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Friday, December 10, 2004

Kisna... Music. From the soul.

Gotta say this before I start.. C~P and Dhanya, thanks a million for the CD!

AR Rahman and Ismail Durbar. Interest piqued already.

Kisna - The Warrior Poet.

01. Kisna Theme I (Instrumental) :

Picture this. A hazy morning on a Himalayan village. Mist enveloping a sleepy little town. And.... a glorious sunrise. That was the only thing that came to mind, as the melodic strains of Naveen's flute set the mood for the rest of the album to follow. Typical Rahman. (0:59)

02. Hum hain iss pal yahan :

The song unfurls with Udit Narayan rendering the vocal version of the same tune. It's the kinda feel good song you tend to associate with a Subhash Ghai soundtrack. Madushree joins Udit, with a voice that effortlessly scales the high notes and still maintains its saccharine sweetness. No heavy percussion, no funky loops. Just pure, simple melody beautifully rendered, aided, no doubt, by an inspired flautist in Naveen and a good steady rhythm. Throw in some sounds of nature... a twitter here, a croak there, and you've got a winner of a feel-good track from Rahman. Vintage stuff. (7:06)

03. Woh Kisna Hai :

Vivek Oberoi expounds the glory of Radha Krishna as a rustic voice takes over. Sukhwinder Singh, Ismail Durbar, Ayesha Durbar and S. Shailaja take us on a rollicking journey through a path that had earlier been treaded through in Lagaan with Kisliye Radha Jale. But that doesn't, by any means, belittle the song as it gets you swaying and tapping your feet to the wonderful rhythm that gradually builds up as the song progresses. Ismail Durbar catches you unawares at a point when the music stops abruptly, only to restart a second later with more fervour. Catchy. (5:53)

04. Tu itni pagli kyun hai :

Typical typical Subhash Ghai. It's something you'd come to expect if you've watched (or at least listened to) Saudagar, Pardes and Yaadein. Ismail Durbar does try to bring in his stamp of style with his orchestration and vocal fillers. Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik sing this folksy tune. Well.. folksy! :) (4:46)

05. Chilman Uthegi Nahin :

Is that Sushmitha Sen saying something as the song begins?? Sounds like her, alright. And the CD Inlay says Sush and Hrishita Bhatt put in special appearances. I'm good! :) Hariharan opens the track that unfolds into a err.. it's called a Mujra right? Pardon my ignorance. But whatever it's called, it rocks! Alaaps, Gunghroos, Harmonium flourishes, court dancers... the works. :) Ismail Durbar paints quite a classical picture. The throaty voices of Kailash Kher and Rakesh Pandit provide a good foil to the smooth silkiness of Hariharan's. Alka Yagnik, Ayesha Durbar and Shailaja do a good job too. Classy. (8:40)

06. Wohi din aa gaya :

A bride awaits her marriage. Alka Yagnik, supported ably by Ayesha Durbar and Shailaja, brings out the joy of the occasion quite beautifully. Sukhwinder Singh packs quite a punch with his spirited vocals. One more from Ismail Durbar. Cute. (6:45)

07. Aham Brahmasmi :

"In me, there's Shiv.. In me, there's Brahma. There's Vishnu in me and in me there's Krishna. So why should I go to the temple?" err.. hehe.. sorry! It sounds quite corny in English, but Javed Akthar gets the message across quite brilliantly in the song. Sukhwinder sings again in this powerful song. Alka Yagnik creates just the right effect with her soft yet firm voice. I'd put the mood of the song somewhere between "Yaar yaar Sivam" and "Hey Ram Ram". Ismail Durbar does a wonderful job managing the percussions and orchestration. Powerful? (5:49)

08. Kahe ujadi mori neend :

Ismail Durbar scores with this one. Ustad Rashid Khan sings this classical number, even as western influences creep in with some heavy duty orchestration. The Kisna Kisna chant reminded me of the "Hey Ram" chant. Super Fusion. (4:24)

09. Ga, tu aisi dhun me ga :

Jeez! I've already used the phrase "typical typical Subhash Ghai" before! I really don't know what to say! :) Village kids, rustic voices, the very familiar mood... hmm, I'd rather leave it hanging here. Ismail, you could have done better than that. Tries to be cute, doesn't quite catch my fancy. Familiar (IMO). (4:39)

10. Kisna Theme II (Instrumental) :

The Kisna Theme returns. This time as a beautiful duet between the flute and the piano. AR Rahman does a wonderful job of juggling between the Western and Indian flavours. My favourite track of the album.. with the effervescent piano, and some lilting stuff with the flute. Brilliant! (3:24)

11. My wish comes true :

An English song, with lyrics penned by Blaaze. A rap?! In a film set in 1947?? Lesson learnt well. Never, EVER, jump to conclusions. It is NOT a rap. Sunitha Sarathy does a Celine Dion. Beautiful Diction. No false accent. A voice to kill for. No silly antics. She's got a wonderful career ahead of her. Rahman's tryst with the Western Philharmonic Orchestra pays off as he certainly notches one up here. A complete western song in an Indian film. A wish come true. (5:49)

12. Kisna Theme (Chorus) :

And the Kisna theme once again, in yet another avtar, this time being belted out by Rahman's choir. Funnily enough, it doesn't get monotonous. It kinda justifies Subhash Ghai's stand in wanting Rahman to score at least the theme, if not the entire soundtrack (Rahman is currently working on the stage production of The Lord of the Rings. Said to be the costliest stage production, ever). The perfect finish. (1:15)

On the whole, a must buy. AR Rahman and Ismail Durbar - Killer Combo! Isn't that reason enough? :)