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Bas Ek Pal Music Review

Bas Ek Pal Music Review
Sanjay Suri, Jimmy Shergill, Urmila Matondkar, Juhi Chawla, Rehaan Engineer, Yashpal Sharma, Chetan Pandit, Purab Kohli
Manohar Kanungo, Shailesh R Singh
Timeless Melodies
Saturday, August 12, 2006 • Hindi Comments

It was a refreshing change to come across a film album without the credits of Himesh Reshamiya. Nothing against Reshamiya, it's just that his repetitive music is getting monotonous. I wanted something refreshingly different. Thankfully the soundtrack of `Bas Ek Pal' happened to come my way. I loved the fabric of this album. Be it Tere Bin, Hai Ishq Ye Kya Ek Khata, Zindagi Hosh Mein, Bas Ek Pal, Dheemey Dheemey and Ashq Bhi, there's not a single track that you feel like rushing through.

It's an experience to feast on this album which has a guest composer in Pritam (Ishq Ye Kya Ek Khata, the best track of the album), three songs by Mithoon (Tere Bin, Bas Ek Pal and Bas Ek Pal Remix, This guys is a wonderful find) and three songs by Vivek Philip (Zindagi Hosh Mein, Ashq Bhi and Dheemey Dheemey, Again a fantastic find). Even the two remixes by Eric Pillai (Tere Bin and Zindagi Hosh Mein) are different than the Akbar Sami brand of ready-made-stuff. The basic flavour of the entire album is Soft Rock with great production values. I personally like this music so I may be a bit biased in its favour. But I am sure, Bas Ek Pal as a music album is definitely Worth-It as it's a complete album. In fact, I would rate it as one of the best albums to have emerged after Rang De Basanti. 
Hai Ishq Ye Kya Ek Khata is a Heartthrob number from the moment it starts belting down with the vigour of a waterfall in frenzy. This is the only contribution from guest composer Pritam and I wouldn't hesitate in admitting that this song is the best thing about this drum-n-bass album that thrives on western beat-n-passion. KK is in super form as he hits the arena of higher pitches. Sunidhi is razor sharp as she keeps pace with the tremendous energy of KK's thunderous vocals. There's everything going right for this sparkling dance number as the waltzing acoustic guitar steps up into fifth gear, brass fillers lighten up the evening of romance, drum rolls make you groove just-like-that and the general ambience emanates of a carnival feeling. A song you are bound to love at the first listening itself.

Tere Bin has been credited to Mithoon for music. As for the vocals then it is easy to recognize Atif Aslam's voice. This is the same man who blared from every other mobile ring tone with Woh Lamhe from Mahesh Bhatt's Zeher. It's a slow number that grows gradually. The music arrangements are neatly done with strings surrounding the ambience and rhythm programming suiting the context of the song. But beyond a point the repetition of Tere Bin gets monotonous. A song, that will appeal to a limited section of people. The remixed version by Eric Pillai is a lounge-mix-meets-clubby-feel. Techno fillers, a nice mix of varied rhythm types and a moderately higher tempo makes this version a pleasant treat. You can dance to it and if you are a bit tired, then just park yourself with a Bacardi and chill in the corner of a lounge bar.

Bikhre Sabhi Sapne Hain/ Bichde Sabhi Apne Hain/ Aaye Bezaar Mausam/ Koi Khushi Koi Mil Gaye Gham. Amitabh Verma's lyrics for Zindagi Hosh Mein touch a chord somewhere, as one grapples with the sentiment, of being let down by they-who-matter-the-most-to-you. Vivek Philip's composition has been sung by a lot of genuine emotion by KK with backing vocals by Ya Ali singer Zubeen Garg. This is once again a rocking number with a thematic idiom making it thought-provoking. Drum programming, acoustic guitars, piano fillers and chorus singing makes for a macho number. The orgasmic finale has heavy duty electric guitars clamouring for atte