Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gippi Music Review

Gippi Music
Music Direction : Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics : Anvita Dutt Guptan & Vishal Dadlani 

What I expected? : Looking from the premise of the movie, some quality 'childish' fun! :D

We Are Like This Only needs a video to fit in completely though the Vishal Dalani, Hard Kaur techno rock show somewhat holds your attention to an extent.
Baby Doll is relishing for various reasons. Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh and the situational, funny yet peppy, upbeat overall tone of the song.
Pehn di Takki by Vishal Dadlani is predictable and trend similar routes as that of Baby Doll, except in Punjabi.
Mann Baavra definitely belongs to the Indian Indie music scene, brilliant soft rock-hindustani fusion material sung to grace by Shekhar Ravjiani! #Must Hear #Repeat
Dil Kagzi is serene, a tune that is pure bliss and Neeti Mohan sounding as tender as ever backed by apt instrumentation, violins, keyboard and cello. Beauty! #Repeat

Verdict : Gippi is not childish as expected, it shows levels of maturity in Mann Baavra and Dil Kagzi. But for the rest, it'll need the movie for working out. Mostly predictable albeit enjoyable ride from Vishal-Shekhar.

Update 1 : People and critics alike have been talking about the surprisingly off-tune portion of Mann Baavra's first interlude. I agree, it falters a bit there, but then brilliantly gains momentum after that and towards the end, which kind of makes up for the initial falter.

Must Hears! : Mann Baawra, Dil Kaagzi


Go Goa Gone Music Review

Go Goa Gone Music
Music Direction : Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya

What I expected? : Competent fun stuff from Sachin-Jigar who constantly delivers.

Slowly Slowly by Jigar and Talia Bentson is groovy enough to hold your attention with the wonderfully laid addictive rhythm and beats, perfect 'on the floor track'. Good hear!
Khoon Choosele is real crazy, insanely funny and vehemently quirky track on the "bloody Monday" where the heavy lift off comes from Amitabh Bhattacharya's hugely imaginative lyrics and the energetic singing departement!(Arjun Kanungo,Sachin & Priya Panchaal) #Repeat.
Babaji Ki Booty can be perceived in any way, situational or comic or a mere filler, but just one thing that  this Anand Tiwari,Sachin & Jigar Saraiya sung track is sufficiently funny to keep you hooked till the end.
Khushamdeed is cakewalk for a singer like Shreya Ghoshal, simple, low pitch, serene guitar backed melody, a good hear alright for the positive vibe it emits!
I Keel Dead Peepul has perfect arrangements and DJing with all the voice overs mixed together pretty well.

Verdict : Go Goa Gone delivers as expected, Sachin-Jigar in their usual form comes up with two extremely addictive tracks in an album where the production quality shines over everything! This movie will have real good music!

Must Hears! : Slowly Slowly, Khoon Choosele


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bombay Talkies Music Review

Bombay Talkies Music
Music Direction : Amit Trivedi
Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya & Swanand Kirkire  

What I expected? : What else than a very good score which gels excellently with the movie.

Akkad Bakkad's steady rhythm goes well with Mohit Chauhan's deft vocals. Situational, yet all-round fresh treatment with all the interesting urbane-desi sounds on the background.! Good one!
Bombay Talkies, the theme song most probably, wonderfully arranged with equally eloquent singing by Kailash Kher and Richa Sharma. The other version is seriously intriguing too, loud and perky.
Murabba is standard Amit Trivedi duet template, longing female voice(Kavitha Seth) with occasional low key male voice(Amit Trivedi) dominated with sharp and catchy arrangements. Good one!
Javed Bashir is about right in the extremely polar second version, brass band-rock arrangements. Neat singing.
Bachchan with Sukhwinder Singh celebrates Amitabh Bachchan, all concentration on the interesting rhythm and lyrics. Nothing much.

Verdict : An honest effort but as far as a Bollywood album is concerned, no chart busters, no "I'll put this on the loop" songs. Songs just plain for the movie, but that doesn't mean they are all mediocre. Average in overall.

Must Hears! : None


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Shootout at Wadala Music Review

Shootout at Wadala Music
Music Direction : Anu Malik, Anand Raj Anand & Mustafa Zahid
Lyrics : Irshad Kamil

What I expected? : Some really, really situational tracks, for an action oriented film.

Babli Badmash, lets face it, despite being a standard Sunidhi Chauhan item number, has an addictive hook, which definitely makes it worth repeated listens. Otherwise, strictly video-dependent track. 
Aala Re Aala feels like continuation of Babli Badmash and even with Mika and Sunidhi, falls flat.
Yeh Junoon is thankfully scintillating where we get to hear the Mustafa Zahid of the 'Awarapan' days in the elegantly crafted somber soft rock melody. Haunting, soulful and beautiful! #Repeat
Aey Manya has an interesting rhythm albeit being situational, Adnan Sami takes the prospects higher.
Goli by Meet Bros Anjjan is again situational, feels more like a theme song.
Laila Tujhe Loot lage with Mika to its grace, feels staid even with enjoyable 80's beats and arrangements.
All songs have a remix each, which have not been reviewed.

Verdict : For a movie like Shootout at Wadala, a non-situational soundtrack doesn't make sense and the album justifies expectations. Minus Yeh Junoon, all others are formula tracks which will hopefully work along with the video but as stand alones, tough luck.

Must Hears! : Yeh Junoon


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Aashiqui 2 Music Review

Aashiqui 2 Music
Music Director : Mithoon(Song 1),  Ankit Tiwari(Song 2), Jeet Ganguly(All other songs)

Lyrics : Irshad Kamil, Sanjay Masoom, Sandeep Nath

What I Expected? : With Mithoon coming back with a bang and Jeet Ganguly confident after a very good 2012, nothing but the best romantic album of the year!

Tum Hi Ho is painfully romantic, the slow, zealous tune riding high on Arjit Singh's somber, emotional singing! The duet version with Palak Muchal's added vocals is as serene! #MustHear #Repeat
Sun Raha Hai is beautiful, the Pakistani pop-rock sound enhanced greatly by Ankit Tiwari's good and controlled singing! Great hear!
Sun Raha Hai(Female) takes another route, Shreya Ghoshal along with the Desi-touch arrangements manages to covert the song into one solemn, soulful, Bollywood-ish track! Great hear!
Bhula Dena has Mustafa Zahid singing again in his comfort zone, soft rock slow romantic track, but with middling results. Good hear nevertheless, less shelf life.
Hum Mar Jayenge seems like a 90's Udit Narayan-Alka Yagnik duet, the tune and arrangements both gives the same feel with Tulsi Kumar as squeaky as ever and Arjit Singh doing a good job. Worth a hear.
Aasan Nahin Yahan runs out of luck even with Arijit Singh trying his melancholic best in singing.
Piya Aaye Na is at most a good hear for KK, because everything else is strangely prosaic, the tune, arrangements and Tulsi Kumar! Worth a hear!
Chaahun Mein Yaa Na again has an ordinary setup, still got saved by Palak Muchal's and Arjit Singh's confident vocals! Good one!
Milne Mujhse starts off like Jeet's own 'Zindagi Se' from Raaz 3 and goes on led by pointless guitars, Arjit Singh's wannabe rock singing and ends up in something plain ordinary with zero repeat value. Worth a hear.

Verdict : Considering the humongous expectations, Aashiqui 2 is a definite letdown. With just one song each, Mithoon and Anki Tiwari outshine Jeet Ganguly by a large extent and we are left with a feeling that the whole album should have been done by Mithoon. Jeet had previously shown immense promise, but in the soundtrack he revisits his own beaten-to-death style territory that the listeners are left unimpressed. On the positive side, the album has two very good songs, Tum Hi Ho and Sun Raha Hai, which elevates the final prospects to a bit higher level. Good album, worth a try.

Must Hears! : Tum Hi Ho, Sun Raha Hai(Both versions)