Taal is undoubtedly the most eagerly
awaited Hindi film album of the year. Taal is the first time A. R. Rahman has set tunes to
Anand Bakshi's lyrics. Taal is the first time "showman" Subhash Ghai has worked
with A. R. Rahman. Ghai has said numerous times that Taal has the best music than any of
his previous films. That statement proves to be true, in my opinion. However, everyone
else who'd heard the music of Taal even before the album released, was saying that Rahman
is at his best in Taal. I don't quite agree with that, Rahman's best work in my opinion is
Dil Se.. I think it'll be sometime before Rahman tops Dil Se..
Nevertheless, Taal is an excellent album. Rahman has focused a lot more on melody in Taal.
The CD begins with "Ishq Bina Kya Jeena" which is
being shown in the trailors. Anuradha Sriram, Sonu Nigam,
Sujatha (who's barely heard), and Rahman sing
this beautifully penned number. The song focuses on how one can't live without ishq
nor how one can't die without ishq. Anuradha Sriram really surprised me. She
sounds very sweet and sings well too, which she hasn't done in a lot of her previous
songs. Sonu Nigam does a good job with the last verse he has to sing. Rahman uses the
flute and tabla very effectively.
"Taal Se Taal Mila" is sung by Alka Yagnik
and Udit Narayan. Both Alka and Udit sing the song almost flawlessly.
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi are again well penned, with a slight punjabi touch this time. That
punjabi touch in the lyrics is present in a few other songs in the album as well.
"Nahin Samne" is my favorite song of the album. Hariharan
sings this soft romantic number. Hariharan does a good job as he always does with slow
paced songs. The highlight of the song however is the orchestration and the use of the
sitar. Sukhwinder Singh is also given credit, but it's hard to spot him.
It's very easy to spot Sukhwinder Singh in the next song, "Ramta Jogi".
Alka Yagnik is also present in the song, but Sukhwinder dominates most of it. Sukhwinder's
rendition is very good, he makes the punjabi touch come alive. The other Sukhwinder-Alka
duet is "Kariye Na." I feel this one is slightly
better than "Ramta Jogi". "Kariye Na" has an 'on top of a hill
feeling', which Rahman creates easily right from the beginning with the bass and echoes.
Sukhwinder renders the song very well.
Richa Sharma joins Sukhwinder to sing "Ni Main Samajh
Gayee". The punjabi influence is again present. Richa Sharma makes you
forget that Jaspinder Nirula is needed to make you enjoy song such as this one! The
interesting thing about the song is that Rahman has used just one beat throughout out the
song, which leaves a little extra load on the singers' part.
"Kahin Aag Lage" is a jungle-type number sung by
the annoying Aditya Narayan (thankfully, the kid has only a few lines in
the beginning and a few at the end), Richa Sharma, and Asha Bhosle. Richa
Sharma is barely heard in this one. However, it's glad to see Ashaji sing for Rahman
again. This song might not be as good one of the Asha-Rahman songs from Rangeela, but it's definitely enjoyable nevertheless.
"Raga Dance" and "Beat of Passion"
are the two instrumental tracks in the album. The latter is the title music. The former
appeared on the first trailor, where Anil Kapoor
is conducting an orchestra. "Raga Dance" is the better of the two tracks in my
"Ishq Bina - Ishq Bina" is another version of
"Ishq Bina Kya Jeena" sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy
this time. Sukhwinder is also given credit, but he's missing completely. Midway through
the song, heavy techno beats take over from the tabla, and the chorus begins to repeat
"ishq bina kya jeena yaaro.ishq beena kya marna yaaro." Hopefully it'll
also have a good dance by Aishwarya as well.
"Kya Dekh Rahe Ho Tum" is very brief song sung by
little girls. There isn't much to write about this one.
There's a brief 'western' version of "Taal Se Taal Mila"
sung by Sukhwinder and chorus. This one's packed with heavy beats, unlike the Alka-Udit
Ghai has worked very hard with Rahman and Bakshi-saab to come up with the songs for
Taal, and the hard work of all three men is evident in the songs. The film is said to be
Ghai's best yet, lets hope that rumor is true. Rahman has once again proved that he's the
most creative music director of today's times. Taal is must-buy to put it simply.