Sunday, November 19, 2006

There's this one thing about Rahman's music releasing out ... I am excited and all eager to listen to feel how it sounds ... and I am scared...

Scared ??? ... because I admire him and want him to be so good... and I get kinda apprehensive that he could lose it when he's right up there ... Art and Sports share this kind of a parallel ...More than watching that Sachin guy play his wonderful smash through the covers or hard hit that straight drive ... we always kind of concentrate on hoping that he doesn't do something stupid from here on ... We want them to win, but we are their worst critics and we desperately want to be proved wrong...

Guru, like any other album of his starts slow... it happens usually because Rahmanic kind of stuff is still new the first time ... its never the Rahman you've listened before ...

So is the Music of Guru ... "Baazi Laga", the first time - I never even guessed there's some kinda song going on ... it was racy, no identifable pattern of melody to clasp on ... I felt the same way about the "mayya mayya" number too ...

That "Ek lo" number - gosh! thats one drunken song ...

and then the album turns suddenly quite melodic and capturing with "Ey hairathe", I liked the vocalling of Alka Yagnik and Hariharan and I knew I am coming back to listen to this. This is simply a la Rahman par excellence.

I thought the "Dum Dhara ..." humming (esp. in "Tere Bina") was a high point in the album... sort of gets you to float and swim around in those notes ...

That "Barso Re" does have a foot tapping beat and the mellofluous flute sounds, definitely of the happy rain-dance kinds.

"Jaage hain" reminded me of some "Bose" sorta vacillating scales and rhapsody... but the melody didn't cease. Cool.

With Rahman's music I always tend to make up excuses to listen to the songs again and again ... I guess thats because the creativity is everytime well concealed admist myriad beats, scales and sounds and you have to keep searching for them ...

I have been listening to the album again and again... and my views are still evolving ...

I now think "Mayya Mayya" is a great composition (somebody tells me that its a turkish - gujju mix!) and I wasn't ready for such stuff the first time. The "Baazi laga" is now not bad .... but still doesn't sound too rahmanic though ... Bappi Lahari? - I still don't know what he was still doing in the album (Somehow, I couldn't appreciate songs like this) ... the other songs get only more enthralling as I keep listening.

Asked of me to judge, I could give a 7 or an 8 ... and I give Rahman the benefit of doubt
... its definetely not less than 7 and I can't give more than 8 because it still falls short compared to the rest of his works - Roja, Dil se, Taal, Lagaan, Swades etc. So 8 it is.

As far as the financial success of the album goes... I am not too enhusiastic about the prospects because personally my fave song of the album would have to be "Ae hairathe"... I don't know how many would actually get to listen to this. Generally popular albums require that the catchy numbers of the album better be real good... I don't know the story here... Its generally a tough call if asked to judge his albums after just one listening ... But thats the way it works ...

The numbers are not important, the album today is sure entertaining me and I am sure I will have something to listen to, while I prepare for the exam tomorrow...

Thank You Rahman ....

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, a bit disappointing except 1 song :( -anand

SASH said...

well, the update has it that the music is a pretty decent hit....

and my fave song is still the same - Tere Bina, but i despise "baazi laga" as of the moment

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