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Music Review : Always Kabhi Kabhi

 Always Kabhi Kabhi
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Starring :
 Roshan Abbas
 Aashish Rego, Shree D and Pritam Chakraborty
 Roshan Abbas, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Prashant Pandey and Irfan Siddique
 Ali Fazal, Giselle Monteiro, Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey, Satish Shah, Lilette Dubey and Vijay Raaz

By Satyajit, Glamsham Editorial Send to Friend


Circa 2004, Shahrukh Khan showed his zeal in producing out a 'college-friendly' action-packed youthful flick titled MAIN HOON NA. It worked and so its music! Circa 2011, Shahrukh Khan has once again delved into the similar genre but with a different outlook that has urbane-friendly treatment with a brigade of new stars, this flick is titled ALWAYS KABHI KABHI. Experienced campaigner Pritam leads the musical bandwagon along with Aashish Rego and Shree D as the guest composers. So far, the results on musical charts are encouraging for this genre of flicks and expectations are presumably optimistic from this teenybopper delight flick. High on spirits with bundles of energy in store, can this vivaciously looking youthful flick have music to make you shake your booty on floors? Does the sobriety of its melody have that desired soulful touch? Can Pritam deliver this time? It's Always Abhi Abhi (now-now) to decide by listening to its lets get started by plugging 'play' button!

Mood is peppy, voices are racy, and fun is unlimited, so now the party begins! Youthful buddies barge down with frenzied carefree emotions, pepping up the mood to the extreme in gesturing out playful title track 'Always Kabhi Kabhi'. Inspired from the likes of Hollywood's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS and couple of 80's 'yuppie' hits, the title track brings out mixed and match of new voices that gels out well with loud streams of quirky arrangements. Guest composers Aashish Rego and Shree D plays upbeat to the situation by churning Americanized college feast splurge in those marching, shouting and hooting loud rhythms, beats and chorals. It packs youthful vocal punch of new talents Bhaven Dhanak, Sanah Moidutty and Harmeet Singh that works positively to inundate 'yuppie' factor in this urbane-friendly soundtrack. It will surely strike chords with the targeted listeners and its signature tune is likely to be one among 'ringtone' friendly segment. Something Hinglish, something different!

Its 'unplugged version' brings out velvety vocal oomph of impressive sounding Apeksha Dandekar and Vinnie Hutton in soft-strummed slow rendition. This version turns out to be purist delight as composer now tries to recreate decorum of perfect R&B and soul singing. Apeksha and Vinnie's silken singing textures in varying modes bring out the likes of Mariah Carey and Shania Twain style of singing that impresses to core. For its unconventional styling and rendition, this version is presumed to be a narrative background score in delicate moments of the flick, overall a worthy set of efforts from the entire youth brigade. Impressive!!!

Tread-milling out the disco-dhamakas of SRK's flashy tracks like 'Love Mera Hit' and 'Marjaani' (BILOO BARBER), the next offering sounds like blends of these tracks that fizzles out in party-feasting track titled 'Antenna'. It comes out from the stables of successful Pritam, where snazzy voices of Benny Dayal, Apeksha Dandekar and Roshan Abbas collage together affably in creating bedlam for floors. Lacking innovation in styling factor, its high-point will be its visually perfect choreographic moves with loads of discotheque delights in action. 'Antenna (Reloaded SRK mix)' sounds more like techno-friendly 'club-remix' that relies heavily on its heavy-duty electronic beat fillers and sounds better than the first version. KK's pleasant voice is at the helm of affairs with 'cool' support of Apeksha Dandekar and Anup Amod's crazy emceeing. It protrudes out more like 'eye-catching' item number and should be one more likable add in DJ's collection.

Enterprising and howlarious! Descriptive lyrics writing with enterprising one-liners are fast catching up with the 'yuppie' flicks. After hearing out fun-loving songs like 'Aal Izz Well' (3 IDIOTS) and 'Jame Raho' (TAARE ZAMEEN PAR), it's really delightful to hear something as amusing happening as things happens in school in the track titled 'School ke din'. Once again, the decorum is Hollywood-ishly trendy with loads of hip-hop jives, inspiring bagpiper sounds, funky signature tunes and soothing youthful vocals that fit amiably in the desired situation. It charters out again the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS route of chatter-box style of musical works that are more descriptive in nature. Suhail Kaul's youthful yore has the desired naivety that works to create stir while Ishq Bector's loud emceeing makes it uber-cool friendly to ears. Prashant Pandey, the lyricist, is the real 'hero' of the event with chirpy lyrics ('Theory mein kamzor hai, Practical champion, Todh de hum deewaron ko, Hai bones mein calcium...) that connects the mindset of the protagonists with chipper words, a skillful visual impact will be adding more honors in success of this track. Impressive!!!

Snooty and brash in nature, the belligerent sounding Sunidhi Chauhan's 'attitude' showing vocal performance takes the centre-stage in situational sounding 'Better not mess with me (Rock mix)'. This Pritam's superciliously loud number sounds more like accelerated and extended screechy version of 'Mere Sang (remix)' (NEW YORK) with added 80's stylized pop dancing arrangements. Sunidhi's varying tones in louder 'n' solemn moods impresses but the impact is strictly situational. It's Shefali Alvaris' stylish crooning that takes over in the second version titled as 'Better not mess with me (club mix)'. Once again, it's too high on ear-splitting solo rendition and comes out with energy-filled girlie attitude. The vocal punches of both singers are outrageously loud but the impact is not as impressive as one expects it to be.

Welcome to 70's rock 'n' roll college party! In SRK produced MAIN HOON NA, there was lavishly garish dancing-feast in 'Gori Gori' and now the similar musical buzz returns in 'Undi the condi'. Shaan's youthfully bizarre singing that did wonders in his Indi-pop tracks like 'Loveology' and 'Na Kehna Nahi Aata' comes back again in full swing. It has zeal and zest but the composition lacks sufficient punch to make it big on floors. Pritam's efforts in recreating 70's aura is mediocre while Irfan Siddique's lyrics sounds too routine and predictable, a slick dancing feast will be of great help in raising its prospects.

After trying hard with different styles and genres, Pritam finally gleams out to perfection in his style of soft-rock ballad composing and delivers out the finest in 'Jaane Kyon'. Unlike the musical flavor of the album, it is somber, appealing, mature and soul-stirring in nature with two different sounding versions.

'Jaane Kyon (soul version)' has nuances of westernized orchestrations that work well with Naresh Iyer's penetrative singing. Despite the fact the composition has predictable Pritam's stamp, it entertains with sentimental 'blues' undertones that melts with expressive lyrics (Irfan Siddique, Roshan Abbas) and should be a prominent theatrical musical move on big screen. 'Jaane Kyon (Sufi version)', a beautifully composed motivational soundtrack has refined singing of Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan as its prominent highlight. It shares similar signature tuneful impact but the treatment and arrangements setting are entirely different and even more invigorating than the first version. Pritam-Shafqat combination has soulful impact and can be treated as new successful combo that should be working bigger and better in coming albums. If you are melody-lover and has been enjoying spate of Pritam's ballads in all these years, this one is surely for you, feel the emotional impulse and enjoy. Soulful!!!

ALWAYS KABHI KABHI is cheery, frothier and vivacious and is likely to attract its selected sect of listeners. It works but in bits and parts. Guest composers Aashish Rego and Shree D toil is worthy in the title track is rip-roaring while Pritam's efforts show positive signs in 'Jaane Kyon' (both versions), 'School Ke Din' and 'Antenna'. It cannot be classified as finest of Pritam's works this year but does not disappoint either. The highlight of this album is the new brigade of singers (Apeksha Dandekar, Vinnie Hutton, Suhail Kaul, Bhavin Dhanak, Sanah Moidutty and Harmeet Singh), who shows great promise in their zealous singing and can be termed as bright prospects for the future.

Rating - 3/5

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