Friday, July 13, 2007
Abhijeet Sawant was the original Indian Idol (2005)....
I thought all his earlier songs were crap...save for Tham Ja (which he sang for "Jassi Jaise koi nahin", the Indian version of "Ugly Betty"). Tham Ja was a solid romantic zinger which was completely in line with what is expected out of IndiPop, but yet had a great melodic underbelly to it.
And just when you thought, he was one more of those 100 idiots who pain-you-in-unmentionables, in the garb of IndiaPop, life and Abhijeet Sawant both surprise you.....
Well, Abhijeet's latest album ( I have heard only the title song)....is a sufish song, called Junoon.
His voice is perfect, has the very Pakistani hoarseness which sets the mood.....
Is this song like the other pop songs (Ishq Nachaye by Sona or Alvida by Strings)....NO....its not really there.
Yet it is a sincere attempt by Abhijeet to search for meaning, (and thats what art was always supposed to be, its coincidental that it also entertains), and hence I LIKE this song.
What is the one thing to look out for?
Amazing harmony. Listen to the chorus keep going, "Junoon, Junoooooon, Junoooooon, Junoooooon......", and Abhijeet hum "....Chad Raha Hain" in the foreground.
Just for this one improvisation, the song is a hit in my head. Whoever thought of that bit of harmony, is a rock star, whether it was Abhijeet or his producer.