Saiyaan – Shuja – I would get late to office if am listening to a song from him. I like his sincerity (which is now being promoted a lot, I must add). I love what Rachel does when she chooses to pick a microphone. This song though, from the word ‘go’ made me uncomfortable. The beginning was too shrill and the antras (especially the first one), were disturbing, to put it mildly. Still, the bits and pieces were not too bad (main thaa mar onwards especially). I know everyone is trying hard when I look at the video, just that it felt, as a listener and a watcher, that all the technicians were trying too hard to tell themselves that they are really liking the song. There was no passion or emotion. Rachel, I felt was not a great choice for song in toto. She was good in bits and pieces. Shuja was too expressive for a song that really didn’t need all that much. Confused and avoidable. Production? Solid. Rest? Pass!
Billo – Haha! The foot tapping madness that is Mr. Abrar – ul – haq. I still jive at his ‘Paani da bulbula’ when no-one is looking, but more on some other time. With CokeStudio re-imaginations, there have been hits and misses, mostly hits. Rohail Hyatt hits the ground running with this one and plants it into the stand. There are some subtle and not so subtle variations that you might notice if you have been a long time listener to this song. What just arrested me and multiplied the fun factor was Mr. Haq’s ‘billo de ghaaa’ shouts! The lyrics are a riot and the production is just fantastic. I just loved this way too much! Definitely in my top picks of the year.
Roshe – There is a balm that is Zeb’s voice and there is a calm that is Rohail Hyatt’s production. When they both meet Zain, something as devastating and beautiful as this song is the result. Like I suspected when the BTS came out (btw, one of the best ever BTS ever for any song, by any program ever), this is the song that anchors the episode. Uncle Jay and his violin will make you cry, if you are one of those lucky fews who have not started weeping in the first 2 mins of the song already. There is a certain participatory brilliance in the way everyone has performed in the song. Everyone is just so delicately performing their part, with brilliance as a given. I could hear Zeb read a newspaper and would find it better than most songs we hear. Let me not embarass myself by trying to find words to express the beauty of this song. Hear Zeb’s Alaaps towards the end and watch her drop them with so many murkis, each turn expressing pain and unimaginable hurt, but with a smile. What a marvellous piece of presentation – Hello Rohail Hyatt! You magician you!
Belter of an episode, Rohail Hyatt and the team!
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