Kites – Music Review

kitesWith a fantastic interplay between the guitars and sitar, Zindagi Do Pal Ki is a winner all the way. KK unsurprisingly does a fab job of rendering the melody. While the orchestration is mostly modern in nature, the tune sounds slightly behind times, like a melody Rajesh Roshan had kept in cold storage for a while. That’s no reason to complain of course! The remix is also a good listen, the ambient feel getting accentuated with the techno effects. RR follows up with another beautifully arranged melody in Dil Kyun Yeh Mera, once again sung by KK. Once again, I could not shake off the feeling that the base tune of the song belongs to an earlier time, a time when such melodies would undoubtedly have gone to one Mr. Kumar Sanu. In fact it was KK’s recurring Sanu-ish humming that fortified my feeling! I repeat that I say this not on a condescending angle. Dil Kyun.. is an absolute delight to listen to. The remix is innovative, and fortunately not very noisy. I’d rather listen to the original a couple more times though.
Tum Bhi Ho Wahi is engaging for its rollercoaster-level twists and turns between melody and rock, and Vishal Dadlani and Suraj Jagan‘s powerful vocals. I got literally blown away by the duo’s singing of the high pitched portions! And the remix, toning down the rock elements, merely does the job of testifying that the life of the original was in the mode shifts. Hritik Roshan goes on to prove alongside Suzanne D’Mello that he has inherited quite a bit of the musical genes of his uncle and grand dad in Kites In The Sky. With its orchestration shifting between minimal and classical, the ambient track almost reminded me of a person whom RR has in the past generously “borrowed” from, Vangelis. Hoping that no such incidents shall crop up on this one though, it would be sad for such a beautiful song to be maligned thus. Suzanne’s voice attains its full splendour when the song is Western, and hence here too she sounds marvellous. Full marks to Hritik as well for handling with ease the operatic portion. RR goes full blast on techno with Fire, which sounds like a DJ mix for most part. Considering that about 2.5 minutes of the 4 minute song is instrumental, the MD could as well have made it an instrumental track. And as it turned out, the lyrics did sound rather childish in the parts that I could make something out. Waste of the vocals of Vishal, Anushka Manchanda, Anirudh Bhola and Rajesh Roshan I would say. And the same combo returns for an English version of the same track, a thoroughly redundant exercise. Nevertheless, I decide to ignore this faux pas for all the good things about the album.
His scores might come few and far between, but Rajesh Roshan proves that he is not out of reckoning yet, with a gem of a soundtrack. A superb comeback after the ignominious affair that was Krazzy 4.

Music Aloud Rating: 8/10

Recommended tracks: Kites In The Sky, Dil Kyun Hai Mera, Zindagi Do Pal Ki

Kirti says:

ohh man…i absolutely adore…’Zindagi do pal ki’ and ‘Dil kyun yeh mera’….in fact whenva dese songs play in da background..i cnt stop tapping my feet and smtms get up and dance too…:)
da sitar bits in da former song are to die for…:) very well written post…:)