FEVER HO TOH AISA!! (FEVER – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ranjit Barot, Tanishk Bagchi, Tony Kakkar, Onesia Rithner, Rahul Bhatt, Faizan-Agnel, Shamir Tandon & Rahul Jain
♪ Lyrics by: Rahul Bhatt, A.M. Turaz, Tony Kakkar, Rahul Jain, Subrat Sinha, Rajeev Jhaveri, Panchi Jalonvi, Arun Kumar & Onesia Rithner
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th June 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 5th August 2016

Fever

Fever

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Fever is an upcoming Bollywood thriller film starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Gauahar Khan, Gemma Atkinson, Caterina Murino & Ankit Makwana. The film is directed by Rajeev Jhaveri, and produced by Ravi Agrawal, Ajay Chhabria, Rajath Manjunath and Mahesh Balekundri. The film revolves around a contract killer who takes on the identity of a writer to escape the police. He has two mysterious women following him, and according to the makers of the movie, “suspense builds as they uncover the lie”. The plot seems to be going to the Bahamas for vacation, but I’m concerned with the music!! So here we go. A few weeks ago, I reviewed ‘Sarbjit’ that had five music-making entities behind it. I thought that was a lot. Little did I know that two months later, a movie called ‘Fever’ would be releasing with as many as 8 musical entities behind it! And fifteen tracks (two versions, so thirteen songs)!! The number of sings makes me curious as to why so many needed to be crammed into the album, what they are about, whether there is any variety or not, and other things that music reviewers look at. 😛 The first composer for this album is Tony Kakkar, who we last heard from in ‘Cabaret’, where he composed the best song of the album, ‘Phir Teri Baahon Mein’. He is in charge of as many as four songs, and five tracks. Hoping he doesn’t get into a very clichéd mode, I am expecting good songs from him. The second composer is Rahul Bhatt, who we had heard three years ago co-composing the song ‘Eggjactly’ in the ‘Jackpot’ album, with Javed Jaffrey. Here he is back with a mere one song, too. Next is Tanishk Bagchi, whose success in composing comes forward with every other song he does. His last song was unbearably bad, in ‘Housefull 3’, so I’m guessing this is going to be better! Then we have Ranjit Barot, who we know more as a BGM composer, than one who composes songs, but he has composed for some films. He too, gets one song in the album. Rahul Jain is next with three songs, making his debut in Bollywood. The stellar duo, who left us with ‘Jigariyaa’, a soundtrack to cherish, Faizan Hussain-Agnel Roman, are back with a single song in this album, which I’m expecting to be good, like their last complete album. They had composed lackluster songs for other albums in between. Then there’s Shamir Tandon, who we know very well, and I don’t know what to expect from him, solely because he never is consistently good or bad. Lastly, there is Onesia Rithner, with two songs, a debutante and a French musician. Looking forward to what she offers! So let’s start off the album!


1. Bas Ek Baar
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Rahul Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Rahul Bhatt

Rahul Bhatt starts off the album with an Arijit Singh track. The song is a soothing, calming and feel-good, sad song that has been arranged very minimally. The composer has come up with a simple, heard-before, but heart-touching composition, that is bound to make you fall in love with it. He starts off right away with the mukhda, something that hooks you onto it because of the wonderful piano chords in the background. The hookline is interspersed throughout the song, but quite camouflaged with the other parts, and since the song is so slow-paced, you wouldn’t notice that it is the hookline playing. The first interlude has wonderful strings that will pave the way to the hookline, which stands alone as a stanza in itself. It sounds as if the antara is what starts with the hookline, instead of the mukhda ending with it. Rahul Bhatt has used good acoustic guitars and violins in the first half of the song. The second interlude has the same strings solo as the first, before it breaks out into the rock template that many Bollywood romantic songs have these days. The rock guitars and drums really sound good, especially as a special surprise in an unplugged style song! Again, the hookline stanza plays, this time, with a rock background.  After a while, the song goes back to its soft and mellow nature, and this transition is as seamless as the first. Arijit sounds like never before, and seems to be at comfort with such a soft composition. He sounds great singing in this voice texture. Rahul Bhatt has also written the lyrics of the song, and I must say he has done a decent job, as such songs can’t actually go beyond the clichés of Bollywood. A heart-winning start to the album! A soft, mellow composition that sounds very sweet! And Arijit is extraordinary! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Besambhle
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Tanishk Bagchi, Lyrics by ~ A.M. Turaz

Arijit features on the second track as well, this time, for another composer. New on the block, but quite some films old in just a year, Tanishk is back with an upbeat MJ-styled number whose beats would remind one of the ‘Bang Bang’ title track. The song starts off with those hip-hop beats, followed by cool strings and drums, that would make you groove to them. Tanishk has come up with an addictive concoction in the form of this song which appeals right away. The hookline actually has the title of the movie in it, so this song can be termed as the title song, too. That portion is catchy as well. The antara gets pretty calm, and the was it has been composed will win over your heart. Arijit sounds really good in this kind of song, younger than ever, as lively as ever, and the infectious tune seems to have brought out the best from him, too. I wish he sings like this in many more songs. He has deliberately left many of his words unfinished but it sounds awesome! Tanishk’s arrangements, though, are what make the song sound genuine in all aspects. Without the infectious beats, the song wouldn’t have been the same. The strings that oh-so-wonderfully carry forward the proceedings, bring the actual retro hip-hop era back. The MJ fans will rejoice on hearing this. The drums and the occasional brass instruments that are humble enough to stay in the background sound great, too, as does the piano. A.M. Turaz stuns with excellent lyrics in this genre as well, after writing many great Sufi/Qawwali songs. Of course, the Urdu is still predominant here! Without the hip-hop, this song would have been zero, Nada, zilch! Tanishk’s strings are the highlight, while Arijit brings out a hidden personality of his! Tanishk’s on-off spree continues with this song; this time, he’s in the ON mode. #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Mile Ho Tum / Mile Ho Tum (Reprise)
Singers ~ Tony Kakkar / Neha Kakkar & Tony Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

Tony Kakkar steps into the album next, with his first song, a sad, melancholic and drowsy romantic song. I use the word drowsy because.. Well, you’ll get to know when you hear the song. Tony has composed the song on very typical Himesh/Mithoon lines, with the beats particularly reminding me of the dark era when such songs were the only thing prevalent in any album. Tony has tried to evoke a feeling of sadness, an emotion of melancholia and romance (whatever that is supposed to mean for Bollywood) but it all turns out as a desperate attempt to ape songs that themselves, do not evoke any of the sympathy of the listener. Tony has got stuck on his song ‘Khuda Bhi’ (Ek Paheli Leela), and there are many times in the song when it sounds too similar to that song! Especially one of the lines in the antara. The beats sound miserably like what Mithoon and Himesh use, but the strings help the arrangements somewhat. Tony’s voice doesn’t actually suit the song, either. Either Mohit Chauhan or Arijit Singh would’ve sounded way better. It is the reprise version that scores above the original. Tony has arranged it beautifully, with a blend of flute, shakers, Spanish guitars, mandolin and a plethora of beautiful sounds. Neha sounds wonderful in this new avatar of hers, in a romantic and calm setting, which we’ve heard her singing in, only in her cover videos on YouTube. It is a pleasant surprise to hear her sing that way. Tony has set up a wonderful Indian classical interlude with the flute stealing the show. Tony sings a line in the reprise, and how I wish he had sung so nicely in his solo version too! The lyrics by Tony Kakkar aren’t anything to praise, but they seem to go well with the song. The original is a clichéd attempt, but the reprise fares better, and garners our love for it. The reprise is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kharaa Kharaa
Singer ~ Sonu Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

Tony comes back with his second song, this time, a sweet romantic song sung by his other sister, Sonu. The composition is something that will instantly appeal to you, something that would infect your mind with its sheer sweetness. Tony has made a very cute, contemporary and simple romantic song, from the point of view of a girl in love. The composition is not at all difficult to understand, and you can easily catch hold of it. It is the simplicity that appeals. Sonu’s husky voice suits the mood and theme of the song, and she sounds very much like Neha here! I’ve never heard Sonu singing like this! It sounds great how she sings everything in a whispery and feathery voice. It really helps in making the song light to the ears. Tony obviously gets the credits for this. He had disappointed with a melancholic song before this, and he makes up for it with a happy-go-lucky song now. His arrangements too sound great. The acoustic guitar arrangements are predominant, while the harmonica entertains occasionally. Tony aptly introduces a jazzy brass instrument in the second interlude, which lifts up the mood even more. It is the antara which is the cherry on top. The very cute way Sonu sings the sentences rapidly, makes it so intriguing. Tony’s lyrics are definitely better than what he wrote for ‘Mile Ho Tum’, and are believable and realistic. They’re not over the top like those. A dose of sugar!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Teri Yaad / Teri Yaad (Unplugged)
Singers ~ Rahul Jain / Rahul Jain, Music by ~ Rahul Jain, Lyrics by ~ Rahul Jain

Debutant Rahul Jain marks his entry into the album and Bollywood too, for that matter, with the next song, a calm and dulcet romantic song, written by himself, composed by himself and even sung by himself. Going by the maturity of the song he gives us in his very first Bollywood outing, I can tell he is going to go a very long way! The man has composed a song that is so sweet, and pure in its romance, that it will captivate you for as long as it plays, an astounding six minutes (the original version). The composition has shades of Pritam’s ‘Barfi’ album in it, while also resembling Mithoon’s ‘Humdard’ (Ek Villain), in its treatment. The mukhda, which starts so softly, grabs you as soon as it takes off, something that is unusual with soft romantic songs, which usually take time to grow on you. The hookline is unique, with the small monosyllabic word “yaad”, broken up into many syllables, making it sound unusually great! The antara takes on the form of a simple romantic song, typical of Pritam’s style, and wonderfully presented by Rahul. Rahul’s arrangements are out-of-this-world. In the original version, he uses the quintessential acoustic guitars, and the occasional but very prominent flute. And then there is an interlude with an enchanting traditional matka instrumentation. Throughout the song, the composer uses striking strings. However, it is the second interlude where they stand out the most. The second antara has a different tune, and it is kind of like a climax; it changes the dulcet mood of the song into a kind of painful mood. However, the instrumentation is at its zenith here! And the song ends on a high with those resounding arrangements followed by the smooth and calm mukhda which repeats and concludes the song. The unplugged version, on the other hand, is more of an angst-filled version, and the composition except that of the hook, is completely different. The composition doesn’t appeal at once here, being the melancholia I normally despise. However, the composer does make great use of acoustic guitars to make the song sound grand, as well as a wonderful zitar interlude. However, this version fails to create as much impact as the original one, maybe due to the slower pace and less likable composition. Rahul croons with a soft and smooth voice, the original version of the song, resembling a mix of Arijit and Ash King, while he sounds like a mix of Gajendra Verma and Nikhil D’Souza, apparently shouting, in the unplugged version. The lyrics he pens down though, are good enough for the song, and work in favour of it. The calming, enchanting original version of the song is a must-hear, while the unplugged version is skippable. Rahul makes an impressive debut, though! So, the first version is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Nahi Nahi
Singers ~ Alisha Pais & Alisha Batth, Music by ~ Shamir Tandon, Lyrics by ~ Subrat Sinha

The jazz genre creeps into the album, in the form of a song composed by Shamir Tandon, and sung by two Alishas, whom I’ve never heard about! Shamir makes a cabaret/jazz number, similar to the one he had composed in ‘Pizza 3D’, and he aces it once again. The song follows the usual jazz template, but with a funky, groovy loop on the rock guitars, this one has everything to make you dance away to it. Shamir’s composition is not extraordinary, but he males sure that it is catchy at the end of the day. Especially that “doo, doo di dooba” loop, is sure to make you nod your head. The hookline is again, something concerned with the movie’s title, and it really grips you onto the song. The leech inside you really wakes up at that moment. Arrangements are entertaining as well — rock guitars, drums played in the regular groovy jazzy manner. The piano played in those fast staccato notes, is sooooo cute! The absence of brass instruments however, is notable! Both the Alishas do a great job in transferring the energy of the composition to the listener, and their voices are half the reason the song turns out so good. The lyrics seem to be complaints of a girl about her lover. Basically, she complains about him not showcasing his love in any way, but then describes how she herself has fallen for him. 😂 Ah, the irony! A groovy, upbeat jazz number by Shamir! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Kuch Is Tarah
Singer ~ Divyam, Music by ~ Rahul Bhatt, Lyrics by ~ Rajeev Jhaveri

Rahul Bhatt, who started the album off with a subtle Arijit song, comes back with a female song, another melancholic song that tries to be goody-goody. The composition is pretty good, I have got to admit, but the execution is not. The song as a whole does not appeal after hearing it, and doesn’t compel you to hear it over and over. Moreover, it seems very basic and simple, and not actually attractive. The blandness of it, naturally acts against it. Rahul tries to make a European-styled composition, but it turns out pretty boring. Arrangements are good, though, with strings, guitars and harmonicas gracing the song and making themselves stand out in the stale composition. The singer goes off-note more than numerous times, and it makes you cringe when she touches — or tries to touch — the high notes. It is the lyricist therefore, who shines in the song, with decent lyrics saving the song. The first boring song of the album, which sinks due to its simplicity and vocals!

 

8. Kya Kasak
Singer ~ Sonu Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

The Kakkar siblings come back, with another melancholic romantic song. Again, Tony weaves magic with the instruments and composition, while Sonu infuses her magical vocals into the song. The song starts with a couplet sung slowly by Sonu in a beautiful tone, but it is when the hookline “Dil ashqon mein yun… ” starts, when the actual magic takes place. Tony’s composition, though melancholic and emotional, does not revolve around the same one or two lines to convey its melancholia, but traverses a wide range of notes that appeal to the ear when put together. He has crafted a very artistic hookline, that catches hold of your attention right away, while the mukhda silently builds up to the peak. The antara is just as marvellous, after which the mukhda and hookline play again. The whole thing just seems so blissful. Tony has used a wide variety of instruments that appeal like never before. I think it is one of his most diversely arranged songs, with acoustic guitars, drums, rock guitars and the like. The rock elements mainly, are what create the most magic in the hookline. The rock guitar riff, so Pritam-ish in form, appeals to the ears like always. The composition has that certain Indian-ness and mixed with rock, it sounds very innovative and appeals highly. Sonu Kakkar sings the song with the same ease with which she churned the ghazal-like ‘Phir Teri Baahon Mein’ (Cabaret), which was a gem of a rendition by her. Her voice has that edge which makes you cherish it, especially in a sad romantic song as this. Tony’s lyrics are mind-blowing as well! I can’t believe he’s the one who wrote ‘Do Peg Maar’ (One Night Stand) earlier this year. Something of a purely different class by Tony Kakkar! Both the siblings have given us a cherishable #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Mujhme Kabhi
Singer ~ Shalmali Kholgade, Music by ~ Ranjit Barot, Lyrics by ~ Panchi Jalonvi

The seniormost composer on the seemingly neverending composers list for the album, Ranjit Barot, dives in for the next song, an entrancing number very distinctly composed by him. The song has a composition that is pretty tough to follow, with its ups and downs making it pretty complex. The slow pace of the composition makes it even difficult to pay attention to it. Ranjit has no doubt made a melody that is meant to infuse grandeur into the soundtrack, but it ends up being so situational, that it is kind of difficult to understand it and like it. The composer has tried a bit too much to make it sound westernized. The arrangements are cool, complete with techno sounds and wonderful strings to lead it. A harp loop starts off the song, and keeps backing it throughout. Towards the end, the strings get to their climax and brisk strokes help them in accentuating themselves and in standing out. Drums and brass instruments are great additions as well. However, the song seems to end abruptly with some weird techno sounds. Shalmali sings the song gracefully, but the deliberate low voice doesn’t exactly sound good. She isn’t quite able to showcase her singing prowess with the confined low range of notes. Of course, her usual nasal and husky voice texture helps a bit. Panchi Jalonvi writes good lyrics, but without the support of the composition, they seem lost. Quite boring.

 

10. Look Look
Singer ~ Ash King, Music by ~ Faizan-Agnel, Lyrics by ~ Arun Kumar

The duo Faizan & Agnel, who had left us with an awesome album ‘Jigariyaa’ in 2014, are back with a single song in this album. Of course, I expected the song to be as impressive as their previous works, but it fails miserably. It is probably the duo’s worst song ever! The composition is not at all substantial, just a bit of lines repeating over and over. The composition goes all over the place and it is hard to track where it is going or what it is supposed to convey. The duo has given the song a heavy rock arrangement, which is probably the only interesting aspect of the song. Rock guitars and drums are the only instruments that can be heard here. Ash King, however, is in full form with his rendition, something I’ve heard from him for the first time. He sings in a grungy (or the grungiest his smooth voice can get) voice, and seems to be enjoying himself. If there’s a reason to hear the song a second time, it has to be Ash King and his vocals. Besides that, the lyrics by A run Kumar are just plain banal. It seems like there is a stalker singing, who is behind a girl. And it also seems like a mishmash of stuff that sounds “kewl”. SKIP!

 

11. D’accord
Singer ~ Onesia Rithner, Music by ~ Onesia Rithner, Lyrics by ~ Onesia Rithner

The last composer of the album, French composer Onesia Rithner, steps in with this song. This song is actually from her album “D’Accords”. The composition is pretty cool though. It has a noticeable French touch to it, and it is very light on the ears. It has a soothing touch to it, and the distinct European touch makes it sound even more addictive. The line “Where do you think it comes from” instantly grabs your attention and makes your ears glued to the song. The arrangements are blissful, with acoustic guitars being riffed wondrously throughout the song. The guitars infuse life into the song, and make it sound all the more great. With simply guitars as the arrangements, I must say, Onesia has done a great job to make the arrangements captivating! The riffs are beautiful and soothing. Occasional twinkling sounds make the song seem more lulling. Onesia’s voice, as well, is cute, and her accent will make you want to hear the song on loop! The way she says the title of the song “d’accord”, is something that will amaze you. The lyrics are perfect as well, and cute as ever. A cute English song, by a French composer, in a Hindi film! The guitars are the highlight of this one! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

12. Carried Away
Singer ~ Onesia Rithner, Music by ~ Onesia Rithner, Lyrics by ~ Onesia Rithner

Onesia continues her Bollywood stint with her second song in the same album, another lulling and gentle song that is purely in English. This one is as lulling as the previous one; in fact, I would say it is more so. The subtle and mellow composition is something that will soothe and calm you down. I have no idea whether this song, too, is an inclusion of her previous works, but all I can say is, Onesia has worked really hard to make this one a gem as well! This one has no distinct European touch as such, but it nevertheless appeals with its simple nature. The composition is enchanting and graceful, and enough to drive you to sleep. The arrangements in this song are beautiful as well, but ranges beyond guitars; here, it is the piano that assumes center-stage. The wonderful chords on the piano are what makes it stand out. Later on, the song rises due to a wonderful addition of a slow drum rhythm, that is surely electronic, and wonderful arrangements clouding the pacifying piano sound. Guitars join in too, this time electric guitars, and they make a great appearance in the interlude. Yet again, Onesia croons the lullaby-like composition with a hushed voice, oozing of sweetness and charm. And yet again, her lyrics are perfect!! I guess it’s easy to write good stuff in English, more specifically, calm English songs!! BLISS! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

13. Dil Ashkon Mein
Singers ~ Sonu Kakkar & Tony Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

If you remember the name of this song, it was the hookline in ‘Kya Kasak’, and therefore, no prizes for guessing that this is its reprise! This time, instead of Sonu singing solo, Tony joins her in the beautiful song. The lyrics have been tweaked a bit for the male parts by Tony, and the arrangements change and become even better than they were before, in the bargain. Here, strings lead the arrangements charmingly. The composition, as we already know, is a beautiful heartbreaking and heart-touching one, which reaches out to you and screams to you to keep hearing it on loop! Tony sings this song beautifully, with all notes in place and with a better voice texture, unlike that with which he sang ‘Mile Ho Tum’. Here he sounds a bit like Jubin Nautiyal! Sonu as always excels in the vocals! Tony, lyricist as well as singer and composer, writes just as good lyrics for this version, as he did for the first. The duet version of my favourite song from the album, which was really a must-make, and now it is a must-hear!!! With that, the loooooonnnnnggg album ends with a #5StarHotelSong!!


Fever really surprised me! From an album that just came out of the blue, even though there are some pretty big names associated with it, I never expected such a wonderful album! First of all, I never expected those astounding fifteen tracks. Almost every song is impressive, and I really appreciate how the composers actually worked very dedicatedly to make this album (which will probably be washed out by the soon-to-release ‘Rustom’ and ‘Mohenjo Daro’ albums and the already released ‘Sultan’ album) a successful affair. With this album, newcomers like Rahul Jain and Onesia Rithner prove themselves, with great debuts, while composers that debuted just a few years (or even months) ago, like Tanishk, Faizan-Agnel & Rahul Bhatt, try to continue their successful stints, out of which the duo failed, while the other two succeeded quite well! And then some composers that have been around for quite some time, like Shamir Tandon & Ranjit Barot, too, try their best to impress. Lastly, the composer to whom the major part of the album belongs, Tony Kakkar, who has made five tracks out of fifteen, and has really established his position with this album. Only using his sisters as the singers and himself, he impresses quite a lot! Therefore, I must say, a ‘Fever’ must be exactly like this!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Dil Ashkon Mein > Kya Kasak > Teri Yaad > Besambhle > Kharaa Kharaa > Mile Ho Tum (Reprise) > Carried Away > Bas Ek Baar > D’accord > Nahi Nahi > Mujhme Kabhi > Mile Ho Tum > Kuch Is Tarah > Teri Yaad (Unplugged) > Look Look

 

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4 thoughts on “FEVER HO TOH AISA!! (FEVER – Music Review)

  1. The juke box doesn’t have the songs in order…I am going crazy scrolling up and down…as if playing ‘snakes and ladders’😂
    However…it’s worth the pain😍

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