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Singer,Music composer and song writer and performer: Lesle Lewis

Released by Universal Music on 4th may 2012

For 30 years, Leslie has been reinventing the sound of popular music in the country. With this album, Lesle has turned song writer too. This is his solo album. He has sung all the songs and the album is in Hindi. It is a mix of various musical genres like jazz, R&B, melody, etc. The album was released at Blue frog in Mumbai where Lesle performed some numbers from his new album as well as some classics. The launch was well attended by celebrities like Shaan, Rabbi Shergill, Salim- Sulaiman. Let’s hop on and check out the offering.

SONG NAME

Ratings

Pyaar Ho Gaya

★★★☆☆

Tanha Sa hoon

★★★½☆

O Jaana Sha Na Na

★★★★☆

Main Jadoo

★★★½☆

Aaja Tu Aaja

★★★☆☆

Saawariya Calling

★★★☆☆

Tere Bina

★★★½☆

Pyaar Ho Gaya

This one is on the slower side and proceeds at its own pace with minimal use of instrumentals. Some percussions and some keyboard and some guitar in the later part of the song. Well! The rest of the magic is performed only by Lesle lewis with his mellow voice. Nice and a different use of flute which is used more in the classical context. This one is sure to keep playing in our head on and on till tire of it. This one lacks variety and a five minute song with almost the same instrumental tune and more or less the same words is bound to create some boredom. That apart, this romantic song whose words are of a lover who has fallen in love is mesmerising only because of lisle and even if you do not know the language, this is a good song to relax and unwind.

Tanha Sa hoon

This one starts off with some gentle guitar notes and then Lesle’s mellow and soothing voice blurts out the lyrics of a lover boy again. The percussions join in to give the song some momentum and then you are in for a ride on faster lane. The way Lesle varies his voice is worth listening to. Even more commendable is the depth and strength in his voice even though the song requires his voce to be mellow and smooth. The guitar work is also worth hearing. The guitar work though strong is not in any means dominating letting Lesle have his way. I am sure you would groove to this one as you listen to it. Lesle’s voice varies between being gentle at one time and then hard hitting at the next moment. He shows that he is a seasoned singer. The lack of variety in the tune is the only drawback of this song.

O Jaana Sha Na Na

This starts off with the fusion of flute and the guitar before Lesle ‘s voice hits your ears and on comparison with the precious numbers of the album, you would be surprised if this is the same voice, if this is indeed Lesle. His voice is so mellow and smooth and gentle that it could even put you to sleep. I could even dare suggest, on a humorous note of course, that you could use this as a lullaby for your baby. The lyrics speak of a lover singing of his love. The background instrumentals are also equally mellow with gentle guitar work and the sax. Although the song goes on for a little over four minutes, when the song ends, you would be left asking “is that it? Is it over so fast?” The background instrumentals interfere in no way with Lesle’s voice which is what makes the song really work.

Main Jadoo

The dhol is the first thing which would hit your eardrums and then the guitar and the rougher side of Lesle’s voice bounces out. The lyrics have a right mix of English. This one is on the faster side but only at times. The lyrics are teasingly lovely to hear ad the same can be said of Lesle’s voice too. It would take a lot of control on your side to stop shaking a leg and groove to this number. The fusion of Dhol, the guitar and the percussions create a unique blend that is unheard of in any other song until now. You could even mistake it for a Punjabi Bhangra but it misses some Punjabi words in it. It sure has a Bhangra flavour to it. The only thing that sounds a bit odd and funny is the way the song ends with the name of the song being repeated again and again as if chanting a God’s name. I bet you can’t keep from singing this one on and on long after you have heard it.

Aaja Tu Aaja

The gentle notes of guitar combined with the percussions create a feeling of relaxation. TheThe lyrics are again romantic to say the least. The guitar and the other instrumentals in the background create a sublime effect of gentle ness that aptly compliments Lesle’s voice. The variations in Lesle’s voice are only beyond words and should only be heard to grasp their beauty. This time Lesle is not alone. He is accompanied by a female voice which is equally gentle and touching. The sublime use of piano is complimenting the song without consuming much space for itself. The number has those variety in tunes that wouldn’t allow one to get bored. The perfect for a romantic evening in private.

Saawariya Calling

You would start grooving to this one right from the start. A perfect song for a quiet ride along an empty road. The song is interspersed with some high drum work in between. The use of some classical voice and the traditional Tabla add variety and a unique folk-like touch to the song. The song is a blend of pop and traditional music. The fusion of the guitar and the tabla is different to hear. The song has a peaceful feel to it in parts. The lyrics are a mixture of Hindi and English words. The only drawback despite Lesle’s efforts to beautify it is that more or less the same words and the same tune keeps getting repeated over a long duration of 6 minutes that would definitely cause boredom to an enthusiastic listener.

Tere Bina

The number starts off with some guitar work before Lesle joins in to accompany the guitar and the more sublime drums. The guitar is more gentle and soothing. A perfect song to relax you. The flute notes in the middle create that much needed change and soothe you to no end. The lyrics speak of missing your love and how life is without your loved one near you. The fusion of flute in its traditional avatar and the guitar create a nice melody. The song would have caused boredom if not for the flute and the fusion it causes.

Album ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Verdict: if you are a die-hard romantic at heart and love soft mellow songs, this one is for you.

This is a nice effort by Lesle. All songs are romantic in mood and just fit the bill to play for a romantic date with your special one. All songs are slow and that’s what creates that romantic touch to this album. This also limits the audience for the album to only those who would love soft, slow melody songs and those who love music being handled roughly would surely look the other way. The only respite for thse kind of audience will be the song “Main Jadoo”. Lesle has also done a good job in the lyrics department and the feeling ebbs out when he puts the words into his voice. He has displayed that he is a seasoned player in the arena here. The choice of tunes and instruments are also near perfect. In almost all the numbers, he has the used the instruments only to the extent that is necessary. One advantage of that has been that excess use of instruments has not shadowed the mellowness of his voice or the beauty of his songs. He has also tried out some new things in terms of fusion what with the fusion of the guitar and the dhol, the guitar and the flute. The guitar and the tabla each of which have a different effect on your ears. Listen to this if you are in a romantic mood or even if you want something gentle and soft on your ears.