Music Review: My Name is Khan

Album: My Name is Khan
Music Composers: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Lyricist: Niranjan Iyengar

Rang De
Singers: Shankar Mahadevan and Suraj Jagan

The song starts with a guitar piece and has a rock touch to it. This song sung powerfully by Shankar who is supported well by Suraj Jagan, talks of peace and joy. It has some interesting lyrics. The song has a fast pace to it and makes you stand up and dance. But with all the fast pace and loud music, the intent of the song is not conveyed. The singers don’t sound serious enough when they say ‘Aman se rang de aasmaa’.

Khan Theme
Artist: Strings

This instrumental piece by the Pakistani band Strings is pleasant on the ears. Reminds me vaguely of the Titanic theme, but it could be completely my mistake in interpreting it.

Allah Hi Reham
Singer: Rashid Khan

This Sufi song sung by Rashid Khan is very catchy. Khan saab’s voice acts as magic in transporting you to the spiritual world. The chorus which joins in at the right time adds energy to the song. A must listen for a Sufi music lover.

Tere Naina
Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali

Another song with Sufi touch which borders on qawwali. Amanat Ali comes across as weak after listening to Rashid Khan’s powerful rendition. This song has a lot of enery and is fast paced.

Singers: Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Goshal

Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Goshal and Adnan Sami come together to sing this beautiful, soulful number. This is a call for help from God during testing times. I love some lines of this song.

Kuch isi lamho ko aas teri
Zakhmi dil ko hai pyaas teri
Har dhadkan to talash teri
Teri milta nahi hai pata
Khali aankhen khud se sawal karein
Aman ki cheekh behaal karein
Behta lahoo fariyaad karein
Tera mitata chala hai nishan

The real emotion of the song is lost between the alaaps, sargams and the loud music. The pain is there in the voice of the singers, but it doesn’t reach the listener’s hearts. If this had been a quieter number, with focus more on the singers than the music, the song would have made a better impact.

Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Richa Sharma

The song opens with Richa Sharma’s powerful voice and grabs your attention. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s immediately follows and lifts your spirit. The song has a very catchy tune. The beats, the chorus and the singers make this song memorable. Richa’s and Rahat saab’s voice remains with you long after you stop listening to the song. This is the best song of the album.

Overall, the Shankar-Ehsaan-Leo trio deliver a noticeable album, but this is not one of their best. The album is definitely something one should listen to, but it is not something people will remember after a few months.

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