Expectations are bound to be high if it’s an album by AR Rahman. Known for his quirky lyrics like DK Bose and Via-agra, Amitabh Bhattacharya plays safe in this album. There is NO quirkiness here!
The overall pulse of Lekar Hum Deewana Dil takes us back to Rahman’s 2008 album Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, may be because both are youth oriented. The album starts with Rahman on lead vocals and a battery of voices like Shweta Pandit, Suzanne D’Mello, Hriday Gattani and Mahesh Vinayakram introduced in a melee of rap, hip-hop and EDM elements. The glitzy feel to the track makes it easily likeable.
Maaloom starts with a guitar riff and you prepare yourself to a classic Rahman melodic number. Fairly new voices Nakash Aziz, Hriday Gattani and Jonita Gandhi fill in the smooth romantic track with beautiful vocal harmonies, making it an easy listening number. Jonita Gandhi, the YouTube find and vocalist from Highway flows seamlessly into the track with her silky vocals.
Ala Hada is a pitch perfect track by Pakistani singer Shiraz Uppal, who had a fairly slow inning in Bollywood over the last decade. Uppal’s breezy rendition reminds us of Rahman’s earlier find Rashid Ali, the singer part of Jaane Tu and other albums. The ghatam teasingly makes an appearance at some points just like the hand claps.
With African percussions and a soprano opening the track, Mawali qawwali is a pacy number rendered by Raghav Mathur and Tanvi Shah. Some beats in the beginning reminds us of Burman’s music. While not many have appreciated Mathur’s vocals, we thought it was interesting to hear him sing differently after Ishq shava in Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Supporting vocals by Shah give the African folksy track the much needed groove.
Beqasoor by Shweta Pandit and Nakash Aziz is the real beauty. The vocalists deliver with élan in this track relying mainly on their vocals. We like it when Aziz makes an entry during Pandit’s vocals and their vocals overlap. New voice Hriday Gattani goes solo in the pop sounding Tu shining. After introducing the Urdu word Ala hada, Amitabh Bhattacharya writes Hinglish lyrics for this one but fails to grab our attention – may be because of its mediocre composition or the average rendition. This one’s easily passable.
Verdict: Although many have criticised the album for lack of anything new, we think it is an exciting album by Rahman with few experimental tracks. The album will surely grow on the audience like his songs usually do!