Challa is clearly touted to be the song of the album. Very rightfully so. Beautiful guitar work all the way and Rabbi brings a new flavor to the industry. Without being able to appreciate the Punjabi infused poetry, I have to pretend to appreciate the lyrics.
Saans is a Shreya song all the way in both versions although Mohit makes a slight appearance in the main one. A melodic pathos, almost reminding me of some Zubeidaa ambience. Gulzaar deserves another pat on his back. (Poor man…! He could be hurt at this rate).
Heer is another Punjabi flavored song which may need some time for me to grow into. But Harshdeep Kaur hits a home run with her magnificient singing.
Jiya Re could be a party song along the lines of Latoo from Ghajini. Some good interludes and sounds make the song listenable and may be a bit foot tapping. Overall, I would just rate this song ok even though Neeti Mohan’s singing is pretty amazing.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a Javed Ali song to begin with but somehow transforms into an unexpected mix with the introduction of a new voice Shakthisree. I think I need a few more listens. Enjoyed the melody but haven’t caught anything novel yet except the transformation.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a poem recited by SRK but the guitar work alone is worth a dozen listens. I love the electric guitar ending. Just brilliant. Only AR.
Ishq Shava is a joyous trip and I fell in love with the funky opening and the groove. A winner in my books.
And finally Ishq Dance is the one that totally caught me off-guard. Didn’t expect an instrumental in this format from AR. Trust him to surprise me – surprise all. What a brilliant rhythmic piece. Need some more listens to form any opinions.
Overall, like most, my first instinct is that this sounds more like a YRC album than an AR Rahman album.
As a closing point, I would like to add that this is the first time I am expressing my views on a Rahman album without reading absolutely anything about it (no reviews, etc.).