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Peppy music from a new music duo

Music: Sanjeev-Darshan
Rs 35

Mann's music, composed by new entrants Sanjeev-Darshan, is full of enthusiasm and peppy beats, a trend that is uniformly reflected in all the tracks in this album.

The title song, Mera Mann, sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik combines a melodious tune with a lively bass track to make it the best original score in the album. The music director-duo have used the violin and chorus to overflow in waves and capture the rapture of first love. Udit Narayan's voice goes well with Aamir Khan -- young, zestful, and light.

Another noteworthy number is Tinak Tin Tana -- full of masti, one that you picture to be sung at a celebration, with the drums, cymbals and shehnai adding to the fete-like feel of the song. Kehna hai tumse is a slow number that uses the acoustic guitar and the flute together with the voices of Udit Narayan and Hema Sardesai and gives the track the feel of the intoxication of young love.

Udit Narayan teams up with Anuradha Paudwal to sing three numbers notable for the clarity of their vocals. Kyon chupate ho and Khushiyan aur gham are both tracks that are set against the backdrop of soft piano chords, with simple interludes that create a ghazal-like effect. Kyon Chupate ho has Udit Narayan trying a Pankaj Udhas kind of rendition. Backing violins playing a parallel melody with falling half-notes are the highlight of this song, though it could have been cut short to prevent it from dragging towards the end.

Two tracks that stand out in this album are Tumhare bagair jeena kya and Chaha hai tumko. The former for its artiste Aamir Khan and the first show of quality as far as lyrics go, and the latter for being noticeably different from the other tracks, the difference stemming from it's note-to-note lift from the Tamil song Yetho oru paatu.

Tumhare bagair… is rendered as dialogue against background melody. Aamir's deep voice goes well with the depth of the lyrics…"meri poojaon, duaon, khamoshiyon, sadaon mein tum ho…".

Chaha hai tumko combines the flute with a ghatam-like sound to give the song a light effect that prevents the melancholy lyrics from weighing it down. Paudwal's bell-like voice blends seamlessly with the smoothness of Udit Narayan's.

The other two solos by Udit Narayan, Nasha yeh pyaar ka and Kali nagin jaisi are both high on gusto, full of light teasing and banter in the lyrics and tone of voice. Another track labelled Dance music carries the same steady bass as the other numbers and uses the keyboard to try and create a Spanish/Mexican effect, but just succeeds in being lively. The song is interspersed with Indian folksy tunes, and two-part harmony, choruses and clapping for the Hispanic effect. All in all, Mann is an album worth lending an ear to, but not more than once. It's one of those albums whose songs will feature on the countdown shows only because they're new.

Maya A

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