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Great Expectations
Jun 21, 2006 10:26 PM 2977 Views
(Updated Jun 21, 2006 10:34 PM)


The good news about Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna's music is that it lives up to the expectations. The bad news is exactly the same. While it felt good to be reliving music that is almost on the same pattern as Kal Ho Na Ho, the lack of experimentation had me frowning. You can find an equivalent for every KHNH ditty in KANK.

The best part of the CD is that it comes at only Rs 99. Although Sony says that it is an introductory offer, methinks that they are not going to revisit it anytime soon.


Movie: Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK

Music Director: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Lyrics:Javed Akhtar

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

Singers: Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik

Category: Typical Bollywood

Major Instruments: Piano, Violin, Flute

Tum ko bhi hai khabar

Mujhko bhi hai pata

Ho raha hai judaa

Dono ka raasta

Dur jaake bhi mujhse tum meri yaadon main rehna

Kabhi alvida na kehna

I would have loved to see some other duo doing KANK's answer to KHNH's title song. Sonu and Alka have traveled this path so many times that it is barely their fault if you do not end up with a sense of deja-vu. Yup, the picturisation might have you reaching for your hankies but just by itself, the song fails to tug those heart strings.


Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Shafqat Ali, Carlisa

Category: Sufi meets Pak-Pop

Major Instruments: Guitar, Keyboards

Just as I thought that I had it with Sufi-pop compositions comes this wonderful number. It is not something you have not heard before but Shankar Mahadevan's spirited rendition lifts this composition to ecstatic hights. It's hard to tell what this ditty would have sounded without Shafqat Ali (who is he?). Maybe he was brought in for the Paki touch. Carlisa's notes waft in and out and do absolutely no miracles when there.

Where's the party tonight?

Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Vasundhara Das, Loy

Category: Disco

Major Instruments: Whatever a disco needs

OK, so you guessed it right, so what? It is a rehash of "It's the time to disco" but a wonderful rehash nevertheless. Despite myself, I was tapping to the infectious energy of the lead singers. They seem to be having so much fun that you cannot help but join in. Expect this to burn the dance floors all this year and the next.

Tumhi dekho na

Singers: Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik

Category: Bollywood Romantic

Major Instruments: Piano, Flute, Violin

Why, oh why? When there are so many singers to choose from, why do SEL stick to these two? Lata and Kishore could sing the same kind of song a hundred times and they would have sounded different from each other. OK, Sonu does what Shaan did in "Kuchh to hua hai" but that still does not make it sound any different. Why can't SEL try Kailash Kher, Kunal Ganjawaala or even Himesh for a change?

Rock N Roll Soniye

Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Mahalaxmi Iyer

Category: Bhangra meets Indi-pop

Major Instruments:Dhol, Guitar

Not really as good as KHNH's Maahi ve, SEL still manage to get you on your feet. Of course, a song of this nature calls for good picturisation and knowing Karan Johar, one has no cause to worry. I only wish Javedsaab's lyrics were more imaginative.

There is a Mitwa Remix and something else by Carlissa and Mahalaxmi Iyer that did not excite my senses all that much.


Overall Verdict: A good album especially at Rs 99. But if you are the one who downloads mp3s from the net, you will still find that steep. I hear that KANK has a risque story. Unfortunately, the music is anything else but that.

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