The basic essence of Indian film music was always melody but sadly this major element is found seldom in today's contemporary compositions. But we can take a momentary sigh of relief as ace composer duo Anand Milind came out with an album which basically highlights melody packaged with modern arrangement. Sounds interesting, isn't it! The duo (Anand Milind) has always advocated melody in their compositions rather than anything else. And look what they have come up with, in their latest film, Tum Hi To Ho. An album which credits some legendary singers of 90's in the list along with few prenominal fresh voices, reinstates melody once again back on stage & poetry by newcomer Ravi Chopra adds glitter to the opus which should not disappoint listeners at all.
The album starts off with Dil Ne Mere ... rendered by one & only Udit Narayan & ably supported by Shreya Ghoshal by her serene crooning takes you to the world of melody straight away. The incorporation of classical raga molded with rhythm is something to vouch for. The injection of piano piece in the prelude & interlude section is an experiment which adds flavor to the song. Definitely a must listen.
Just when one finds himself grooved into the world of melody, you get a sudden brake. And guess who's there in the credit. Surprise ... surprise, it's Arun Bakshi, old pal of Anand Milind & newcomer June Banerjee. Rock You Baby ... is a pacy club mix coupled with punjabi rhythm & lewd lyrics, makes it a perfect item number for clubs & discos. Both the singers justifies the song through their energetic & lively singing. Refreshing to see Arun Bakshi in the credits who got lost some where but reinvented once again by Anand Milind. Thanks to the duo.
Third one in the list is Aye Khuda ... which starts off with a violin piece (usage of which is almost obsolete these days) on a sad note & then gradually changes its color to a soft romantic number. Tremendous singing by husband-wife duo of Kunal & Gayatri (Ganjawala) backed up by superb arrangement is the stellar spotlight of this song, not to forget Ravi Chopra's brilliant poetry. There also comes a narrative part by unknown artists in between which is a bit lengthy & mediocre I guess. People who aren't avid followers of the duo may comment its composition to be complete "Un-Anand-Milind-ish" as I have read somewhere but people like me aren't surprised at all (Remember Sun Sun ... from Miss India). Incidentally this is Kunals's first song with Anand Milind & the composers obliged him back with a classic one indeed.
Shaan now joins the brigade with Gayatri (Ganjawala) to render the fourth one, Teri Shamein ... which starts on a slow peppy rhythm but catches the listeners ears without doubt as it progresses. The arrangement has a bit of Latino touch but overall the melody is kept constant throughout. This song has the capability to be a sure chart-buster if promoted well. Here is a song which every Shaan follower won't like to miss out.
Now the fifth one is a real surprise package of the album & definitely steals the show above all. We have already heard Abhijeet sing several soft romantic numbers over the years but the title track, Tum Hi To Ho ... is really a mind-blowing one. Anand Milind experimented Abhijeet's voice on a slow rocky romantic track, which has a strong feel of zeal & ardor & imbues one's heart slowly but surely. Abhijeet also doesn't let this opportunity go by & does full justice to the song through his efficient & mature singing by injecting improvised modulations & hood-lings as & when needed. Definitely should rock the charts if choreographed & promoted properly.
The album now wraps up with another funky number, Aao Manayein Jashn ... by newcomers Rahul Seth & "Zara Zara ..." fame Monali Thakur. The tune is catchy & arranged with new age programmed sounds which creates a bit electronic feel but definitely composed keeping the young audience in mind. The tonal appeal of Monali definitely lifts up the quality of this number ably supported by Rahul.
Overall this album has got all kinds of songs, all unique & distinct & should appeal to audiences belonging to different genres. Sadly apart from noted film actor Jackie Shroff, composer duo Anand Milind along with other playback singers, the entire leading cast & crew are more or less new which adds up to the risk of failure at the Box Office. But certainly this album deserves more attention if not the film. It's good to see melody reigning supreme once more, courtesy Anand Milind. Definitely a big thumbs up to the music of "Tum Hi To Ho".