Album: Khoya Khoya Chand
Music Composer: Shantanu Moitra
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Khoya Khoya Chand reminds one of the 70’s Hindi film music, when melody was of the essence. With some new singers and some established ones, this album is a treat to the ears. The music composer being the same, this album has resemblance to Parineeta.
Chale Aao Saiyan
Singer: Shreya Goshal
A classical based song, beautifully sung by Shreya Goshal. The presense of sarod, ghungroo, tabla make it a thumree. A beautiful number which changes paces in between. Shreya sounds different – her voice is more shrill than nasal. It reminded me of Chalte Chalte from Pakeezah.
Singer: Hamsika Iyer
A new singer on the block who has worked wonders in this song. This has a vague resemblance to ‘Kaise Paheli’ from Parineeta. The mellow tune, the piano and the singer’s sensual’s voice make this song worth listening to.
O Re Paakhi
Singers: Sonu Nigam
I can’t help it, this song reminds me Parineeta’s Soona man ka aangan. Sonu Nigam is brilliant as ever. The opening is beautiful – only piano is playing intermittently in the background and Sonu’s voice is even more enjoyable. Mid-way, the background music stops and Sonu is just singing. A song which you should enjoy with closed eyes and with lights off.
Singers: Shreya Goshal, Pranav Biswas
A beautiful, melodious number. Pranav Biswas has a base voice which sounds great with Shreya’s melodious voice. Background music is minimal with intermittent piano and santoor (is it santoor?) and violin. A slow, relaxed song which is thoroughly enjoyable.
Singers: Shreya Goshal, Sonu Nigam
Relatively fast paced, this song is full of masti. Just like in Piya bole from Parineeta, Sonu outshines Shreya. His voice is so expressive, Shreya sounds weaker. This song borrows a stanza from the mukhda of the next song, but you don’t realize it until you listen to the next song.
Khoya Khoya Chand
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ajay Jhingran, Swanand Kirkire
The best song of the album.
Khan saab New singer Ajay Jhingran is wonderful and his voice is charming. Swanand adds some reciting in between. A very passionate and energetic song.
Singer: Antara Choudhary and Sonu Nigam
This song sounds so much like a 70’s Rafi song. Sonu even tries to bring in the harkatein, which were Rafi’s trademarks. Antara is good too, but she is pitted against Sonu and she will sound weaker.
A very beautiful album, with melody at its core. An album definitely worth listening to.