Music Review: A R Rahman fails to recreate magic with ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’

The album opens with Khalifa, which sounds like one of the numerous tracks floating around.

Written by Suanshu Khurana | Updated: June 13, 2014 9:17 am
Khalifa is also the only song on the album that can qualify as listenable. Khalifa is also the only song on the album that can qualify as listenable.

Composers: AR Rahman
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Rating: *

In an attempt to deliver a youthful album, composer AR Rahman has come up with Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, which can go down in history as one of his most underwhelming and undercooked albums. The six-track record is bland, even hard to listen to. We even tried it all on repeat mode — in case it grew on us like his other music pieces. But no, that wasn’t the case.

The album opens with Khalifa, which sounds like one of the numerous tracks floating around. It opens with a rap paired with an electric guitar and many digital additions. Soon Rahman begins to croon Khalifa with a chorus of voices. Not even a modest triumph and no justice to his own singing abilities. The rap returns soon and so does our sadness. This is followed by Maaloom.

We like the opening riff on an acoustic guitar, which merges with bass music. It begins to take us back to Jaane tu ya jaane na days and we find some hope here. There is a chord change and Jonita Gandhi joins in. Her voice sounds lovely and changes texture — from a whisper to falsetto — with much ease. This is also the only song on the album that can qualify as listenable. Ala hada’s haunting beginning on strings is followed by light touches of ghatam and an acoustic guitar. Shiraz Uppal comes across as a tuneful singer.

But again, there isn’t much in tune. Mawali qawwali begins with a soprano singing a hymn, as if in a church. Drums come in, followed by a female chorus. The song takes so many twists and turns that it’s hard to understand the idea behind such a weary composition.

Bequsoor has some piano chords to begin with and is soon paired with Shweta Pandit’s voice. She’s good but the voice has been played around with by passing it through audio machines in an effort to make it sound dreamy. But the tune itself, which has decent arrangements, does not work. Tu shining’s bass sound is paired with Hriday Ghattani’s vocals. It’s just another song.

We squinted a little, waiting, for that one stroke of genius. But all we got was bland music. One Rahman’s  most scattered
albums. Ever.

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  1. H
    Jun 24, 2014 at 4:33 am
    I think the reviewer is a big himesh n yo yo fan.
  2. A
    Jun 14, 2014 at 6:32 am
    the album is not that bad for giving 1 star...but it is not the best from rahman...still i don't feel he has lost it...i enjo all his recent albums expect jab tak he jaan(it too had 2 or 3 good songs)
  3. A
    Jun 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm
    The songs are awesome. As always A R Rahman challenges the norms of music. Compositions are fresh and shining. I guess not for everyone but we in Melbourne absolutely love the album
  4. S
    Jun 15, 2014 at 8:51 pm
    What a wonderful soundtrack, all 6 songs sound nice. It is short and sweet from AR Rahman, the guitars are well-placed in every song. Badly written music review!
  5. j
    Jun 15, 2014 at 2:29 am
    I LIKED ALL SONGS OF ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’. All songs are entirely different.
  6. D
    Sep 9, 2014 at 1:41 am
    Rahman could have done better for the theme of a youthful film, but the album is absolutely not deserving of a one star rating."Khalifa" serves its purpose very well as a catchy dance/electronica piece, and I really liked how the rap was reintegrated into the beat halfway through the song. The Rahman touch was surely there throughout. "Beqasoor" was a very nice listen (especially Aziz's vocals in harmony with Pandit's), though it does have some similarity in style to the songs from Jaane Tu. And I actually liked "Mawali Qawwali" for it's catchy female vocals and chorus combined with the strumming of the guitar. A signature experimental piece."Ala Hada" sounds good on the first listen and has por appeal, but I felt it was too simplistic and repeive for Rahman's standard (sounded like something Pritam or Vishal-Shekar would compose). And I got bored with "Tu Shining" and "Maaloom" after the first listen.So certainly not one of Rahman's best, but some of the songs really stood out to me (and have great repeat value), and the album is probably very ing for the film. And Rahman certainly still has his touch and flair for making excellent quality music; the Tamil/Telugu soundtracks for "Kadal", "Kochadaiiyaan", and "Kaaviya Thalaivan" are simply superb, and the songs/score from "Hundred-Foot Journey" and "Highway" are magnificent.
  7. N
    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm
    This AR Rahman is not the one we knew. If you compare the sound of his earlier movies like Iruvar or Lagaan with recent albums you will notice the difference. Has Rahman failed to notice how his recent albums sound??? I really don't know whether it is him or the people working in his studio who are spoiling the fun for the listeners.
  8. K
    k sayed
    Jun 15, 2014 at 11:00 am
    this reviewer has lost it....except for mawali qawali all songs are appealing and al-ahda is terrific and so is tu shining & khalifa, the slow number beqasoor is again a fine piece of composition.
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