IT'S PRITAM ONCE AGAIN
It's Pritam time once again. He gives us a good album with Love Aaj Kal. (Where has he been inspired from this time round? One thinks and dismisses simultaneously - who knows and who cares :-) ).
The album is a new age album. Delving into the past to come up with a retro feel but at the same time sounding very modern and very today, and at the same time managing to keep the album pleasant sounding as well - a tough ask, but done admirably.
The pick of the album, if you please, is a fabulous number called 'Aaj Din Chadheya' sung to the strumming of the accoustic guitar, by Raahat Fateh Ali Khan (who rarely disappoints). The beauty of the song is embellished by the heartwarming lyrics by Irshad Kamil. (Meaningful lyrics after ages). Both the voice and the lyrics convey the longing of the hero for his beloved very effectively. This song has tremendous repeat value.
The others in the album are:
Twist - Pritam uses the traditional 'been' of the yesteryears and has really given it a fresh twist in this song, with Neeraj Sridhar belting out a potential discotheque chartbuster. One can't stop moving the body while listening to this number.
Chor Bazari - has a slight Shankar Ehsaan Loy feel to it (think Agar Main Kahoon from Lakshya), is very tongue in cheek, with a nice beat to it. Neeraj Sridhar gives it a fabulous feel aided well by Sunidhi Chauhan. Again foot tapping fare.
Aahun-Aahun - A fast paced bhelpuri concoction of a Punjabi number sung to the furious strumming of the strings, with Neeraj Sridhar's modern voice, in rap style with Suzie Q coupled with Master Salim's rendition of the Punjabi stuff. Again one meant for the discotheques.
Dooriyan - is the quintessential Mohit Chauhan number in a Pritam album. It seeks to recreate the magic of Tumse Hi of Jab We Met but fails to notch up to the previous listen. However, a pleasant listen nevertheless.
Thoda thoda pyar - is a 'good ol' punjabi style number with Dhol and the traditional beat, sung as per requirement by Sunidhi Chauhan.
Main Kya Hoon - Is a fast paced number sung well by K.K., in feel, a very Nazia - Zoheb style number of the 1980s.
The rest of the album comprises remixes of the 3 tracks, Twist, Chor Bazaari and Aahun-Aahun.
All in all a good album to listen to. Worth a buy! Way to go Pritam!