ALL IS NOT WELL!! (ALL IS WELL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music By: Amaal Mallik, Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Brothers, Mithoon & Anand-Milind
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed, Badshah, Mayur Puri, Kumaar, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Amitabh Verma & Fateh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 20th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 21st August 2015

All Is Well Album Cover

All Is Well Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


All Is Well is a Bollywood rom-com/drama film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak in lead roles, and also featuring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The film, which received mostly negative reviews from the audience as well as critics, is directed by ‘OMG! Oh My God!’ fame Umesh Shukla, and produced by Shyam Bajaj, Varun Bajaj, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. The film is about a road trip during which the Bhalla family, sorts out their differences and misunderstandings, also accompanied by the protagonist’s (played by Abhishek) love interest, played by Asin. Since there’s no use talking about the film anymore, I’ll jump directly to its music. When a film has been produced by T-Series, that feeling of hope remains alive inside you that there are chances for it to be good, if not great. Here too, the names of the composers do excite when we first read them. T-Series’ new hot favourite, Amaal Mallik, their reliable party-track providers Meet Bros. (note the absence of Anjjan!), come together in yet another of their albums after ‘Roy’ and ‘Ek Paheli Leela’. But this time, the accompanying composers are T-Series’ old favourite, Himesh Reshammiya, and the one who shot to overnight fame and success because of them, Mithoon. Together, they promise a soundtrack with good repeat value. Himesh with three songs can get a chance to cover up the flaws he left behind with ‘Action Jackson’, while the others can just continue to give those chartbusters like always. Expectations on a high, let’s jump into this album before you yawn and doze off!! 😀


 

1. Chaar Shanivaar
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik & Badshah, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed & Badshah

A really catchy, quirky tune on the electric guitar opens the first song on this album, screaming dappankuthu all the way. Synthesizer joins in later, and spruces it up a bit, after which the vocal powerhouse Vishal Dadlani starts with his ever-energetic, cheerful and dynamic voice! And what he sings is bound to make you get up and dance to the wonderfully catchy rhythm set by Amaal. Amaal, who has proved himself in various genres like romantic songs, club tracks, wedding tracks, now gets a chance to compose an out-and-out massy track on the 6/8 rhythm, and boy, does he succeed!! With the never-exhaustible Vishal Dadlani on board, any music composer can rest assured that their song is gonna be a chartbuster right from the first day of its release. Armaan joins in for backing vocals, and isn’t really recognizable. However much you try to strain your ears trying to find him, chances are you’ll have been reborn by the time you find him finally. We have Amaal Mallik handing over the rap portions very gratuitously to Badshah, a man who’s really gaining popularity fast, and he deserves it, too! The rap he’s put into this song gels in with it very well, and compared to other faltu bakwaas raps of Bollywood, well, all is well in this rap!! 😀 Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are, for once, something I agree with. Hafte mein chaar shanivaar hone chahiye. (There should be four Saturdays in a week) I totally agree. And the whole song adds on to this basic theme, giving some really interesting and entertaining lines to listen to. The tune is also really hooking, and instantly infects you. Later on, though it might get reallllllyyyyy annoying after hearing it everywhere and forever, you will still find yourself dancing and humming to it! 😛 😀 That tells how catchy the tune is! Arrangements are what Amaal is best at, mostly EDM with dhinchak dappankuthu percussion beats. Guitars have been used well too, and those backing vocals screaming weird stuff, start working their magic on you. 😀 There are people saying Four, four chaar chaar… after each time the hookline is repeated, and other times, someone says shanivaar bole toh Saturday, woh bhi chaar chaar! It sounds insane!!! Something insane, crazy, and having the potential to make you crazy for it too!! Great massy stuff from Amaal! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Baaton Ko Teri
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The soft and calming sound of guitars (played on the synthesizer, most probably) balances out the insane atmosphere that the first song had left behind, and makes way for the next song, a sad love song. Right from the moment it starts, two names pop into your head — First of all, Mithoon, and then subsequently, Himesh. Everything about the song has both these names written all over it. And not so surprisingly, when you check the credits, and see that you’re right (at least part of it), you don’t really exclaim in victory as it is something that anyone with the basic Bollywood knowledge could guess. Himesh has composed the song in his oh-so-recognizable style, which after ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (Aashiqui 2), Mithoon had taken up as his own! Interestingly, the song takes form as the first song Arijit has sung for Himesh Reshammiya, and he gets to tick off yet another composer on his checklist. 😛 How early he worked with him! 😀 He sings in his trademark style, shouting and screaming in the high parts and droning in the low parts. However, some parts when he brought variation to the lines ‘bhulaaaa na sake‘ or ‘mitaaaa na sake’, is really applause-worthy! About the song, that trademark Himesh style makes it really predictable, and it is bound to be compared to ‘Dard Dilo Ke’ (The Xposé), which personally, I found better than this. The synthesizer tune which plays before Arijit starts off the song bears a very, very strong resemblance to the tune from ‘Dard Dilo Ke’, and I wonder how the makers thought it proper to add it here when the former song was so popular! The composition is not too catchy either, but the way Arijit sings it will definitely attract everyone, right from young people to old ones, to the flies that sit on their food. 😅 Interludes are also not very smartly crafted, and have the same tune as the prelude, so it sounds like the song is starting all over again. The very short antaras are lovable, but again, their abrupt end feels pretty weird to the ears. There is one short follow-up to the mukhda which at first seems like an antara, but later, the actual two antaras come, and then that part seems to be like a bridge between the mukhda and first antara. Not that it does a good job in bridging the two, though! The lyrics sound like Shabbir has picked up lines from all the judaai-bichhdann songs of Bollywood and put them together in the song — not really impressive and totally not anything innovative. The recording gives some respite in that it makes the song tolerable, otherwise the song is strictly for the staunch Arijit and Himesh blind followers! A typpppppical Himesh Reshammiya affair, tailor-made for Arijit!

 

3. Nachan Farrate
Singers ~ Meet Brothers & Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Meet Brothers, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The Meet Brothers are back and this time, without the third member of their group, Anjjan. After their split, it is their first song to release, even though some of their songs as a trio are yet to release. Anyways, for their debut as a duo, they get this T-Series production to prove their talent with in a desi dance track. They rope in Kanika to do the female singing honours, and save loads of money by singing the mle parts themselves, instead of calling Mika to do what he is (apparently) best at. However, there are no complaints from my side against them singing, because they have autotuned their voices so well that no disturbance whatsoever is felt. I think Mika would’ve caused more disturbance. Harmeet and Manmeet really have clear voices and sound great in the song, whereas Kanika uses her characteristic knife-sharp vocals to enchant listeners. The song has a kind of sinister, villainous feel to it, which makes it sound even more enchanting. First of all, Meet Bros’ composition is the kind that you instantly get hooked to, and even though you might have gotten bored of Meet Bros’ usual stuff, this one has a lot of new and innovative things to offer, right from the tune to the crazy arrangements! Right from the beginning, weird computerized sounds entrap you and make you want to keep listening forever! Those sound effects that sound a lot like spoons and dishes, give a really earthy feel to the song, and the other techno arrangements scattered all throughout the song behind the singers’ voices have it in them to surprise and please you. Interludes have been wonderfully and creatively crafted by the two brothers, and those awesome techno sounds make it all the more fun to hear. Kumaar has written lyrics that are worth paying a lot of attention to — if you noticed, he very smartly has woven Meet Brothers’ and his own name into the lyrics; you just have to listen carefully, show interest and not predetermine that you won’t understand anything just because it’s Punjabi. 😂 At the end, crazy pop sounds close the song leaving you craving for more. Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention are the wonderful flutes used in the beginning of the song… Wow! After saying all this, I would just like to spoil it just a little bit for you guys by telling you that it does very, very strongly resemble Anu Malik’s ‘Mehboob Mere’ (Fiza)… Doesn’t it? Especially in the second interlude, it gets reaaaaaallllyyy close to that song! 😛 Anyways, enjoy the song if you can even after I told you this. 😂 All I care about ultimately, is that it sounds great, is catchy, groovy and has everything that is needed in a desi dance track! Nice, creative work from Meet Bros without Anjjan! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mere Humsafar
Singers ~ Mithoon & Tulsi Kumar, Original Composition by ~ Anand-Milind, Recreated by ~ Mithoon, Original Lyrics by ~ Majrooh Sultanpuri, Additional Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

And in steps Mithoon for his only song in the film. Usually, I’m happy when I see Mithoon’s name in such films, because a) he brings newness to the otherwise stale album with his captivating composition or b) his song surpasses all the songs in terms of quality, no matter how good tee others are. Here, I was hoping for option ‘b’ to hold true, as there are already two awesome songs in the album till now, but imagine how disappointed I was when I found out that he was doing a remake! It brought the excitement level down manifold. Okay, so at least he was remaking a great song — ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’ from the 1988 movie ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. So there were still hopes. Then I read the singers’ names and my hopes shattered. Mithoon himself was singing — OK, no problem, because I quite enjoyed his autotuned voice in ‘Mehboob Ki’ (Creature 3D) but guess who’s accompanying him, replacing the oh-so-talented Alka Yagnik? Yup, T-Series’ head’s pyaari chhoti behena, Tulsi! And then my hopes fell on the ground and shattered to so many pieces, that I couldn’t even sweep them aside and clean the place! 😢😂 I played the song and then what did I discover? Mithoon has changed the whole feel of the song from a happy romantic duet, to a sad, melancholic romantic duet and the beats he placed in it are the same as those that he used in ‘Tum Hi Ho’ and all. By singing the song, he committed a pretty bad mistake. First of all, he didn’t autotune, so his voice is totally exposed in its true form — it doesn’t sound good! It sounds as if Arijit has a throat infection! He should have made Arijit sing it, because he hasn’t done that good. And actually, Tulsi sounded better! I found myself enjoying her parts more! One more disappointment (actually, it’s an annoyance) is that Mithoon has slowed down the pace of the song so much, that it makes you wait a long time till they say anything else and you literally start getting bored of waiting so much! Amitabh Verma has added some different lyrics here and there, but the tune has been retained, so for all three paragraphs to get over, it takes a lottttt of time. They should have just added the original song in the album as it was, without touching it, because they just wasted the opportunity of having a great emotional song by hiring Mithoon and telling him to remake an old classic, at which he failed! Better hear the original instead!

 

5. Tu Milade
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

When the lead character in a film is a rockstar, just as Abhishek’s character in the film is one, it is a rule written in the Bollywood filmmaking textbook, that there should be a mandatory song, which the rockstar would sing every time he’s shown performing on stage. Out of this rule, comes the birth of this song, which has been assigned to Himesh Reshammiya. Since Ankit Tiwari got overnight fame because of his song which he had composed for a character of a rockstar (“Sunn Raha Hai” from ‘Aashiqui 2’) , who better than him to sing this song? So Himesh uses the tried and tested formulae and gives us a song, which surprisingly, turns out to be really good! Himesh composes in his trademark style which he used to compose in, about six-seven years ago, and the stuff that used to sell rapidly then, comes back now and has the same effect on the public. Okay, the song didn’t get popular, but that’s probably because of less promotion. Otherwise, it had the potential in it to become a chartbuster. A calm and soothing composition put to an awesome rock rhythm played on drums and electric guitars, it provides both a calming effect and an energetic feeling. Ankit sings way better than he does in his own compositions (I’ve noticed he sounds way better singing for Reshammiya than for anybody else, including himself). And the tune is literally tailor-made for him — errrrr, okay, after Himesh, the first choice would be Ankit for this song. Had Himesh sung it, I think it would have revived his lost hit status. The composition is good, but one problem I have with it is the opening line of the antara, copy-pasted directly from Himesh’s 2012 hit, ‘Naina Re Tu Hi’ (Dangerous Ishhq), but he fortunately diverts from that path quick enough for it to get too suspicious. Arrangements and recording have been done wonderfully. It has been given an effect which actually makes listeners feel as though they are sitting in a concert hall! Mayur Puri’s lyrics are heard-before, but fit into the composition well, so don’t really affect the goodness of the song in a negative way. Ankit singing the “Oh-oh-oh” loop is just awesome and that tune is really very catchy! In my opinion, the best song of the album!! Great in every way and should’ve been promoted way more than it has been! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Yolo
Singers ~ Sreeram Chandra & Fateh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Music Produced By ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar & Fateh

Weird techno beats start off the last sing in the album, and you actually start to believe that it’s going to be a really great grand finale to the album. But then something comes that spoils everything! It is that familiar sound of glass cups shattering, and ladies saying yeaaaaahhh. If it sounds familiar to you, it probably means you’ve heard ‘Lovely’ (Happy New Year) and ‘Desi Look’ (Ek Paheli Leela) many times. It also means that someone called Dr. Zeus is back. But when you see who the music composer is, you see that it is Himesh! Then what is Dr. Zeus’ style doing in the song? Well, he’s apparently produced and programmed the song, and in the process added all his idiotic gimmicks, including an irritating rap by Fateh. But that doesn’t mean that whatever Himesh has done (maybe only the composition) is excellent. The composition is really boring, repetitive and on top of that, the unbearable programming by Dr. Zeus makes things worse. Sreeram’s voice is the only good thing in the song! Dr. Zeus’ arrangements are limited only to the shattering glass, the ladies going “yeaaaahh” and Punjabi dhols. How innovative! :/ Kumaar’s lyrics are nothing fantastic. In fact, they are even below the bad mark. :/ Sometimes he writes awesome and crazy lyrics and other times, cheap to the core. He seems to have written everything only to teach the Bollywood audience what YOLO means — You Only Live Once. Everything else is irrelevant and doesn’t even seem like a wedding song, thanks to the oh-so-slow and boring pace with the repetitive composition. A song which fits nowhere!! I’ve still not understood what its genre is!! YOLO = You Only Listen Once!


All Is Well is not one of T-Series’ best albums. Keeping the film’s fate aside, even just the album, though being one full of variety and mass appeal, it doesn’t have too many great songs. Amaal performs well in his sole composition, and so do Meet Bros in their first venture without Anjjan. Himesh, who had the most songs in the album, only manages to score excellently in one of them, moderately good in one, and very bad in the last. Mithoon, from whom everyone expects so much each time, didn’t perform at all, to be frank. The three great songs will be remembered by masses, but not for a long time, either. By next year, they will probably be wiped out from our heads — barring ‘Chaar Shanivaar’, if repeatedly played on TV and radio (which it surely will :P). All was supposed to be well with everything related to the film and album, but I don’t really think that holds true anymore!!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Tu Milade > Chaar Shanivaar > Nachan Farrate > Baaton Ko Teri > Mere Humsafar > Yolo (this one, better leave it unheard! 😝 )

 

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THE GOGAVALE BROTHERS HIT THE RIGHT CHORDS!! (BROTHERS – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ajay-Atul
♪ Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label: Sony Music
♪ Music Released On: 24th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 14th August 2015

Brothers Album Cover

Brothers Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Brothers is a Bollywood action drama film that released on 14th August, 2015. The film is directed by ‘Agneepath’ fame Karan Malhotra, and produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Endemol India. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles, and Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah in supporting roles. The story revolves around two brothers, who hate each other, and how situations arise that make them fight against each other in an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) competition. David, the elder brother played by Akshay Kumar, is married to Jenny (Jacqueline) and their daughter suffers from a kidney ailment. How the two brothers eventually come together forms the plot of the story. Yes, I didn’t hear many excellent reviews for this film, nor am I eager to watch it anytime soon, but one thing I was really excited about, was the music. I know I’m late for the review, but I had heard the album the day it released and … Well, read the review to know! 😉 The music has been composed by the same duo that rarely is heard in Bollywood, by whenever they compose, they take the industry by storm. It happened about eight months ago when their song from ‘PK’ became a rage in the nation, perhaps even the world! Before that, their single in ‘Bol Bachchan’ and their album for ‘Agneepath’ was loved by the masses and classes alike. Now they’re back with the ‘Agneepath’ team, to provide the score for yet another movie. Yup, you guessed it! I’m talking about Ajay & Atul Gogavale!! After a long time, they’re coming to compose the full album of a Hindi movie, and expectation are pretty high. After all, they’ve set a very high bar to cross with ‘Agneepath’! So, do they cross the bar, or just miss it, or come nowhere near it?? Read on to find out! 🙂


1. Brothers Anthem
Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani

Enchanting, haunting piano notes start off the album to this drama film. And what follows just blew my mind away! The first one minute holds such wonderful magical stuff, that you are sure to fall in love with this song in the first one minute itself. And get this — it’s all just instrumental for that one minute!!! How wonderfully Ajay-Atul have arranged the instruments in different layers, each instrument kicking off after some eight beats, giving the prelude to the song an enormous depth. The piano notes, joined by the impactful percussions, which in turn are joined by awesome strings, and then an inspirational brass portion, followed by some majestic female humming. Once Vishal Dadlani starts, Ajay-Atul have already managed to create an anthemic atmosphere, one that gives you the energy and makes you enthusiastic enough to complete any task. And we know Vishal, he’s an expert in passing on his immense energy to the listener, just like a vibrating body passes on its energy to the air around it. And he does just that! The mukhda is less of a typical Bollywood mukhda and is more like a short introduction to what’s going to come next. After singing a few lines, the orchestra takes over again, and we are treated to a grand exhibition of various instruments, ranging from the motivational percussions, to a very energizing vocal chorus, some goosebump-invoking strings, and the regal trumpets! It altogether makes for a really interesting interlude before the so-called antara. And I’m calling it ‘so-called’, because its tune is more like that of a mukhda!! Some unusual composition Ajay-Atul have placed in front of us, yet making sure it has us captivated right from the beginning to the end. The backing vocals do a great job in keeping up the motivational aspect, not letting it die for even one second. Vishal has a wonderful portion to sing after the backing vocalists do their job; the tune of which is really motivational and anthemic in the true sense of the term. The second interlude brings forth an impressive drums solo piece, which would keep the listeners glued to the song! Other percussion in this interlude is also commendable. That hook tune, the haunting one, is really beautiful, and using it in this song was a great decision, because it sounds really motivational! Before the song ends, the tune can also be heard played on piano and sung by the choir. And the grand finale to the song is done by a haunting choir part, which increases the suspense and ends the song at the climax of the suspense! It leaves a huge impact on the listener! Amitabh has left no stone unturned in giving the song lyrics that would appeal to the youth, and also such that it would be suitable for an anthem! The words, when put to Ajay-Atul’s very fine and mature melody, really spring to life! An anthem indeed!! Something motivational, inspirational after a long time, and something which is perfectly PERFECT!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Gaaye Jaa (Female Version) / Gaaye Jaa (Male Version)
Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal / Mohammed Irfan

Next up, we have a haunting, pensive melody, that is sure to make your eyes well up with tears. The strength of the melody is such that you can’t help but get emotional, no matter how rock-hard you and how much of a macho-man (or macho-woman, for that matter) you may be from the inside. First, we are introduced to the female version, sung mellifluously by Shreya, the modern nightingale of Bollywood music, and a regular in Ajay-Atul’s albums. The moment the song starts, with a showcase of her great command over vocals, humming a haunting tune, the suspense in you keeps on growing as to what for the song has been presented in such a dramatic way. Yes, the song does come across as overdramatic in places, but the absence of a trademark Bhatt stamp, helps listeners to swat that thought away, instantly. Ajay-Atul have woven a touching melody, that touches your emotional strings and makes sure it leaves you in a thoughtful state. The various attractions they have added throughout the song, like the church-templated chorus, and the beautiful instrumentation in the interludes, ensure that the listener does not go anywhere in the six-odd minute song. The female opera-like voice in places increases the haunting effect manifold and leaves an impact on the listener. Mohd. Irfan, though, in the male version, does not create even half the impact which Shreya creates in hers, maybe because of the expression he has unknowingly left out of his rendition. In all aspects other than the vocals, the song is unaltered, yet the choice of Irfan doesn’t seem perfect as that of Shreya had seemed for the former version. Where Shreya sounds like a mother singing for her son in her version, Mohd tries to bring in the aspect of a son singing for his mother in his version, succeeding only to some extent. Amitabh’s lyrics are just as touching as the composition, and if you miss them, the emotional impact of the song will be considerably less than it is when you do pay attention to them! Instruments like flute, strings beautifully grace the composition, and make it perfect as an emotional breakdown song. The antaras have been composed in a slightly lighter-to-the-ears manner, unlike the mukhda which initially scares you with its straightforwardness. Heart-touching stuff from Ajay-Atul, perfectly showcasing the mother-son relationship. A great combination of Indian Classical and Western music styles! Shreya’s version is more recommended than Irfan’s! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Sapna Jahan
Singers ~ Sonu Nigam & Neeti Mohan

After the emotional melody that I’m sure brought your eyes to tears, it’s time for an enchanting romantic track. First of all, I don’t think Bollywood listeners are familiar with the magic Ajay-Atul can infuse into their romantic songs. The romantic songs they’ve given previously for Bollywood movies, fit perfectly into the “romantic song” category, and so naturally Bollywood music listeners have underestimated them in this genre. ‘Saathiya’ (Singham) and ‘O Saiyaan’ (Agneepath) were some of the remarkable compositions from them under this category, out of their previous albums; besides that, I don’t think they’ve given any memorable ones. But hold that thought just for a second… And listen to this song. Because I’m sure, when you’re done hearing this song, you’ll be shocked as to why they haven’t come up with romantic songs like this before in Bollywood — or did the makers of the films not need any? Anyways, this song will wash away all your previous misconceptions that Ajay-Atul can compose only typical romantic songs, and this idea will be immediately replaced by the idea that they can compose anything! Haunting, charming, melodious, lilting, call it whatever you want, but you will never find a single flaw in the song as far as the composition goes. Above that, when you’ve got someone as prestigious as Sonu Nigam lending his voice for your song, what’s the reason to worry? Sonu, another one of Ajay-Atul’s favourites (I really like the way in which they don’t steer clear of some of the seasoned singers even with the inflow of the newer ones) brings the touch of simplicity as well as complexity in each note, and the soft texture of his voice makes it sound all the more heavenly. As for Neeti, I can’t seem to fond anything perfect to say about her in this song!! She too imparts the soft, yet divine and supreme quality in her rendition, leaving the listeners spellbound. Arrangements are just as majestic, with the incredibly enticing piano notes, strings and those oh-so-lovely brass parts. The real magic lies in the awesome orchestration in the hookline “Mere Dil mein jagah khuda Ki khaali thi…”. The tune of that line is also enough to stifle a waah! from your lips, not to mention that wonderful exotic percussion. Neeti’s parts in the antara, are some of the best-composed lines in recent times of Bollywood music. I fell in love with them instantly, maybe because of that recognizable A.R. Rahman feel they carry, either knowingly or unknowingly done. Amitabh too leaves not a single stone unturned in making sure that his lyrics touch the soul. The concept of the lyrics itself is genius! When it’s Sonu with Ajay-Atul, you cannot expect anything less than this!!! But you can definitely expect more in the future!! Extraordinary! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mera Naam Mary
Singer ~ Chinmayi Sripada

After hearing those first three impressive songs and then finally coming to the end of the album, you feel as if you’ve reached the end of this album a bit too soon! But imagine your surprise when you find out that it is an item song that has been kept at the end of the album which has had very occasional dull moments till now! This very fact kills all the excitement. However, considering what Ajay-Atul had made in ‘Chikni Chameli’ (Agneepath), which I believe was quite tolerable unlike all the other songs of this genre, there was still some hope left in me that they could do the same thing with this song too. Much to my disappointment, I did not find anything all that interesting in the song. ‘Chikni Chameli’ was a recreated tune from one of the duo’s Marathi songs ‘Kombdi Palali’ (Jatra), but they had altered it in many places. Unfortunately, this one too is a remake of the other song ‘Ye Go Ye Ye Maina, also from ‘Jatra’ (it had only two songs :P) And Ajay-Atul have not seemed to make any effort in changing anything from the Marathi song while remaking it. Everything from the tune to arrangements are pretty much the same, except that the arrangements have been a bit more revived and infused with life (they were pretty dull in the original). Here too, they don’t sound that magnificent either! Another drawback is the very wrong choice of singer here. Chinmayi for a romantic song, and I’m fine with it, but for an item song?? Not okay!! With her soft voice, she contradicts the whole energetic aspect that an item song should ideally carry, and this kills the song. Definitely, Shreya or Shalmali could’ve done way better! As for the lyrics, Amitabh seems to have been in a hurry to write something, just so that it fits into the tune and rhymes. It doesn’t appear that he was interested at all whether whatever he wrote made sense. And lastly, how many times does it take to tell someone your name before it gets carved in their brain? Even a mathematics formula gets stuck in our head instantly. But Mary seems to think that she has to remind us every one minute what her name is and how sure she is of her love for us! Pathetic! If there’s anything that might make you groove to the song, it’s the traditional Marathi folk beats that just manage to get you dancing a bit, after which they lose their impact as well. By the time the song ends, you probably would’ve made up your mind never to hear it again! But you’ll have to hear it sometime or the other, because this is the country where such songs are the only ones that are noticed!! Not an ideal ending to an album that impressed so much with its other songs!


Brothers can rightly be called Ajay-Atul’s comeback to full albums. After leaving us craving for more after ‘Agneepath’, they finally decide to show up with their next full album after more than three years! And they do not leave without leaving us happy and enchanted. All four songs are of different varieties, out of which the item song is sure to fail because of less attention given. But barring that, the other songs have not much in them to complain about! Especially ‘Sapna Jahan’! So the Gogavale brothers show their immense talent in a short album, which will, unfortunately, also have a short playlist life too, because of the failure of the film. However, for true music lovers, it will always remain there as a source of calmness gifted to us by the wonderful Ajay-Atul! 

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Sapna Jahan > Brothers Anthem > Gaaye Jaa (Female Version) > Gaaye Jaa (Male Version) > Mera Naam Mary

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

Finally, Thanks for bearing with my late, yet long review!! 🙂 And also, sorry for the delays!

 

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