Noted earlier in the week that the soundtrack to Aaja Nachle has exceeded my expectations by quite a bit. The film stars Madhuri Dixit, Kunal Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna. Given that it is a musical (or so it seems like), it was important for the film to have a good soundtrack that would have the Madhuri Dixit fans among us flock to watch this. She still is gorgeous and amazingly fit for her age, is she not?
Aaja Nachle the title track is good. It would have been a very good track if someone other than Sunidhi Chauhan had sung it. I am a big Sunidhi fan, but I know that semi-classical songs are not her strength.
Ishq Hua is a great song to coast to -- once again, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghosal are fantastic together. I have a feeling this song will feature in a lyrical genius post on this blog at some point in the near future. Another song featuring the two singers is Is Pal Main Hoon. Another very good track.
O Re Piya by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will force you to think. Udne laga kyon, mann baanwara re, aaya kahaan se yeh hausla re? Good lyrics here too, in this semi-qawwali. Very good.
Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghosal do a very good job at Koi Pathar Se Na Maare Mere Deewane Ko. Yes, it is the same old-school poetic track. Lovely.
And on to perhaps the best track (my favorite) of the album: Soniye Mil ja Mele Mein. Madhuri Dixit starts out singing: Patang sung ud gaya bachpan, and is accompanied immediately in the song by Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan. One of the best traditional festive songs in recent times, with an excellent underlying beat.
My least favorite tracks of the album are Dance with Me and Show me your Jalwa. They add noise to the otherwise very good soundtrack. That is why we have the skip track button, though. I tend not to negate the good work because of these two tracks.
Soundtrack Rating: *** (GOOD)
Upgrading this rating to a ***1/2 and a very good because it fits in incredibly well with the film. Quite fantastic.