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Sajnaa - Mehnaz

IndiaGlitz   [Tuesday, November 14, 2006]

After 'Miss India' and 'Mausam', pop star Mehnaz returns with her latest album 'Sajnaa' that has been put to music by her mentor Pt. Bhavdeep Jaipurwale. One expects a variety of songs from Mehnaz in this album since she is in known for singing in various diverse styles ranging from soul to jazz to pop & classical.

1. Sajnaa (Video Mix and original) [Lyrics: Shakeel Azmi]

True to the album's name, 'Sajnaa' kick starts an authentic beginning. Just when one would have thought that non-film albums are all out about pop and rap comes a song which is traditionally bound. A number about a girl expecting her 'sajnaa' to bring home a 'doli' and take her away, it could be a hot favorite in the mehendi/engagement/marriage ceremonies. Are the Barjatyas and Chopras and Johars of the world listening? A feel good number which remains rooted throughout even when it comes to the musical instruments, 'Sajnaa' has some good rendition by Mehnaaz who sheds her pop tag and does well in her attempt to do something different. The original version of the song comes at the end of the album and is sans the additional beats that were prevalent in the first version. This one is a little sober in appeal though both the versions are equally enjoyable since even the remix version hadn't exactly gone ballistic.

2. Sili Sili [Lyrics: Shakeel Azmi]

There is a Rajasthani folk feel in 'Sili Sili' which keeps its pace and rhythm alive throughout. But unlike some conventional numbers belonging to this genre which give a sense of deja vu, this one actually is somehow different and keep you engaged throughout. There is a bit of classical element to the song too but that is mostly kept in the background. Apart from that the song keeps its lively feel intact and turns out to be a number that would keep you on toes as you move your feet along this song in a 'saawan'!

3. Karko Kanganwaa [Lyrics and composer Kunwar Shyam Goswamiji]

'Karko Kanganwaa' is a fusion track that has to be heard to be believed. The song tried to take the same route as Shubha Mudgal has managed to take so very successfully in last few years. What impresses most in this song is Mehnaz's strong grip over the nuances of classical music as she effortlessly sings along this fusion track in an almost breathless manner. Also kudos to the composer and arranger of the song who make 'Karko Kanganwaa' a new kind of listening experience.

4. Meri Aarzoo (Video Mix and original) [Lyrics: Satyen Sharma]

It's the share placement factor that makes the video mix version of 'Meri Aarzoo' as impressive number as one finds it after hearing it for the first time itself. Taking a cue from the classical feel of 'Karko Kanganwa', this one too has a slight classical dose to it for the first few seconds but soon Mehnaaz makes an appearance as a pop singer and renders in a style that she has been known for a decade now. Her voice takes a completely different route than the one she had taken in the songs preceding 'Meri Aarzoo' and makes quite an impact in this accented soft number. A beautiful number to listen and hum around, especially in its original version that comes after a slight gap. This version has just an instrument or two in the background with Mehnaaz taking the center stage and completely dominating the proceedings. The best song of the album so far, especially in its original version.

5. Payal [Lyrics: Shakeel Azmi]

A number that has a lounge undertone to it, 'Payal' is again set in a fusion mode and makes for a light hearing once again. Yet another track that takes you to a journey through a woman's heart, it has the kind of music which is associated with MM Kreem, especially during the 'ant

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