ANOTHER PLEASANT LISTEN FROM PRITAM - INSPIRED? WELL DOESN"T BOTHER ME!
The first thing that one does when you start listening to this album, is smile! Let go of worries, let your body relax and let your mind and heart be soothened by some pleasant music.
Just today, I saw an article in the papers, which said that the opening bar of the song 'Hai Junoon' has been lifted from the Indonesian band Samsons' 'Naluri Lelaki', and apparently this news was leaked by none other than the co - composer in this album Pankaj Awasthi. Two thoughts here. The first, a vindictive act such as this by Mr Awasthi can definitely not be commended. Second, yes there will be legal hassles between the two parties concerned, but I as a listener I feel that does it really matter to me? As long as I am happy listening to some good music (which music director worth his salt has not been 'inspired' at one point of time or the other right from the greats such as S.J. to S.D. Burman to R.D. Burman) and getting some soothing balm in this increasingly jaded world, do I really care about who lifted the opening bar of a song and from where?
So here I am, on my desk, with my laptop, with my earphones plugged into the music of New York and enjoying myself thoroughly.
The album is short, with 4 songs, 2 themes and 2 remixes and has a 'Jab We Met' kind of a refreshing feeling to it.
'Hai Junoon', the song under controversy, makes one groove along with it. The strumming of the guitar, the drumming, the peppy feel, and great vocals by K.K. make this a very likeable number.
'Mere Sang' is a good rendition by Sunidhi Chauhan. Again fantastic strumming and percussions and a very western style of rendition give this song a special feel.
'Tune Jo Na Kaha' by Mohit Chauhan does take you back to 'Tumse Hi' from Jab We Met, but it doesn't take away from the beauty of this song. The lyrics by Sandeep Srivastava are poignant and lovely. Mohit Chauhan seems to be steadily making a niche for himself in this genre of singing.
'Aye Saaye Mere' composed and sung by Pankaj Awasthi is a good sufi number. The music is great, particularly the use of the 'rubaab' like string instrument giving an Afghani feel to the song. but one can't help wondering that had the song been sung by Raahat Fateh Ali Khan or Afif Aslam, perhaps it might have been taken to a different level altogether.
'Sam's Theme' composed by Julius Packiam and rendered by Caralisa Monteiro is a lilting instrumental piece, while the 'New York Theme', also by Packiam, is a more tense and serious piece.
All in all the album is one worth listening to, quite a surprise package, really!