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CHUPKE SE...

<15,0m,,0>Sa Re Ga Ma Rs.55

VISHAL BHARADWAJ has failed to live up to the expectations he raised with "Maachis", and "Chupke Se" is no exception despite the familiar company of Gulzar. If one has to pick two grains from the chaff of six, "Kehte Kehte" by Lucky Ali and Asha Bhonsle and "Koi To Ho" by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik have some freshness that one associates with a film of newcomers. Daler Mehndi's experimental "Kajrare Naina Tere Chambal Ke Lutere" fails the aural company after the sparkle of the opening line. But Gulzar's comparison of striking eyes with the bandits of Chambal substantiates that the trend of dumbing down has really arrived. Don't muster courage to listen to this "Chupke Se".

JANASHEEN

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T-series Rs.55

EIGHT SONGS, five music directors, still no confusion, as the whole album bears the stamp of a Feroz Khan film. Though it doesn't have the groovy touch that made "Qurbani" and even "Jaanbaaz" eternal hits, Anand Raj Anand and Biddu - remember sensuous Zeenat Aman and the sizzling "Aap Jaisa Koi" - will definitely make heads turn with "Pyar Hone Laga Hai" and "Deewani Hoon Deewani Hoon" respectively. "Ab Ke Baar Poonam Mein" rendered by Babul Supriyo and Gauri Bapat is also worth a hum. The best thing about the album is the return of foot-tapping sounds with the overall Central Asian feel. Overall, "Janasheen" is not that close to the heart, but not too far either.

<15,0m,,0>BOOM

<15,0m,,0>Sony Music, Rs.65

DAVID FISHER, the CEO of Sony Music says that singer Jez Humble is a craze in the U.K. and so is D'Caro. The former has sung "Bhavani Dayani" and the latter has three numbers in the album, and Groove, a U.K. band is a hit among the Western audience. All these are used in the formal yet interactive tracks in the album that boasts of 14 songs, all conceived by Fisher himself. Yet, for the numbers including the title song, you might begin saying "different" as it blends pure classical and pure pop but you may not conclude saying "excellent" for the album. It is an amalgam of pure Punjabi Bhangra, English, Hindi, remix, a reminder of our own Apache Indian style and yes, some songs are just perfect for a ramp show, a typical discotheque delight. The younger generation might swear by it, seniors won't go near it.

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