Sunday, September 28, 2008
Complicated song with 3-4 raagas in Yuvraaj: Madhushree
Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:14 pm
On Friday, the celebrity on Rahmania Radio show was Madhushree...
"The most complicated song I have ever sung, is the song that we recently recorded for the Subhash Ghai movie. Rahman ji has used some 3-4 raagas and it is so amazing!!"
"I thank ARR. If it wasnt for him, I would still be in South America, teaching music and my voice wouldnt have reached all over the world as it has today!!"
"The way very different and unique sounding humming in Mayiliragae was recorded is very interesting. He gave me the tune and asked me to improvise and sing the humming in whatever way I wanted. I hummed the same tune in many different ways and style, but he kept saying, 'No.. i want something different'
Finally, I was slightly fed up... and said 'if u want very different humming then i have to do only this' and mimicked the tune in childish manner... I did that for fun!! But that was the one he liked and said that was awesome and used it for the song!!"
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Music director: A.R.Rahman
Singer(s): Madhusree, ARR, Henry
The song ‘Taxi’ overwhelmed all the other songs in the movie to begin with and it is really nice to see a couple of them asserting themselves on the charts now. Composed on the Maand scale probably, the song has a perky opening bit of music and some strong rhythms. Madhusree adds sweetness to the song by her soft articulation.
Friday, September 26, 2008
By Satyajit, Bollywood Trade News Network
Director : Shyam Benegal
Music : Shantanu Moitra
Lyrics : Swanand Kirkire, Ashok Mishra
Starring : Shyam Benegal
Swanand Kirkire, Ashok Mishra
Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Ravi Kishan, Ila Arun, Divya Dutta, Yashpal Sharma, Rajeshwari Sachdev
Mohit Chauhan is getting refined and improvised with every passing day and it is clearly evident in this sentimentally pristine soundtrack ''Ek Meetha Marz De Ke''. Kudos to lyricist Swanand Kirkire for showing his lyrical flare in poetically elegiac wordings like ''Is khatt mein jo siyahi hai, sun mere aanson se bani hai…'' This tender paced ballad progresses with fine blend of poetic touches and it gets mellifluously complemented with equally serene vocals of Sadhana Sargam. This delectably supple track falls in the cadre of ''Piyu Bole'' (PARINEETA) that will be appreciating ''love chemistry'' on silver screen and will be getting added in the collection of class listeners.
Wow... i seriously thought this is one of the songs which Madhushree didnt sound like Sadhana Sargam... but people r still confused between both their voices.....
The thing is, Madhushree and Sadhana do share the similar voice here and there, but Madhushree's voice texture is more on the sweet and softer tone.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Music Review of WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR by Aakash Gandhi
September 20th, 2008
WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR
By Aakash Gandhi
Reviewer’s Rating: 7.5/10
I was simply licking my chops upon reading that Mohit Chauhan and Madhushree were heading the duet for Ek Meetha Marz De Ne. I was anything but disappointed! Upon the opening notes you know that this is going down as one of 2008’s best. Mohit Chauhan once again steals our heart in this extremely romantic ballad, written poignantly by Swanand Kirkire. Arrangements are as soft and soul-stirring as can be. We have a romantic background highlighted by pure acoustic riffs, mingled within the gorgeous bass line. Other instrumental highlights that flourish are piano and flute. Madhushree, as always, lends the most gentlest of touch in her supportive rendition. Both vocal textures share such great chemistry, only recently matched by perhaps the Sonu Nigam-Shreya Ghoshal duo.
Puts the 'cool' back in 'gaon'
by Vishal Oberoi
Both the softer ballads on the album are first-rate. “Ek Meetha Marz De Ke”, featuring Mohit Chauhan and Madhushree, is beautifully composed and can definitely be nominated as one of the best romantic ballads of this year.
By Sheetal Tiwari - BollySpice.com
14 September 2008
Next is Ek Meetha Marz De Ke by the up and coming favourite Mohit Chauhan ('Tum Hi Se' from Jab We Met and 'Is This Love' from Kismat Konnection) who is later joined by Madhushree. This is a slow and melodious romantic track with a nice blend of modern and traditional music. Lyrics are brilliantly written by Swanand Kirkire. Again, the song is about a letter where the writers are missing each other and long for the separation to end. The song is vocally potent and Mohit delivers another great performance. His unique and emotive voice suits the theme of the song. Madhushree is delightful as always with a voice akin to legends such as Lata Mangeshkar.
Starring : Amrita Rao, Ravi Kishan, Shreyas Talpade
Music : Shantanu Moitra
Director : Shyam Benegal
Producer : Ronnie Screwvala
Released Date : September 2008
Ek Meetha Marz De Ke
Madhushree, Mohit Chauhan
Ive yet to listen to the song, but ive attached the online player here so u guys can listen.... here it is :
Monday, September 22, 2008
|Position||Album||Artist||Weeks on |
|1||Rock On!! ||Various||Big Music|
|2||Bachna Ae Haseeno ||Various||Yash Raj Music|
|3||Jaane Tu... ya jaane na ||Various||T-Series|
|6||Singh Is Kinng ||Various||Junglee Music|
|7||Kidnap ||Various||Sony BMG|
|8||Jodha Akbar ||Various||UTV Music|
|9||Jannat ||Various||Sony BMG|
|10||Kismat Konnection ||Various||Tips|
|Position||Album||Artist||Weeks on |
|1||Teri Deewani ||Various||Sony BMG|
|2||Teri Justajoo ||Various||Sony BMG|
|3||Go Jhoom ||Various||Unknown|
|4||The Power Of Bhangra ||Various||Unknown|
|5||India's No. 1's ||Various||Unknown|
|6||Saiyyan ||Kailash Kher||Sony|
|7||Koi Aanay Wala Hai ||Strings||Sony BMG|
|8||Saturday Night Hitz ||Various||Unknown|
|10||Lagi Lagan ||Madhushree||Big Music|
Sunday, September 21, 2008
|Movie : Lagi Lagan|
Music : Robby Badal
Label : Big Music
They also offer to download the mp3, legalized once ofcource. But ill recommend u to get the CD... the quality will be satisfactory and of cource, ur supporting Madhushree. :)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
|Lagi Lagan: Madhushree’s Out With Her Debut Album!|
|- Amanda Sodhi|
The beautiful voice behind melodious compositions (both Hindi and Tamil) such as Kabhi Neem Neem (Yuva), Naainaa Milaaikey (Saathiya), Hum Hain Iss Pal Yahaan (Kisna), Tum Mujhe Bas Yunhi (Aetbaar), Tu Bin Bataye (Rang De Basanti), In Lamho Ke Daaman Mein (Jodha Akbar), Vaaji Vaaji (Sivaji-The Boss) and Vaigasi Nilaye (Unnale Unnale) has finally come out with an album—yes, that’s right, Madhushree’s debut album Lagi Lagan is finally out! Lagi Lagan, as the CD cover indicates, is a journey through “The World of Thumri.” Thumri, for those of you not too familiar with classical sangeet, is a genre of semi-classical music—songs which fall under the thumri genre tend to deal with love and separation.
What is interesting about Lagi Lagan's nine tracks is that they are a blend of classical style singing, traditional lyrics and non-classical notes. As Madhushree says, it is an attempt to "do something different.” Lagi Lagan is an extremely ambitious attempt for both Madhushree and her band: Madhushree & De Band, as there have not been many private albums presenting Thumri songs in recent times.
Next up is Lagi Lagi (5:31). Naveen plays the flute very nicely. The use of the tabla and harmonium later on in the track is also a pleasant surprise. Unlike the rest of the songs in the album which use traditional lyrics, this song has lyrics by Cha Cha Choudhry. However, he fails to pen down meaningful lyrics (“Laagi laagi karejwa mei laagi, lagan tosey rahiyo naa jaaye”) which in turn makes it difficult to compose a melody allowing Madhushree to demonstrate her full potential as a singer.
Manat Nahi (6:11) is a soothing and soft track drawing from the Jazz music genre. The song incorporates the guitar, keyboard, drums and saxophone (played by Manohari Singh). The lyrics here are traditional once again: “Maanat naahi hamaa. Binnati karat hun, paiyan padat hun, ab kahe karat barjori.” Madhushree’s voice gracefully takes the twists and turns in this song, however the harkat her voice takes for the last 20 seconds of the composition while repeating the word “maanat” is a bit overdone. Overall, Madhushree handles this song quite well.
The fourth track, Aye Na Balam (4:31) is a catchy number starting with Gregorian chants and then shifting to club beats and the sitar. Madhushree's voice echoes and draws you into the song immediately. She sings the song with sincerity in her voice and does a great job of conveying a sense of longing which the lyrics require, “Kaa karoon sajni? Aaye naa baalam!...Tadpat beeti mori un bin ratiyaa.” This is a song you’ll enjoy listening to repeatedly.
Jabse Shyam Sidhare (4:47) has a Latino flavor to it and is the second most catchy track in Lagi Lagan. Once again, the lyrics deal with the “tadap” of being away from one’s beloved: “Jabse shyam sidhaar, tadap tadap jiyaa jaaye... Bin pritam se praan jaat hai, naa aaye pritam pyaare.”
Babul Mora (7:24) is an extremely emotional bidaai song which uses the shehnaai beautifully. The song is easy on the instruments, as the focus is on Madhushree’s voice. And, Madhushree does an awesome job of rendering such a serious song. Even the lyrics used are full of depth, “Babul moraa, nayhaar chuto hi jaaye. Chaar kahaar mil doliyaa uthaaye, apnaa begaanaa chuto hi jaaye.”
The next two tracks in the album are a Video Edit version of Piya Lagi Laganiya (3:48) and a House Mix of Lagi Lagi (4:43).
The last track in the album is Barsan Lagi (5:39) which uses the Sarangi (played by Dilshaad) and Tabla. Madhushree’s voice sounds calm and the use of the sarangi and tabla is nice on the ears.
It is great that finally someone has attempted to come out with an album that fuses thumri and world music genres—Lagi Lagan is an album worth listening to especially in a year when the music industry has continuously been disappointing (dare I say Bhoothnath, Tashan, De Taali, God Tussi Great Ho, Ugly Aur Pagli?). Aye Na Balam, Jabse Shyam Sidhare and Babul Mora are definitely the best tracks in the album. The rest of the songs do take more than one listen to get into, but are also enjoyable.
The lyrics could use improvement, though. It is true that Thumri is about the overall feel and presentation, instead of the lyrics. And, it is also true that repetition is typical of songs falling under the Thumri genre. However, it would have been nice if more powerful traditional lyrics were used, or if traditional lyrics were fused with original lyrics. But, whatever is lacking in the lyrics department Madhushree compensates for with her pleasant singing.
Robby Badal shines as a music director—he demonstrates his knowledge of various music genres and it’ll be interesting to see what projects he takes on in the future.
Fans of Madhushree, lovers of thumri, those of you into fusion music, and people just looking for something different and fun to listen to, check out Lagi Lagan right away!