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Composer A.R.Rahman means gold! Winner of 2 oscars for his Slumdog Millionaire score, Rahman had 5 releases last year and I have to say that each of those albums were better than Slumdog's score! The lyricist Prasoon Joshi also belongs to the writing team of the film and is able to write the songs from the perspective of the characters. This is extremely helpful since director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra uses songs to take the story forward and makes it an integral part of his storytelling.
The album is nothing short of brilliant,be it in terms of variety or quality of songs. You will be astonished by Rahman's diversity here.It starts off with "Masakalli" which has to be the song of 2008.A brilliant song with such imaginative lyrics penned by Prasoon, it is about being free and doing what you want, all told from the view of a bird. Mohit Chauhan's vocals are priceless here. "Arziyan" by Kailash Kher and Javed Ali will give you goosebumps; rarely do you come accross such a soulful number. From soulful to funky,"Delhi 6" is a collage of vocals,sounds and lyrics which works well with young audience; this one is for ipods! Up next is Rahman's masterpiece "Rehna Tu", which blends romance and heavy western orchestra; you can't help but play it on repeat mode.
The album takes a crazy turn with "Hey Kaala Bandar" with heavy hip-hop influences;not as briliant as the previous tracks. Romance takes over in the form of "Dil Gira Dafatan" which is beautifully sung by Ash King.This is a beautiful composition by Rahman complimented well by innovative lyrics and is soothing and pleasant to the ears. Rekha Bhardwaj comes behind the mike to croon "Genda Phool" which is an interesting song,both in terms of its tune and lyrics. The tune is like nothing that you have heard,blending arabic,hip hop and indian influences together. An indian classical appears in the form of "Bhor Bhayi" which is only for the lovers of classic music. "Aarti" comes next which is a prayer/religious song and the album ends with "Noor" which is a poetry recital by Amitabh Bachchan himself.