This man works wonders, album after album, and never fails to disappoint listeners. Music maestro A R Rahman has done it again.He returns after Guru to compose the soundtrack of Jodhaa Akbar that has already been showered with praises.
Packed with two instrumental numbers and five tracks, Jodhaa Akbar has the makings of a hit.
Azeem O Shaan Shehenshah.
It is a wonderful composition and Mohammad Aslam and Bonnie Chakraborty, who have sung it, have done justice to the song. Lyrics by Javed Akhtar are up to the mark.
In lamhon ke daaman mein
Sonu Nigam and Madhushree render a romantic piece that initially seems like any other track until it picks up pace.Javed Akhtar pens noteworthy lyrics while Rahman’s music keeps the standard you expect from the maestro himself.
Sung by Javed Ali, comes next. The soft, serene and romantic piece displays an ideal fusion of Ali’s vocals with string music. There’s also a Jashn-ebahaaran (instrumental), which gives the flute a key position in the track.
Khwaja mere Khwaja.
Rahman finally makes his presence felt in areas other than compositions by singing. His rendition coupled with the harmonium, tabla (percussion) and claps make for marvellous music. One begins to wonder how a qawwali could impress to this extent that it ensures immediate gratification to everyone.
Khwaja mere Khwaja (instrumental) is as good as the previous instrumental number belted out.
This track, rendered by Bela Shende, is not too bad but after listening to the other numbers in the album, one would prefer placing it at the bottom of the six.
Rahman has once again proved that what he composes is of a completely different genre, standard and calibre. He stands in a place where there can be no competitors; his is a level that cannot be matched.