A ROCKING ALBUM AGAIN FROM SHANKAR - EHSAAN - LOY
Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy had at one point in time, taken the risk of bringing Rock music to the Hindi Film Industry at a time when romantic ballads ruled the roost, and they donned the 'Rock' hat with great aplomb. They have now shown that they retain their hold on the ‘Rock’ niche crown in Hindi films quite emphatically with ‘London Dreams’.
The album opens with a complete 'Rock song in 'Barson Yaaron' which has Pentagram member Vishal Dadlani belting out this number as per characteristic requirement. An unusual choice for a co - artist in this song is Roop Kumar Rathod who has hitherto made a mark mainly in the romantic ghazal kind of genre, gives all he's got to this rocking number.
The second song in the album, ‘Man Ko Ati Bhavey’, is a cheeky song sung in a changed voice by Shankar Mahadevan with chaste Sanskrit – Hindi lyrics written to a purpose by Prasoon Joshi. Meant to be funny in style and tone. Amusing enough but doesn’t really warrant a second listen.
‘Tapkey Masti’ is a number with Punjabi beats and rock. A fusion sung to effect by Feroz Khan. Ok – ok ish to listen to.
‘Khanabadosh’, the title track, rock again, sung in great style by Mohan, who sounds a lot like Shankar Mahadevan. A rocking number.
However, the real gem in this album is the song ‘Khwab’ sung in harmony by two fantabulous voices, those of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shankar Mahadevan. A song which gives both voices a free reign to showcase their Classical capabilities and explore the range in their voices quite unabashedly. A jugalbandi of high standards indeed!
‘Yaari Bina’ is a song sung in Sufi style in a deep voice by Roop Kumar Rathod and Milind, set to interesting beats, which then progresses into the rock genre. It has a nice classical component in between.
‘Jashn Hai Jeet Ka’, the last song in the album, has been sung by Abhijeet Ghoshal in a full throated voice again a rock song. Very powerful and listenable.
‘Shola Shola’ by Zubeen Garg, shows once again why this singer is such a prodigy and the one to watch out for in future.
‘Khanabadosh’, ‘Man Ko Ati Bhavey’, and ‘Tapkey Masti’ also have remixed versions in the album.
All in all a true Rock album, for which S-E-L have chosen their singers quite beautifully and intelligently for it is the singers here which make each song special.
Quite a rocking album. Rock On S-E-L!