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Music Review : Prince

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 Kookie V Gulati
 Sachin Gupta
 Vivek Oberoi, Aruna Shields, Nandana Sen, Neeru Singh, Sanjay Kapoor and Dalip Tahil

By Satyajit, Bollywood Trade News Network Send to Friend

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The essence of style is a simple way of saying something that is trendily multifaceted. After DHOOM-2 (2006), DON-THE CHASE BEGINS AGAIN (2006) and RACE (2008), styling takes biggest conglomerate of all modish acts (jaw-dropping actions, eye-catching SFX, bikini babes, intriguing plots) again and makes its ballistic presence in PRINCE - ITS SHOWTIME. This TIPS presentation gets their recent musical sensation Sachin Gupta (of Atif Aslam's DOORIE) back again with today's hot sensation Atif Aslam as the lead vocalist in all singing moods. Despite suffering mediocre success in filmdom BOLO RAAM (2009), JUGAAD (2008) and DIL KABBADI (2008), Sachin Gupta is rated highest in Indi-pop circles, and so he is shouldered to appreciate 'style quotient' on musical front. This re-launch vehicle for underdog Vivek Oberoi has contemporary Sameer as the lyricist, hot-shot video director Kookie V Gulati to wield the microphone with back-to-back 'remixes' to add funky punch to the packaging. In a nutshell, its another Atif Aslam's special 'filmy' album coming all your way and if you have been ardent listeners to his recent hit tracks (Pritam's composed 'Tera Hone Laaga Hoon' and 'Tu Jaane Na' (AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI -2009), then this will surely be an positive add to your collections. Can the team work of Sachin Gupta and Atif Aslam be as rewarding as it was in their pop album DOORIE? Can the music of PRINCE-ITS SHOWTIME be as glittering and sporadic as one expects from much-expected hi-profile techno-skilled action thriller? Let the show begins...

Sonorously throated Atif Aslam's vocals roars, screams and gyrate to the highest pitch to serenade out energizing feel of racy action potboiler in foot-thumping 'O Mere Khuda'. This hot-headed stylized track brings out a deadly hi-octane action packed thriller feel with zesty electronic arrangements colliding fervently with Aslam's pulsating singing pace. It goes parallel to singer's subtle singing style that made him popular and gives him extra edgy 'massy' urbane dimension that should be doing laurels to big screen antics. To add sensuality, there are subtle feminine tones in seductive tones as prelude with bombastically played distorted guitar riffs, synths taking over the show.

To make it a retreat for dancing shoes, there is 'O Mere Khuda (Dance Mix)' that triggers off at sauntering pace and then zooms up to rollicking high to pulsate senses. It adds some packs of vigorous bouncy disco beat fillers to make things energetically happenings on the floors with loud thumps. Rocking!!!

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Trendy musical flair of electronica music charters territories of mushy romance with Shreya Ghoshal's smoldering sensuous vocals adding to the thrills in impressive sounding 'Tere Liye'. Atif Aslam's voice sounds more voluble in his modulations and together they zest up in funky paced arrangements. Gupta's composition has 80's disco 'heard-before' feel but it's the styling that scores over novelty in its upbeat audio packaging.

To everybody's big surprise, there are three more versions to entertain and the finest to arrive is 'Tere Liye (Hip-hop mix)' with stream of mushy emotions flowing with subtlety in tandem with impressive vocals. The stringed instrumentals are well patterned in relaxed tonality and it works to appreciate 'glamour quotient' to substantial high.

'Tere Liye (Dance Mix)' is high on sound engineering works with flickering paced electronic sounds mixing and gyrating well to the rhythmical impulse of the composition. It's another remarkable 'remix' add that will surely be discotheque delight for party animals.

After two bright vocalists making super collage with enthralling musical pace, it's Sachin Gupta getting himself behind the mike to exude out the 'unplugged' version in somber tones. This soft rock ballad stylized version has subtle guitar riffs making likable concoction with feminine chorals, soft percussive elements to deliver out amiable background score piece. As a vocalist, Gupta makes impressive act by varying out his tones to match the varied moods and gives out an imposing solo performance. Worth-a-hear!!!

After two glitzy musical offerings, melodramatic melodic decorum takes over with Atif's varied somber moods taking over the groove in sentimental soundtrack 'Kaun Hoon Main'. This thematically profound track about finding 'identity' has shades of Atif's hit tracks ('Hum Kis Galli Ja Rahein Hain', 'Yakeen' (DOORIE) with modest sounding arrangements and 'easy-on-ears' lyrics to its credits. Despite some motivational hues in Atif's singing, it fails to be as inspiring as a couple of his few soft rock ballads.

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This somber toned track has narrative binge and gets acknowledged in two more versions to woo urbane listeners. 'Kaun Hoon Main (Dance Mix)' is sporadically contemporary 'club remix' work with spontaneous DJ claps and beat juggles adding infectious feel to the track.

This dancing version is just parallel to the melancholic feel but the next version in 'lounge mix' version enlightens the heart-felt excruciation of the vocalist. It calms senses with its relaxed melodic decorum with free-flowing Atif's voice permeating well in to the soft textures of genteel arrangements. This one promises to be congenial 'music-video' stuff (if shot aesthetically) and full marks to the subtlety that carries forward the melancholic sentiments.

It's time for inspiring romantic moments in mesmerizing blues connotations with delectable piano works getting embroiled in sonorous vocals singing in 'Aa Bhi Ja Sanam'. The resounding Atif Aslam's voice booms and echoes appreciably with delicate arrangements, emoting out the desired romantic feel. Sameer's wording has 'soulful' connect this time and gels well to exude out nostalgia of emotions. The amiable acoustic feel is significantly rendered to give this a concert-hall enigmatic feel. Sachin Gupta's strikes brawny points by changing mood with its sound design and likable orchestral displays.

This one is thoroughly quality work and the next to follow is its massy version in the form of 'Aa Bhi Ja Sanam (Dance Mix)'. It oozes out with oodles of contemporary disco-beat thrust that adds dancing thrill to the track. Melancholic!!!

Girl Power finally strikes! Alisha Chinai along with Hard Kaur makes the tagline 'It's Showtime' audible and prominent by getting into voguish singing in average sounding 'Jiyare Jiyare'. It has fetish Pritam's inspired dancing freaking feel in its rigorous punching and emceeing flavors but fails to be as arresting as other tracks. Alisha sounds ordinary and Sameer's lyrics hardly add to the feast.

'Jiyare Jiyare (bhangra mix)' is flourished with 'dhol' beat sounds that adds as energizing fillers to this feminine track with no major shakes. Strictly ordinary!
In this league, the next entrant is Monali Thakur's sensuously rendered 'Ishq Mein' that sizzles with its vocal oomph. It can be analogous to Pritam's 'Touch Me' (RACE) with silken sensuous Monali's varied tempo voice making thing sweltering hot. Gupta's composition has thrilling 'cabaret' feel in its rigorously thunderous electronic arrangements that collage well with seductive vocals. Monali's remarkable 'Ooh -Aah-Oouch' seductive singing appeal is the high-point and together with glitzy choreography and slick cinematography, it will be likely to be adding to the visual appeal.

Curtains to this techno-filled extravaganza falls with 'Prince (instrumental)' and 'Prince (Mega Mix)', two signature feel tracks capturing pivotal moments of the album. 'Prince (instrumental)' has that intimidating tuneful address of 'O Mere Khuda' while the latter comes in 'medley' format capturing the rhythmical impulse of tracks like 'O Mere Khuda', 'Aa Bhi Ja Sanam', 'Tere Liye', 'Jiyare Jiyare' and 'Kaun Hoon Main' in its seven plus duration time.

PRINCE has modish feel in its trendy set of soundtracks with couple of peppy soundtracks showing gleam of hitting big on charts. After making modest start in Bollywood music, Sachin Gupta's finesse over techno-skilled melodic display delivers funky magic. Commercially speaking, soundtracks like 'O Mere Khuda', 'Tere Liye' and 'Aa Bhi Ja Sanam' shows greatest promise. For all Atif Aslam die-hard fans, this album is the next big thing to arrive and a catalyst to mobilize flick's promotion and success at the box-office.

Rating - 3.5/5

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