RA.ONE MUSIC REVIEW: Songs rock!

Mon, September 19, 2011 1:10pm UTC by 25 Comments
RA.ONE MUSIC REVIEW: Songs rock!

Cineswami has deigned to listen to the music of RA.One and is delighted to report that it is the outstanding, nay, the soundtrack of the year. Take a bow Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani

The album begins with the now ubiquitous Chammak challo [watch song], sung by Akon and Hamsika Iyer. It’s an infectious number with Tamil lyrics cropping up occasionally. Dildara [watch song], a tribute to Ben E King’s classic Stand by me, is a ballad rendered by Shafqat Amanat Ali in his best dard-meets-romance voice, a quality unique to singers across the border.

In Criminal, Akon returns and teams with Vishal on vocals, but the real innovation in this song is the electronic music that transports you into the world of video games very appropriately, given the film’s theme. And then follows the song of the album, Bhare naina by Nandini Shrikar, with Vishal and Shekhar chipping in on vocals. The song comes out of left field, starting as it does with the film’s sonorous choral theme music and then segueing seamlessly into semi-classical territory before transitioning into a full on rock anthem that keeps dipping its toes in a thumri base.

After the delights of Bhare naina, Sid Coutto’s teenybopper Right by your side, while being a perfectly decent song, feels like an anticlimax. Things improve dramatically with Raftaarein, the catchiest track of the album sung by Vishal and Shekhar. Surely one of the better homages to Panchamda, the song begins with a driving locomotive beat in tribute to Dhanno from Kitaab, then a terrific RDB-esque opening growl inspired by the opening bars of Duniya mein from Apna Desh and settles into a relentless rhythm punctuated by jazz-era saxophone riffs.

The following track Jiya mora ghabraaye (The chase) also opens with a locomotive rhythm, but this time it is an electronic version of the RA.One theme music that escalates into a pounding beat soon joined by Sukhwinder Singh’s full-throated classical vocals and Vishal’s softer tones. Another chartbuster for sure.

After tantalising excerpts in previous songs, Comes the light (Theme) is the full version of the theme music where choral meets jazz sax meets locomotion and the result is a track that can hold its own in the face of John Williams’ iconic Duel of the fates from the Star Wars series. IM on (Theme) kicks off with lush orchestration and soon the infectious ’70s style guitar track first heard in Raftaarein kicks in and it becomes a frantic ride. Song of the end (Theme) begins with a plaintive solo violin and develops gradually into a sombre orchestral piece reminiscent of the sadder military dirges. The rest of the album is devoted to remixes with Chammak challo getting the treatment no less than four times. There’s also a fun remix of Criminal.

AR Rahman’s Rockstar and Amit Trivedi’s Trishna have some very good songs from what little we’ve heard, but it will take a lot of doing to dethrone the RA.One soundtrack from this year’s pole position. And do remember people – downloading the album illegally is just as criminally culpable as uploading it and leaking it.

ALSO SEE: RA.ONE: Movie stills

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  • pravin yadav

    its an earth shateering opening for ra.one .it will history of indian cinema. we are proud on srk,

  • namit khurana

    ITS AN ABSOLUTE LIE,THE SONGS OF RA ONE ARE COMPLETELY CRAP.CHAMAK CHALLO HAS BEEN MADE IN 6 FORMS WHAT RUBBISH,….ITS SONGS ARE OUT OF LISTNABLE CATEGORY,BUT MAUSAM SONGS ARE AWSOME,MAUSAM’S MUSIC DESERVES TO BE CALLED AS MOST HIT MUSIC OF THE YEAR ,THE SONG MALLO MALLI IS ROCKING….SHAHRUKH MUST HAVE TAKEN PRIYANKA CHOPRA INSTEAD OF KAREENA THAT THE HOPES FOR HER MOVIE TO DO OK WERE HAVE BEEN FAR HIGH

    • Tricker

      Mr. Objection!!!!!!!!1 U seems to be a real hater. Well! Ur kind of people just do the same all the time and the genuineness excels triumphantly. Same has happened this time. So, Mr. Objection! keep it up Coz! dark only makes the bright the brighter and mighty the mightier. And Ya ! i must tell everybody that songs are awesome(one of the most complete fil albums till date) and will peak n peak the heights every time you listen to them.

      • Dark Knight

        u seem to be a typical dumb,better go to some village and roam with cows…..its clearly published that ra one music did’nt scored well but illiterates like you keep following the cow’s legs

  • Demonoid

    songs are at the best

  • Tausif

    its will be a super blockbuster

  • M.Ateeq sumra

    very good for sharukh khan this movie

  • Rana Waqas

    very good blockbuster movie

  • showkath.y

    it is most soundable and beutiful songs and the music is rocks and also the movie is all records breaking movie Ra-1 and no-1 hero& king of bollywood sharukh khan

  • Jatin

    Chamak challo… video .. Kareena is looking so beautiful,,, but SRK is looking very ugly…like beauty and the beast…
    We didn’t like the song of RA one

  • Jargan

    Super flop………

    • rajababu

      v erygood

  • asad khan nasar

    Excellent songs i like it.

  • tiana

    The songs are simply OUT OF THIS WORLD! amazingggggggggg, chammak challo is like no other song! totally global, like shahrukh…. a global icon

  • gone1

    I downloaded from itunes and $17 totally worth it man.ra one songs are awesome. can’t wait for the movie.

  • mukul

    east or west SRK is best

  • panchanan

    awesome….

  • rohit

    thats why col a king khan

  • Maiwand

    Best album in a very long time. Bhare naina rocks. chammak challo is the song of the year. The rest is equally good.

  • G.one

    Wow. no need to say anything the songs speak for them. Thanks to all for working so hard and giving something so good.

  • RENE

    BAKWAS HAI MUSIC

  • aditya kalyani

    Who is dis .o babba luking awwwwwwwwwwww

  • guha.raj14@gmail.com

    Srk and karina-both looks beautiful in ra one.Hope ra one breaks all record

  • Sachin

    I thing its wanderfool sang Karina and SHarukh look hat, I am just love the songs and I am watch the Ra.one today evening with my fraends I play to god that its a good movie to watch and if not good movie I will ask my money back from Shahruk, I thing shah ruk is good actor.

  • Greed

    can anyone tell me what is the song starting about 2h:15mins at themovie where G.on speaks with the boy and then steps in to “arena” some sort ,to fight Ra.One????????


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