There is no denying that Himesh Reshammiya is a master when it comes to melodies. Some of his compositions have withstood the test of time and continue to appeal even now – Odh li chunariya from Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, the title tracks of Humraaz and Chura Liya Hain Tumne and the brilliant soundtrack of Tere Naam.
But today, he is mostly remembered for his singing skills thanks to the chartbusters he consistently delivered after Aap Ka Suroor. Post the mellow music of Radio, Himesh returns with his latest offering Kajraare.
The art of picking a catchy phrase and repeating it innumerable times is Reshammiya’s signature style. And that’s exactly what he does in the title track of Kajraare. This medium-paced dance track opens beautifully with Sunidhi’s soft vocals before Himesh takes over and delivers the rest of the song in his trademark style. The underlying beats are quite addictive and Himesh’s fans are sure to love this one. Sunidhi’s English portions, however, grate on the ears.
Mahesh Bhatt’s brief introduction opens the next track, Rabba luck barsa, a love song where the word ‘luck’ is repeated way too many times. The song fails to offer anything new and is strictly average.
Sanu guzara zamana is a lovely Indian melody that’s soaked in pathos. Sunidhi renders her part effectively but Himesh’s vocals are a little all over the place, sounding different at various points in the song. It’s his tune though that’s lilting and makes this number pleasing.
Shreya Ghosal joins Himesh in Teriyaan meriyaan, a mushy number that has a simple yet attractive rhythm. Himesh uses an assortment of Indian instruments to strengthen this melody. The duo come together for another song, Tujhe dekh ke armaan jaage, a romantic number with a strong Rajasthani flavour due to the prominent use of the Sarang – a one-time listen.
Aafreen by Harshdeep Kaur and Himesh has a ghazal-like quality that makes it stand out from the rest of the songs but it’s their other duet, Woh lamhe phir se, that’s the pick of the lot. It’s a soothing melody that’s lifted a great deal by Sameer’s words that reminisce about times gone by and an inspired rendition by the singers.
Verdict: Go for it.