It is almost next to impossible to imagine a singer like Palak Muchhal sound really boring while singing a song but that’s exactly what composer Nadeem manages to do with the title track, Ishq Forever. Both Muchhal and her co-singer Zubin Nautiyal sound so disinterested and distracted that even the listener loses his interest midway through the song. The culprit, of course, is the composition. Nadeem’s tune is not exactly bad, but it has such a lackluster presentation that even singers like Palak and Zubin are unable to save it from becoming a tragedy. That apart, the tune despite being soft and melodious also has a 90s feel to it which also works against it.
One expects more energy from a song which is celebrating a joyous event like a birthday but Happy Birthday has none of the merriment one usually associates with the occasion. Nakash Aziz sounds dull rendering this track which has a run-of-the-mill tune and a middling arrangement.
The downward spiral continues with Mere Ankhon Se Nikhle Ansoo which again reminds you of sad songs from the 90s era and even singers like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya Ghoshal cannot salvage this one. In fact, Shreya sounds so much like Sadhana Sargam (when she sang Na Kajre Ki Dhar from Mohra), that it is difficult to believe that even a singer like her can sound like a wannabe! Her co-singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan fares no better and together they deliver yet another disappointment with this one.
To sum up, the album of Ishq Forever is a huge disappointment from Composer Nadeem Saifi. It looks like the composer really needs to get out of his ‘good ol’ 90s’ mode and gear up to the challenge posed by today’s composers if he wants to survive the current music scenario. Let’s hope he does that soon and lives up to our expectations the next time around.
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