Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Music Review: Sona

Wondering when a movie by this name got released or is gonna get released? Good luck finding it as I am not talking about any film. :-) This is a pop album which was released a while back, apparently, but the music video got released recently. Or more accurately put, I saw the video recently and then I just had to listen to the album, and I have no clue when the album was actually released.

I have been told that the songs of this album have been on FM stations in Bangalore, but surprisingly I hadn't heard them. The songs in the album are very fresh and nice. The lead singer is Sona Mohapatra, who is a slightly peppy and less strong version of Shubha Mudgal. Her sound is not soft and sweet but can still render melody. I don't know how good or bad she is in classical music, but for pop numbers, her voice is just about perfect. The video of the song Aaja Ve got me interested in the album just as much as the song. A song sung by a female, a good looking one at that, has a video that doesn't have skimpily clad item number girls shaking their booty. This for me is a novelty in itself these days and the Computer Graphics in the video do it absolutely no harm.

From the songs perspective, I personally enjoyed, Aaja Ve, Bolo Na and Sapne. The other songs in the album are also pretty decent, but right now, these 3 songs don my playlist. Ishq Nachaye is sorta given a sufi touch with Abhi nahin Aana showing that she can sing soft songs too. The music for the album is by Ram Sampat who had done the music for the bollywood film Khakee, but hasn't been seen doing any good films off late.

Give it a listen people, some creativity from an Indian artist in the Indipop scene after a long time. Definitely prefer this over Atif Aslam's Doorie, which again is a rarity these days with singers from Pakistan doing very well for themselves in the Pop and Bollywood scene. I give the album a 7/10.

7 comments:

Anila said...

I had heard 'Aaja Ve' once on Radio City and had gone crazy searching for the song with no clue of the album. But, finally I did manage to find it and I love that song. :)

naresh said...

Ever since I heard Bolo Na on FM I fell in love with her voice and then I saw the video of her aja ve and got totally hooked .She is beautiful and has a peculiar soft yet strong voice which reminds one of old hindi film singers.For a non punjabi(Mahapatra :?Oriya) she has lovely Punjabi accent in aja ve.She also seems to have classical background as evident from the sargam during closing of this song which I simply loved.

himanshu said...

i saw the video and now this is the only song i have on my playlist :).

Elizabeth said...

what is the name of the album itself? After finding Aaja Ve and a few others on youtube, I am dying to hear the whole thing. but i can't find it on amazon.com... where can i find this album??

Ajay said...

elizabeth: Thanks for visiting. This is a self-titled album, so the name of the album is "Sona".

You probably won't find it on sites like amazon.com. Better idea would be to try some indian sites that ship to US (assume you are in the US since you are searching on amazon :-) )

tara said...

you can buy her songs at soundbuzz - http://www.soundbuzz.com/dms/artistDisplay.aspx?single=6102872&Partner=3

Also any Planet M should have her song.

tara said...

oops I mean her album