Expectations are aplenty when the name reads Himesh Reshammiya. Like him or not, he does succeed in generating a lot of curiosity for his upcoming stuff. And this time it is bound to reach new heights, as he teams up with the Bhatts. Lets find out how this soundtrack fares.
The album begins with the highly promoted, title track ‘Kajra Kajraa Kajraare’, which is set to get on you from the very first hearing. Himesh does a master stroke as the song begins in quite an enigmatic manner building up the crescendo to the song. It marks off with a whisker background vocal by Sunidhi Chauhan and she soon takes over rendering the the punch line, giving a rocking start to the track. After that, it is out and out a Himesh show, while Sunidhi is just let to sing some English lines, giving an hint of this track being a clubby. The beats are excellent and catchy, especially when it comes to the punch line. Lyrics by Sameer are not at all worth mentioning as they are his usual done to death types, but one line that is sure to catch you attention is the line ‘Mati Maar gayee’. ‘Kajra Kajra Kajraare’ provides an excellent start to the album and one starts looking up to other tracks with certain curiosity.
The same humming as in Raj Kapoor’s one of the hittest tracks, ‘Mera Joota hai japaani’ marks off the most commercial track of the album, ‘Rabba Luck Barsa’. A Himesh solo,’Rabba Luck Barsa’ is a typical Himesh stuff that he is famous for. Repetitive lyrics, nasal twang, high range Sufism etc. As a surprise, we hear Mahesh Bhatt giving a prologue on the . The track carries an Arabic feel throughout, even in the form of its signature tune. Himesh is at his energetic best here, be it the singing or the composition. Lyrics are faulty here. Sameer writes ‘Maahiya SE deedar karaade’ which should actually have been ‘Maahiya ka deedar karaade’. Besides that the word ‘Luck’ doesn’t go down too well with the track. Despite this, Rabba Luck Barsa is a charbuster for sure!
While you get entertained listening to the commercial Himesh stuff from the first two tracks, get ready to be thrilled with a desi stuff in the form of ‘Afreen’. Afreen takes a totally different route from the first two tracks, as it carries an Indian base throughout. A slow romantic track, it has Harshdeep Kaur returning for a duet with Himesh, though she gets just the last minute to sing her portions, while the rest is dominated by Himesh. A class apart song, Afreen has all in it to gather audiences from the mass as well as the class. The feel is amazing and so are the musical arrangements. The way Himesh sings ‘afreen’ is quite weird and one also wants more of Harshdeep here, yet you cant help but fall in love with the song. Lyrics by Sameer are plain ordinary, as he writes the routine ‘eyes contact at first meeting’ kind of stuff. Anyhow, this one is a master stroke track.
With a rajasthani feel to it, ‘Tujhe dekh ke armaan jaage’ begins in an indeed funny manner with Himesh rendering ‘O dholna sajnaa re’. A slow number, the first minute remains unplugged as Himesh goes on to his high pitch rendering the title line. But the track gains momentum as soon as a haunting tune, followed by the beats make way to the song. This has Himesh at his very high pitch, which he is famous for, while the track even goes for a different dimension once Shreya Ghoshal enters. Though a duet, this is a Himesh dominated track, and you wanna listen to Shreya more. Nonethe less track is impressive, despite the cliché l yrics by Sameer.
The duo of Himesh and Shreya stays on for another romantic offering ‘ Teriyan Meriyan’. This is another track that is totally indianised with table playing a major role here. Himesh begins this track quite powerfully as at his usual best, while Shreya is quite limited here as well like in Tujhe dekh ke armaan jaage. As the song progresses, Himesh takes a soft route even in his high range, making this a song a delight. Overall the track is decent, and would take a good enough amount of hearings to get a hook on you.
The commercial Himesh returns, with ‘Woh Lamha Phir Se Jeena hai’ which is set ablaze right from the word go. On the lines of Tanhaiyan (Aap Kaa Surroor), with a comparatively faster pace, ‘Woh Lamha’ carries a groovy beat along with a rock route, which would catch onto you instantly. The music arrangements are fantastic, and so is the singing by Himesh and Harshdeep Kaur. The track is about the desire to revisit those golden moments the love birds share together. You need to watch out for Himesh’s singing here, he is nasal yet totally different here. Charbuster score!
From the very first second, Sunidhi marks off ‘Sanu Guzra Zamaana yaad aa gaya’ which is another semi classical track from the album. A duet by Sunidhi and Himesh, this one too is about remembering the good old times the couple in love shared. While the previous one had a sad feel to it throughout, here despite being a sad track, the track carries a feel good feel, thanks to the excellent musical arrangements. A slow number, it carries a Punjabi touch, and again here the tabla plays a major role in indianising this must listen track!
Coming to remixes:
Usually, remixes are skipped by the audiences without even a hearing. But trust me, give a chance to Kajraare remixes and you would love them.
Kajra Kajra Kajraare (Party Mix) opens the remix store, and whoa what a remix is it. This one is an excellent mix and really set for the clubs and parties. Dj Lloyd does a fabulous job.
Next to come is Rabba Luck Barsa (Party Mix) which is quite typical and average. None the less it is a decent job.
The pacy WOH Lamha phir se jeena hai returns in a party mix as well and makes for a very good hearing. This is another remix after the kajraa kajraare one, that you wont mind listening and actually enjoy.
Finally comes Sanu Guzra Zamaana (Lounge mix) and trust me there couldn’t have been a better way than this to bring such a class album to an end. MAKE SURE YOU LISTEN this mix, you will fall in love with it for sure. In fact, this one is even better than the original. RECOMMENDED!
Overall, Kajraare is a job well done album with different varieties coming from Himesh Reshammiya. Sure, you may complain for female singers not getting much scope, but the album doesn’t disappoint any bit, whether in terms of original or the remixes. This has commercial scores as well as the experimented semi classical Indian stuff which makes it a brilliant here. A treat for Himesh fans as well as genuine music lovers.