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! 😝 )

 

Which is your favourite song from All Is Well? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Phantom, Chef: Pritam Chakraborty

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “ALL IS NOT WELL!! (ALL IS WELL – Music Review)

  1. Rujul bhau once again I feel like you’ve read my mind,cz your opinions on this album=my opinions(exces Chaar Shanivaar,I hate it despite knowing that its good) 😛
    Great job again bhau 😀 You made sure that its worth the wait

    Like

  2. Yet again an engaging review… Just found it a bit lengthy this time. Bt I can understand how difficult it is to limit thoughts. YOLO review was Hilarious 😀
    Gr8 Going (y) 🙂

    Like

Leave A Comment...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s