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When music maestro A.R.Rahman, director Mani Ratnam and lyricist Gulzar teams up together, the result is always memorable. The same goes for the OST of Raavan.
'Beera Beera' brings african style into mainstream indian music and the mix is completely infectious and addictive! Singers Vijay Prakash, Mustafa and Keerthik combine their vocal qualities for this fantastically created song that could have only composed by such a genius! Gulzar's lyrics don't get much scope in such a song.
'Behene De' is exactly opposite of the previous track. Sung by Rahman's protege Karthik, the song is slower yet holds a mystique element to it. Gulzar's lyrics are top notch here and blends in poetic influences with realism. Karthik excels once again and his voice adds a lot of mystery to the song. Another fine composition here!
Sukhwinder Singh is in his energetic best with 'Thok Di Killi' which might remind you of Omkara's title track. The song builds up and the last minute or so is nothing short of brilliant! Rahman's use of percussions and other instruments are of international quality and the background music is awesome! Gulzar's lyrics add a lot of edge to the song and Sukhwinder's rawness was all that was needed for such a song!
As soon as the sultry voice of Rekha Bhardwaj starts crooning 'Ranjha Ranjha' you are bowled over and how! Ranjha Ranjha is certainly my most favorite track of the album and its Rahman's instrumentalisation, composition and structure that makes the song go beyond its reach! Javed Ali modulates his voice to step up against Rekha Bhardwaj and the end product is just brilliant! Seep yourself into this track!
Remember Reena Bhardwaj who sang the melodious Yeh Rishta from Meenaxi? Reena gets to sing another track for Rahman. Its 'Khili Re' this time which creates a similar soothing effect on the listener's mind. In an album where songs are experimental and a fusion of different sounds, Khili Re stands out as a proper classical track which soothes your inner senses. Such diversity!
'Kata Kata'- the last track of the album is probably the most experimental of the lot! Bringing diverse singers like Ila Arun, Sapna Awasthi and Kunal Gunjawala and blending genres like folk music and african style,this is one track you will enjoy if you love different style of music! Rahman is a genius!
Raavan is another landmark album from the Mozart of Chennai!