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Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya – Music review

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You can listen to my music review of Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya here – http://www.bbc.com/hindi/entertainment-39156009

Energetic, missing the mark often but with two solid filmi songs which are original, thankfully.

You can listen to the full album and find all artist credits here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTRsPv3r5b0

 

Commando 2 – Music Review

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The insufferable music of Commando 2 has nothing new to offer.

My review – http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-39083013

Music review -Welcome the Indian Lounge

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An album that reimagines some old classics. Wish there was a bit more effort put in the album.

You can listen to it here – https://soundcloud.com/almostareview/bbc-musicreview-welcome-the-indian-lounge

 

Rangoon – Music review

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You can listen to my music review of Rangoon here  – http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38772961 

You can find out the glorious artist line up that is responsible for the music of Rangoon here – https://almostareview.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/rangoon-music-credits-with-a-bit-of-trivia/

There is a soul satisfying thump in Bloody Hell owing largely to the raunchy lyrics. I mean ‘Ishq kiya angrezi mein’ has got to ‘ring bells’ at all the right places, all puns intended. One doesn’t need to think long and hard as to what is being conveyed here. The whiplash and brass section compliment the grunt-ish singing of Sunidhi Chauhan like ropes compliment the ends of a bed. A song perfect for parties where mature adults are having fun — kids not allowed.

I wasn’t too taken in by Vishal’s choice of Arijit in Haider to sing the evergreen Faiz, because any half-good singer can get through these classics with a little help from a master like Vishal. It is for the same reason singers like Ali Sethi are looked down upon by those who argue ‘let him sing something original and we will talk’. Add to that, I always felt khul kabhi was Vishal’s song and not arijit’s and would have sounded better in Vishal’s voice. Cut to – Ye Ishq Hai. The self destructive, post-death experience of being ‘one’ with your beloved is what Vishal has achieved musically. And Gulzar drawing in Tabrez and Rumi completes whatever was left, to strike the fatal blow that leaves you smiling as you know you are about to cross over this life to meet your loved one on the other side. Oh and Arijit Singh is splendid, throughout.

There is a version of this song by Rekha Bhardwaj as well, and that sounds like a ‘Dervish collective’ twirling with Harmonium riffs and claps for company. This version gets a better bass-line at places than Arijit’s version.

Ha ha ha ha ha hahahaha Mere Miya Gaye England has a  tribute to ‘Mere piya gaye Rangoon’ that delights you if you have heard the song I refer to here. With tongue-in-cheek lyrics that oscillate between Eiffel Tower to Bus Stand, and aided with extremely good back up vocalists, Rekha Bhardwaj hits this one out of the park with the ease and twist that reminds you of ‘Ranaji’ from Gulaal.

Tippa stretches an old favourite (tap tap topi topi) to cinematic lengths where it is just not a kid song anymore. This however, doesn’t stop Sukhwinder, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sunidhi Chauhan and O.S. Arun from forming a vocal circle of mischief. Sukhwinder sounds intense, Rekha sounds happy-drunk, Sunidhi is bubbly and O.S. Arun sounds like that decent boy who is busy worrying about whether the elders will catch onto this masti that the kids are having. Sounding largely like a narrative piece, the track focuses on sounding grand, and as a result I couldn’t bring myself to hum it as much as I would have liked. This track is produced by Hitesh Sonik and Clinton Cerejo, and was recorded in 2006.

Ek Dooni Do is a breezy dance number that sounds cryptic to me, or may be I am over-thinking about the setting it invokes. The Spanish vibe isn’t overbearing and leaves ample space for Gulzar to use ‘Pahade’. Is it a good song? Yes. Will I listen to this on repeat? No.

Alvida – is probably the simplest song of the album, and the most devastating. This is exactly what a master wordsmith like Gulzar can do. There is Gulzar when he works with others (AR Rahman included), and then there is Gulzar when he works with Vishal. The Vishal-Gulzar collaboration is the best musical possibility of the times we live in and we must thank these two for drowning us in songs like this. What a treat Arijit is to the ears — my favourite song from the album, after Ye Ishq Hai.

Call it the effect of an overwhelming string section and an excellent ensemble of singers (Vishal, K.K., Kunal Ganjawala and Sukhwinder) who are equally intense in Julia. You feel a bit drained towards the end of the song, and it leaves you with the feeling that it could have been a tad shorter. My favourite moment is every time Vishal Bhardwaj says ‘Julia’; hear it and you will know what I mean. Also, Gulzar sahab draws the family tree of Julia by announcing that she is zalzale ki saali, in whose voice? Vishal Bhardwaj. Splendid! This track is also produced by Hitesh Sonik and Clinton Cerejo, and was recorded in 2006.

A flirty accordion, nadira-sque Rekha Bhardwaj and a vivacious tune greets you in Chori Chori and once again, in addition to a tight music arrangement, what stands out are the excellent lyrics. The use of ‘momfali’ instead of ‘moongfali’ is a touch of brilliance that only Gulzar can achieve — super song!

In what is easily the most criminal injustice of the year so far, we get a cinematic Rangoon theme that is just one and a half minutes long! It is as filmy and deep as one would imagine with VB at play. Strings used right. How I wish it were longer.

Be still and Shimmy Shake are both penned by Lekha Washington. Where Dominique lends depth to anticipation and waiting in Be Still, Vivienne Pocha ticks all the right boxes in Shimmy Shake, which ends with such a flash. Both the songs are in English, because in the time the film is set in, one used to hear a LOT of English songs like these: simple attention to detail that didn’t need an expensive Velvet case to understand.

The thing with Vishal Bhardwaj is — his music is permanent. It doesn’t sound like most Hindi film albums sound today, that can at best be equated with anonymous graffiti we see in toilets and forget about. When his music album is out, suddenly Vishal becomes very present in the room. Same is the case with Rangoon. It sounds grand and cinematic bearing the VB-Gulzar signature, which is equal to governor’s signature on a currency note in the Hindi-film music world. Rangoon doesn’t celebrate the cheerful tastelessness like other albums of today. On the contrary, it is a measured offering of perfectly mixed/rolled stuff. There are 12 songs, pick your poison and then thank God that it exists.

Rangoon Music Credits with a bit of Trivia

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‘RANGOON’ Music Credits and one bit of interesting trivia as well. Music review shortly. 

Tracks – Julia and tippa have Clinton and Hitesh’s name because these songs were first recorded in 2006 or before that. Incidentally, I don’t remember any hindi film song that has the same sound from that period. 

1 – BLOODY HELL 

Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​​​​SUNIDHI CHAUHAN

Choir:​​​​Neisha Mascarenhas, Marianne D’Cruz Aiman, Shazneen

Arethna, Rishikesh Kamerkar, Suhas Sawant, Vikas Joshi

& Rajiv Sundaresan.

Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Choir Arrangements:​​RAJIV SUNDARESAN

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

 Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

 

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2 – YEH ISHQ HAI

 Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​ARIJIT SINGH

 Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Guitars:​​​ANKUR MUKHERJEE

Flute:​​​​ASHWIN SRINIVASAN

Strokes:​​​TAPAS ROY

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

 Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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 3 – MERE MIYAN GAYE ENGLAND

 Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​​​​REKHA BHARDWAJ

Music Producers:​​KETAN SODHA, CLINTON CEREJO & DIPANJAN GUHA

 Ac. Guitar:​​​MAYUKH SARKAR

Shehnai:​​​SANJEEV SHANKAR

Dholak:​​​MOHD. YUSUF, HAFEEZ KHAN SHARAFAT KHAN &

RAJU SARDAR

Tabla:​​​​MUSHARRAF KHAN & SANJIV SEN

Rhythm Arrangements:​SANJIV SEN

Choir Arrangements:​​RAJIV SUNDARESAN

Choir:​​​​Deepti Rege, Mayuri Patwardhan, Archana Gore,

Pragati Joshi, Aditi Prabhudesai, Aparna Ullal,

Arun Ingle, R. N. Iyer, Mandar Apte & Nitin Karandikar

 Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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 4 – TIPPA

 Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singers:​SUKHWINDER SINGH. REKHA BHARDWAJ, SUNIDHI CHAUHAN & O. S. ARUN

Choir: ​Vivienne Pocha, Marianne D’Cruz Aiman, Neuman Pinto & Rajiv Sunderesan.

 Music Producers:​​CLINTON CEREJO, HITESH SONIK & KETAN SODHA

Violin:​​​​SURESH LALWANI

Choir Arrangements:​​NEUMAN PINTO 

Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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5 – EK DOONI DO
Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​​​​REKHA BHARDWAJ

Choir:​Vivienne Pocha, Bianca Pinto, Marianne D’Cruz Aiman, Crystal Sequeira, Rajiv Sundaresan, Thomson Andrews, François Casstellino & Neuman Pinto

​​​Music Producers:​​KETAN SODHA, CLINTON CEREJO & DIPANJAN GUHA

Guitars:​​​ANKUR MUKHERJEE

Choir Arrangements:​​NEUMAN PINTO

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

 Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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 6 – ALVIDA

Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​ARIJIT SINGH

 Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Guitars:​​​ANKUR MUKHERJEE

Saxophone:​​​I. D. RAO

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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 7 – JULIA

Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singers:​SUKHWINDER SINGH. K. K., KUNAL GANJAWALLA & VISHAL BHARDWAJ

 Choir:​​​​Clinton Cerejo, Dominique Cerejo, Vivienne Pocha,

Bianca Gomes, Neuman Pinto, Rishikesh Kamerkar & Asif Ali Baig

Music Producers:​​CLINTON CEREJO & HITESH SONIK

Choir Arrangements:​​CLINTON CEREJO

 Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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8 – CHORI CHORI

Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​​​​REKHA BHARDWAJ

Choir:​Vivienne Pocha, Bianca Pinto, Marianne D’Cruz Aiman, Crystal Sequeira

 Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Strokes:​​​TAPAS ROY

Choir Arrangements:​​NEUMAN PINTO

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

 Recorded By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai

Mixed By:​​​STEVE FITZMAURICE for 365 Artists

Assistant Mix Engineer:​CHARLES WONG

Mixed at:​​​THE PIERCE ROOMS, London

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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9 – YEH ISHQ HAI 2

 Lyrics:​​​​GULZAR

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​REKHA BHARDWAJ

 Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Harmonium:​​​FIROZ SHAH

Flute:​​​​ASHWIN SRINIVASAN

Dholak:​​​RAJU SARDAR & NAVIN SHARMA

Tabla:​​​​NAVIN SHARMA

Chorus:​​​Mahesh Kumar Rao, Nazim Khan, Subhan Sultani & Sonu Khan

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

Recorded & Mixed By:​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai. Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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 10 – RANGOON THEME

 Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Lead Viola:​​​SURESH LALWANI

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

Orchestra Conductor:​​SIMON HALE

Orchestra Leader: ​​PERRY MONTAGUE-MASON

Orchestra Contractor: ​ISOBEL GRIFFITHS

Asst. Orchestra Contractor: ​LUCY WHALLEY

 Violins:​Natalia Bonner, Emil Chakalov, Frances Dewar, Alison Dods, Jonathan Evans–Jones, Lousia Fuller, Richard George,

Ian Humphries, Patrick Kieman, Boguslaw Kosteeki,

Jenny Lewisohn, Perry Montague-Mason,

Steve Morris, Tom Pigott-Smith, Warren Zielinski.

Violas:​Max Baillie, Nick Barr, Bruce White.

Cellos:​Ian Burdge, Nick cooper, Martin Loveday, Chirs Worsey.

Double Bass:​Richard Pryee, Chris Laurence.

Trumpets:​John Barclav, Tom Rees-Roberts.

French Horns:​Richard Bissill, Philip Eastop, Martin Owen, Laurence Davies.

Tuba:​​​​Owen Slade.

Tenor Trombones:​​Richard Edwards, Ed Tarrant.

Bass Trombone:​​Roger Argente.

 Orchestra Recorded at:​ANGEL RECORDING STUDIO, London

Lead Viola Recorded By:​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.

Mixed By:​​​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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 11 – BE STILL

 Lyrics:​​​​LEKHA WASHINGTON

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​DOMINIQUE CEREJO

 Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

Recorded & Mixed By:​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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 12 – SHIMMY SHAKE

 Lyrics:​​​​LEKHA WASHINGTON

Music:​​​​VISHAL BHARDWAJ

Singer:​VIVIENNE POCHA

 Music Producer:​​KETAN SODHA

Music Assistant:​​MAYUKH SARKAR

Recorded & Mixed By:​SALMAN KHAN AFRIDI @ Studio Satya, Mumbai.

Mastered by:​​​CHRISTIAN WRIGHT@ Abbey Road Studios, London. 

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Source – Na…ah!

Music review links

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Have been irregular in updating the links of my music reviews. Thought let me change that. Here are some of them. Cheers!

OK Jaanu http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38543688

Kaabil http://www.bbc.com/hindi/entertainment-38655580

Year ender 2016 BBC top 10 songshttp://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38543684

Mirzya http://bit.ly/bbcmirzya 

Rock on 2 http://bit.ly/bbcrockon2

Shivaay http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-37659881

Ae dil hai mushkil http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-37732820

Saansein

http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-37804420

force 2

http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-37874822

Tum bin 2http://bit.ly/bbctumbin2

Dear Zindagi http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38025826

Wajah tum ho http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38108065

Befikre

http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38186591

The story now – Papon http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38265555

(C) B.B.C. India

Jolly L.L.B. – 2 Music review

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My review of the tiring music from JOLLY L.L.B. 2 can be heard here 

http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-38691367 

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