AN OVERTLY-SENTIMENTAL ALBUM!! (MAATR – Music Review)

This surpasses ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and ‘Raees’ as well! The album releases one day after the movie. This calls for a huge round of applause! :/


Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Fuzon & Kavita Seth
♪ Lyrics by: S.K. Khalish & Munawwar Rana
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 22nd April 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 21st April 2017

Maatr Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Maatr is a Bollywood revenge thriller starring Raveena Tandon, Alisha Khan, Madhur Mittal, Divya Jagdale & Rushad Rana. The film is directed by Ashtar Sayed and produced by Anjum Rizvi, Innama Sayed, and Manoj Adhikari. The film has released to terrible reviews, and so I will focus on the music. The music is by Pakistani band Fuzon, comprising vocalist Khurram Iqbal, guitarist Shallum Xavier and keyboard player Imran Momina. This is the band’s second Bollywood outing after they did a song, ‘Ishq Khuda’ in 2014 movie ‘Heartless’. As a guest composer, Kavita Seth steps in for one song. I’m expecting nothing from the album, and T-Series’ own lack of interest to promote it makes me think it isn’t anything great. Let’s see.


1. Zindagi Ae Zindagi / Zindagi Ae Zindagi (Version 1) / Zindagi Ae Zindagi (Version 2)

Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan / Khurram Iqbal / Kavita Seth, Music by ~ Fuzon, Lyrics by ~ S.K. Khalish

The album starts with a very melancholic song that is very, very maudlin in its overall sound and sounds like it fits in a B-Grade movie. The composition by Fuzon goes all over the place haphazardly, and takes that stereotypical sudden high-pitched turn many a time in its duration, which is a threatening seven minutes forty-seven seconds! (I’ve never heard a sad song that spanned over such a long time before!!) When you wish it was over, you discover that more than half of it it still left. The depressing length is actually not the biggest drawback — the composition is. Had the composition been better, I would’ve happily sat for a ten-minute-long song too. (Remember ‘Teri Fariyaad’ from ‘Tum Bin 2′?) The arrangements are the typical sad-song arrangements; the flute leads the proceedings, but takes the song nowhere. No variation in the arrangements throughout the eight minutes doesn’t boost the listeners’ morale. That seven-count rhythm (like Roopak taal without the tablas) is such a cliché in Bollywood’s melancholic songs, but I must say, it sounds even more depressing without tablas. To top it all, the song comes in three versions!! Rahat Fateh Ali Khan brings in the pathos in the first version, but without making the song sound poignant. His voice bores the listener. On the other hand, Khurram Iqbal in his version, sings as if he has never sung for a film before — it sounds like a stage performance has been recorded! Composers, it’s very much alright to use autotune if the singer has sung pathetically! The third version is sung by Kavita Seth, and it has to be the best out of the three. She brings the pathos into the song very efficiently. I’m not going to lie — I didnt pay attention to the lyrics at all. It was too big a task. A song made to portray the sadness of the characters in the movie, ends up depressing you!

Rating: 1/5 for the Rahat Version, 0.5/5 for Khurram Version, 1.5/5 for Kavita Version

 

2. Aisi Hoti Hai Maa

Singer ~ Kavita Seth, Music by ~ Kavita Seth, Lyrics by ~ Munawwar Rana

The next song is by guest composer Kavita Seth, and again, it is a highly-melancholic affair, but this time, a bit better. We have heard numerous ‘Mother’ songs in Bollywood, and all of them have been so beautiful and sentimental. They made us sentimental with the characters of the movie. Here, at least Kavita Seth’s composition is beautiful. It traverses the odd notes very nicely, and also gets very sweet in places. The hookline is tedious though. The mukhda and antara make the song better. The arrangements are minimal for the most part, but guitars and strings feature prominently. Piano notes take over occasionally, and all in all, a very mellow ambience prevails throughout the song. Of course, I like to hear happier songs about mothers, but what to do, when Bollywood loves sad ones? Kavita’s singing isn’t as polished as it was in her songs ‘Iktara’ (Wake Up Sid) and ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’ (Cocktail). I prefer it when she sings in that voice instead of this very deep and sombre voice, like she did in this year’s ‘Prem Mein Tohre Reprise’ (Begum Jaan). Munawwar Rana’s lyrics are good too. A decent song.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

3. Zindagi Yun Guzar

Singer ~ Khurram Iqbal, Music by ~ Fuzon, Lyrics by ~ S.K. Khalish

The last song on the album corrects what both previous songs of the album so far, had gotten wrong. The melancholia has been cut out. As an added bonus, the length isn’t a century. The composition is a sweet one, a nice happy-sounding one, though clichéd. It can’t quite be grasped easily, but is good nevertheless. It is a kind of ghazal, if you will. The arrangements are way better, and a lot is going on. It is basically a soft rock template, and sounds like something from Coke Studio. The drums, especially the cymbals have been played nicely, and the guitars as well. The sarangi adds a lounge-ish touch to the song. Piano chords also sound good in the arrangements. All that having been said, the song won’t necessarily stay with you for long. The vocals by Khurram are way better here than in his other song. He handles the nuances beautifully, and it reminded me of Fuzon’s song ‘Ishq Khuda’ (Heartless), which he had rendered so effortlessly. The lyrics are good too. A soothing song; the only good song in the album.

Rating: 3.5/5


Maatr is a very mediocre album. I was half-expecting this, but I didn’t think it would be that tedious to listen to. At least one song makes it above 3/5. Had Fuzon kept the length of the first song less, and not included so many versions of it, it might’ve appealed more, and scored more too. Kavita’s guest composition was average. On a whole, this is a skippable album.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 1 + 0.5 + 1.5 + 2.5 + 3.5 = 9

Album Percentage: 36%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Zindagi Yun Guzar > Aisi Hoti Hai Maa > Zindagi Ae Zindagi (Kavita Seth Version) > Zindagi Ae Zindagi (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Version) > Zindagi Ae Zindagi (Khurram Iqbal Version)

 

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

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