“ Genre: World Music / Artist: A. R. Rahman Abhishek Bachan Aishwarya Rai / Audio CD „
Music composer A.R.Rahman and lyricist Gulzar teams up for yet another Mani Ratnam film.Like most of their collaborations,this is another classy affair! Rahman and Gulzar teamed up for Slumdog Millionaire and let me add that most tracks in this album are far better than 'Jai Ho'! The album starts with 'Tere Bina' sung by Chinmayee and A.R.Rahman himself. A song oozing with emotions of being away from the beloved person, the song scores high marks in every department-composition,lyrics and singing.A fabulous start! 'Barso Re' is Shreya Ghoshal's award winning performance-a song where Rahman uses a mixture of instrumentals to give it a rural touch and yet make it sound contemporary. Its Gulzar's lyrics and Shreya's fantastic vocals that takes center stage here and the song creates much impact. 'Aye Hairathe' carries a lot of 'Tere Bina' influence but has a soul of its own-the lyrics,overall composition is different. Hariharan's unique voice uplifts the song to new heights and Alka Yagnik supports him well. Only a poet like Gulzar could have come up with such lyrics-such graceful yet playful lyrics. Watch out for Rahman's composition here-he transcends between indian classic and western pieces so effortlessly. Ay Hairathe stands as one of my favorites! 'Jaage Hain' by Rahman and Chitra is my favorite of the album. As soon as you hear Chitra opening the song,you are taken into a tranquile space and you stay there till the end of the song. A soft song with amazing orchestra playing at the back,Jaage Hain is as classy as it gets. Rahman gets into a husky mode and delivers a flawless rendition. The song hardly has much vocals and Rahman makes sure the listener apreciates the value of it-I wish the song went on and on! 'Mayya Mayya' sees Rahman introducing a new singing sensation called Mayyam Toller.Originally from middle east,Mayyam is a breathe of fresh air and breathes life into Mayya Mayya-a song with strong arabic influences.Rahman blends arabic music with commercial indian music and the result is marvellous. Gulzar comes up with unique lyrics,the fast paced arrangements and its unique sound will make sure its a sure shot hit with the young audiences! Though 'Baazi Laga' and 'Ek Lo Ek muft' ropes in big singers(Udit Narayan and Bappi Lahiri respectively),both fail to register much of an impact compared to the rest of the album.While Baazi Laga might add to the narration,Ek Lo Ek muft doesn't even appeal visually. The album's USP lies in the combo Rahman and Gulzar, and they present us with an album worth remembering-Jaage Hain and Aye Hairathe will remain in the mind's of listeners for years to come.