ANU NOT RECREATING THE MAGIC OF OLD
Recently, (except for Delhi 6 and Billu), there has been a drought as such in good Hindi film music, and I was excited about listening to Anu's compositions, after a gap. I thought that he might be able to bring across some good music in these spartan times and specially that created for a Kareena - Akshay film (think Asoka, Refugee, Mujhe Kuchh Kehna Hai for Kareena, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Ajnabee for Akshay) but alas I was disappointed!
Anu has played it safe, maybe there was too much riding on this movie for him. The compositions are only a pale reflection on the Anu of old.
The album comprises some 6 assorted songs, while others are remixes and versions of these 6.
The one that stands out is Kyun, a beautiful melody sung to perfection by Shreya and Shaan. It is a build up on the alaap used in between the title song of the Hrithik - Kareena starrer Yaadein, an old Anu composition. There is a solo Shreya version. Although the number is a little reminiscent of Anu's earlier tunes, it's lovely nevertheless.
Kareena's own number, Bebo, sung in Alisha Chinoy's inimitable style, embodies Kareena's style quotient. A 'Disco', number, makes for a pleasant listen only because of Alisha. Melody wise, the song had the potential to be taken to a different level altogether.
Om Mangalam is the heavy on grunge, noisy track, which tries to do justice to the theme of the movie. Released in the TV promos, one is familiar with this one to some extent. Sung by Rob, doing justice to the track. Nothing exceptional here.
Kambakkht Ishq (the title track) is similar in style to Om Mangalam, sung by K.K. and Sunidhi, packs a punch in terms of decibel level but does little otherwise.
Lakh lakh is the typical 'Taming of the Shrew' chher - chaad number which used to be so popular in the yesteryears (situationally think Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai - Dil, Khud Ko Kya Samajhti Hai - Khiladi). A Punjabi number sung well by Neeraj Shridhar (surprise indeed!)
Welcome to Hollywood, is very Western and very Hollywood in style, feel and Lyrics. A good attempt to embody what Hollywood stands for.
The numbers though not bad, are nothing exceptional and that is the disappointing feature in this album. It remains mediocre. Did expect more from you Anu!!!