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Rap, rock and Abhijeet
Anu Malik uses them all in good measure in Baadshah, the latest Shah Rukh Khan starrer

Oh oh it's from London!
Like Disco Deewane, Suno To Diwana Dil comes from London. It shares that tape's orchestral and recording finesse, but perhaps not so much its teenage charm

Dream girl meets real boy
Mast is about star craze. Sandeep Chowta makes light-hearted tunes, and is most comfortable with pop graces

Comeback for the Kannada superstar
Rajkumar, the only singing hero in Indian cinema today, returns after six years with Shabdavedhi

United we stand, united we sing!
Sooraj Barjatya, director of the wild hit Hum Aapke Hain Koun, is back with another multi-star drama, Hum Saath Saath Hain. 'Family values' rule not only on screen but in the songs as well

A family ventures into Indipop
They sound a bit like the Colonial Cousins, but they're actually real brothers! Saavariya is the debut offering of a group called 3 Brothers and a Violin

Six songs for Ganesha
Balamurali the singer fails Balamurali the composer in his just-released Sarvasri

Some salt, some spice
Now 5 gives you established hits from a host of international artistes

Poetry from the PM's pen
An over-rich, '80s film style orchestra accompanies A B Vajpayee's poetry in Nayi Disha

An auteur's foray into pop culture
Govind Nihalani, director of critically acclaimed films like Tamas and Ardh Satya, is now making a masala movie. And Rahman sounds refreshed in Thakshak

A popular exponent of lively jazz
Benny Goodman, son of a Russian Jew, became known as the king of swing. This is Jazz showcases his talent

A handful of trumps from an all-time great
Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie is a dizzy selection of be-bop, Latin jazz, scat on the trumpet and vocals

The master from Madurai
Madurai Mani Iyer still holds strong as one of the more stylish singers of Karnatak music

High standards in a slapdash collection
Although the standard of After Hours is high and the artists are top-drawer, its sub-title, "best piano standards", is somewhat misleading

Much lively music, even some good jazz
Carnival Rhythms lives up to its promise of lively beats and lusty singing, but does not offer much in terms of improvisation


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