CL1NT0N’S SH0RT, EXP3R1MENT4L & SW3ET SOUNDTRACK!! (TE3N – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Clinton Cerejo
♪ Lyrics by: Amitabh Bhattacharya
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 30th May 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th June 2016

Te3n Album Cover

Te3n Album Cover

 

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Te3n is an upcoming Bollywood mystery/thrilelr film, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan in the lead roles. The film has been directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, and produced by Sujoy Ghosh, Gulab Singh Tanwar, Anirudh Tanwar, Abhijit Ghatak, Deepak Dhar, Ram Mirchandani, Hyunwoo Thomas Kim, Suresh Nair, Sameer Rajendran and Gauri Sathe. The movie is the story of a cop (Vidya Balan), a priest (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a vengeful man (Amitabh Bachchan) who investigate a kidnappings which is similar to an 8-year-old unsolved case. Going by the trailer, the movie sure looks promising. Four years ago, Sujoy Ghosh had directed ‘Kahaani’, and now he’s producing a thriller that has the same feeling, and which is also set in Kolkata. The music for ‘Kahaani’ was by the awesome duo, Vishal-Shekhar, but the album for ‘Te3n’ is composed by ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ fame Clinton Cerejo. This composer has been working in the industry for many years, as backing vocalist, singer and composer. I believe he’s very, very underrated. Earlier this year, he gave an album that is still the best album of the year till now, in my opinion. That was ‘Jugni’, a musical, with as much as 11 songs composed by him. This time, it is a thriller film, so not many songs are expected. He has composed four songs, with one having two versions, making a total of five tracks. Let’s see how gripping, thrilling and soulful these five tracks turn out to be!


1. Haq Hai
Singer ~ Clinton Cerejo

Clinton starts off the album on a very promising note. A piano chord strikes your ears very impactfully, only to carry the song forward very gently and softly. The song is something like an anthem for demotivated souls, to encourage them to move on. And this motivational spirit is reflected in the composition, as well as in the lyrics. Clinton composes a soulful tune, that doesn’t take any time to impress you. The hookline is pure and genuine soothing music. The way Clinton composes a soft and gentle mukhda and antara, while increasing the punch in the hookline, is really worth hearing. Both the mukhda and the first antara have the same intriguingly gentle and smooth tune. The composition is sure to hook you. After the hookline, Clinton has added a very beautiful, slow line — “leke rahoonga haq mera, karta hun vaada”. That line sounds so wonderful in its place. The second antara is something that doesn’t sound like a separate stanza, but seems like a continuation of the hookline itself. Clinton’s arrangements are very minimal in the song, with just a very addictive spoon-on-the-glass tapping sound, that carries the composition elsewhere. The piano chords are very soft in the background and you can hear them if you really pay close attention. The hookline witnesses a magnificent soft rock template, with drums without the rock guitars, but with strings. The first interlude has a wonderful piano solo, joined with brisk strings. The second antara has been instrumentated more heavily, with strings. The last time the hookline is sung, rock guitars kick in as well. Clinton’s smooth and gentle voice does complete justice to the composition, and he sounds like a mix of K.K. and Benny Dayal. Amitabh Bhattacharya pens a beautiful song, motivational to the core. It is another one of those songs that teach you to fight defeat with a brave heart. A motivational song, that doesn’t go overboard with motivation, and stays sweet and simple. A hookline that will transport you to another world and flawless lyrics. All in all, a verrrryy promising start to this album! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Rootha
Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar & Bianca Gomes

Bengali folk percussion greets us into the next song, a foot-tapping techno-folk fusion with lots of magic in store for us. After the soulful start to the album, Clinton lightens up the ambience, with an entrancing song. The song isn’t exactly a dance number, nor is it a soulful song. It is somewhere in the middle of these two, though. The composition is slow, beguiling, dreamy and crazily addictive. Clinton makes sure the fusion works effectively, and so he fuses a Western-styled composition with partly Western and partly Bangla folk arrangements. The Bangla percussion goes on throughout the song, with manjeeras. The mukhda by Benny, is something that will definitely grab you right away. And when the hookline starts off, you can’t help but dancing to its beats. The tune is so catchy, in spite of being so slow, that you can’t stop yourself from nodding your head. Divya and Benny sound great together in the hookline. Divya also handles the antara (the same composition as mukhda, again) perfectly, excelling in the high notes, since his voice is more folk-oriented. Bianca wonderfully leads some lines in Bengali (extracted from folk song “Sujon Majhi Re”), which have programmed so beautifully, distorting her voice completely, but totally to our amusement. It sounds very interesting. There is no second antara, but the notes from the previous stanzas are repeated along with the hookline once again. The song ends beautifully with Bianca singing part of the Bengali lines and the sound fading away. Arrangements are experimental, but too good. The electronic part is bang on, and has the desired effect of hooking the listener, while the Bangla folk (Durgopooja style) sounds welcome. An interesting fusion to hear, I must say. I personally loved the entrancing techno arrangements, as well as the Bangla percussion. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are suitable for the thriller genre, and seems to make it sound like a song to be placed in a critical situation in the movie. Something that is fit for ‘Coke Studio’! A wonderful experimentation by Clinton that bears very sweet fruits! The trio of singers are excellent! GRIPPING! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Kyun Re (Version 1) / Kyun Re (Version 2)
Singers ~ Clinton Cerejo / Amitabh Bachchan, Backing Vocals by ~ Clinton Cerejo

After the brief trippy respite, the composer takes us back to soothing melancholia with the next song. This song, being short and sweet in all aspects, is really touching and haunting. Once again, the composer sticks to a subtle composition with very minimal arrangements, soulful vocals and the lyricist makes it big with beautiful lyrics. Clinton’s core composition is something that touches your heart, something that won’t appeal instantly, but will win your heart over while you’re listening to it. And in no time, you will find yourself loving it. At the base level, it is a very simplistic melody, perfect as a Background piece. The arrangements are solely acoustic guitars, and they sound great, with one riff endlessly going on through the whole song. At three and a half minutes, the duration is very short, but just enough to soak it all in. The melancholic composition wouldn’t have appealed if it were any longer. And what I loved is the way the composition wins your heart even with its sombre, grave manner. The mukhda and antara both, are different here and both have been composed very soulfully. The hookline doesn’t try to force itself onto us, and I loved that. The composition is more cut out for Clinton, though Bachchan does a great job, too. Just that I liked a smooth and gentle voice as Clinton’s for this one. Clinton joins Amitabh well in the hookline. However, it will be better for the makers to include the Amitabh version in the film to make it sound more believable, because the lyrics are situational. Amitabh (Bhattacharya) goes into Gulzar mode, and writes conversational lyrics, as it Amitabh’s character is singing to his long-lost granddaughter. He doesn’t go too philosophical, theoretical, analytical, but keeps the words simple and relatable. And that’s what makes the song emerge out as a winner. Simplistic to the core, this dark and haunting composition will completely win your heart! Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are top-class. Clinton’s version is for the music lover, while Amitabh’s is fit for the big screen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Grahan
Singer ~ Vishal Dadlani

The last song on the album starts off with a futuristic robotic voice saying words that suit the theme of the film, like ‘confusion’, ‘doubt’, ‘security’, ‘truth’. This weird part is then followed by an electrifying rock song sung by none other than Vishal Dadlani. Techno sounds played in a discoesque manner make way for Vishal’s husky and grated voice. He starts off in a low pitched voice, and then goes to the high pitch, something he does wonderfully. Clinton’s composition is really suitable for the film, which is a thriller film. The tune is fast-paced, and not exactly catchy, but appreciable. The exciting arrangements help the composition, which is a bit weak to be completely gripping. The hookline itself, though, is really impressive. It is the padding that disappoints. The high-pitched rock styled line in the mukhda was a bit weak in terms of composition. The antara too, sounded a bit too templated. Anyway, the arrangements are so engaging, that all this is hidden. The electrifying rock guitars, drums, and techno sounds have been wonderfully employed to accompany each other. Towards the end, however, the volume gets a bit too much, and I found it quite unbearable after Vishal screams like a typical rockstar. That is what I don’t like in rock! 😀 Vishal, however, is at his best, trying to pour out all the angst into the song, and making for a great listen. Amitabh’s lyrics too have a tint of mystery in them, and it goes well with the whole theme. It’s less hooking than the other songs, but nonetheless, it is perfect in its own place! Vishal, the rockstar, renders it with all the energy possible!


Te3n wasn’t an album that was expected to even have an album. But, Bollywood’s standards are that mystery thrillers have some songs to fit into the background, and hence, we have been given an album here. Earlier this year, Bachchan starred in the thriller ‘Wazir’ which had a multicomposer album, out of which very few songs could satisfy me; the promotional song turned out to be the best! However, this time, the album being short and simple, all songs being perfectly composed and written and sung, there is no feeling of anything missing. After a stunning ‘Jugni’ earlier this year, Clinton has given a wonderful, short, simple, exper1m3ntal and swe3t s0undtrack!!

 

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: Rootha > Haq Hai > Kyun Re (either version) > Graham

 

Which is your favourite song from Te3n? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Sultan, Chefs: Vishal-Shekhar

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2 thoughts on “CL1NT0N’S SH0RT, EXP3R1MENT4L & SW3ET SOUNDTRACK!! (TE3N – Music Review)

  1. Yet again a well written review
    Though i found Grahan equally as appealing as other songs, still i appreciate the way u justified it for not rating it as high as others
    Good Job 🙂

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