Jab tak hai Jaan – Music review..Almost

The way ‘Saans’ starts, one does feel the sound of A.R. Rahman trying to hit you. Shreya Ghosal comes up with an echo (and a lot of ‘dhafli’ in the background and some unnecessary violins that more or less go on and on). Mohit Chauhan has probably done a doctorate in such slow mood songs and remains flat and predictable. (Couldn’t help but feel the point where Mohit chauhan makes an entry in the song sounds terribly same like the line ‘Do pal ruka’ from Veer zara). Both the singers take turns to go out of tune (mostly in the all the ‘antraas’). The unbearable shrill alaap of Shreya Ghosal isn’t good enough to keep you in the song. There are bagpipers playing too..Yes, Someone mentioned A.R. Rahman has done music for this film. Very ‘Subhash ghai’ sort of song. Uselessly grand (as far as music album is concerned) and falls flat.

Ishq Shava – Guitars. Peppy start with a very thorough Raghav and the usually brilliant Shilpa Rao behind the microphone. The unnecessary ‘Say what’, ‘Yeah’ and ‘hey’ do their bit to spoil this song. ‘Paani pe chal ke dekho zara, badalon mein zameen nahi hoti….’Yes this sounds like it has been penned by Gulzar sahab. Foot tapping song. Will this go on to my playlist? No.

Heer Harshdeep kaur puts so much soul into this! The excellent use of ‘Mirza’ has Gulzar sahab written all over it. The soul piercing violins are very A.R. Rahman. Yes, this is more like it. There is an element of ‘Yash chopra presents’ finality and drama in the music arrangement. Not complaining at all. The song just fades towards the end and will invariably have you reaching for the repeat button. Goosebumps stuff even if you don’t understand punjabi. The faint electric flute, the pace of the song, the feel, the atmosphere, easily my pick of the album.

Jiya re – The start, although no way related to ‘ni main samajh gayi’ did remind me of it. First hearing made it sound like – chaiyya re but it is ‘Jiya re’. References to loving herself and a general happy feel is what characterises the song. Sung very well and you will feel the singer Neeti mohan has put in a lot of effort. Probably an intro song (with a lot of english vinglish phrases in the background), the song lacks continuity in my view. It’s tiring to listen to this song in it’s entirety.

Jab tak hai jaanJaved ali, Sitar and some violin in good measure start this song. Probably the loudest arrangement of all songs. The moment we try to settle with the pace of the song the ‘sajid wajid like’ break disrupts the pace of the song. Very filmy song. Shakthisree Gopalan makes a splashing entry (but pauses the pace of the song only to pick it up again). Would love to hear more from her because the voice is just beautiful. The typical song that you can imagine has a lot of ‘Hero turning and heroine turning…and heroine turning again and hero turning again….and the hair flying all around’. Whether we like it or not, this song (looks like) will pick when the film hits the theatres. Did I like it? Shamelessly, Yes!

Saans (Reprise) – Oh yes…a ‘reprise’ (generally referred to as ‘Part 2’ in previous films of Yash chopra). Shreya ghosal. Sounding very much like ‘do pal ruka’ song again like from Veer zara, the song ends. (Music by Yash chopra or the stock of old madan mohan tunes?).

Ishq danceInstrumental (of course!) – Completely undecided on this piece. Doesn’t sound like the typical ‘ARR’ instrumental track. In between an all male chorus of ‘hey hey hey hey’ is disturbing but the bass it is accompanied with is very theatrical. bass doesn’t dip for a moment from here and is joined by a brass band like sound towards the end. Not catchy but this shall remain in my playlist for a while.

The PoemShahrukh khan, if only you were given better words to recite! Pedestrian poetry accompanied with excellent music arrangement has done it for the track! The filmy (of course it’s a film soundtrack, I know) end of this track is what ARR can do to you. Hear the music and tell me if you don’t get goosebumps?

Challa – Sounding more like the work of Rabbi shergill than ARR. The song has grown from the time it was launched. ‘The voice doesn’t suit SRK’ is probably a lame argument against the song so I won’t go there. The choir like chorus mixed smartly does speak of ARR a bit though. The song is again in punjabi so the uptake of the same might not be instant, but as the case with ‘90s A.R. Rahman’ remains, this song will grow.

Not an entirely impressive album by Gulzar sahab/ARR/YRF standards, the album falls in the ‘listen and buy only if you want to’ category. Probably Gulzar sahab and ARR stuck to the ‘instructions’ by YRF. If this is the last film of Yash Chopra as a director and if You know Yash Chopra well, trust me he will have you crying buckets thanks to ‘Heer’, the song, and for old times (and some classics that he has given us) sake, I hope he succeeds in doing that.

Pick of the album – Heer, Challa, recital by SRK and Ishq dance.

Rating – 3 on 5

22 thoughts on “Jab tak hai Jaan – Music review..Almost

  1. Dunt give such fake review… do u even have an inch knowledge about music to judge others? ok, U may not b perfect but never be fake…

    1. Context dekho dost. The music of barfi or for that matter any OST should compliment to the feel of the film, melodiously. This one fails. Hence the rating 🙂

  2. Well done Rohit.
    Loved the way you catch the little nuances and intricacies of the music. When I listen to the song I specifically stop and catch all that you keep mentioning in the reviews.

    1. Hahahahah yes yaaar….i copied the review wordby word from dunkdaft. See when it is published there and when it is published here? He is a dear friend by the way 🙂

  3. it doesn’t even deserve 3 stars. i still cant believe its ARR sir’s music. its the 2nd worst album of ARR after Blue in the last 10 years.
    with Rahman one expects nothing but the best. and this album sadly isn’t even in the top 10 albums of the year. hope ARR gets back soon with Ranjhana.

  4. Totally agreed @Rohwit. It doesn’t meet the expectations. Biggest disappointment ever I’d say.
    Only Heer works for me as well 🙂

  5. It will take some time for the songs to grow on you as in the case with all ARR songs … frankly when i first heard raavanan, rockstar i was dissapointed ! bt nw … till date am addicted to it 🙂 I challenge you to write a music review on the same album aft sometime … u will giv 5/5 for sure .

    1. Sure Sir ji. Lets see. Have never ever changed my opinion not because I am rigid but then nothing convincing has happened for me to change it, hope ARR compells me to.

  6. Nice review. I believe Rahman is a director’s music genius. He sticks to vision and delivers. For example – Rahman would not compose Jiya Rey kind of track even when he is half asleep – it’s pedestrian in its sound but hey, I guess this is more like Yash Chopra’s music. Rahman is there to lend credibility. By the way, it’s not meant for Indian audience. It;s been composed for NRIs and if you listen from that perspective, it’s an outstanding album.

    The songs are disjointed because (probably) they will be used in parts in the movie. Rahman also does background score for all movies that he composes for and hence, he makes edits based on story.

    For a change, it was nice to hear something from Rahman which was not Rahmanesque. Maybe, the songs would grow on the listeners but this album reminds me of another mediocre Rahman album ‘Ada’ – My rating would be 2.5/5

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