5.21.2008

Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Soundtrack

It has been quite a while since Rahman scored for an out and out romantic plot set in a college backdrop, in which a composer gets ample scope for scoring conventionally entertaining music. But a conventional Rahman soundtrack is always unconventional and so is that of ‘Jaane Tu ya Jaane Na’. The melody, orchestration, choice of singers, lyrics all come together to accomplish one single mission and that is to make every listener feel light, energetic and much younger when listening to this youthful soundtrack. Music may be technically complex but what finally matters is the world that it transports the listeners to, the mood and feel the music immerses the listeners into.

The instantly catchy and constantly looping acoustic guitar riffs - velvety vocals of Rashid Ali, exquisite multi layered flute interlude – structure with no standard structure - the flute pieces at an optimum pitch without airy sounds complementing the velvet texture of Rashid Ali vocals, all sit on subtle beats which hits just as hard as a dancing kid hits the floor with its legs, in ‘Kabhi Kabhi Aditi’.

‘Pappu can’t dance’ with multiple vocals is pure fun and entertaining music at its best. The hooky motifs ‘Thirikita’ and the e-sitar/guitar/mandolin piece, helps in sandwiching the fragmented catchy phrases of the song. The thump in the beats, whistle blows, claps and chorus brings in the necessary campus feel in the song. There are so many layers and overlaps of motifs, sounds and instruments and the song needs a lot of attention to unravel the beauty behind its production. The remix version is a perfect track to burn the dance floors. Though it has all usual elements of a remix, there are some interesting variations and surprises in this track which makes it one of the rare not-to-be-skipped remixes.

Rahman as always tries to make the pathos song ‘Jaane Tu Meri Kya hai’ more sophisticated and less sentimental in its sound but without diluting the emotion. Though Runu Rizvi’s voice is good, her subdued and husky rendition lacks the depth that the emotions in this song demands. While the male version which is comparatively more conventional in its orchestration, has Sukhwinder Singh precisely delivering the emotions in his rendition. There is a beautiful and a very intricate and intimate vocal harmony running throughout the song and it delivers the intended emotions so effectively.

The acoustic guitar rich ‘Nazrein Milana’ is a joyride throughout. Rahman’s yet another attempt at Jazz in ‘Tu bole’ is little tough to buy in immediately. It is tough to fit the Hindi words into a genre like Jazz without loosing the flow in the lyrics. But Rahman has somehow managed it, and to those who feel it is too difficult to consume, Rahman provides a catchy hook with the title line to which all the jazzy twists and turns conveniently comes to an end. ‘Kahin To’ is yet another breezy popish melody which just flows so effortlessly and the soft crescendo towards the end is just exhilarating.

Sometimes a song or music piece reaches our ears from nowhere place and for few seconds we enjoy the part we listen to, shake our head, tap our feet and soon continue with your work carrying within, the mood of the song, we just listened to by accident. Even if you play this soundtrack in a place where people have no time or intention to pay attention to the music, this music will find a way to reach their ears and soul and shift their moods for a while. The music of ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ has got that quality.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is also safe to say this is one of the rare occasions that rahman copied.

Thulasiram said...

Nice review dude.. ARR rocks in JTYJN and ADA..

Srini said...

thats great review for a really sweet album !

after a long time, rahman has come with a youthful soundtrack and many songs (like kabhi kabhi) match vintage rahman stuff (though sounding entirely different) ! I wonder why he doesn't put music for such fun movies more often ... arr rocks, yet again !

kanna said...

My god, I am in a terrible fix. I really want to take part in the Ada competition, and have restrained myself from listening to any of the remixes except yours, so that I retain a bit of originality and am not influenced too much. But now, Ada soundtrack is out, and I can hardly resist! How does one stop from listening to a Rahman soundtrack, even though the CD is right in my hand? Ah, the temptation. I'm going to have to live with this for a week.

Aakarsh said...

It would have been more good if you could mention some technical details (like you usually do)..something like any raagas etc.
Nevethless, i am looking forward to the review of Ada.

VijayGanesh. S said...

Trust the jazz song looks good on the screen. Looking fwd to it.

Adiya said...

Hi

Nice review. i feel "Pappu can’t dance’" some what sounds like

Boys movie yaari ketu endha nenji types.. boys sounds more of fusion types mixed with carnatic & some other types.

its my feel let me know if i am wrong.

-a

muthuvel said...

Suresh,

You might have noticed this allegation of 'Tu Bole' being inspired from an yesteryear number 'Let's call the whole thing off' going on in Rahman yahoo club.

I feel there's a very strong resemblance between the numbers in question

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5Rhmr_jeq3g&%20feature=related

And I also wonder whether Rahman was talking about this number in the below interview

http://rahmaniac.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/im-not-sure-about-blogging-a-r-rahman/#more-114

Suresh Kumar said...

Muthuvel - Even I had that doubt, but in a recent interview with Rajeev Masand, Rahman spoke as if it is his own composition and coincidentally there was a serious talk about plagiarism too....

muthuvel said...

Yeah, read the transcript of the interview now and when the talk about plagiarism comes, the point about 'Tu Bole' should have been there somewhere.. but it's not been touched at all, though atleast i didn't see anywhere Rahman explicitly claiming the originality of the track.

It's a disappointment from Rahman, especially now when he's aspiring to play in international arena... if Abbas Tyrewala-Rahman team really wanted to have an inspired track, why not just put that info on the sleeve, it's not going to take away any greatness out of them. The lyrics too are a dead giveaway... they are very similar in the concept...

It could be posted in itwofs.com