Big Music, Rs.150

Ravindra Jain gave us memorable compositions in the 1970s and 1980s, starting from “Chitchor”, “Naiyya”, “Sunaina”, “Akhiyon Ke Jharonke Se” and rising to bag the Filmfare Award in 1986 for “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”. He has been a favourite of Rajshri Productions.

In this new offering from Rajshri, “Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi”, Jain, if not at his best, does manage to evoke memories of times when lyrics were essential to make a good song, and music was soothing to the ears.

“We used an exceptional mélange of folk and ghazal,” says Jain in his introduction. The songs, which he has both written and composed, drive home his point strongly.

Rajshri Productions have never compromised with quality music and this offering is one more step in that direction. Eesha Koppikar picks “Dekhe Akele Hamne Solah Mele” (by Shreya Ghoshal) as her favourite song while Sonu Sood rates all of them his favourite.

The album begins with “Mujhme Zinda Hai Woh” (by Shaan and Shreya). The two also come up with an equally melodious “Jhirmir Jhirmir Meha Barse” as Jain shows he has not lost touch with soulful music.

There are nine numbers in all, with Suresh Wadekar singing “Mandir Hai Ghar Ye Hamara”, one of his best. With Jain giving his lyrics some outstanding tunes, the album is a good buy and takes you back in time, thanks to the sweet voice of Shreya Ghoshal, who is simply outstanding.

ENIGMA Seven Lives and Many Faces

EMI, Rs.350

Enigma is the creation of well-known German musician Michael Cretu, and this album is his seventh.

Cretu, who started off on his musical journey almost 18 years ago with the album “Sadness Part 1”, is today one of the internationally renowned German musicians. He specialises in playing with a variety of sounds and beats. In this album, there is an interesting play of string engagements together with tough drums and percussions. Hip Hop, symphony orchestra, it has all.

In the album, look particularly for “Seven lives”, “The same parents” and “Touchness”. The poetry of “Encounters”, “Seven lives” and “The same parents” stand out from the rest. To offer an example, in “Seven lives’, he sings, “Traces, many faces; Lost in the maze of time. Blinded by the darkness; That’s the start of seven lives….”

Two of the scores in the album are in German, Cretu’s mother tongue.

Overall, worth a try.

(Compiled by V.L. and S.B.P)