THE MOZART OF MADRAS AND THALAIVAR STRIKE BACK! (LINGAA – HINDI VERSION – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by:- A.R. Rahman
♪ Lyrics by:- Gulzar
♪ Music Label:- Eros Music
♪ Music Released On:- 5th December 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 26th December 2014

Lingaa Album Cover

Lingaa Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Lingaa is an upcoming dubbed action thriller movie, which has already released this Friday in Tamil and Telugu. The film, directed by K.S. Ravikumar and produced by Rockline Venkatesh, stars Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles, with Jagapati Babu in a negative role. The movie, sure to go unnoticed in the north until it plays on TV 😂 has also received mixed reviews in the south. However, the reason I have to review it is surely valid. Here is the reason: Music is by the one and only ‘Mozart of Madras’, A.R. Rahman. This year Rahman has been on a roll, with one album releasing after the other — ‘Highway’, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi), ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’, ‘Kaaviyathalaivan’ (Tamil), ‘I’ (Tamil; Hindi & Telugu yet to release) and also his non-film album ‘Raunaq’. Not to mention the two Hollywood soundtracks, ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’!! So it is clear that he has been one busy man this past year, so let’s see whether he could take out enough dedicated time to provide a spectacular soundtrack for the Thalaivar in this album! 🙂


1. Ranga Ranga
Singers ~ S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & Jaspreet Jasz

The Maestro starts off the album with a grand affair — a kind of introduction song for the character of Rajini in the film. And who better to sing it with the required grandeur, than the one and only S.P.B!? With his unique and weighty (on particular words and syllables) voice, he steals the show for himself! The attitude of a boss is clearly reflected through the song, and I guess that’s all that’s needed for a Rajinikanth intro song! Rahman’s arrangements are worth listening and talking on and on about. He has given the song a beautiful feel of a mixture of Spanish, Arabic and a wonderful 70s-80s Bollywood retro touch as well. The brass portions have been carried out well, and the backing vocalists are awesome. I guess the backing chorus is comprised of the same people as the Tamil version, with the replacement of Aaryan Dinesh Kanagaratnam with Jaspreet Jasz. The composition is a catchy one, with many interesting elements, the Spanish guitars being one of the main attractions of the song, giving it that Flamenco touch. Gulzar has evidently tried his best to dub it and also make it sound natural, and it has turned out pretty good, except for the fact that in some places the lyrics aren’t fitting that properly into the rhythm, causing just a teensy-weensy disturbance, but overall turning out to be a good attempt — I mean, I don’t think dubbing is all that easy! A grand opening to the album, with a senior once again proving his talent! Kudos to SPB and double thumbsup for Rahman and Gulzar! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Chalke Re
Singers ~ Aditi Paul & Srinivas

A very pleasant strings orchestra welcomes us to the next song, a beautiful romantic duet by Aditi Paul and Srinivas. Aditi, who got her big break in Bollywood through Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram-Leela’, features in her next Hindi song, this time composed by A.R. Rahman! And she still sounds just as melodious. Rahman has composed a splendid song, on the 90s template. The dafli beats act as attention-grabbers and surely make you instantly love the song. Rahman always uses the matka in a very beautiful way and in this sing he has done no less! Throughout the song, he has infused nice orchestral strokes and all on a traditional Indian template. The shehnaai portion is magnificent, also enhanced by the percussion and the sitars. Another thing you must pay close attention to, is the wonderful sargam by the female backing vocalists, and the Jathi or the tabla bols in one of the interludes. Srinivas does seem a bit uneasy to sing in Hindi, but only a little. The composition is overall nothing new; we have heard this type of stuff many times from Rahman, but everytime it comes covered in a new wrapping and still attracts our attention towards itself — that would be the magic of the Maestro. Gulzar’s lyrics sound as if they are not at all dubbed, but the lyrics of an originally Hindi song! Wonderful dubbing done by him! Another appealing romantic song from Rahman, sung wonderfully and with just as splendorous arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. India Re
Singer ~ Javed Ali

Rahman’s typical grand patriotic introduction kicks off the next song, with a nice choir and impressive percussion as always. Then comes the awesome orchestra and Javed Ali, with his booming yet calming (I have no idea how they go together, but they do, in this person named ‘Javed Ali’! 😂 ) voice starts singing the sweet and patriotic composition. At places he sounds like Rahman himself. Rahman has placed an awesome backing vocal chorus, which really increases the beauty of the song. The second interlude witnesses Rahman give us a majestic orchestral treat. The antara That follows is just as awesome! The entire mood shifts and gives the feeling of determination and commitment, that is to come together as compatriots. The arrangements just keep getting better and better as the song progresses and so does the composition. The hookline is very catchy and full of grandeur, yet sounding sweet at the same time. As I have said before, the backing vocals make it sound even more sweet. Javed’s variations have come out brilliantly. Gulzar has written awesomely patriotic lyrics, and they actually sound great in the tune! Again, it sounds as if it is originally a Hindi song! 😃 This one is an ingenious patriotic composition by Rahman! The arrangements are so magnificent that the cinema-gfoers will be in for a wonderful surprise! #5StarHotelSong!

 

4. Mona Gasolina
Singers ~ Mano & Neeti Mohan

Sometimes the effect of Rahman’s music doesn’t strike you after the very first listen, but it gets stronger and stronger with each time you hear it later. Well, this song here has exactly the same problem (I mean this in a positive way) The first time I heard it, I was like, “Okay, this is something different, ummm… But what exactly is it??” The next time, “Rahman is an expert at bringing something new to the industry!” The third time, which is supposed to be a lucky number, I was literally singing along with the lyrics and grooving to them! Of course, all this happened while hearing the Tamil song, so by the time the Hindi sing released, I was ready to attack! 😂 Anyways, as you must’ve already deduced from my rave about the song, Rahman has tried something new and wacky and crazy and insane and everything you can think of. Just as ‘Mawali Qawwali’ from ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’ was a brilliantly wacky song, this song also steals your breath away after you start liking it. After you start liking it, you won’t stop humming it! Rahman has brought to notice the naughty side of Neeti’s voice, and Mano has sung extremely well, with that rough texture to his voice. The hookline, the Mukhda, the antara, all are wonderfully composed. The arrangements are something else I should rave on and on about. With the opening flute, and some weird noises that follow, the song opens on an utterly crazy note. The pigeon sounds that can be heard throughout the song are just so…. Weird! And awesome! Neeti has an awesome combination of smooth and thunderous voices that she can make with that awesome voice of hers, that instantly appeal to you. The little nasal bit in the antara is just breathtaking! The percussion that Rahman has done is so strong and grand! The guitar portions are also wonderful. Rahman has even used classical Carnatic instruments like thavil in the song! Gulzar’s lyrics, though unintelligible at some places due to Mano’s pronunciation, are just as wacky as the song. So now, before I reveal all the secrets of what this song has in store for you, go hear it!! This song finds itself at the peak of insanity! And also the peak of cathciness and innovativeness! In my opinion, the best song of the album! Another #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

5. Din Dooba Hai
Singer ~ Haricharan

A melancholic orchestra triggers the next song, a sad song rendered soulfully by Haricharan, a very talented young singer of the South. Of course, the composition is also very soulful, and appeals to you, but only to a certain extent. After the first antara ends, and you find that there is another one to come, you would actually get very bored for the rest of the song. Haricharan has sung the song very nicely, with lots of feel and expression, but since the song is so monotonous and dull, the required effect doesn’t really come. He sounds a bit like Mohd Irfan at places, with his smooth and clear voice. In fact, I have a doubt that Irfan himself has sung the song. Rahman’s arrangements are again, very beautiful and he has tried to enhance the composition, at which he only succeeds to some extent. Gulzar has dubbed the lyrics amazingly, and the lyrics do give some reason to hear the song, other than the nice vocals and arrangements. Due to the length, it turns out to be boring and tedious!


Lingaa is another soundtrack in which Rahman proves yet again that he is the one and only Rahman. This time, without doing too much of experimentation, he succeeds to win over the listeners’ hearts. With the exception of one song, all of the songs have the power to control your brain and male you repeatedly press that repeat button. Though being a dubbed soundtrack, it still sounds original, thanks to the amazing work by Gulzar. All the songs have been recorded and arranged beautifully, leaving no scope for criticism in that aspect. I would say — Another addition to the hit record of Thalaivar and Mozart of Madras!! 

 

Final Rating for This Album:- सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note:- The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

 

Which is your favourite song from Lingaa? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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