Released in 2004, Swades was Ashutosh Gowariker's follow up to the oscar nominated Lagaan(2001). The soundtrack is by A.R. Rahman once again and he weaves his magic one more time!
The album starts with the dreamy 'Yeh Tara Woh Tara' which speaks of stars in the sky, of hopes, of dreams and of unity among people. Javed Akhtar's lyrics are subtle yet directed at social issues. Rahman composes a pleasant tune, and certain usage of instruments will leave you spellbound(especially the flute). However, the star of the show is Udit Narayan. The singer is in top form, singing like a veteran. What a nice start to the album!
The male solo is followed by a female solo. Madhushree is at the helm of affairs for 'Saanwariya Saanwariya'. This is another pleasant track and Javed Akhtar's lyrics are once again very impressive. Rahman's tune is simple and classy and Madhushree's silky vocals will take you to a different world of its own. 2 out of 2 so far!
Brilliant singers Udit Narayan and Kailash Kher team up for 'Yun Hi Chala Chal'. While the composition is something innovative and original, the track somehow fails to register much impact especially after the two brilliant tracks. Udit Narayan is fantastic yet again but Kailash falls short of his usual standards.
Up next is a lullaby by Udit Narayan and Madhushree that will put you to sleep with much peace and comfort. 'Ahista Ahista' happens to be one of my favorite soothing tracks and I can always depend on it to soothe my senses. Udit Narayan surprises you here, rendering the song with much softness. Rahman does get the best out of his singers. Madhushree sounds sweet in a short performance.
A.R.Rahman comes behind the mike and gives us a gem. 'Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera'(This is your home) is my all time favorite track and one song that I can never get tired of. Javed Akhtar's heart endearing lyrics are tugged in a heartwarming composition by Rahman and his rendition of the track will leave you in tears. The message is clear, there's no place like home and if you don't know that already listen to this track! I can just go on and on about how beautiful this track is, but just the fact that its my all time favorite track should make things easier.
Shreya Ghoshal gets to sing 'Pal Pal Hai Bhaari'- a song set on the lines of Mahabarata. Rahman proves his diversity as a composer, lending something completely classical and Shreya Ghoshal's vocals are out of the world.
The only romantic duet in the album is last to appear. 'Dekho Na' features Udit Narayan and Madhushree who sings in tandem to create an ambience as beautiful as the moonlit night. The lyrics are cute and poetic and Rahman's tune is simple. Another pleasant number for your ears.
The album ends with two instrumentals, while 'Pal Pal Hai Bhaari flute version' features Naveen playing his flute beautifully, the 'Yeh Jo Des Hai Tera(Shehnai)' will take you down memory lane and might make you teary once again. Rahman's genius can't be expressed in words. And I can't emphasize the importance of his work in the modern times.
Ladies and gentlemen, get a copy of this as soon as possible. It's essential!