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DorUniversal, CD, Rs. 125Listen to it and you will know Dor stands in stark contrast to the overdone, run-of-the-mill Bollywood film tracks. Most of it, at least. There's a good blend of poetry from Mir Ali Husain's pen and a strong sense of melody in the compositions that give soul to the music - something fast becoming extinct in Bollywood. And Salim-Sulaiman have dared to draw from the truly earthy folk tunes and robust rhythms that characterise Rajasthan, the setting for the film."Yeh Honsla", the opening track, grows on you with lyrics embodying a wonderfully uplifting thought and Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan's reassuring voice that holds your hand and walks you through the endless sands of time. The offbeat percussion by Rajesh Rajbhatt only adds to the rustic charm of the song. A burst of violins (courtesy The Bombay Film Orchestra) in the interlude in this song, and later in "Kesariya Balam" is quite an unusual device for desert songs, but has been incorporated very well into the larger sound scheme. Dor has used the Rajasthani anthem of invitation "Kesariya balam padharo ne mare desh" to great effect - Karsan Sagathiya's full-bodied voice infuses it with a spirit and vigour that can only stem from desert lungs. Again the brawny percussion lifts the song - made famous in Maand and Manganiyar music traditions - further skyward, pushing the listener toward a lusty crescendo."Imaan ka Asar" by Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghosal has a girl-band, rock-ballad feel to it, with unusual lyrics and a twist of phrase that attracts you to the song: "... shaayad hai ye dosti ya imaan ka asar... " The classical nuances of the album come to the fore again with "Expression of Love" from Trilok Gurtu's album Remembrance.But the choice of ex-Viva girl Pratichee's "Piya Ghar Aaaya" from her earlier album is the biggest let down of the album. So too is Salim's insipid rendition of the famous qawwali "Allah Hoo", whose passion was best expressed in the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan rendition, and promptly buried in the clod of Bollywood rip-offs and remixes. BHUMIKA K.




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