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Discussion in 'Don Music Review' started by dedeb, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. dedeb

    dedeb New Member

    By Joginder Tuteja, August 29, 2006 - 14:10 IST

    There is something about these BIG films that makes one await their music with a bated breath. Whether it is 'Fanaa', 'Krrish', 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' or any of the other multi crore extravaganzas that have arrived on screen in recent months, there is a certain expectation from the music of each of these films. But one thing that is still common about the music of their films is the 'predictability' factor. There is always a set expectation from a Yashraj/Rakesh Roshan/Karan Johar film which means that though the music of the films mentioned above have ranged from good to very good, what has been amiss is the "surprise" element. Nothing wrong with that but then a listener won't really mind with an occasional surprise or two!

    This is where the music of 'Don - The Chase Begins Again' scores!

    Because though there have been people ready with bouquets and brickbats before the music starts playing, what cannot be denied is that none are aware about what is going to be in store. Will 'Don' have the music in a style similar to the 70s? Will 'Don' forget about the past and turn out to be a score that suits the image of Shahrukh Khan in the contemporary world? Or does it fuse the present with the past while not shying away from taking a peek into the future?

    Questions like these have resulted in an unprecedented excitement about the arrival of the soundtrack of 'Don - The Chase Begins Again' and hasn't the wait been simply worth it? Because not just the music excites, at places it makes the adrenaline level go high while at times it takes you to a trip down the memory lane. All this while making maximum use of the technological advances of today. No wonder, this turns out to be one of the top efforts by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Javed Akhtar saab!

    Watch out for a signature tune that marks the beginning of title song 'Main Hoon Don'! That's because much before the song tops the charts, you would soon hear a ring tone based on this signature tune on cell phones around you! The music of this Shaan rendered song is completely different from the classic 'Main Hoon Don’ but that hardly acts as a deterrent after one has heard this new version a few times. Javed Akhtar's lyrics are different too for this song about a daredevil don who is willing to face the might of any challenge whatsoever and doesn't shy away from being a self acclaimed danger-man!

    Shaan excels and does quite well in this song which could have been tailor-made for Abhijeet due to his past record with Khan. Mid-way into 'Main Hoon Don' there is an extended musical piece set in western mode that is truly international and is reminiscent of the background score of a Hollywood flick. The song doesn't take a conventional linear approach and has number of twists in it that keep you guessing throughout the duration about what's next in store. Chorus singers are highly effective in this track as it adds on to the dark mood of the situation. With a kind of choreography and cinematography the song comes with, it should be extremely effective during the narrative.

    Zingy and zippy, the remix version of 'Main Hoon Don' is what one would really want to acknowledge as a true blue remix track. There is a good dose of some innovative use of western arrangements that fuse the vintage and contemporary mood of 'Don' quite well and pump up the adrenalin from the very beginning. Expect this sound to be played during the title sequence and also form an important part of the background score. If the original version formulated a base then this remix simply takes off in full gear!

    SEL are loyal to the original sound of 'Yeh Mera Dil Pyaar Ka Deewana' during the song's opening but 30 seconds into the track and they add on their own beats to give it a club feel. Sunidhi Chauhan arrives on the scene at just the right time and presses the right buttons to get into the groove. The interludes are interspersed with the music that would work well with the lovers of lounge genre. Overall one can easily say that Sunidhi doesn't let anyone down while rendering this track that doesn't deviate much from the 70s original and still works well for today's audience. Expect the heat to be on when Kareena Kapoor lip syncs to this seduction number while applying her charms on Shah Rukh Khan!

    By now it becomes an irresistible wait to listen to 'Khaike Paan Banarswala' but guess it was a trick played well by the music company that saves it only for a later stage. Before that comes 'Maurya Re', a Ganpati song sung by Shankar Mahadevan. So far the soundtrack was predominantly western with a touch of lounge but with 'Maurya Re', there is a shift in proceedings as the action shifts to the streets. Sound of 'dhol' accompanies Mahadevan throughout to keep the celebration mood alive in this lively number that is easy on ears and keeps the Indian melody intact. Would it be a classic 'Ganpati' celebration track? No, probably not, but what it succeeds in is bringing Shahrukh Khan in a new light who has traditionally been bound by a certain image.

    Super-duper hit!!! And you know which song we are talking about! 'Khaike Paan Banaraswala' is sure to enthrall audience all over again when heard in the version created by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. And there are manifold reasons to say that, first and foremost being the creative aspect gone behind this version. Composers, Akhtar saab and Udit Narayan have gone all out to ensure that they give something additional to this song rather making it a plain remix/rearrangement. This is something prevalent from the very beginning when Udit sets the base for 'Khaike Paan' before actually rendering the classic.

    Arriving with an Indian rooted rap, Udit accelerates the song to a right pace before beginning the actual rendition of 'Khaike'. Expect the applause in not just single screen theatres but even multiplexes when the song is played! The pacing is just perfect while the musical arrangements bring a mix of Western and Indian style but the highlight of the song is Shahrukh Khan who holds the mike towards the middle of the song. He does his own 'desi' poetic rapping of some new lines by Javed Akhtar saab that takes the song to an all time high and there is just the right pause before Udit Narayan takes over again to make this fun number a sure shot success.

    So is 'Khaike Paan' the zenith of the album? Anyone would feel so after hearing it on for the first time itself but then the BEST is yet to arrive. Undoubtedly the most creative, exciting and mesmerizing of the lot, 'Aaj Ki Raat' is easily the best of the enterprise and hooks you on after hearing it just once. Picturised on both Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor, it is about a decisive night that is expected to be full of surprises. If there is a song that perfectly mixes the theme of 70s with the style of 21st century, it is 'Aaj Ki Raat'.

    A true lounge track, 'Aaj Ki Raat' has ample usage of those musical instruments that formed the disco/cabaret tracks of the late 70s/early 80s [in fact it is reminiscent of 'Raat Baaki' (Namak Halal) ] and creates a haunting impact. Alisha Chinoy is a perfect choice for a song like this but real surprise comes in the form of Mahalaxmi Iyer who is just flawless in her laidback rendition. For a change Sonu Nigam is the last to arrive but he doesn’t mind letting the ladies dominate the scene while adding on his bit as per the demand of the situation. A superb number, it is one of the most innovative tracks composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and should sit at the top of their best songs ever.

    Remember the signature tune of 'Don' that accompanied when the titles of the original rolled? The same intriguing sound is heard again though with in a complete makeover avtar that ensures that this Farhan Akhtar film is going to be one pucca masala entertainer! Westernized and lounge in style and feel, this instrumental of the 'Theme Music' makes one helluva ride that should bring you on the edge of the seat right away if played during the opening title roll. Let the lights dim, cell phones switched off, get your popcorn and enjoy the show!

    Some unforgettable music and dialogues from the original are given a new treatment by Medival Punditz in the concluding track 'Don Revisited'. Yet another racy track that should keep you hooked on your music system while it is played! While the theme music of 'Arrey Deewano Mujhe Pehchano' forms the base of this track, some evergreen dialogues like 'Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai' mouthed by SRK make it a highly enjoyable track. There are some more dialogues in the musical piece but check them out for yourselves when you play it on. Chances are high that this could well be the track that you may want to set on repeat mode before embarking on a long highway ride!

    Shankar Ehsaan Loy do exceedingly well with the soundtrack of 'Don – The Chase Begins Again' and establish their supremacy as the composer trio who can give their own even while rearranging the songs from the past, as seen in 'Khaike Paan' and 'Ye Mera Dil'. While 'Aaj Ki Raat' sits pretty at the top for its innovative appeal, 'Khaike' is a sure shot chartbuster for all generations and 'Main Hoon Don' makes the proceedings exciting, the theme instrumentals too create a great impact and take the proceedings on a fast track.

    Strength of 'Don' lies in its success at surprising a listener. Overall, the album primarily comes across as a lounge/club mix with a dash of Indian melody and should do well across the length and breath of the country. Chances are that it may turn out to be one of the Top 3 selling albums of this year!

  2. kanika

    kanika New Member

    Re: don - the chase begins again --music review by indiafm

    i m so sorry can one of the moderators please delete this? i saw the "music review" topic after posting this. sorry guys
  3. Poonam

    Poonam New Member

    Re: don - the chase begins again --music review by indiafm

    Goodness...quite a breathless review!!!
  4. kzaara

    kzaara New Member

    Re: don - the chase begins again --music review by indiafm

    gr8 music good job shankar ehsaan and loy
  5. kzaara

    kzaara New Member

    Re: don music media review

    thanx nabil nice reviews
  6. dedeb

    dedeb New Member

    Re: Don Music Reviews [Media reviews ONLY]

    Music Review

    Don - The Chase Begins Again - A Musical Bonanza
    Faridoon Shahryar, IndiaGlitz [Thursday, August 31, 2006]
    Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy cast their spell in the music score of DON. And I am still recovering from the thrilling effect it has left on me. The first thing one must point out about this album is its spectacular production values. Impeccable. Matching the best of standard in the world. The shimmering magic of Aaj Ki Raat, Matrix Charisma of Main Hoon Don, the season’s blessing in Mourya Re, funtabulous Don The Theme comprise the brilliant originals. The version of Khaike Paan Banaraswala sung by Udit Narayan (With a Rap section by SRK) lives up to the expectation but you just can’t help missing Asha Bhonsle in ‘Ye Mere Dil’. Don Revisited by Midival Punditz is Special for Shahrukh mouthing a few famous dialogues. The funcinternational mix of Main Hoon Don is esoteric and a bit difficult to comprehend. Overall, Don is a fabulous album. A Must Buy!

    Main Hoon Don steam rolls with this extremely catchy guitar hook line (Something on the lines of ‘Mission Impossible’). No points for guessing that this masterly hook line will remain with collective consciousness for a long time. The vocal hook line Main Hoon Don is the same (Words) as the trendsetting number from Big B hit. But rest is totally changed. Shaan sings passionately the Javed Akhtar verse while Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music arrangements are simply brilliant. The trendy rhythm designing, the fascinating strings charisma in the middle and that immaculate guitar melody hook line changes shapes in other instruments, creating a euphoric effect. This number ends with a poignant Signature. The remix of Main Hoon Don has been credited to funcinternational mix. In an attempt to make it too-international, this number failed to really attract me. It’s too esoteric with strange kinds of sounds (Noise will be more appropriate) emanating from nowhere. I personally feel it’s offbeat and the idea of a good- song-remixed-haywire may be apt for this remix.

    It’s impossible not to compare Suinidhi Chauhan’s Ye Mera Dil Pyaar Ka Diwana with Asha Bhonsle’s sensational rendition of the same number twenty five years ago. Must say Asha tai is miles ahead of anyone when it comes to singing the songs of passion. The music arrangements are trendy with lots of fresh techno sounds in this stylish reworking of a classic song, originally composed by Kalyanji-Anandji with lyrics by Indeevar. Rhythm programming is exceptional with fabulous curves-n-troughs giving it a variety of shades. Looking forward to watching Kareena sizzle the screen with her glamorous persona wrapped around deadly Don SRK.

    Mourya Re is easily one of the best songs (Hindi) sung by Shankar Mahadevan in the last three years at least. Alright, it’s a Ganpati number but the zest-and-energy exuded by Shankar is a treat in every sense of the word. The music arrangements are filled-up by loads of Dhol sounds, a guitar solo here-and-there, chorus singing (It’s as if you are actually in the middle of Ganpati celebrations in a Mumbai Mohalla) and high spirited energy. With the Ganesh festival currently in full flow, I am sure it will find favours with the crowd frenzy. Ganpati Bappa Maurya….

    Tumka Ka Batai Bhayya, Hamra Haal Ka Hai….Nikle The Hum Halwa Khane Munh Hi Jal Gaya… Udit Narayan starts off the mass-classic ‘Khaike Paan Banaraswala’ on an exuberant note that reminds you of the typical evening in a UP Chaupal with men gathered together after a hard day’s work and looking forward to a pleasant evening with lots of gaana-bajaana and some Bhang. This Kalyanji Anandji number has been brilliantly recreated by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The jhankaar beats oogle at the tabla and although a few fillers are retained from the original, fresh guitar solo sections are added with magical effect. Ek Naar Naweli Kare Atkheli, Badi Albeli, Uski Badi Dhoom Hai Aisi…Surprise surprise… Shahrukh Khan jumps in the fray with a high-in-calories rap section that bowls you over with its sheer novelty value. SRK mouthing Bhojpuri…Wow! ‘Khaike Paan Banaraswala’ with add-on beats Rocks…Gear up to listen to it in all-n-sundry marriage parties this season.

    Aaj Ki Raat catches your fancy from the moment the Bass-propelled beats start knocking on the woofer in your home theatre. This is a Goose-Pimple-Evoking song with an unusual mix of Retro-n-modern music arrangements. Alisha Chinoy’s sexciting vocals, coupled with Sonu Nigam’s magnetic appeal, conjoined by Mahalaxmi Iyer’s sedate rendition….Voila…This is my favourite number this season….Power beats throng the length and breadth of this track with brass walls, techno effects, lots of ambience sounds and a catchy chorus line….Aaj Ki Raat Hona Hai Kya…Paana Hai Kya... I think it will be played in the climax and the music is billed to heighten the tempo of the crescendo. Listen to this one again and again.

    Don The Theme must be a visual treat….Interspersing the various corridors of the film’s narration…But even as an audio track it makes you sit up and notice. This is one of the finest theme music created in Hindi Film Industry. Goes without saying! I may be going a bit overboard when I say that the production values are so high that it may outshine the best in the world. It begins with a knock on the door, somebody asking ‘Who is it?’ with SRK replying in a husky voice: Don! The guitar hook line which I mentioned in ‘Main Hoon Don’ dots the flow of this track alongwith several keyboard generated melodic patterns-n-sounds and few faint chorus sections too. A spellbinding experience this!

    Don Revisited by Midival Punditz is again a theme music with brass rendition of the original number Mujhe Pehchano…Main Hoon Kaun… and the famous dialogue Don Ka Intizaar To Gyarah Mulkon Ki Police Kar Rahi Hai Lekin Don Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahin Namumkin Hai uttered by Shahrukh Khan with a new dialogue written by Farhan Akhtar, Don Ke Dushman Ki Sabsi Badi Galti Yeh Hai Ki Voh Don Ka Dushman Hai rendered by SRK once again with a sensational impact. A fast paced rhythm beats treat you to a mind-boggling extravaganza with lots of keyboard generated techno effects. Don Revisited is a special number more so for you can listen to SRK’s actual voice whenever you can. Now, that’s an enough incentive to feast on this number again and again.

    DON: Buy-It-Today!

    Star Rating : ****
  7. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    Re: Don Music Reviews [Media reviews ONLY]

    thank you so much nabil for keeping us up-to-date with the music reviews. It is such a relief to read such good reviews so far about the music. I'm the type that has to see the film first in most cases to be able to like/dislike or relate to the music, so I have to wait till october.
  8. dedeb

    dedeb New Member

    Re: Don Music Reviews [Media reviews ONLY]

    you are wellcome and i just got the music they are right don rocks grt songs especially the srk part

  9. jzahra

    jzahra It' all about my SRK

    Re: Don Music Reviews [Media reviews ONLY]

    Loved The Music, Thanks Ofcourse The Srk Part!
  10. jzahra

    jzahra It' all about my SRK

    Re: Don Music Reviews [Media reviews ONLY]

    By the way Hanoz and others who share your DON signatures, you're pretty good and i just wanted to say thank you to all keep sharing love it and if you do have a myspace account, visit my page for srk @myspace.com/jzahra. HEy and keep making more avatars too!
  11. Pakiza

    Pakiza New Member

    Re: Don Music Reviews [Media reviews ONLY]

    wow that was a loooooooong review but gr8 to read!! im liking the album too:thumb:

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