Monday, March 9, 2009

Gulaal - music review

Anurag Kashyap is talented in more ways than one and with the Music album of of his next offering, he has now graduated to being a pakka ’jauhari’ (who can pick diamonds from crap at will).
Amit trivedi was a revealation in Dev D (after his one track in Aamir titled - Chakkar Ghumyo). Piyush Mishra, the wonderful wonderful actor composes the music for this and HOW....

1. Aarambh – The album sparks off with this number. The style of this song is a typical poetic recitation of ‘Veer’ ras. The difference is the orchestra. Loud Shankh (shells), nagaras and a deep bass leaves a brave impact on the listener. The use of Hindi words, the strong vocals of Piyush and Ram will make you hit the ‘repeat’ button for sure. The way in which the red gulaal is mentioned gives you goose pimples. The song suddenly drops in the tempo and a whistle, along with ghunghroo takes the listener to the world where revolution is worshipped and living life only has one meaning - to change what needs to be changed and do it with no nonsense, no romance...!

2. Aisi Sazaa – Shilpa rao, fast becoming a worthy competitor to the others in hindi cinema sizzles in the song. A continuous rain like sound, coupled with the soulful lyrics, urging the warriors to construct rather than demolish. The sleep has long vanished. The loneliness isn’t aloof enough! What a thought! Be it the ‘Dhol yara’ from Dev D, Khuda jaaney from Bachna ae hasino, or Ranjhana from Dev D, Shilpa rao’s voice is deep and captivating. The lyrics don’t disappoint either. Gentle guitar towards the beginning of the song literally dissolves itself with the soul of the listener.

3. Beedo – Ah! Don’t we like what the others have?? The exact thought is conveyed beautifully by Rekha Bharadwaj with lovely chorus participation. The song has a very ‘gana bajana’ feel to it thanks to liberal use of Sarangi and a uniform ‘dhum chuk dhum chuk chak chak’ tempo! Quite a nice song, makes you feel you are listening to a Vishal Bharadwaj composition but is good nevertheless.

4. Duniya – Ye Duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai? Remember these words sung by Mohd. Rafi for Gurudutt? The line remains the same and the similarity thankfully, ends here. While Mohd. Rafi was sad, Piyush is sad but he vents out his anger and refuses to go down without giving a piece of his mind to the world. This song, has one of the most powerful lyrics I have heard in a long time. While some choose to see a ‘Masakali’ dancing, the poet focuses on the vultures who are hell bent on robbing the innocence of a dove/kabootar. Yes – it is a dark song. The singer (Piyush If I am right) does a wonderful job. Just hear the 3 words and the manner in which he says these words repeatedly throughout the song. The words are ‘to kya hai’ in the line ‘ye duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai. Here is a person, seen it all and hates what he sees…fantastic song!

5. Raat Ke musafir – Finally a song that will arrest your senses right from the word GO. If you have heard the soundtrack of 1947-the earth, this song will remind you of raat ki daldal hai kaali rey, which was sung by Sukhwinder. The feel is totally the same. Dark night, lone walker, riotous atmosphere, naked swords, masked faces….I remember listening to this song when I was driving down from my office at around 11 in the night. For a moment, I felt shaken up. No matter how many words I use (or try to use), I cannot compliment the singer (Rahul) enough. Hear this one to press the ‘repeat’ button again and again and again…

6. Ranaji – Aptly, a song comes thru which releases the tension with simple and almost satirical lyrics. Rekha Bharadwaj goes behind the mic with ‘naughty’ written all over her mind. Pulls the plug on ‘Uncle Sam hiding in Iraq’, ‘Hapless Afghanistan’, ‘Bisleri water’ and what not! I thought I will just skip this song but you have to hear it for the sheer wit the song conveys! Nice nice nice!

7. Sheher – Piyush Mishra starts off after a moment of ‘been’ and guitar. Pardon me as I never like to write any lyrics but do hear the manner in which Jugni nachey chunri odhey khoon nahayi re is sung by the singers. The song is dark, yet red in color. Sung with a typical Rajasthani tone, the song describes the bloodshed that takes place in a city which sleeps in the night, forgetting everything. I know I am repeating myself but even this song has lyrics that would have sissies wetting their pants (sissies = those who think pink is the new black) Swanand Kirkire who sung khoya khoya chand joins Piyush mishra and sings the song with consummate ease. The manner in which the ‘vultures’ come out in the night unleashing their lusty longings couldn’t have been better described. This song will definitely find itself enacted in a lot of stage dramas, I can bet. Raw lyrics, perfectly done!

8. Yaara Maula – Starts in true Indian Ocean style, I must admit. The reminiscing youth looks back at the days when the books of the college used to smell nice. Then all of a sudden they were robbed of the gift of education and the hands which were supposed to hold pen mistook the sword as a tool to change the world. The innocence with which the singers (Ram, Aushim and Piyush) wonder why they did what they did continues to haunt you long after the song ends. This is the shortest song of this album.

If you have to experience the riot of dark red color, hear the songs in the exact manner in which I have mentioned above because if you cherry pick a ‘Beedo’ or ‘Ranaji’ first you might not appreciate the alum in entirety. Piyush Mishra, the actor has exceeded himself with his musical effort.

With Anurag Kashyap, innovation and creativity is a given so it’s nothing new! Pick the CD and paint yourself red. The revolution is here, in more ways than one. An album not to be missed at any cost.According to some people Howard Roark couldnt take the darkness of Dev D, trust me if that is the case, he would bury himself further as RED is going to be splashed....all over..and over and over..

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Peace and equanimity

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