. It stays in the ‘Zehen’ and haunts one long after you’ve stopped playing it. Shilpa once again proves (post her accolades for the mellifluous and sensual ‘Khuda Jaane’ ) that she is the one to watch out for in the crop of Gen X singers.
‘Raat Ke Musafir’ reminds one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night. No similarity in tune or words, but just in the mood, feel and power in both these songs. The powerful vocals of Rahul Ram set to the strums of the guitar make for a great listen, and in similar vein is ‘Yaara Maula’ which also a powerful rendition.
‘Ranaji’ and ‘Beedo’ are the quintessential Rekha Bharadwaj, folksy and ‘namkeen’ numbers which provide the right level of sauciness and spunk to the album.
‘Aarambh’, ‘Duniya’ and ‘Sheher’ are the thought provoking songs which are essentially poetry set to music, taking forward the age old practice of the pen paving the path for any kind of revolution.
‘Duniya’, which is inspired by ‘Yeh Mahalon Yeh Taqton Yeh Taajon Ki Duniya’ from Pyaasa by the inimitable Saahir Ludhianvi is good. However, it is written in ‘theth’ Hindi (might be the demand of the script, but still....!) as opposed to the lyrical Urdu used by Saahir. Call me biased, but I still prefer the softness and velvety feel of the Urdu language even when delivering forceful and hard hitting thoughts, and this was missed.
In total, a different album, which one comes across only once in a while. Definitely worth listening to.