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A couple of years ago we had soundtracks by Himesh Reshammiya every other week and now since he has signed a contract that he will only compose for the films he stars in, the number has gone down significantly(thankfully!)
'Mann Ka Radio' is a Himesh Reshammiya show all the way. The composition is nothing that you can categorise into any specific genre, but the song does grow on you once you listen to it a few times. Not a bad start Mr. Reshammiya!
'Zindagi Jaise Ek Radio' spoils the decent start and goes a long way to irritate you off. Himesh sounds his nasal best and that is very irritating. The composition, lyrics and everything else about this song is pathetic! Skip!
'Janeman' brings the album back to track. A soft, ghazal like romantic track featuring Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal, this track has a feel good attitude to it that works for me. The lyrics and the ambience does remind you of more subtle ghazals and Reshammiya controls his nasal features to sound nice for once!
'Piya Jaise Moti Choor wale' brings female singer Rekha Bhardwaj on board who is in supreme form yet again and she completely steals the show from Reshammiya who accompanies him. Rekha will make you weak in your knees, fantastic rendition! Reshammiya scores as composer, making a tune that borrows a lot of classical influences.
The good omen continues with 'Koi Na Koi Chahe' which is simple yet lovable. Both Himesh and Shreya Ghoshal sound sweet and in love and the song somehow stays in your mind even after you're done with it.
Among all the songs by Reshammiya and Shreya in this album, 'Teri Meri Dosti' is probably the best. Its again Shreya Ghoshal who overpowers Himesh in terms of vocal abilities. But Reshammiya scores high as a composer once again, composing a tune that will earn him a lot of respect and gratitude.
'Damadji Angana Hai' brings the interesting combo of Kailash Kher and Himesh together for the first time. As has been the case for most of the album, Himesh is overshadowed by his companion singers and Kailash is good yet again. I love the use of tabla here, it adds a lot of stability to the song. Himesh, stop the nasal abuse!
'Shaam Ho Chali He' is another pleasant track by Himesh and Shreya. Shreya must be happy with so many decent songs to her credit in the same album. Kudos to Himesh for coming up with such pleasant tracks!
'Rafa Dafa' is the last offering in the album. A solo track by Himesh himself, thank god it doesn't get irritating at any point. The composition is something new and has its punchy bits which makes it an interesting composition.
Radio's OST is strong in terms of its compositions. My only problem remains to be Reshammiya's choice of singers, he could have easily used a few other male singers over himself in a couple of tracks.