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STRINGS: REVIEW/ZUBEEN GARG Music Review: STRINGS
By Nayan Moni Chetia
July 12, 2006
DISCLAIMER: Being a hardcore Zubeen fan, I may be a little soft on the review, but I will try my level best to give an unbiased view.So, here goes my review.
The CD begins with the song which was till recently, running on music channels. Yeah, 'Piya Milan ko Jaana', sung by Zubeen himself tries to set the mood of the film. 'Bound by Faith', the film's punch line, is properly justified by the song, and you become ready to listen to some more songs, in similar lines, from the Album. The song is sung well, and while you listen to the song, you feel that two people are singing the song, but its Zubeen himself lending voice to the sanyasi's part of it. The combination of Pop and devotional themes is very well executed by Zubeen, but I still feel that Zubeen could have done better. On the whole, the song has a strong Assamese fervour, which is always welcome ;-) Nevertheless, this song will contribute towards selling of this Album.
The second song of the Album is sung by Shaswati and Zubeen. The composition is superb, the lyrics is superb. 'Kaise Kahoon' is one of the only few well composed, well sung and well written song this year. I would rate 'Chand Sifarish' higher. This song has no 'devotional' or 'Assamese' touch, setting high standards for Zubeen's music. The English part of the song, which will probably be lip-synced by Adam Badi, is brilliant sung by Zubeen, which will surely make people remember, 'My heart it beats a thousand words' from Lagaan. Surely this song will make a difference to Shaswati's career which is somewhat dipping down, after the 'Kaanta Laga days'. If the Album is worth buying, it may be for the English Part rendered by Zubeen. I liked it very much.
Then comes 'ISHQ' by Zubeen. Truly speaking, while I was listening to this song, I felt, Zubeen will have a long innings in the music industry, after this. Its neither 'devotional' nor 'Assamese', and sung very very well. Here or there you feel that a Non-hindi speaking person is singing the song, but with the sheer brilliance of singing and composition Zubeen steers clear any such view.
The fourth song, 'Ramo Ramo', reminds you of you mother singing 'HoriNaams' during religious gatherings in your homes. Zubeen sings it in great style and proves that he is here long to stay. However certain words are not audible/intelligible because of it's 'Assamese' style, but that does not take any credit away from Zubeen, who brings forward, traditional Assamese singing into the Indian Music Industry.Zubeen deserves kudos for it.
Then comes 'Rimjhim Rimjhim' which matches with the Zikir 'Allar bine keu kisu nai Alla he'. But its the most catchy number of the Album and if a remix was released with it, it could have gone miles ahead. The Album is not promoted very well, may be due to financial constraints, but it surely has the potencial to make it big. Zubeen is here accompanied by Brishti Saikia and Anandita Paul. Though they do not make significant contribution to singing it, they are credited, appreciably by Zubeen, may be because of the anonimity he faced, singing alaaps of innumerable Hindi Hit numbers. Zubeen, you are a great soul.
The last number, 'OM', written by Baba Nagarjuna, to whom, incidently, the film is dedicated to, is sung by Zubeen, Angaraag and Sourain Roy Choudhury. The song is very well sung, as usual, but you may find it difficult to enjoy as the song is very fast paced. Overall you will like the song.
The Album has three-four very good.. brilliant numbers. They may make it big, if promoted well. I personally liked 'Kaise Kahoon', 'ISHQ' and 'Rimjhim Rimjhim' very much with Ramo Ramo closely behind. What I was disappointed with was the first song 'Piya Milan ko Jaana'. 'OM''s lyrics are hard hitting, so enjoyment quotient is a bit less.Friends, I would request you to buy the Album, as it would give a much need boost to Zubeen's Bollywood career, which we all would be proud of, both as a fan and as an Assamese.