Music review: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Updated on Feb 12, 2008 06:24 PM IST
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is a typical Yashraj album, but those hooked to Punjabi bhangra riffs should check it out, writes RA Irani.
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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
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Lyrics: Gulzar
Rating: ***

If it’s crushed moonlight, mome battiyans, chikni saboons, minty sweets and what-hear-you, it must be Gulzar. Evidently, the success of such lyrics as Bidi jalaiyle and Kajra re have emboldened him to run as far away from the purity of poetry as a vegetarian would run from a tandoori chicken.

Well, everyone has to live with the times..and if this is supposedly what the listeners want..hell why not? A man’s gotta earn a living..and who knows, even pick up a couple of awards. The ghosts of Sahir, Majrooh and Shailendra must be balking at the state of lyrics today. It’s not Urdu, Hindi or even’s gobbledygook.

Right. Who cares about the nitpicking critics anyway? Just let the music become a hit and then we’ll laugh at the carpers..the bloody idiots. Truth be told, you do feel like an idiot even estimating such a movie soundtrack.

Just take it for what it is — an attempt to revive the Bunty aur Babli dhoom dhadaka..and for sure somehow you’ll find at least one track which will slay the masses.

When Aditya Chopra-Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Gulzar sit for a song discussion session, the brief is presumably more than clear — Punjabi thappas, remix-style synths, very fast tempo..but one slow number please.. always a relief.. and so high-minded too.

Bingo, the deed’s done..and if you think quite a few sections of the album are pretty noisy, even an assault on the ears, desist..just go with the raucous rhythm.

The mainstay is the title track, inevitably, playbacked by a bunch of singers ranging from KK, Sukhwinder Singh and Shankar Mahadevan to Mahalaxmi Iyer. The number flies all over the place but it has a hook that gets to you after a couple of listens.

The numbers Ticket to Hollywood (hip hop) and Kiss of love (hybrid of various influences) are passable. The paisa vasool number, like it or not, is the slow tempo track Bol na halke has shades of Ilaiyaraja and even Suraj hua madham.

But listen if you’re still looking for originality, you’ve come to the wrong CD. Here’s a very derivative and familiar album..albeit with the power to have you shaking a hip and nodding a head..for a month or two.. and then forgotten.

Bottom Line
Gulzar’s lyrics grate..but those hooked to the Yashraj kind of Punjabi bhangra riffs and fusion flourishes should check it out!

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