Music review: Salaam-E-Ishq

Movie: Salaam-E-Ishq
Year: 2006
Music Director: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Kailash Kher, Adnan Sami, Shankar, Loy, Shreya Goshal, Nihira, Sadhna Sargam, Shilpa
Album Rating:

The impressive trio are back with their latest offering. They rope in Kailash Kher to sing a soulful number. Sonu Nigam sings a couple peppy numbers. Adnan Sami lends his voice for a song. Two songs are commendable. The rest are not harsh on the ears. Fans who were extremely happy with Kal Ho Na Ho, Dil Chahta Hai and the likes might feel let down. I am sure the title song will become a huge hit. I personally think Kailash Kher song is the best song in the album. Look out for the fresh voice, Nihira. Buy the CD if you are a S-E-L (Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy)fan. Oh yeah, there is also a remixed version of an old song. I wonder why.

Singer: Nihira

The remixed version of the oldie “Babuji dheere chalna”. Why did S-E-L had to resort to remixes? I don’t know. I am hoping that the movie demanded it. Otherwise, SEL lose the respect I had for them. Nihira does her best to evoke the same emotions that “Geeta Dutt” did long, long back. She does succeed to some extent. The younger generation is bound to like the remixed version, with its faster pace and disco-ish touch. I still like the older version.

Dil Kya Kare
Singer: Adnan Sami

A very catchy song. Soft, romantic, sung by the fastest keyboard player Adnan Sami. Why can’t he just stick to keyboard? His voice strains and screams at times. He is not all that a good singer that every music director wants to include a song by him in his/her album. This is a song sung by someone newly stung by love. With lines like “Nikalu mein phati jeans pehenke, shirt bina hosh, button ke”, lyrics are intended to lure the younger generation. This song will be well recieved by the le femmes. This song would have been much better if only Sonu Nigam had sung it!

Mera Dil
Singers: Shaan, Nihira

A peppy, fast song, with frequent changes in the beats. It is slow at times and picks up pace suddenly. A foot stomping song, I am sure it is a dance sequence in the movie. Govinda, probably? No, not Salmaan! Shaan and Nihira lend their voice to this romantic number. Shaan outshines Nihira. She sounds dull at times. She has a fresh voice and sounds like Shreya Goshal sometimes. The guitar piece in this song is pretty good.

Saiyaan mere
Singers: Shilpa, Shankar, Loy

This is a folkish kind of song with Shilpa taking in Richa Sharma’s place. Shilpa sounds crude and rustic, but she doesn’t sound melodious, where as Richa managed to do that in “Maahi Ve”. Shilpa’s voice is kind of hollow. Shankar accompanies her and he does a good job, no doubt. Loy mumbles here and there. Good beats, fast, catchy song. Somebody or the other will certainly remix this.

Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Goshal

The best song of the album by the best singer of our times, Sonu Nigam. He creates magic yet again, teamed with Shreya Goshal, Kunal Ganjawala, Sadhana Sargam and someone who sounds like Jaspinder Narula. Sonu beats all the others. He is simply superb. Shankar croons “Ishq… haaye” in the background. I am sure this song will be picturized well. One long song (almost 7 minutes) and every moment is enjoyable.

Tenu Leke
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Mahalaxmi Iyer

This song is probably to keep the Punjabi song fans happy. It has Bhangra beats and a few Punjabi words. Sonu Nigam is literally dancing while he is singing and Mahalaxmi tries to match Sonu’s spirits, but fails. Fast, catchy song.

Ya Rabba
Singers: Kailash Kher

Ok, I was wrong. Salaam-E-Ishq is not the best song. This one is. Kailash, with his melancholic voice and equally sorrowful music casts a spell on you. You feel sad after listening to this song. You are expected to, by the way. It’s an out and out Kailash song. If you liked any of his songs, chances are you will like this too. A slow, soulful song. Worth having in your collection.

3 thoughts on “Music review: Salaam-E-Ishq

  1. darshan says:

    Hope my comments will reach kailash …
    Your song YA RABBA is a great no . The only song after Reshma sang in HERO, which touched my heart deep in side. I listen this no again and again and again.
    With all the best ya rabba

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