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WHAT’S YOUR RAASHEE? MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Harish V

Music Director : Sohail Sen
Vocals : Sohail Sen, Tarannum Mallik, Shaan, Bhavya Pandit, Ashutosh Gowariker , Pamela Jain, Udit Narayan, Madhushree, Sohail Sen , Bela Shende. Marianne D'Cruz , Javed Ali, Rajab Ali Bharti
Lyrics : Javed Akhtar

After Jodha Akbar, Ashutosh has not been in the news for a while, but now he is back with What’s your Rashee? While most of us know that the movie is inspired from Madhu Rye’s novel Kimball Ravesnwood we still wait to see the Ashutosh magic. There are 13 songs in the movie and what is even more interesting is that director and music director have sung in the albums too. The movie is set to be released on September 25, 2009.

What's Your Raashee? (Pal Pal Dil Jisko Dhoonde)...
Vocals: Sohail Sen

The tile song of the movie … it explains the story. The song starts very slowly but picks up rhythm and pace which is sustained for a while and dips again during the end. Very good use of instruments especially the 20 second piece in between. The beginning with the sax brings an interesting feel to the song and using keys and the drums only add extra flavor. The parts and variations have been sung very well. Sung by the music director himself, the feel of the song is very good.
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Jao Na...
Vocals: Sohail Sen & Tarannum Mallik

The tune of the strings invites you to listen to the song - a romantic and melodious number that will surely be popular with youngsters especially the ones in love. Javed Saab has woven his magical words yet again for this song where the guy is requesting the love of his life not to leave him. A lovely ‘I miss you’ song.


Aaja Lehraate...

Vocals: Shaan & Bhavya Pandit

A peppy number and one that is more like a pop album…. The voices have been processed and equalized making it a little artificial. A very different effort but Shaan is wasted in the song. There is a mix of western and Hindi pop music and sounded just about ok. Not quite sure if it will be famous in the discs.

Bikhri Bikhri...

Vocals: Sohail Sen & Marianne D'Cruz

The song begins on the Hindustani classical gazal note and moves slowly into little pacy tones. The variations are very good. It has been sung very well with the right emotions. Here again the parts in the song, the ups and downs emotes the song making you want to listen to it again.


Maanunga Maanunga...
Vocals:
Ashutosh Gowariker & Pamela Jain

What makes the song very interesting is the fact that Ashutosh has song it himself. Very rhythmic and instruments used to a greater extent in the song. The base voice of Ashutosh mixed with the high pitched Pamela’s voice gives two different tones to the song. A very unique effort but whether this will be accepted in the public is something one would have to wait and see.


Sau Janam...
Vocals:
Udit Narayan, Madhushree, Sohail Sen & Bela Shende

Yet again another melodious number. High pitch of Madhushree’s voice does not match with Udit’s, especially when they sing the high notes. Madhushree has tried hard to match Udit’s range but her effort is wasted as her voice is lost. This one is more like the theme music rather than a song by itself.


Aa Le Chal...
Vocals:
Aslesha Gowariker & Harman Baweja

This song begins like Main Aisa Kyon Hoon of Lakshya… and sounds very familiar. Surely not a foot taping number and yet again the pop album feel. Voice selection is not very great and hence the feels that song lacks harmony.


Pyaari Pyaari...
Vocals:
Alka Yagnik & Sohail Sen

Another melodious number but Alka Yagnik’s voice has added a lot of flavor to the song. Very well sung. Although the song opening with the keys gives you the ‘chahe tum kuch na kaho’ feel. What one doesn’t understand is why the music director has sung most of the songs himself. The song however sounds good to the ears as it has both the classical Hindi and classical English feel.


Su Chhe Su Chhe...
Vocals:
Sohail Sen & Bela Shende

A trial of a fast number but again has the Punjabi pop album feel. Too many times the first few lines have been repeated. That also makes you wonder why. Were there no sufficient lyrics or the song was made for the heck of making one. And the other half of the song again runs on instruments.


Salone Kya...
Vocals:
Sohail Sen & Tarannum Mallik

This song has an Arabic feel to it… and yet the music director has sung in the song. At this stage you seriously wonder why he wanted to sing so many songs. Because the effort of the other singer is lost. Also the song sounds very familiar and the tunes don’t seem to be the first time composition.


Dhadkan Dhadkan...
Vocals:
Javed Ali & Tarannum Mallik

A very 80’s kind of song…. Slow, painful sad music and the lyrics about heart being broken make the song exactly like the description. And in between one could also hear Rahman’s tunes if you concentrate. It also has the ‘chup kay ke sun’ tune from Mission Kashmir.


Koi Jaane Na...
Vocals:
Rajab Ali Bharti & Bela Shende

Another Hindustani gazhal kind of song …but Rajab Ali Bharti’s voice sounds new and fresh. A very slow sad number about losing love. Bela Shende’s voice suits in this one better than Su Chee. The tunes sound a little familiar, however. But at least this one was a little different from the others which were more western kinds.


What's Your Raashee? (Chehre Jo Dekhe Hain)...
Vocals:
Sohail Sen

Another song on the title again sung by Sohail. The previous one was certainly a lot better than this one but this one also sounds good on the ears. Yet again instruments have been given a separate section and the section is quite lengthy making the song a little boring.


Verdict:

A very different musical experience… One common thread that runs in most of the song is that they begin slowly pick pace in between and slow down towards the end. But the same thread also gives the impression that the songs are not very different from each other. Another interesting effort is the use of instruments and the special 15 - 20 seconds given specially for the instruments in almost all the songs. On the whole a decent effort by a new comer.
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