By Priyanka Bedi, IANS
Anu Malik, touted as one of the best music directors in Bollywood, had to take a back seat after composer-singer Himesh Reshammiya burst on the scene with "Aashiq Banaya Aapne". But the interesting and thrilling tracks in the Sushmita Sen starrer "Zindaggi Rocks" should bring positive changes in his career.
The numbers sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and newcomers Zubeen Garg and Tulsi Kumar crackle with energy. And Mudassar Aziz and Syeed Qadri's lyrics are meaningful.
Javed Ali opens the album with "Meri dhoop hai tu" - not perfect but yes he is surely getting there.
Initially, the lyrics give the impression that it is an intellectual track but soon you will wonder what went wrong as Malik presents this love song in a rhythmic mode.
Tulsi Kumar, who sang the hit title song of "Humko Deewana Kar Gaye" for Malik, teams up with Ali for this item number.
The remix version maintains the same pace with the arrangements just becoming crisper and a little stylish.
Next up is "Rabbi" - a funky number sprinkled with rap-n-reggae and heavy duty beats. It could be an instant hit if promoted aggressively.
Anushka Manchandani, who was heard in the hit title track of "Golmaal", sings 'Zindaggi rocks' in her sensual and husky voice. This is the first song of the movie based on a live concert and it sounds just fine. The influence of western music makes it a success and gives it the right feel.
Then enters the soulful voice of Sunidhi, who lends her voice for "Ek din fursat". It has a deep feel to it. Followed by its remix version, the song thankfully maintains the essence of the track.
"Humko chhoone paas aayiye", a breathtaking rock ballad, sounds more like a non-filmi song. It can also be described as a soulful love song. Accompanied by guitar and excellent music arrangements by Malik, the song is awesome.
Lyrics, too, are extraordinary and Sunidhi is at her best.
Another live concert song, "Hadh ko adab ko", is a rock track and blends well with the genre of the film. Crooned by Sunidhi, the number takes you to Hollywood musicals. The song is fit for its situation and the remix version is enjoyable too.
In short "Zindaggi Rocks" is an album that certainly has a few melodious surprises from the composer, but he could have done better.