Raanjhanaa Music Review – koimoi

Star Rating: 3/5 (Three Stars)

The Academy award Winner A.R Rahman disappointed his fans with the music of Yash Chopra’s much anticipated film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Slating himself to a long break from mainstream Bollywood music, the man again lent his brilliance to Raanjhanaa. Very unlikely to be a Rahman composition, the music yet again lacks a soul stirring capability which made him a maverick once! Technically it is both brilliant and fine but the midas touch of the musician is strikingly missing. I note this more as a fan and less as a critic. For someone who has closely followed his work for years, the distinct upbeat moments are fewer in this album. However, generally it is still Rahman and by default way above general affairs of mainstream music, but not memorable or as spirited as many of his lesser known better works!

Dhanush in Raanjhanaa Movie Stills

Dhanush in Raanjhanaa Movie Stills

Raanjhanaa Title Track – Raanjhanaa Music Review

Sung by Jaswinder Singh and Shiraz Uppal the song is high on energy. With a high energy quotient, the voices of both singers are enmeshed well with the tunes. At one place, the song has a conspicuous diction issue which will hammer listeners! Besides that the classic tunes along with mild heavy tunes, the song is quite hummable!

Banarasiya – Raanjhanaa Music Review

Very earthy and folksy in its tunes, it would remind of Mehendi Hai Rachnewali from Zubeidaa! Shreya Ghosal’s sweet voice along with impeccable command over the song she works on, that happens to be the prime sheen point of the track!

Piya Milenge – Raanjhanaa Music Review

Commendably getting together in the same note, a blend of western instruments and sufi touch, is something only Rahman can do so brilliantly! This song could have been very out of place and distasteful if not treated well. The alignment of lyrics, the sufi rhythm and heavy instruments, especially the violin’s part is what makes Piya Milenge infallible.

Ay Sakhi – Raanjhanaa Music Review

This song is an example of unfavorable creativity. Despite smooth voices, the song doesn’t succeed in bringing out anything that it attempts to! The song overtly sweet for my taste, I somehow don’t find the song appealing or innovative!

Nazar Laaye – Raanjhanaa Music Review

This Rashid Ali and Neeti Mohan song is wonderful and energetic. It has a whiff of Jane Tu Ya Jane Na-like music which makes it a charming rendition. Beaming with charm and ardor, it is extremely innocent and simple which evokes a positive feeling for this song!

Tu Mun Shudi – Raanjhanaa Music Review

This track is the album’s true hiatus! Sung by Rabbi along with Rabbi, this song will gradually grow on you. The energy levels are soaring in this track and the wonderful orchestration just works even more in its favor. My personal favorite from this album, it reminds me of Khalbali from Rang De Basanti!

Aise Na Dekho – Raanjhanaa Music Review

A.R Rahman’s jazz influence has been translated tremendously well in the song. The whistling and the ambiance, along with Rahman’s haunting voice will invariably bring back sweeter memories from the title track of Jane Tu Ya Jane Na. And that is exactly what bruises the song as it obviously fails to match up to the earlier song.

The Land Of Shiva– Raanjhanaa Music Review

This piece resounds with chants of priests, ringing of temple bells and drum beats. The piece is lucid and impactful and soulfully done without dilly dallying.

Tum Tak – Raanjhanaa Music Review

I quite like the melody of this song but the lyrics aren’t up to the mark. Somehow the song is excessively repetitive in terms of its notes! Javed Ali dominates the female singers who fail to match up to his energy and caliber. There was way more potential in this music capsule than it could exert!

The Last Word– Raanjhanaa Music Review

Overall, this Rahman album is a definite low for me! With no blazing or pulsating factor to back up an album of nine tracks, this is by far one of his most mediocre works! Lacking in creative gusto, the album is too plain to be Rahman or Irshad Kamil for that matter! Since the man’s name itself pines heavy expectations from his work, it is advisable that you give it a hear with modest curiosity. High chances are that you will be less disappointed! I am going with a 3 on 5. It is a moderate album and that’s exactly the problem here. Rahman is too good to settle for such average work and his dwindling mainstream work is definitely a bad sign for lovers of Bollywood music.


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  • phani

    don’t just listen to rahman’s work 2 or 3 times and post personal opinions and call it a review..you are clearly not qualified enough…give it sometime

  • Happy

    100% agree with review.

  • Rajesh Sharma

    Worst review….Probably the best album of the year so far.

  • This definitely is a below par album keeping Rahman’s yardstick in mind, but more than that the quality of the review deserves a 1 out of 5. Simply mediocre.

  • abcd

    This is not a review. totaly personal view of a dislike person of Ar rahman

  • kalatil Rishya Sringan [ KRS]

    definitely over rated

  • arun nair

    this seems to be more of a personal opinion than a review, personally u mite have been disappointed but u cannot say that this is an average album because it is not by any means. Rahman sir is a great composer, in fact the greatest composer, but instead of enjoying his recent works people r busy comparing his works with his earlier works, this is what I don’t understand. Why shud we compare, I feel een more hurt when his fans also start comparing. Like in this case, why are u comparing aise na dekho with jaane tu? just coz its sung by rahman sir or just cz its a jazz song? the situations are different in both movies, n I guess u have to respect that. All reviews of his works ends at this point only, “though its a fantastic albums but when compared to his earlier works its an average album”.. I really don’t understand the logic behind such kind of lines. I thouroughly enjoyed this album as I always do n I also enjoyed the so called”Disappointing” Jab Tak Hai jaan as well and still has all the 9 songs in tact in my playlists because I enjoy each n every work of his because no other composer in India atleast, who gives his soul and puts all his energy into composing music n making people feel happy n reach some other world, a world of peace n love..try to appreciate rather than depreciate his works by inane comparisons

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