If you haven't heard the soundtrack of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, you're missing out on some really good music! How's that for starters? No, seriously, check it out! It shows master composer A.R.Rahman in good form. The songs are extremely likeable and melodic...and there are some new stars in the making - all singers, of course! Although, the film's actors Imran Khan and Genelia D'Sa are also getting rave reviews from critics everywhere... but this post is dedicated to this film's music.
I have yet to see the film but after hearing the music, I'm dying to take a peek. Singer Rashid Ali is a surprise as I have not heard him before and am immensely impressed with his vocal prowess. He reminds me a little bit of Atif Aslam in that his voice quality is very sharp and clear. Perhaps that's a vague statement and it would be better to say that he has a very unique voice - "individualistic" in a nutshell. He sings a couple of tracks on the album. Kabhi Kabhi (Aditi) Zindagi is a really nice song that I liked instantly. It made me look up the singer's credentials immediately and that's always a compliment to the singer, if a listener wants to know "who" the voice is. The other song featuring Ali is Kahin To Hogi is also a nice song but for some bizarre reason, it reminded me of an Air Supply-esque sound. The song on the whole is a nice soft, romantic number - the kind we haven't had too many of in recent times.
The song titled Pappu Can't Dance is a peppy, fun number that is on-air all the time. And I have to say I love the song! It's light and makes you want to dance, or better, see the film to figure out why on Earth the aforementioned Mr.Pappu can't dance! It features a bunch of young voices Anupama Deshpande, Benny Dayal, Blaze, Darshana, Mohd. Aslam, Satish Subramaniam, Tanvi. The remix version of this track really rocks and it'd be a shame if it didn't feature at desi dance parties or weddings this summer.
Another track Nazarein Milaana Nazarein Churaana is also a pretty neat track. It features a great ensemble of voices again - many of whom were already mentioned in Pappu Can't Dance. Singers Anupama Deshpande, Benny Dayal, Darshana, Naresh Iyer, Satish Chakravarthye, Swetha Bhargave, Tanvi do a great job at infusing youth and spirit into this track.
Rahman is the vocalist for Tu Bole Main Bolun and a couple of lines of the song are heard in the promo of the film. The song has a nice laidback jazz feel to it, replete with old-style trumpets and a low-drums feel in the background. I couldn't find out who the trumpeteer was but he did a great job on this track. I almost felt transported to a cosy, jazz bar somewhere in Georgia... except that the singer would croon in Hindi!
There are a few other tracks on this album but it would suffice to say that the whole album is contemporary and very young. That works for a couple of reasons: By itself, the music is simply awesome. When you consider the film it is associated with, it creates intrigue and you want to see the film itself. Youth is certainly the film's biggest selling point and I don't know about you, but I'm off to see this film ASAP...