The Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna soundtrack
I haven't done a music review since, oh, my first post ever, and since the Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna ("never say goodbye") soundtrack came out yesterday I thought I'd give it a go. However, even after years of Bollywood movies and staying with family friends, the only Hindi I've picked up is primarily used in greeting or at the dinner table. Still, that won't stop me from obnoxiously commenting on songs I can't understand.
The title track is sweet and sad, following the tradition of Karan Johar's other films - think "Kal Ho Naa Ho" and you've got an idea of what listening to "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" is like. The latter, however, weighs in at a hefty eight minutes, which might make it slightly more boring in the context of the movie. And even though there's only two singers (Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik), I'll bet a box of Milk Duds that at least four people sing this one onscreen.
The rest of the music I like much better, in part because there's phrases of English thrown in intermittently. I hope they make sense within the context of the song, because they make very little sense even sans context. My favorite is "Mitwa," because they repeat "Miiiitttwaaaaaaaaaaaa!" several times. A lot of times. Yeah, kind of a lot. But with drums! With a neat beat! Mitttwaaaaa! I like to sing along! And I can sing along with "Love will find a way!" I even know what that means! (Add: "Mitwa" means "friend." I should know that after watching Lagaan, but since it's not the name of a food it simply won't stick).
Initially I thought the opening lines of "Where's the Party Tonight" were "I want a nacho night," but on re-listening I believe they are saying "I want to naach all night," which means something else entirely. I think I prefer my first impression for its absurdity. It may have made sense in, say, an Anil Kapoor or Govinda film, but not in this production. This song also employs a call-and-response that goes much like this: "Where's the party tonight?"/ "Somewhere down the road" (not sure about this line)/"Where's the party tonight"/"On the dance floor" (NO KIDDING).
Then there's "Tumhi Dekho Naa," which frankly I will skip until I see it in the movie. This is because it is a love song and I can't deal with them. They are too slow and romantic; without a picturization or an understanding of the lyrics, it's not worth much to me (yet). It's better to ignore it and focus on the happy happy dancey dancey.
So next up is the happy happy dancey dancey "Mitwa Revisited," which is a remix of the previous "Mitwa" with some underlying techno music. I don't understand what the point was. Did they need another track and just get lazy? Were there deadlines that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy couldn't meet?
"Rock N' Roll Soniye," while not a look back at another song on the same album, isn't all that original either. I'm not quite sure how to classify it, as it combines Punjabi drumbeats with bad-imitation Jerry Lewis piano stylings. This is musical absurdity. It may grow on me, though - God knows "It's the Time to Disco" did.
The final track is also the final straw. "Farewell Trance"? Really, guys? Too busy to write more lyrics, so you just have Alka vocalizing to a techno restyling of the title track? The pinnacle of laziness, I tell you.
Of course, what post would be complete without a pic?
On second thought, it's too big to post.
But you all know the good-looking extra in the top right corner!