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ROCKY T-Series, Rs.145This CD on offer has remixes of at least five songs that are pretty monotonous, but that they should be so consistently dismal is a tad surprising. Himesh Reshammiya's meteoric rise to fame will soon be eclipsed by an equally steep nosedive into the ignominious halls of oblivion - sooner or later, perhaps sooner than later the way he is going! - if he does not stop lending his voice to every composition of his. The music is entirely forgettable and even his fans, who danced to the tune of his typical twang, cannot be expected to appreciate this quite disappointing offering. The only track that is somewhat tolerable is "Dil Rang Le", and that because it has been sung by the versatile Sunidhi Chauhan. Of course some of the kids do seem to have taken a liking to "Junoon, Junoon", but that could frankly be just some youthful aberration. The lyrics make no sense and one wonders if such mediocre songs deserve even more tiresome and insipid remixes. All in all, an album to forget and to be given a very wide berth. RUMILove at the Zenith, Mystica Music, Rs.295The sufi movement has become not only a commonly discussed concept these days, but also very popular in association with the music world. With any number of Sufi music albums coming out in the market at regular intervals, there is a wide range to choose from. But as in the case of any philosophy, the words are vitally important. This offering from Mystica features Anandmurti Gurumaa, who has become well known for her discourses on spirituality and her albums of devotional music. In this album, perhaps keeping in mind the important of the verses themselves, she has not sung, but recited four selections from Rumi, the celebrated 13th Century mystic. His poems of ecstasy, praising the Supreme as the Beloved and extolling the excruciating pain of longing that one would not trade for an ordinary existence, are loved the world over. The album is divided into four sections: Ishq Ka Khanjar, Iltaja, Justaju and Kaun Hun Main. The recitation is backed by an instrumental track. The first has a distinct Iranian touch, with flute and other traditional instruments. The later tracks however sound more like `digital music', with electronic percussions, bass guitar and the like. This background does not quite cohere with the words. One can buy the album as an introduction to Rumi's verses in Urdu. But for those who think of Sufi music as exemplified by the inimitable Abida Parveen, it would not be much of a temptation. (Compiled by SVR and A.R.)

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