After lying low for a while, Himesh Reshammiya returns with Radio and springs a pleasant surprise. Unlike his earlier soundtracks, there are no catchy hooks or unnecessary repetition of a single phrase (tanhaiyaan, jhalak dikhlaja) here. Instead Himesh conjures up an album that underscores melody and variety.
Mann ka radio brings a smile to your face on the first listening and that’s because of the lyrics: Mann ka radio bajane do zara, fultoo attitude de de tu zara. Subrat Sinha pens odd but interesting lyrics in this slow-paced number. But it’s the tune that makes this number somewhat unforgettable.
Himesh is rather subdued and perhaps that’s what makes the mood of this song.
Jaaneman (Himesh Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal) is a lovely, soft romantic number. The use of instruments is minimal and the focus is entirely on the singers who do a good job. Nice!
Another track that appeals is Koi na koi chahe sung by the same duo. This gentle, mellow song about love and longing brilliantly showcases both singers, especially Himesh.
Himesh, the composer, catches you completely off guard with Piya Jaisa Ladoo (Rekha Bharadwaj and Himesh), a folk-inspired semi-classical song. Right from the brilliant use of the shehnai to Rekha’s splendid vocals, Himesh works his magic on this track. Kailash Kher joins Himesh in Damadji Angana, a folk song that drops it pitch and begins to sound more like a ghazal in the antara. Above average.
Rafa dafa is one of the best songs in the album. Himesh is restrained in his rendition, making this gentle slow number a pleasure to listen to. Another highlight of this album is Teri Meri Dosti Ki by Shreya and Himesh. A feel-good song that leaves you upbeat. Special mention to Shreya who sounds fabulous in this track!
Shaam ho chali hai (Shreya Ghoshal and Himesh) is another love song that falls into the same pattern uncluttered and clean compositions and is easy listening.
The only song that sticks out like a sore thumb is Zindagi jaisi ek radio, which sounds like something composed for one of Himesh’s earlier films.
Verdict: Go for it!