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Tehzeeb, T-Series, Rs. 50

KHALID MOHAMED gets the two celebrated names — Javed Akhtar and A.R. Rahman for his next film Tehzeeb. The music may not be comparable to Lagaan but A.R. Rahman always has some surprises in store. Here he gets the inimitable Asha Bhonsle for a song which she has sung with her characteristic verve. Some of the melodies have a classical feel — are raga-based (though Rahman's typical orchestration is present). At the same time some songs use traditional lyrics - by some well-known poets like Dagh Dehlvi and Momin Khan Momin. Overall the music is worth listening to.

Rahman gets Sujata Bhattacharya to sing lilting numbers with a classical feel particularly Sabaq Aisa and Na shiqwa hota which remind you of compositions of yesteryear. Rahman is able to get the `fusion' effect in these songs. These numbers are pleasant and leave an impact on the listener, perhaps due to the melody (on account of the raga-base) in them.

The album kicks off with a number by Shaan — an energetic number where the orchestration is heavy. But it is Asha Bhonsle who carries the song Meherbaan, Meharbaan with elan. Sukhvinder tries to match up with this doyenne whose verve has not declined even after so many decades in music. The song has a rhythmic cadence and again the classical element. It even sounds like a remix number in the beginning (some English words surface now and then). The flute though short is sweet in the song.

I wanna be free by Anupama and Mathangi (lyrics by Blaze in English and Hindi) is like any youthful number — peppy in nature with some `protest' lines.

Rahman is able to maintain his mesmerising appeal to a large extent in this album.

Aitbaar, Sony Music, Rs. 55

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RAJESH ROSHAN composes for this Vikram Bhatt directed venture. After his successful Koi Mil Gaya Rajesh Roshan does not disappoint.

The opening song Tum Mujhse Bas Yun Hi by Kumar Sanu and Sujata Bhattacharya is fairly all right to listen to.

The background synthesisation for most songs by Roshan is done well — with infusion of some new sounds.

Saansein Ghulne Lagee by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal opens with familiar orchestration but has a melodious feel.

Both the singers impart the desired rhythmic flow required through their voice (Sonu Nigam sings with quite a `heavy' voice, Shreya sounds her sonorous best). The instrumental piece is an addition in most albums these days - this (The feel of Aitbaar) is an `average' composition.

The flip side begins with Aitbaar (Abhijeet and Alka Yagnik) — foot-tapping music with slow singing. Not an enthusiastic number though. Similar is the case with Naa Nazaron ka (Babul Supriyo and Shweta Pandit).

The songs on Side A are better than on Side B. Amitabh Bachchan renders a song Jeena Hai Kis Liye in his familiar baritone. It's his singing that makes one listen.

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