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Jagga Jasoos – Music review

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You can listen to my music review of Jagga Jasoos here

आडियो बीबीसी संगीत समीक्षा

Nice!

Poorna – Music Review

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My music review of Poorna –

 http://www.bbc.com/hindi/entertainment-39457479 

What a delightful album!

Te3n Music review

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After Jugni, Clinton gets another album as a solo composer and the songs are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Let’s find out if the music is as thrilling as the premise of the film.

Haq Hai

Haq Hai by Clinton Cerejo is a call to never give up on what is yours, even if the universe tells you otherwise. The song has a constant undercurrent of self belief and lyrics compliment the mood so well that you want to congratulate Clinton for not giving in to the temptation of giving a ‘punch the air with confidence’ tonality to the song. You might not play this song in the gym but you would want to listen to it when you are out on one of your long walks.

Rootha

Rootha is a fabulous song because structure wise, I haven’t heard such a layered film song in a while. It is always reassuring to find a composer who can ‘control’ Benny’s enthusiasm and channel it into a solid effort. To compliment Benny, we have Divya Kumar who is at ease in spite of those long taans and Bianca Gomes (who to my mind, is one of the most under-utilised singers we have today), adds the goosebumps to the song by spotlessly singing lines from a folk song which echo in your mind long after the song ends.

Kyun Re

Kyun Re by Clinton Cerejo is a beautifully composed and solidly worded soft ballad, the kinds that you have your favourite ‘guitar friend’ in the group repeatedly sing for you. I absolutely loved the way a word like ‘choorey’ has made it to a mainstream song. The arrangement is minimal that accentuates the singing and achieves the right effect on the listener. There is another version of this song sung by highly emotive Amitabh Bachchan. Tune and lyrics wise, this version is identical to Clinton’s, but where Clinton focuses on perfect singing presentation, Bachchan’s singing sounds more like a private speech that one indulges in to regulate the pain and fails miserably at it. The pain of losing a loved one, that is. How else can you explain the quiver in his voice at ‘rasta dekhungaa…’? As a composer, the manner in which Clinton makes the helplessness and resignation affect you easily makes this, one of the best songs of this year. It is impossible to pick a favourite between these versions and thank god for that!Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Te3n

Grahan

Vishal Dadlani’s energy and passion are exquisitely matched by a super tune set that has some good guitar play. The song sounds like a tune on which a wounded soul dances, till it passes out. The song is meant to be heavy but in spite of that, it doesn’t weigh you down, perhaps because of the excellent arrangement and programming at play here. Will I listen to this on repeat? No. Is it a good song? Absolutely!

Clinton has achieved a lot in a project that is produced by Sujoy Ghosh who gave us a cracker of a soundtrack in Kahaani and then forgot to include the songs in the film. Do explore the music of this film, it is well worth your time and money!

This review first appeared on Quint here

Music review – Ki & Ka

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You can listen to the music review here – bit.ly/bbckika (B.B.C. Website)

This review appeared here first on Quint

Music: Meet Bros, Mithoon and Illaiyaraaja, 

Lyrics: Kumaar, Sayeed Quadri, Amitabh Bhattacharya

High heels – Meet Bros, Jaz Dhami, Aditi Singh – Agreed that the song is buried in the dance template of the only language that is allowed to have a dance number to its credit in most hindi films of today, still this song won’t do a bad job of giving adequate thump to your playlist. The star of the song is Yo Yo Honey Singh. Just kidding! The song is good in spite of Yo Yo Honey Singh and not because of him. Jaz Dhami and Aditi have emoted brilliantly, add to that an addictive hook and you have a winner!

Ji Huzoori – is an interesting song with a tonal structure that is part 1990’s Rahman and part contemporary Mithoon. Sung by Deepali and Mithoon himself, the song maintains a calm character throughout, with solid lyrics. Extra points for the kind of background vocals, which is a smart touch by Mithoon.

Most wanted Munda – What happens when Meet brothers play with Garageband to create loops, and then as a favour include some words so that the track isn’t confused for an ‘instrumental’ one? You get Most Wanted Munda. Earl Edgar sounds good though. The song doesn’t have a single quirk that you haven’t heard before, and that is why it tires you out. There is another version of this song which is called Kabir Most Wanted Munda – this one gets , Palak Muchhal’s singing and Arjun Kapoor’s rap (which isn’t bad) but overall these two attempts qualify for ‘Have heard, next song please’ in any playlist. A song which would need visual support to reach your lips and may be on your playlist for just a week.

Foolishq – After the laughable attempt in Shamitabh, Illaiyaraaja gets a grand total of one song titled Foolishq, which is sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Armaan Malik. The song belongs to Shreya because she emotes rather well in comparison to a near robotic Malik. The lyrics of this song are below average (Foolishq ka hai zamana, apparently) and the repetitive ‘Foolishq’ (which is an unenthusiastic attempt at sounding catchy to a wannabe crowd) irritates and is probably the reason why this one won’t make it to your ‘favourites’ playlist. Times have changed and repetitive phrases without solid lyrical support don’t get on top of music charts (remember Piddly?). Perhaps the composer here didn’t get the memo, because the pigeon who was to deliver it, is busy checking email on his handheld.

Pump it (The workout song) – Decorated rather well with good thump, average lyrics and promising vocals of Yash Narvekar, Pump It (The Workout Song) doesn’t try too hard to be anything more than a workout song. The energy of the song is infectious, but that’s just about it.

With the premise of the film being so interesting and new, we would have certainly liked some more effort to be put into its music. Overall, Ki & Ka is an average music album and that is not saying much, because the overall music scene in Hindi films off late, can at best be described as Boo & Bah!

Ghanchakkar – Music review

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Staying close to the premise of the film is not something most music composers know in our lovely industry. Recently though, Music albums of Go Goa Gone and few others have successfully wrapped themselves around the feel of the film and boy were they good!

Amit Trivedi’s latest offering – Ghanchakkar joins the league of such wonderful attempts and how!

1. Ghanchakkar babu – Sax, percussions, brass bands and a superb army of female backup singers accompany Amit trivedi who rocks, hip hops and basically makes a superb song that briefly appears to be on ‘motorwada’ template but the words penned here take the song miles ahead of any fun song we have heard this year so far. Amitabh bhattacharya is clearly enjoying his work and HOW! The double track sound in the second part of both the antraas is just an excellent touch by Trivedi! I don’t think I will get over this song for a long time to come.

There is a remix of this song as well but it didn’t do anything except sound very ‘remixy’ 🙂

2. Allah meherbaan – A techno qawwali that stays far from any ‘filmi qawwali’ template except the usage of Bulbul tarang (and a sabri-sque ‘Allah’ from Amit Trivedi). Divya Kumar appears very comfortable and the beats in the song will actually send out confusing signals to those who like to view things in a set template. Experimentation that doesn’t go out of sync. Not the strongest song of the album, yet immensely enjoyable.

3. Lazy Lad – The brilliant Richa Sharma gets into the skin of the song right from the word ‘Aaain’ err! I mean right from the word ‘Go!’. A superb percussion arrangement and a brief use of bagpipes with a lot of whistles constantly, the song has fun written all over it. Richa sharma is capable of a lot of good things and emoting the way she does here is just one of it. I hope she is flooded with songs. Excellent song this! A special word for Amitabh bhattacharya for painting a lazy bum (who is always complaining!) like it has never been done in hindi films, ever!

4.Jholu ram – Brass bands o how lovely you are! Here, they are used in the naughtiest manner possible. Altaf raja returns with a very good song that paints a vivid picture of someone who is Mr. Fixit! (Oh IPL Joke!), for everything in a not necessarily legal manner! The wordplay is topclass! One might feel that Altaf Raja is not exploited well and fully here. Brass bands on the other hand are used wooofer phaad ke!

An album that gives out the feel of the film to which it belongs and NOT the feel of the ‘composer’ who has composed it…Amit Trivedi, thy name is adaptation!

5 thumbs up!

Buy it from flipkart and later on iTunes

Go Goa Gone – Music review

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With the O.S.T. of some films ‘celebrating 100 years of cinema’ hooked and cooked with, here comes an unashamedly party album that is not confused about it’s identity and presentation.

Slowley Slowley – Heavy bass arrangements and a ‘phunk’ start scream ‘party song’ right from the word go! The atmosphere is created superbly within the first minute of the song. Excellent back up vocals ensure that this shall be a ‘long play’ song at the dance floor and I am quite sure it shall be used well in the film as well. The film deals with Zombies and trust me the way the song ends, you will know it. Excellent touch, that!

Khoon choos ley – Oh the excellent start to the song! Surprising enough the song DOES NOT deal with Zombies! It is a song for our beloved ‘Monday’! The blood sucking Monday that we all love to hate! Penned smartly, arranged smartly, everything is spot on for this ‘Monday anthem’. There is a good amount of graphical description of what and how to itch and where. Fun! fun! freaking fun! (woo woo woo woo!). There is that addictive tune that will make a lot of people twist and turn on the dance-floor. DJ’s shall have an easy crack at this song. 2 thumbs up!

Babaji ki booty – We talk about Goa, party and no mention of ‘jadi booty’? Not possible! A slow reggae like treatment and an overdose of shaitaani lyrics make this song what it is. Bakar filled joyride! Quite easy to imagine the way the song is filmed thanks to ample *cough* and dialoguebaazi in the song. Special word of appreciation for Anand tiwari and his ‘discourse’ towards the end. Pass the joint and let this play! Listen to the pronunciation of ‘है’ by Anand tiwari to know how jagrata singer-sque he is :). Superbly done!

Khushamdeed – A soothing guitar riff starts the song and you know this isn’t going to be a party song. A song that is paced rather fast but isn’t quick when it comes to rendition by the singer. Shreya ghosal does full justice to the excellent tune. A special thing to note in songs that are penned around a word (example – saiyyara, mashallah and what not in the recent times!), this song doesn’t over-stretch the usage of the word in the song and that’s such a relief! A lesson for others to learn. The song is thankfully not tailor made for shreya (that has been the case most often), it is a different style of singing to which shreya ghosal has adapted and adapted well. Excellent lyrics as well!

I keel dead peeepal – A fun mix of dialogues (with an acquired accent wala Saif ali khan and the rest of the cast) with some dubstep! The best part? Yes, the way it ends!

Have always believed that a soundtrack that adds positively to the film is better than a soundtrack that is good ‘stand alone’ with not much role to play in complementing the overall feel of the film. Additionally, none of the songs are excessively long and that’s just superb!

Sachin-Jigar have presented an album that stays very close to the film’s premise and gives us a good peek of the fun it would be (hopefully!) on screen. With this album, I am happy to confess that I am looking forward for the duos next work!

The craziest album of the year so far, has arrived!

My pick – entire album. Entirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre. Album.

Babaji, I love you.

Full credit list (Confirmed by the composers)

1. Slowley Slowley
Jigar Saraiya and Talia .
Lyrics : Priya Panchal .

2. Khoon choos le
Arjun Kanungo , Suraj Jagan and Priya Panchal .
Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya, Sachin-Jigar

3. Babaji ki booty
Anand , Kunal , Sachin , Jigar , Raj , Dk and Bornalee Deuri .
Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya .

4. Khushamdeed
Shreya Goshal .
Lyrics : Priya Panchal

All Songs composed and arranged by Sachin-Jigar
Additional programming by Hyacinth D’souza and Abhijeet Nalani .
Backing voices : Priya Panchal , Megha , Neuman Pinto , Francois Castellino , Divya Kumar , Sachin and Jigar .
Guitars : Krishna Pradhan , Randolph Correa , Kalyan Baruah
Ukele and Backpacker : Sanjoy Das (Bapi)
Clarinet , Oboe and Eng. Horn : Michael Schandler .
Vibraphone : Sukesh Gupta .
All Songs mixed and mastered @ Future sound of Bombay by Eric Pillai

Bombay Talkies – Music review…Almost!

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Sukhwinder starts Give it up for bachchan! in a storytelling fashion reminding you of once in vogue the ‘natak-nautanki’ style of singing songs wherein singers used to talk/converse and then sing and repeat this midway into the song. Amit trivedi hits you then with neat arrangement almost immediately with liberal ‘BigB hain!’ and the neat neat neat beats take over and staying pretty much constant throughout. Better than the song, the inclusion of epic dialogues in the song is what makes the song different and bearable.(Lyrics – Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Akkad bakkad  – starts in a failry shubharamb-sque fashion and Mohit Chauhan teams up with Amit trivedi to bring this song. Creating an atmosphere of a play that is being presented musically, the lyrics try very hard to cover everything resulting in ‘too much effort’ sort of impression. The song mind you is not heavy but somehow doesn’t click. Nothing wrong with music arrangement. (Lyrics – Swanand kirkire)

MurabbaKavita seth soothes us with her return in this song wherein Amit Trivedi tries very hard to appear and impress us with his super velvet voice (and yodels mildly as well). The song is O.K. (after bachchan tribute song) when compared to the other songs of the album but that isn’t saying much. (Lyrics – Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Bombay TalkiesKailash kher starts the song that will make you presume that the music is by Kailasa. Shades of ‘tujhe goli maroonga’ line from LSD make it even more ‘familiar’ on the ears. Totally expected. Richa Sharma is a welcome part of the song and it’s good to have her back! The words again are very simple and again a very ‘stage play presentation’ make the song very unusual overall. (Lyrics – Swanand kirkire)

Murabba (Javed bashir) – The song stands out for the neat music arrangement and some real fast singing by Javed. Hint of brass bands as well (the slow sort) and a hurried male vocal back ups towards the end left me confused. Strictly O.K. (Lyrics – Amitabh Bhattacharya)

Bombay Talkies (2) – The good part – Udit narayan and Kavita come are a part of the song! The better part – excellent cross reference of some popular tunes. The sad part – The song ends too soon! Would have loved to hear more, much more of this one! (Reminded me of – Rab ne bana di jodi’s – fir milengey chaltey chaltey song especially when the ‘change words on familiar tune’ game was being played by the backup singers). (Lyrics – Swanand kirkire)

Overall a below average music album by all means. I would have survived well without listening to this album actually. The only song that stands out is – Give it up for bachchan!

I guess the problem is with the packaging of the overall product. An O.S.T. must compliment the feel of the overall film. While it’s nice (and a little too evident) that the film is ‘celebrating’ 100 years of cinema, the packaging and presentation was too ‘elite’ to have come out with such a below average music album. Amit trivedi has maintained the excellent choice of music instruments and the music has a very ‘neat’ feel. That’s it.

Wondering how many lost technicians are getting their dues by the self appointed representatives of ‘Indian cinema’

(If you feel there are some details missing, that’s because I am way too tired from the music of this album…that’s why, Almostareview!)

If you still want to brave the music, You can listen to it here. Special thanks to Bollywoodhungama.com for saving my money. A firm believer in buying music from legal sources, I would have had to chase the makers for a refund!

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