NOT AN OMKARA, BUT KAMINEY'S MUSIC GROWS ON YOU
Kaminey grows on you on consecutive listens. The meaning hidden in Gulzar's lyrics starts making sense and the music which sounds a little non Vishal Bharadwaj to begin with, starts to settle down.
'Dhan Te Nan', starts off with a 'Cash To the Left Baby' (Vishal - Shekhar) feel and beat. Funnily enough one finds that Vishal Dadlani is one of the singers in the song. A song belted out in a hard hitting style, swinging, with some great drumming.
'Pehli Baar Mohabbat' sung in Mohit Chauhan's characteristic style is a good listen. A soft rock kind of a number.
'Fatak' is the unique song. Takes one back to 'Biri Jalaile'. Sukhwinder and Kailash sing this one with aplomb. A racy beat. The song deals with the subject of 'Aids', in a unique way, stamped in Gulzar's unmistakable writing style "Yeh Raat Ka Bichhu Hai Katega....Shaitan Ka Saaya Re", it also makes good use of the famous lines in shayari (credited to Jigar Moradabadi), "Yeh Ishq Nahin Asaan... Ek Aag Ka Dariya Hai"
However, the most beautiful song in the album, has been reserved for the velvety voice of the music director himself. A lovely title track 'Kaminey' has a western style and melody to it. Vishal's voice caresses the beautiful words (typical 'Gulzar' choice of words) and gives us a lovely song.
Raat Ke Dhai Baje is the pulsating, tongue in cheek number, which starts of in style with Rekha Bharadwaj (though she sounds a little off in places), not one of her best, though, backed by Sunishi. The song goes on to include Sukhwinder, Suresh Wadkar, Kunal Ganjawala. A good listen, but not great.
'Go Charlie Go' is a theme, which is essentially 'Dhan Te Nan' in an insrumental format. A little Pink Pantherish in its appeal.
The album includes 2 remixes as well, one of Dhan Te Nan, and one of Raat Ke Dhai Baje.
All in all, the album is something different from Vishal Bharadwaj, it does not really sound like his earlier pieces of work, but do go and listen and decide for yourself, whether you like it!