Raabta – Music review

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A music album that reminds you of an air brushed picture where the excessive decoration tries unsuccessfully to offset lack of substance.

You can listen to my review here http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/media-40137154

Poorna – Music Review

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My music review of Poorna –


What a delightful album!

Udta Punjab – Music review

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Director Abhishek Chaubey teams up with musician Amit Trivedi, a Phantom Films regular, for Udta Punjab. I don’t think I have heard a better title for a film in last couple of years which can rival the coolness of Udta Punjab. Find out if the soundtrack of the film is as cool.

Now, what Amit Trivedi has done in Chitta Ve is use the title smartly but you do get a feeling that too much is happening at once, and I am not even remotely suggesting anything about the rap portion because that is not bad at all. Babu Haabi, Shahid Mallya and Bhanu Pratap try their heart out but are let down by a somewhat clumsy music structure towards the second half of the song. The man who gave us an elaborate orchestral setting in Bombay Velvet seems to like autotune a lot off late. Why autotune? Why? A hummable song that goes awfully wrong towards the end

Da Da Dasse is a song that resembles Nucleya’s Aaja sporadically. Kanika Kapoor shines here and how! A ‘pind pop’ song with Babu Haabi rapping it up, it’s a Babaji ki Booti with slightly more layered arrangement and solid lyrics. We would really like to hear more of Kanika Kapoor in varied genres!

Ikk Kudi comes in two versions. One has the ever-so-impeccable Shahid Mallya and the other one is sung by the talent powerhouse Diljit Dosanjh. Shahid’s version is light music-wise, allowing him more space to improvise. As a result Shahid’s version sounds slightly more intense than Diljit’s. Diljit’s version is fragile and quieter, may be that’s why, in this version the instruments are more intense than they are in Shahid’s. Even though the evergreen poetry of Batalvi might appeal only to those who understand Punjabi, both these versions are absolute gems.

I have always felt Amit Trivedi, the singer, wants to sound like a ‘sanskari’ boy and could never go totally crazy, that was till I heard this song. In what is probably the best song of the album, in Ud-daa Punjab we hear Trivedi going full ‘break your bones and steal your car thereafter’ crazy. Vishal Dadlani, who matches Trivedi’s raw energy at every step is a treat to listen to. After Dhan Te Nan from Kaminey, Vishal has finally sung a song with overflowing swag and zero artificial aggression. Every line of this song is worth a hundred wolf whistles, minimum.

Hass Nach Le sung by Shahid Mallya has its heart at the right place, lyrics-wise. However, the tune tires you out fairly quickly, which is quite a feat because the song has a superb harmonium all throughout. Vadiya has a ‘Scatman’ meets ‘Nucleya’ sound. I am not even protesting the fact that Amit Trivedi has sung one more song. Highly derivative, the song sounds like a keyboard preset tune that is played for 4 minutes with aforementioned reference points. It would probably go down as the weakest song by Amit this year.

Of course we expected much more because it is after all the ‘am’ ‘it’ man at work, but the overall album is a tad underwhelming. Pick this one up for Ikk Kudi, Da Da Dasse and of course Ud-daa Punjab and you won’t be disappointed.

This review first appeared on Quint here

Audio link to my review on B.B.C. here

Music review – Laal Rang

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You can listen to my review here – http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/04/160415_lal_rang_music_spk

A soundtrack that could have been so much more than what it eventually panned out to be, and this is note a classic ‘reviewer rant’, it is an obvious thing to expect given the kind of artists who are associated with the music of this project.


Music Review – Desi Kalakaar by Yo Yo Honey Singh via @BBCHindi


Hi, Here is the link for the album that you must play to get information out of any enemy you capture.

Before you feel I have a bone to pick with Honey singh, please do understand that I don’t play honey singh’s album thinking we will find unlplugged/ghazal-sque compositions there. What is missing in this album is honesty of effort.

I have heard it, so that you don’t have to!

Link 1 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/entertainment/2014/09/140905_music_review_desi_kalakaar_ssm.shtml

Alternate link – https://soundcloud.com/almostareview/desi

© BBC Hindi at all times

Music review of Mary Kom and Finding fanny

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The reviews for both the films are now live on the BBC website

Listen to the wonderful music album and then listen to the music review of Mary Kom here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/08/140822_music_review_marykom_sb.shtml

50% out of tune and 50% just about hitting the mark I feel the music of finding fanny is and  here is the music review of of the same – http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/08/140829_music_review_new_sb.shtml

Feedback, brutal feedback welcome

BBC music reviews

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It’s been a while since I have put anything on this blog.

To those 2 people who read my posts here, happy to inform that I have been asked by BBC guys to do some audio music reviews for them. Have pasted the links below for some review which I have already done for them. Will keep updating the blog with BBC links (as long as BBC guys are able to tolerate me) 🙂

Ek villain – Music review http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/06/140606_music_review_sb.shtml
Humpty Sharma http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/06/140627_musicreview_vm.shtml
Hate Story 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/07/140704_music_review_hate_story2_sb.shtml
Amit Sahni ki list http://m.bbc.co.uk/hindi/entertainment/2014/07/140711_bbcmusicreview_vm
Kick http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/07/140718_music_review_sb.shtml
Its entertainment http://m.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/07/140725_music_review_sb
Dawat e ishq http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/08/140801_music_review_dawat_ssm.shtml
Raja Natwarlal http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/08/140808_music_review_raja_natwarlal_ssm.shtml
Singham returns http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/multimedia/2014/08/140814_bbc_music_review_singham_returns_ssm.shtml
BBC Azaadi – 2014 🙂 (a short feature on things from which Hindi film music still needs freedom) https://t.co/VSIB5eHb9Z

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