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Oh oh it's from London!

Like Disco Deewane, this album comes from London. It shares that tape's orchestral and recording finesse, but perhaps not so much its teenage charm


Suno To Diwana Dil
HMV
Rs 65

Kamaal Khan needs no introduction: his Oh oh jaane jaana was returned a hit twice, once as a pop song and again as a film song. And now we have a full tape of this singer from London. That's the city that once recorded the successful disco numbers of Nazia Hassan; this album too has the same orchestral and recording finesse, but perhaps not so much its teenage charm.

The title song Suno to deewana dil makes you wish Khan had a stronger voice. The orchestra and bass are neatly arranged but can't make up for a voice that's low on resonance.

Tere pyar ne would have made for good rhythm and blues if only the rendering had had that sort of intense strength. Initially you think Khan has deliberately modulated his voice and that it will open up eventually. That never happens, but it's still one of the more memorable tunes in the album.

Disco-pop rhythms are back in a really big way. Ya ke na and Heaven (Tu hai meri jaan) are full of it; if you enjoy disco you will enjoy them.

The lyrics by Anand Raj Anand, Roop Jauhari and V K Mehta remain easy listening.

Haaye mera dil seems to include some Indian elements like a tabla. The beat is worked out stylishly and adds to its pleasant appeal.


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