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Ada's OST has to be one of the least heard A.R.Rahman soundtrack in the last decade but that is only due to the low budget of the movie and nothing more. Rahman proudly states that every track that comes out of his studio is special and Ada's OST is no exception.
Rahman's prodigee Rashid Ali starts the album with Ishq Ada-a zappy and innovative composition carrying a jazzy appeal. The song might not be the next commercial hit but it is definitely worth listening. Rashid Ali does tend to overboard at times though.
'Hawa Sun Hawa' is just the kind of song you expect when a genius like Rahman ropes in a master singer like Sonu Nigam.Along with Alka Yagnik, Sonu presents us with a beautiful love song with sad overtones. The lyrics are well written and Rahman's simple yet classy composition highlights the soft vocals which carry a soothing effect. You'll miss your beloved one while you listen to this and I can guarantee that you will love it more and more with every listening.
Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik also sings 'Gum Sum' which doesn't soung half as good as the previous track. This one sounds more happy but Rahman's composition doesn't carry his trademark and the song sounds ordinary.
'Gulfisha' carries a touch of arabic influence and heavy percussions. The song is inconsistent in the sense that it sounds good at times and really bad at certain portions. Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan are both disappointing too.
Just when you were wondering if the album is going wayward,Rahman comes up with 'Meherbaan' which he sings himself. The lyrics are well written for this soft number, posing juxtaposition with inevitably paired objects. This track grows on you and Rahman's voice never fails to impress.
Rahman brings in the rustic vocals of Sukhwinder,youthful quality of Naresh Iyer and divine vocals of Chitra for 'Tu Mera Hai' which is a soul stirring experience. I agree that the song has commercial influences but the mixing of vocals and sounds is simply awesome and gives you goosebumps. Two thumbs up for Rahman's soul-stirring capability.
Udit Narayan gets his part in 'Hai Dard'-a slow,sad number which showcases his full voice quality. Rahman's composition has a grandeur in it,relying heavily on percussion sounds and minimal instruments.
Alka Yagnik and Jayachandran are in fine form with 'Milo Yahan Wahan'-another sad romantic song where the lyrics would remind you of your days with your beloved. Rahman's composition is again sombre and subtle and creates the required ambience.
Parul Mishra sings her version of 'Ishq Ada' which sounds more innocent and playful primarily due to her childly voice.A decent song!
The album ends with a fine instrumental piece of Meherbaan. Ada's OST is certainly an underrated album and deserves to be heard,especially due to the presence of such fine romantic songs.