As regular readers will know, I tend to approach Bollywood soundtracks made after 1980 with a fair amount of scepticism. Even RD Burman ones; and that would be my only excuse for not having paid attention to 'Chor-Police' earlier. I should have, because this is a pretty good album.
It begins magnificently with 'Aaj Mera Dil', full of bubbly synth sounds, choppy drumming, fantastic breaks, and a partly voice-manipulated Asha Bhosle. The tribal sounding 'Meri Jawani Hai' follows; more synths, more quirky percussion as well as strings feature on this one. Great songs both. Flipping the record over (it's a 45 rpm mini-album) and proceedings take a turn for the lighter... still pleasant though. The chirpy 'Atkan Batkan' sounds like it might have been made for comedic effect (animal noises will do that) or possibly it's a children's song, and both 'Tumse Milke' and 'Tum Kaho' are lovely.
One big complaint: They didn't include the film's incredible title music. Damn.
1. Asha Bhosle: Aaj Mera Dil
2. Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Meri Jawani Hai
3. Asha Bhosle, Vinod Sehgal & Chorus: Atkan Batkan
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Tumse Milke
5. Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Suresh Wadkar & Vanita Sharma: Tum Kaho