Saturday, November 18, 2006

Dhoom again
Dhoom: 2 (Yash Raj Music)

Making a sequel of a film is a tough task, especially if the original is a hit. The same holds true of its music composing, because comparisons with the original are inevitable.

By all reckoning, Dhoom was a big hit and so was its music. The mega-success of the song Dhoom Macha Le played a big role in the promo of the film. Now that Dhoom: 2 is here, a conscious effort has been made to live up to that yardstick by composer Pritam. How far he succeeds will depend on the way songs are picturised. As far as the beats are concerned, well, they are not quite as infectious as in the original (there again, didnít I say comparisons are inevitable?)

There are only five songs here while the whole of side B is filled with remixes of previous hits from various films.

The songs that are red hot are all solos. The cutting track is Crazy Kiya Re which has been sung by Sunidhi Chauhan in her husky voice. This song is being promoted to replicate the success of Dhoom Macha Le.

Perhaps that is why it is also in a remix version, which too has been rendered by Sunidhi Chauhan.

Then there is Touch Me (Alisha Chinai), which too belongs to the dance genre. Discos are bound to play these two numbers extensively in the days to come.

Dhoom Again is basically a remix of the original hit. Somehow, it does not have the same fluency. Perhaps one has gotten used to the older tune and does not relish much of tinkering.

If you think the names of the songs and the singers are printed on the jacket in too small a size, you must go to the list of side B. I can bet that you canít read them even with a magnifying glass. Come on producers, you canít afford to go nano sized. Lyrics are by Sameer.

Odyssey of Love (Mystica Music)

Kanchman Babbar has been composing music for many of Anandmurti Gurumaaís albums. This time he has come up with a CD of his own featuring instrumental tracks. The new age music is designed to evoke a feeling of serenity and peace.

The main instrument in all five tracks is the flute, with Turkish instrument Ney, Duduk, gongs and bells providing the supporting cast.

The album begins with A Beam of Love in which the flute and the guitar combine to weave visions of the break of dawn.

Towards Ecstasy culminates in an explosion of silence, again on the fuel of the flute. The reed breaks bread with Ney and gongs and bells to generate powerful vibrations in Harmonious Adaptation.

While Gentle Collapse is all about radiance, Wedding Souls is dedicated to the ecstasy that comes when a soul merges into Paramatma. ó ASC