Music director Anand Raj Anand has had a
rather rough career in the industry to date. A veter indeed, he’s been rejected,
ignored, but hardly ever recognized. Kaante was his most popular work, and in my
opinion, 2004’s Wajahh would have to be his best work. But sources have quoted
him stating that Aryan is his best music to date! Well Mr. Anand, let’s just see
if confidence doesn’t turn into over-confidence. Initial responses to the music
have been very encouraging and if the sales are any indication, then this one is
already on its way to being a hit. However, the music of Aryan does in fact have
its share of inspirations with a bit of legal excitement in the middle of it
all. So let’s see if Aryan’s music is as exciting as the cover makes it to be;
and if in fact this is ARA’s best work to date…
Let’s cut right to the chase. Ek Look Ek Look is the promotion track of the
bunch and the one explicit chartbuster of the soundtrack. Rendered by Anand
Raj Anand and Producer Poonam Khubani, this tune has the skills to stay
on your play-list for quite a while. Apart from the catchy melody, ARA throws a
variety of instruments into the mix, including a little rap to top it all off.
Some music buffs might find this track similar to ARA’s popular Pyaar Aaya
(Plan). This piece also appears in a remix version (done well by Praful Karlekar)
and a dhol mix version.
However, there is a peculiar legal issue behind the proper crediting of this
tune. Singer Neha Bhasin (of pop band Viva) has apparently sent a legal
notice to ARA stating that she wasn’t giving proper credit for the song, which
she originally sung and recorded in April of 2005. ARA has credited her as the
back-up vocals apparently because of pressure from producer Poonam Khubani, who
is now credited for the song. ARA defends by stating that Neha’s vocals were
only recorded for reference purposes. Well, the crediting side of this tune (as
well as countless others) is a mess but the song itself sure isn’t. If you
haven’t already heard this one on non-stop promos, then go you should already go
out and by this CD.
Next up we have a couple of splendid romantic pieces. Jaaneman and Rab Ne Mere
are by far the prime highlights of Aryan. ARA truly outdoes himself while coming
up with two melodies that are dissimilar in nature but parallel in beauty! When
you have such a fragile romantic piece who better to count on then Sonu Nigam
and Shreya Ghoshal. Both play off each others’ voice flawlessly. Special mention
goes to the very creatively designed musical backdrops. However, although
limited, inspiration continues here also. During the ‘Jaaneman Jaaneman’
refrains, ARA borrows heavily from Rahman’s rhythm in ‘Yeh Rishta’ (Meenaxi).
But this can be easily overlooked as the song passes on ALL levels. Lyrics are
as sweet as the voices that render them. Bravo ARA!
Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Ghoshal team up for yet another seductive journey,
this time through the valleys of Rab Ne Mere. Apart from the captivating rhythm,
ARA has come up with melodic gold! A bit playful, a bit haunting, ARA’s melody
is so rich in nature that it will be stuck in your mind for days, if not weeks.
Rhythmically speaking, from the masterful interplay of the flute to the divine
mix of strings and harp. On top of it all are the perfect voices of Kunal and
Shreya, which makes this track pure musical heaven! ARA’s lyrics are as romantic
as they come; and he does it while straying from the conventional world of
clichés. Rab Ne Mere is easily one of the year’s best and will have you pressing
the repeat button constantly.
Teri Te Me is literally screamed out to you by ARA, who plays a central role
once again. Personally, I prefer a more sober ARA rather than the one present
here. Obviously the emphasis is on force and not melody here. Seems like a
filler song to me that is fair. Pamela Jain lends a limited helping voice.
Lyrics are not noteworthy. The song really does nothing for the listener.
Unbreakable Theme is one of the better themes composed recently (by Ranjit Barot).
Ranjit Barot is, in my eyes, one of the most underrated composers we have today.
Just look at last year’s Holiday, which was one of the best soundtracks to have
released in 2005. Rendered very forcefully by Ranjit Barot himself, the piece
succeeds mainly because it has pizzazz, style, attitude, flavor, emotion. The
tremendous play of the electric guitar only adds to the energy of this
Unbreakable Theme. Another positive facet of this piece is Bianca’s tender
vocals. When combined with Ranjit Barot’s intimidating rendition you get this
perfectly balanced theme that encompasses the power and attitude that Aryan
embodies. The rap portions are eerily similar to Amar Mohil’s They Don’t Know (Ek
Ajnabee). The female lyrics go something like this. “If I have to rise someday,
let it be now. Rise above my fear, my lord show me how. I’m never far away. Just
reach out your hand, I will be there.” Interesting indeed!
It’s A Beautiful Day carries its inspiration from Dum’s Someday. Rendered by
Hamza Farooqui and Shreya Ghoshal, this track should find a place with the youth
as it’s a sweet ‘n’ soulful tune that isn’t very demanding and is a pleasure to
listen to. The mixing of English and Hindi is done such that it doesn’t seem
awkward at all. Shreya Ghoshal is in top form as always, as is Hamza. There’s
not too much I can add, except that I do recommend this piece.
Last up is the sober ARA I mentioned earlier in Lamha Lamha. Now this is the ARA
you all heard pour his heart out in Masti’s Dil De Diya. A dard-e-judaai song,
the piece doesn’t carry the creative ingenuity that some of its predecessors
carry. However, the piece does have a at times powerful rhythm stand behind it,
supported by an echoing chorus. The melody isn’t bad either…very typical of a
song of this genre. ARA’s lyrics are quite routine, with the occasional new
phrase. Definitely not a bad way to end this impressive lot of songs.