A R Rahman's compositions have acquired a strange quality lately. You hear his new songs the first time and you dismiss them as average. But with repeated hearings they get glued to your tongue.
Such is the case with 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', which has a few songs that catch your fancy in the first hearing, but there are others that take time to register.
The best of the lot in this album is 'Kabhi Kabhi Aditi' which breezes with youthful buoyancy of a teenager addressing his female friend. The song has a groovy beat set to a catchy melody played out on guitar chords and notes.
'Pappu Can't Dance' is a bindaas, peppy track that will make any Tom, Dick or Pappu dance. While a good number of singers take credit for this track, it is the lyrics that impress you. A good song, saala.
My personal favourite is the Rahman-sung title song 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', which is perhaps the first Hindi song set in a genuinely jazz mode with lingering bass, soft beats and random saxophone riffs.
Another superb song is 'Nazrein Churana Nazrein Milana', which is medium-paced and has a nice melody progression.
'Jaane Tu Mera Kya Hai' is a sad, mellow track about figuring out what love is. It is about the realization of love dawning on someone after separation from the loved one. The song has been hauntingly rendered by Runa Rizvi. But the second version of the song by Sukhwinder Singh has more emotive appeal because of the singer's evocative vocals.
'Kahin Toh Hogi Woh' is slow, breezy and lilting track with a melody that takes time to grow on you.
By and large, the songs of 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na' are full of vim and vigour of youth.