PREPARE TO GET TRAPPED IN THE BGM!! (TRAPPED – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Alokananda Dasgupta
♪ Lyrics by: Rajeshwari Dasgupta
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 11th March 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 17th March 2017

Trapped Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Trapped is an upcoming Bollywood psychological thriller starring Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa and Khushboo Upadhyaya. The film has been directed by ‘Udaan’ and ‘Lootera’ fame Vikramaditya Motwane, and produced by Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl and Anurag Kashyap. The film is about a man who gets locked (or ‘Trapped’ as the makers call it) inside his own apartment home. I better not speculate about the flaws in the story, because many idiotic Facebook memes have already done it, without watching the movie; so be it. I’m sure there is more than meets the eye to this movie’s storyline. Anyway, the music. Vikramaditya Motwane, after doing two films, both of whose albums were composed by Amit Trivedi, now goes with a debutante, Alokananda Dasgupta. I’m guessing this new composer is more adept at composing background scores, because two of the four songs are instrumentals, and since the movie didn’t need song-and-dance sequences as such, Vikramaditya roped her in for this one. I suppose. Anyway, I’m expecting it to be a nice, niche-audience soundtrack, and I hope I fall into the niche category that this album has been made for!


1.Dheemi

Singer ~ Tejas Menon

“Dheemi, Dheemi, jaise yeh ehsaas,
Raatein, saugaatein, lagey, hai khaas..”

Alokananda starts her stint as a music director in Bollywood with an unconventional and offbeat romantic track that soothes despite all the oddities and dissimilarities it holds with the mainstream romantic tracks of today. The wonderful soothing guitar riff starts the song off on a lilting note, and when the melody starts, you are startled for a while since it is very offbeat. The tune is essentially not something that would appeal to everyone of us, but as you might know, I have a tendency of loving these unconventional songs. The composition is beautiful wih the right amount of soothing qualities in it. It doesn’t have much by way of stanzas; there’s just a single stanza at the beginning which dissipates into a wonderful harmonious choir humming towards the end of the two-and-a-half-minute long (or short) song! Newcomer Tejas Menon is impressive behind the mic, and he gets that feathery quality wonderfully in his voice. The song almost sounds like something straight out of an Indie music platform. 😅 You decide which platform exactly. Akokananda’s awesome variations in the humming portion really bring the best out of the singers. Arrangements are quite minimal, with only the aforementioned guitars. And they are fabulous. Strings too, have been played nicely. Rajeshwari Dasgupta does a decent job at the lyrics; nothing much to lap up by poetry freaks though. A feel-good romantic song to start the album off.

Rating: 4/5

 

2.Hai Tu

Singer ~ Gowri Jayakumar

“Raina beetey na yeh toh, dhoondhe tere naina,
Tu hai toh hai sakoon, hai tu, hai tu…”

The next song is primarily a version of ‘Dheemi’ with different lyrics and a female voice singing it, bt you won’t realise that it is a Reprise unless you really pay close attention to the composition and the tune of the background instruments. This song falls into the jazz genre, and the composition is quite weak in front of the previous song. The random pauses in the middle aren’t quite agreeable with me. The hookline is like a very uncontrolled lash-out by the singer. If it would have been given a slightly more shaped-out composition without such a freestyle nature, it would’ve been lots better. The singer Gowri Jayakumar, who I believe we last heard in the ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’ soundtrack, goes all out trying to make it sound unconventional, but it just doesn’t click. The humming portion at the end of the hookline is what resembles ‘Dheemi’s humming bits. The instrumentation in this one though, is beautiful. The piano makes everything sound so cool and calm, and it gives a very soothing feeling to the ears, quite like certain Western songs do. The clarinet towards the end coupled with the strings, is awesome, as is the mouth organ throughout the song in the interludes. The lyrics here too, are nothing great. A slightly awkward song, which would suit better in the BGM while watching the film.

Rating: 2/5

 

3. Trapped (Theme)

(Instrumental)

The first out of the two instrumentals on the soundtrack arrives. This one starts off very promisingly. With dreamy sounds of wind instruments and then tinny sounds of the piano’s high notes, this one then breaks out into a lilting lullaby-ish number, very simple and sweet to the core. The basic melody played out on the piano is so heart-moving, it is definite that it will infuse magic into whatever scene it is picturised on in the movie. And then the violins come in, and also the mandolin. All these instruments work together in harmony to lift up the mood of the listener, who is in for the time of his life. (Or maybe day). Later, a clarinet joins and the song just becomes so pleasing to the senses. It is hard to fathom that though the background music is so important in bringing out the true emotions of the scene, most filmmakers don’t even bother to release it. The track ends soothingly, just as soothingly as it had started. A track which will definitely lull you in the theatres, but also lulls you at home too, something that I rarely find in instrumentals!

Rating: 5/5

 

4. I Am Trapped (Theme)

(Instrumental)

A short background piece follows, and this one is extremely creative and innovative. The silence in the beginning prepares you for something eerie, and eerie is what you get, when random construction-worker noises, water drops, and intense strings follow. It seems that this one is going to accompany the viewers while they get psychologically tricked during the film. The bass has been used wonderfully as a scary sound. A great background piece!

Rating: 4.5/5


Trapped is a nice little album. While the vocal tracks don’t provide much by way of entertainment, it is commendable of the makers to stick to the content of the film and not diverge from it just to get an audience to the theatres. The background pieces included in the album are splendid and it just throws light on the unfortunate fact that background music is so underrated in Bollywood. Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ soundtrack which released recently lists as many as 52 tracks, despite how short they are or how noticeable they are in the film. Each and every instrument in the movie is noticed and released in the soundtrack. So why not Bollywood…? Chew on it! As for ‘Trapped’ I must say that you should get prepared to be ‘Trapped’ in the BGM!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 2 + 5 + 4.5 = 15.5

Album Percentage: 77.5%

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: Trapped (Theme) > I Am Trapped (Theme) > Dheemi > Hai Tu

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 08 (previous albums) + 00 (from Trapped) = 08

 

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

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One thought on “PREPARE TO GET TRAPPED IN THE BGM!! (TRAPPED – Music Review)

  1. Another well written review. Short album but still there is detailing in ur writing which make it seem bigger than what it actually is… Good Job 🙂 👍

    Liked by 1 person

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