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Himesh Reshammiya is back!

Though Reshammiya’s ‘new voice’ in Radio is much of a publicity gimmick (the nose is intact), the good news is that the composer in him overpowers the singer in this album, and you get some pretty decent music, says Nikhil Taneja.

entertainment Updated: Sep 10, 2009 21:18 IST
Nikhil Taneja

RadioRadio

Music: Himesh Reshammiya

Lyrics: Subrat Sinha

Rating: ***

There was never a doubt that Himesh Reshammiya is a good composer. It was only his nasal singing that killed the music in many songs. And though Reshammiya’s ‘new voice’ (the CD credits especially mention it!) is much of a publicity gimmick (the nose is intact), the good news is that the composer in him overpowers the singer in this album, and you get some pretty decent music.

Shehnai-laden Piya jaise ladoo, by the fantastic Rekha Bharadwaj, is the best example... The classical touch in the understated song shows a new and improved Himesh. Again, it’s the subtleness and soft music that works in songs like Teri meri dosti ka aasman and Rafa dafa kiya nahin jaya, as opposed to the high-pitched nasality that we’ve become used to (but still not immune to!). That tendency is hard to die, so Koi na koi chahe and Zindagi jaise ek radio go the same route (can Reshammiya please consider letting a Shaan/Sonu Nigam sing the softer songs for him?). The former still works due to the restrained music but the latter is the return of the classic annoyingness (with Aditi rapping what sounds like ‘Maatha faackaaa’ and lyrics that go Zindagi kabhi senti kar de, kabhi mad banaye!).

Reshammiya comes up with some strong melodies in this album so if you are actually immune to the voice, you may end up liking the album. Probably not so much Mann ka radio, which does have some great bass lines, but also takes the prize for the worst lyrics of the year (Mann ka radio bajne de zara, station koi nayaa tune karle zara, fultoo attitude de de tu zara)... Aarrgh!