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Replay from the music channels

Kamaal Khan, Suneeta Rao and Lata Mangeshkar co-exist in this uneven compilation

Indian Smash Hits Vol 1
Rs 60

This is a collection of nine Indi-pop songs you've seen on TV. Add a dance remix of a song from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, and you have Indian Smash Hits.

Silk Route provides acoustic music for ears tired by synthetic sounds. Their Dooba dooba is ballad-soft, and the video has great recall. There's this group with a guitar and a flute lazing on an old Morris and singing this love song, and they're submerged. That can't stop them though; they continue singing under water! Well, that's the power of love, metaphorically speaking.

Raageswari's debut song Duniya is perhaps the only memorable song from her till date.

Nusrat Fateh Ali's Piya re piya re is endearingly simple. Only, the back-up score seems too heavy for the tenderness the song is attempting.

Aslam's Ho gayi hai mohabbat is catchy though his voice doesn't carry very much. In the English stretches, he reminds you strongly of Modern Talking and Kraftwerk because of the studio-added echo.

Vikas Bhalla's Dhuan is soft, but his voice never rises above the mediocre. He cannot sing at all in the upper reaches.

Kamaal Khan's O oh jaane jaana is foot-tapping, with stylish guitar work. The Hindi film industry quicky grabbed it and Salman Khan literally lost his shirt singing this tune, if you've seen the song sequence!

Mika's voice is non-existent, as his attempt with Saawan mein lag gayi aag shows. He mouths the words in the sloppiest possible way. Yet he has found a slot!

Suneeta Rao in her come-on song Kesariya, part sings and part raps the Hindi dialect. Sun Soniye is a soft Bhangra number from Nitin Bali.

Lata Mangeshkar in Meri khwabon mein tu passes through the hands of remix desperadoes and sounds, well, the same.

This is just Vol 1 of the Smash Hits series. Look out for more of the same uneven mix.

S Suchitra Lata

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