NOVEMBER 2017 ROUND-UP #1 (ITTEFAQ, THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR, RIBBON, RAM RATAN, SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA & JULIE 2 – Mini Music Reviews)

November 2017 Round-Up #1

NOVEMBER 2017 ROUND-UP #1

This round-up covers the following albums of November 2017 releases: ‘Ittefaq’ by Tanishk Bagchi, ‘The House Next Door’ by Girishh G, ‘Ribbon’ by Mikey McCleary & Sagar Desai, ‘Ram Ratan’ by Bappi Lahiri, ‘Julie 2’ by Rooh Band, Viju Shah & Javed-Mohsin, and ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Kaushik-Akash-Guddu for JAM8, Zain-Sam-Raees, Rashid Khan & Anand Raj Anand.

The ones that haven’t been covered in this post will be included in the next round-up for November, or will be written about in a separate post all for themselves.



♦ Intense & Intriguing, Ittefaq Se: ITTEFAQ Music Review

♪ Music by: Tanishk Bagchi & Bappi Lahiri
♪ Lyrics by: Anjaan, Tanishk Bagchi & Groot
♪ Music Label: Saregama
♪ Music Released On: 23rd October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the song: Saavn
Buy the song: iTunes


The only song from this film is a Atmos-Pop remake of “Raat Baaki” (Namak Halaal), named Ittefaq Se. Tanishk Bagchi is back to his remaking streak, after some nice original music in “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” with partner Vayu. He keeps the original song intact, and that’s good, and he mysterious vibe that accompanies the song goes well with the setting of the film. The beats are nice as well. The only place the song lacks is the vocals, where Jubin sounds like he always does, and is starting to sound monotonous now, and Nikhita eats up her words while producing an over-stylish voice. I would have preferred Neeti Mohan on this one. The change in lyrics from “Pyaar Se” to “Ittefaq Se” actually fits in really well!


A good remake, that called for better voices behind it!

 

Total Points Scored by This Song: 3.5 

Song Percentage: 70%

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

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

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 38 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Ittefaq) = 39


♦ As Always, Romance Predominates: THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR Music Review

♪ Music by: Girishh G
♪ Lyrics by: Shakeel Azmi, Vayu Srivastava & Chen-Yu Maglin
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 16th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the album: Saavn
Buy the album: iTunes


Girishh G starts the album off with a dulcet Mithoon-with-Bhatts-like melody, O Mere Sanam, that impresses because of its complexity, like every other Mithoon melody. Benny Dayal sings in his trademark husky tone for romantic songs, and the hookline is something that gives you goosebumps. Girissh’s piano is the highlight of the arrangements, while Shakeel Azmi’s lyrics are beautiful with a delicious assemblage of Urdu words. Ye Waqt Maut Ka Hai is aptly disturbing, demonic as it is, and the composition is frankly very bad. It is Vayu Srivastava’s lyrics that make the song disturbing, and not because it is scary! Because it is cringeworthy. Suraj Jagan spoils the vocals, his co-singer Shilpa Natarajan could’ve done just fine without him. Xiao Xiao Ma is a haunting Chinese lullaby-ish number, which is good as long as it lasts, volatilizing shortly afterwards. The last track, The House Next Door, is a short instrumental piece, which again has the problem of not being captivating, despite the wonderful use of strings.


Not the best album for Girishh to debut in Bollywood with!

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 1.5 + 3 + 3 = 12

Album Percentage: 60%

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: O Mere Sanam > The House Next Door = Xiao Xiao Ma > Ye Waqt Maut Ka Hai

 



♦ Cute Little Ribbon: RIBBON Music Review

♪ Music by: Mikey McCleary & Sagar Desai
♪ Lyrics by: Dr. Sagar & Puneet Sharma
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 31st October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Mikey McCleary presents a Sufi rock song, Charkha Ghoom Raha Hai, to start off the album, and also introduces a new singer Aniket Mangrulkar, a singer who is a much better tuned rock singer than the much-in-demand Amit Mishra. The composition by McCleary is irresistible, especially in the hook parts. The rhythms are spot on, and the lyrics too, are meaningful. Sagar Desai, the second composer, comes with a dulcet number, Har Mod Par Umeed Hai, which couldn’t have been better sung by anyone other than Jasleen Royal with her sweet voice. The composition is slow and jazzy, and so it takes some time to love, but it is at par with the first song on the lyrics front.


This seems to be the season for short and sweet (and most importantly, script-driven) soundtracks.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4 + 3.5 = 7.5

Album Percentage: 75%

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: Charkha Ghoom Raha Hai > Har Mod Par Umeed Hai



♦ Bappi’s Music Ratan Has Lost Its Shine!: RAM RATAN Music Review

♪ Music by: Bappi Lahiri
♪ Lyrics by: Deepak Sneh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 12th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 3rd November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


So, I only heard this album because the music composer was Bappi Lahiri, and I should’ve realised he is so irrelevant these days as far as composing goes. Nevertheless, here’s the “review” — a highly uninterested one, at that. Nand Lala starts off thinking it is ‘Bairi Piya’ (Devdas), but then goes off into a ‘Maiyya Yashoda’ (Hum Saath Saath Hain), and then becomes cheesier than any Krishna song ever. Palak’s cheap vocals do not help. The composition is bad, as expected, and Bappi doesn’t give anything great in the arrangements either. Instead he adds a cringeworthy English “rap” in the interlude! 😣 Nagada Nagada is the most dated 2000s Gujarati dhol mix, and Raja Hasan and Bhoomi Trivedi are made to sing like pop artists making a Garba album to be sold outside temples. Yeh Hai Dance Bar is as cheesy as its name — and Bappi is singing it himself. He tries to make it full of techno sounds but it flops. Jal Jal Jal Rahi Hain Raatein, starts off as if it could be the best of the album, with the irresistible sensuous tabla beats that R.D. Burman used in ‘Jaane Do Na’ (Saagar), but as soon as Sadhana starts with her outdated voice, it goes downhill. Mohammed Irfan too, sings like Bappi Lahiri! It turns out to be the most cringeworthy song on the album.


Bappi Lahiri clearly has lost his Music Ratan!

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 1.5 + 0.5 + 2 = 6.5

Album Percentage: 32.5% 

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: Why don’t you just skip it? I might be the only one in the world to have had the honour of listening to it!



♦ Reprise Versions Zaroor Sunna: SHAADI MEIN ZAROOR AANA Music Review

♪ Music by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Kaushik-Akash-Guddu for JAM8, Raees-Zain-Saim, Rashid Khan & Anand Raaj Anand
♪ Lyrics by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Kunaal Vermaa, Shakeel Azmi, Kumaar & Gaurav Krishna Bansal
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 24th October 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 10th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Out of the three versions that Jogi appears in, any layman would pick Shafqat’s version as the best – owing to his seasoned voice and classical prowess, and amazing nuances, not to mention Arko’s clever usage of wedding sounds at the beginning. The duet version is spoiled by Yasser trying to ape Shafqat’s singing style, and Arko’s typical duff rhythms with harmonica. The female version by Aakanksha Sharma is good too, where Aakanksha sounds like a better version of Palak Muchhal. The overall composition, though, is typical of Arko now, and he needs to move on from this. It is the sister of ‘Tere Sang Yaara’ and ‘Nazm Nazm’. Kaushik-Akash-Guddu compose Main Hoon Saath Tere for JAM8, another song that relies on the company’s previous success, ‘Zaalima’. The digital tune is tweaked, and Harshdeep gets kicked out, and some notes undergo permutations and combinations, and voila! We get this song. The hookline reminds me of some song, but I cannot remember at all which one! Arijit’s singing is very dull and he seems asleep, but Shivani Bhayana’s female version is pretty good, with different arrangements. The song falls flat in the antara though. It is Pallo Latke by newcomers Raees-Zain-Saim, which surprisingly becomes the song of the album, as an individual song (not including the various versions). As a remake of a Rajasthani folk song, it is surprisingly good, and will do until we get to hear some real Rajasthani folk music in “Padmavati”. Jyotica Tangri sounds amazing here, sweeter than she does in her Neha Kakkar avatar. Yasser spoils the song again, along with Fazilpuria’s annoyingly interrupting rap. The Dr. Zeus-esque tumbi seems out of place in a Rajasthani song though. Rashid Khan returns after a loooooooooong time, to give another typical romantic song Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki, again in three versions, out of which once again, Shafqat’s steals the thunder. The composition is nothing special, it is Rashid’s usual sweet as sugar tune which is oh-so-predictable. Asees sounds sweet in her version, while newcomer Asit Tripathy also does well. Asit’s version scores high because of the beautiful Rajasthani arrangements — the ravanhatta being most prominent. The lyrics resemble those of ‘Main Rang Sharbaton Ka’ (Phata Poster Nikhla Hero), and are good enough until they become very cringeworthy with the Hinglish portion. Last on the album is veteran Anand Raaj Anand’s angsty rock song (in two versions) Mera Intkaam Dekhegi about a boy warning his girlfriend (ex-girlfriend??) that if she rejects him, she will have to see his revenge. Oh, the melodrama. She should just say, “Oh alright, let me get my camera too so the world can see it too.” Krishna hurts the ears with his painful rendition, and Anand’s was skip-worthy right from the beginning.


An ensemble of composers bring five pleasant, but heard-before songs, and are forced to make innumerable versions of them, to make sure we never forget them. No wonder the newcomers steal the cake. 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 4.5 + 4 + 4 + 3 + 3.5 + 4 + 4 + 3.5 + 4 + 1.5 + 1 = 37

Album Percentage: 67.27%

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: Jogi (Shafqat Version) > Pallo Latke = Jogi (Duet) = Jogi (Female) = Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki (Asit) = Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki (Shafqat) > Main Hoon Saath Tere (Female) = Tu Banja Gali Benaras Ki (Female) > Main Hoon Saath Tere (Male) > Mera Intkaam Dekhegi (Krishna) > Mera Intkaam Dekhegi (Anand)

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 39 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana) = 40

 



♦ Raunchy Diaries: JULIE 2 Music Review

♪ Music by: Viju Shah, Rooh Band, Atif Ali & Javed-Mohsin
♪ Lyrics by: Sameer Anjaan & Shabbir Ahmed
♪ Music Label: Divo Music / VMS Music / Publishing Sdn Bhd
♪ Music Released On: 18th September 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 24th November 2017

Listen to the songs: Saavn
Buy the songs: iTunes


Rooh Band & Atif Ali’s debut in Bollywood starts off with quite a corny title song Oh Julie, which is good enough as far as the arrangements and rhythm go, but the vocals and lyrics pull it down; stuff we have heard time and again. Their second song Koi Hausla Toh Hoh, also sung by their leading vocalist Anupam Nair, is the everyday Pakistani pop, something even the Bhatts would resist from including in their albums now, with staid lyrics like “Saanson Ka Chalte Rehna Hi Toh zindagi nahin”. Veteran composer Viju Shah’s stint of three songs for this album is devoid of much electronic disturbance. The romantic song Kabhi Jhootha Lagta Hai, is a typical 90s melody, in which the singer Mistu Bardhan sounds like Sadhana Sargam does in her live concerts. The voice is harsh to the ears. The reprise version Aise Kya Baat Hai, in Palak Muchhal’s voice, is better only because the voice is more ear-friendly. Otherwise, the song is just as flat and dated. His third song happens to be a raunchy item number, Kharama Kharama, sung by Pawni Pandey, and which surprisingly fares much better, thanks to the irresistible South Indian rhythm. Again, it is bogged down by a typically 90s composition, and the lyrics obviously. Javed-Mohsin, nephews of Sajid-Wajid, present the last song, Mala Seenha, sung by Mamta Sharma, a tedious rehash of their uncles’ item songs with the singer. Again, the rhythms are the only worthy parts of the song.


An album that you will automatically avoid.

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 2 + 2 + 2.5 + 3 + 3 = 15

Album Percentage: 50%

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Kharama Kharama = Mala Seenha > Aise Kya Baat Hai = Oh Julie > Kabhi Jhootha Lagta Hai = Koi Hausla Toh Hoh



 

Hope you enjoyed this Round-up! Second one coming soon!!

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EK PAHELI DR. ZEUS!! (EK PAHELI LEELA – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Dr. Zeus, Uzair Jaswal, Amaal Mallik, Tony Kakkar & Meet Bros. Anjjan
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir & Tony Kakkar
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 10th March 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 10th April 2015

Ek Paheli Leela Album Cover

Ek Paheli Leela Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Ek Paheli Leela is an upcoming Bollywood musical thriller film, directed by debutant director Bobby Khan and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ahmed Khan & Shaira Khan. The film stars Sunny Leone in the lead role(s) — she has a triple role. Actors supporting her in the film are Jay Bhanushali, Rajniesh Duggal, Rahul Dev and Mohit Ahlawat. The music of this film has been composed by T-Series’ favourite — Oh yeah, they don’t have any favourite. Their favourite is multi-composer!! 😂 Yup, it’s yet another multi-composer album from T-Series’ side, and again, expectations are low from a multi-composer album! But in this case, Amaal Mallik’s presence does increase some interest, and other songs have been done by Punjabi rapper Dr. Zeus, T-Series regulars Meet Bros. Anjjan, and overnight fame Tony Kakkar (‘Sawan Aaya Hai’ from ‘Creature 3D’) So let’s take a look at how great this album is, right away! (Since I’ve already delayed the review so much 😂)


1. Desi Look
Singer ~ Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

To kick-start this album, we have Dr. Zeus, who seems to have won over Bhushan Kumar’s heart with his “lovely” music, (get it, get it?? 😛 ) so he’s getting one song after the other this year in T-Series albums. He comes back with Kanika Kapoor, who herself has been giving back-to-back hits this year. What a coincidence. And not a surprise that both of them, when come together, produce a sequel to ‘Lovely’ from ‘Happy New Year’. Yup, if ‘Tipsy Hogai’ was similar to ‘Lovely’, you have got to admit that ‘Desi Look’ has been made with an intention to make a follow-up to ‘Lovely’! To start with, we have the same singer and music composer, and the same overall sound of the song. The glasses shattering, the chudail’s wailing, and the bell ringing, all have been taken from ‘Lovely’! Dr. Zeus seems to have run out of ideas, or he must have been too blown away by the success of ‘Lovely’, that he decides to try and impress us with an exactly similar-sounding song that goes along the same lines, but fails miserably to arouse any interest in the listener! Kanika doesn’t sing in her usual high-pitched voice, but uses some monotonous low-pitched voice, which really makes you doubt whether she wants to sing and make you dance, or haunt you. 😝 Dr. Zeus’ rap after the mukhda resembles ‘Let The Music Play’ by Shamur a lot. And also, it’s not that attractive either, what with the guy burping at his own pleasure. :\ Irritating! In the antaras, two tracks of Kanika, one, the predominant low voice, and the other, a higher-than-usual voice, have been kept, and they sound very bad. The guitar riff in the hookline, though, is very catchy. Arrangements-wise, it is nothing exceptional, but they manage to attract listeners when the composition and vocals do not. Kumaar’s lyrics are the usual girl-trying-to-show-off kind, which has gotten pretty boring by now! So, a very bland opening to this very-much hyped-about album, ticking us off from the beginning! Dr. Zeus, please go get a doctorate in music direction and come back!

 

2. Tere Bin Nahi Laage (Male) / Tere Bin Nahi Laage
Singers ~ Uzair Jaswal / Tulsi Kumar, Aishwarya Majmudar, Alam Gir Khan & Daboo Malik, Music by ~ Uzair Jaswal, Music Recreated, Arranged & Produced by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

After that dull start to the album, we move ahead, hoping for something innovative and refreshing. This next song, is a Pakistani song, originally composed by Uzair Jaswal in 2012. Amaal Mallik, the rising star of Bollywood, who has started his journey in Bollywood with Salman Khan’s ‘Jai Ho’, and has been impressing us ever since, has recreated, rearranged and produced the music on it, and boy, what a wonderful job he has done! Last we heard him was ‘Sooraj Dooba Hain’ in ‘Roy’, and we were impressed at how expertly he composed a club track. Now he returns to the genre he started off with i.e, romantic songs. Uzair’s original composition has just been retained in the form of the mukhda, and it is a great, soulful start to the song. First up, we’ll talk about the male version. Uzair’s unpolished, but sweet voice, suits the composition, but one feels the absence of Armaan Malik here, and that he would’ve done better justice to the composition, though it is Uzair’s composition. The antaras, composed by Amaal, continue the soulfulness of the song, and take it to a new level. Arrangements have been done wonderfully, yet again, and the rock guitars are what stand out the most. Of course, the acoustic guitars follow closely, and the drums provide a nice, catchy beat for our heads to sway to. It just sounds splendid to the ears, and is something that would lift up your mood anytime. Moving on to the other version (Which of course can’t be called the female version, can it? It has men singing in it too! I guess people from T-Series finally read some of my last criticisms about their weird names of versions 😛 ), you might get frightened when you read Tulsi’s name as the singer, but let me assure you, that the way Amaal has equipped her in the song, you might not even feel that it is the same Tulsi who has earlier tortured us in ‘Roy’ and ‘Yaariyan’,  that Tulsi who won over our hearts in ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ and ‘Ready’! She has tried to do her best, and succeeds. Though it is not pitch-perfect, her rendition, still it manages to make you smile. This version is definitely better than the Male version, because of various reasons. First of all, Aishwarya and Tulsi together make a perfect combo, and Aishwarya with her traditional Rajasthani lines, just sounds so cute! Especially the Kesariya Baalama inculcation comes as a huge surprise! Also, the backing vocals by Alam Khan and Daboo Malik, are efficiently placed, giving a rustic traditional Rajasthani folk touch to the song. It is definitely calmer, thanks to the wonderful semiclassical and traditional arrangements — Sarangi, dholaks, whatnot! And Amaal excels in that, as well! He really proves his versatility yet again with this version of the song. Kumaar writes efficient, suited to the theme of the song, and soulful lyrics. Before you get bored reading my essay, I would advise you to just go ahead and listen to this song, both versions! You won’t regret it at all! Amaal rocks yet again, this time proving his excellence in traditional folk music! Go for both the versions, which drastically differ in their styles! #5StarHotelSong!!

{Excuse me for the essay, but it was too difficult to write something concise for this wonderful song with two versions!}

 

3. Saiyaan Superstar
Singer ~ Tulsi Kumar, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Amaal’s second sing is a typical wedding dhol-baaja song sung by someone who you would never, ever expect to sing it — Tulsi Kumar! And she does so, with so much gusto and spunk, that you can hardly believe your ears. These type of songs suit her way more than all those songs where she sings reprise versions of romantic songs (of course, ‘Tere Bin Nahi Laage’ is an exception) where it looks like she has been singing just because she’s been told to. But here, she actually seems to be enjoying herself, and thanks to Amaal Mallik for discovering this side of her! Now it’s a request to all music directors, to try to use Tulsi in such a way. Anyways, back to the song. Amaal’s composition is again, very Pritam-ish, and catchy too. His arrangements are fabulous as well, with the trumpets, dhols and other techno sounds sounding awesome. The nuances Tulsi has done not to sound exactly urban, but slightly rural, like rolling her R’s in all the words, and pronouncing some words as someone in rural areas would (like “Parrpose” for “propose” and “Suparrstarr” for “superstar”) , are really great. The second interlude by Amaal, with the guitars in a pretty Spanish way, is something worth hearing. Kumaar’s lyrics are also entertaining, and keep you listening. All in all, an excellent song, sure to be liked by the masses and classes alike! Way to go Amaal, and thanks for reinventing Tulsi! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Khuda Bhi
Singer ~ Mohit Chauhan, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

A soft and mellow flute tune welcomes us into the next song, promising something awesome right at the beginning. So when Mohit enters with his metallic and melodious voice, you can’t help but get goosebumps. Tony’s melody sounds like a typical Bhatt-ish melody, but other than that, it is also a very touching, full-of-emotions, romantic song, which you are surely gonna love. When the part “Itni anmol cheez de di kaise, sochta hoga..” comes, it is sure to induce goosebumps on your body, and the way Mohit sings it, just helps in doing so. Mohit’s vocals are the best choice for this song, and he puts in the right expressions wherever needed. Tony has decorated his beautiful composition, with even more beautiful arrangements, which enhance the composition manifold. First of all, the beautiful flute which had welcomed us into the song, continues to play throughout the song to ensure we do not get bored. In the aforementioned line, Tony has placed beautiful electronic tablas, giving the song the required classical, traditional sound. Sitar in the first interlude, and a beautiful flute solo in the second, keep the listener attached even in the interludes. And the magic of the antara is just indescribable. The high notes, when Mohit touches, instantly appeals to the ears, before going back to the hookline, which is already so beautiful. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are fantastic as well. Thry give the soul to the song, and really make you want to hear it again and again just for the words. They’re that beautiful! This song is miles from where Tony left us last year with ‘Sawan Aaya Hai’ from ‘Creature 3D’. He seems to have evolved between these two songs, both in composition and arrangements. And thank God, that he didn’t choose Arijit to sing this one, which might not have made it as magical as when Mohit sang it. A heart-touching song, with beautiful vocals, soothing arrangements and lovely lyrics!! Yet another #5StarHotelSong!!!

 

5. Glamorous Ankhiyaan
Singers ~ Krishna Beura, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

This song starts with the alien-spaceship-like sound of an electronic tanpura. It surprises you for a moment, till that familiar Rajasthani folk sound dominates, along with awesome bass effect. Krishna steps in to win over our hearts with his rendition, as he has done many times before this. Meet Bros. Anjjan have tried to combine Sufi, Rajasthani folk and modern techno sounds here, and they succeed in it, too! The composition is based on Rajasthani folk with shades of Sufi, and every line is as captivating as the one that follows. The whole song is so catchy, that the listener won’t want to stop listening. One of the most innovative compositions of Meet Bros. Anjjan, it is when they come up with something like this when you wonder why they also do those typical Punjabi rap songs sometimes, which everyone might have gotten bored to hearing by now. This song also has shades of Himesh Reshammiya’s compositions in the 2006-2008 era. Krishna handles each and every note, be it high or low, with ease and flows through the song, sounding very folk-sy as he does. His voice was a great choice for this song. Coming to the arrangements, Meet Bros. Anshan impress here, as well. The sound-effects they have placed all over the song, cannot be described here, but have to be heard to believe. Instruments like flute, electronic tabla, chimes, etc have been used very efficiently. Also, the techno sounds give the effect of a fashion show, which is pretty much where this song would be played in the movie. Krishna’s “Oh oh oh oh..” keep you listening and is so catchy! Kumaar again writes entertaining lyrics, a blend of folk-sy words and English words. The title itself gives a sneak peek of what you can expect in the lyrics! 😀 One of Meet Bros. Anjjan’s most innovative and captivating compositions! Has to be applauded! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Main Hoon Deewana Tera
Singers ~ Arijit Singh, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Backing Vocals by ~ Ved, Ambresh & Ashish, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Original Composition by ~ Sajid-Wajid, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ Faiz Anwar

The next song by Meet Bros. Anjjan is a remake of the 1999 hit track ‘Deewana Tera’ from Sonu Nigam’s album ‘Deewana’, which had been composed by Sajid-Wajid. Now let me tell you before you think anything, that there is no way this song is better than the original, but if seen as a song by itself, it sounds great. Comparisons with the original will always happen, but let’s not do that here, except for say that Arijit hasn’t managed to pull it off as awesome as Sonu had. Okay, so now, let’s see it as a whole new song. The basic tune of the mukhda has been kept the same, so it is a proper remake, but the arrangements, lyrics and vocals have been altered. Meet Bros. Anjjan have put many techno elements into the song, making you wonder whether their intention was to make it a club song! Arijit shines in both low and high notes, and under Meet Bros. Anjjan’s direction, sounds sweet and innocent. The tune of the antaras has been changed, and this tune also is likable, which Arijit sings with ease. The rock guitars, techno sounds really make the originally calm song sound more lively than it should. But I kind of liked that too. The strings which have been played the second time the hookline comes, keep you listening. Interludes, one rock, the other Church choir-like, are attractive too! Lyrics by Kumaar are the same usual romantic lyrics, with just the hookline retained from what Faiz Anwar had written. After hearing this redux of such a great 90s song, I have very mixed feelings as I love Sonu’s original version, but this one sounds great as well, as a standalone song, if not compared to where it is remade from. Arijit didn’t shine like Sonu, but it still sounded great thanks to Meet Bros. Anjjan trying to match the level of their song with the original. Though it didn’t work, the result is appreciable! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Dhol Baaje
Singers ~ Monali Thakur, Meet Bros. Anjjan, Music by ~ Meet Bros. Anjjan, Original Composition by ~ Ismail Darbar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ Mehboob

Another remake, again done by Meet Bros. Anjjan. This time, the hit track ‘Dholi Taaro Dhol Baaje’ from 1999 movie, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ has been targeted. However, this remake fares much better than ‘Deewana Tera”s because and just because of a strong composition. It starts strong with dhols and dholaks playing energetically, after which a very catchy loop of a Rajasthani folk instrument plays. When Monali enters, she makes you smile very broadly, and sounds very sweet and cute! Meet Bros. Anjjan have beautified this song with fully traditional instruments, with just a few techno sounds here and there. The hookline has been broken in a pretty weird way, which might appeal to some, but may be hated by others. I liked it. Nothing else is similar to the original song. The antaras are the best parts of the whole song. Monali sings all the small nuances and variations brilliantly, making you say Waah! Her voice is so crystal clear that you cannot imagine anyone other than her who could’ve done so much justice to the song and sung with so much expression and energy. Kumaar’s new lyrics make the dance song sound like some item song where the girl is just yapping on about herself, but the composition being mild, doesn’t make them seem all that item-ish either. So the great composition balances the mediocre lyrics. Arrangements, as always with Meet Bros. Anjjan’s songs, impress to the core. The beats make you groove along to the rhythm. Especially the electronic tablas are very, very attractive. Of course nowhere near the original, but enjoyable! Very great effort to remake this song, and it succeeds, mostly thanks to the great vocals by Monali! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Ek Do Teen Chaar
Singers ~ Neha Kakkar, Tony Kakkar, Music by ~ Tony Kakkar, Lyrics by ~ Tony Kakkar

This last track does the job of breaking this great run of awesome songs from this album. A club song, frankly not needed in this movie, and an utterly atrocious one too, at that. It has all you need to make an unsuccessful party track — Neha Kakkar trying to show off, Tony Kakkar getting too overconfident with his other song ‘Khuda Bhi’ that he decided to make a club song as well, and failed at it miserably. It doesn’t even have a catchy hook like ‘Desi Look’, neither does it have any appreciable arrangements. In fact, the arrangements are way too loud and unbearable. Lyrics do not even deserve to be discussed. Tony has just written a mixture of words, only for the sake of rhyming them. Whether they make any sense or not, I guess he forgot to check. :/ For me, the album ends at ‘Dhol Baaje’ itself! Skip this one!


Ek Paheli Leela is another multi-composer album, which fares quite well compared to other multi-composer albums we have encountered last year. With only two disappointing songs, one by Dr. Zeus (I’ve actually never expected anything from him anyways, so its alright with me.) and the other by Tony Kakkar (Yes, this was shocking. He could’ve worked way harder on this one.) the album doesn’t exactly disappoint and stays true to its marketing as a musical.

 

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: Tere Bin Nahi Laage > Khuda Bhi > Glamorous Ankhiyaan > Saiyaan Superstar > Dhol Baaje > Main Hoon Deewana Tera > Desi Look > Ek Do Teen Chaar

 

Which is your favourite song from Ek Paheli Leela? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Dharam Sankat Mein, Chefs: Sachin Gupta, Jatinder Shah, Meet Bros. Anjjan & Shamir Tandon

THE MUSIC WILL GIVE YOU A ‘BUKHAR’! (MAD ABOUT DANCE – Music Review)

Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Vidyadhar Bhave, Sangeet-Siddharth, Saahil Prem & Dr. Zeus
♪ Lyrics by:- Vidyadhar Bhave, Sangeet-Siddharth, Manoj Yadav & Vijay Singh Shekhawat
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 25th July 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 22nd August 2014

Mad About Dance Album Cover

Mad About Dance Album Cover

 

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Mad About Dance is an upcoming Bollywood dance film. Saahil Prem,  has directed, written and acted in it. 😛 The film has been produced by Paanch Rupaiya Barah Ana Productions. The film stars Amrit Maghera opposite the director, and others like international hip-hop star Salah Benlemqawanssa. The film, being a dance film should be strong in the music department. T-Series is the music company, and again they have produced a multi-composer album. :/ Seeing the music composer’s names, I doubted that. The music is composed by Vidyadhar Bhave, Sangeet-Siddharth, Saahil Prem 😛 and Dr. Zeus. So let’s see whether these mediocre composers managed to create a strong soundtrack for the film.


1. Ishq Da Bukhar:- Singers ~ Krishna Beura & Amrit Maghera, Music by ~ Vidyadhar Bhave, Lyrics by ~ Vidyadhar Bhave

The first song gives an impressive kick start to the soundtrack. Mild piano notes open up and make way for Krishna Beura’s soulful rendition of the Punjabi lyrics written by Vidyadhar Bhave. Vidyadhar has managed to create an engaging tune as well. The arrangements are mostly techno arrangements. The piano and dhol interlude is worth a hear. Amrit Maghera also makes an entry with some English lyrics, and she sings those very well. The songs makes for a great listen, a good romantic song with the perfect beats to make it go with the theme of the movie, dance. Vidyadhar has shown his versatility in the song, mixing in the same tune with the Punjabi as well as English lyrics. Both singers manage to impress as well. Their voices work a lot for this song. Though the song won’t be noticed much, it definitely is great! Perfect start for the album! #5StarHotelSong!

 

2. Party Is Going Mad:- Singers ~ Sangeet-Siddharth, Divya Kumar & Vidydhar Bhavr, Music by ~ Sangeet-Siddharth, Lyrics by ~ Sangeet-Siddharth

When I read the name of the song, I immediately understood it would be a club/party number, and then when I read the singer’s name, I wasn’t sure whether Divya Kumar would be able to convey the required energy for a club song. Sangeet-Siddharth have managed to create a composition which is engaging in most parts, but they have highly overused the techno beats. I understand it’s a club song, but that doesn’t mean you should put loud and earsplitting techno sounds wherever you want to. My doubt about Divya Kumar was proved wrong, and he actually has given just the right amount of energy needed for this song. His voice suits the composition very well. The other singers support him well, but he is the star here. Lyrics are not anything to boast about. After all, it is a club song. Sangeet-Siddharth haven’t placed any so-called interesting elements in the song. Well, they have tried to, but it doesn’t impress. Nothing new here, but worth a listen for Divya Kumar.

 

3. Kahan Hai Khuda:- Singers ~ Subhash Pradhan (Original Version), Vidyadhar Bhave (Dubstep Version), Music by ~ Saahil Prem, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Yadav

Apart from being the director and actor in the movie, I guess Saahil Prem wanted to comopose for the film as well. The song starts with guitar strums. Then Subhash Pradhan enters with a voice that reminds you of Mohd. Irfan for a while, but then he starts singing in a different voice.  The song is a soulful song, but has nothing new to offer. It is a sad composition, composed decently by Saahil, and the arrangements are mainly made of both acoustic and rock guitars. The composition is pretty engaging in parts, but boring at others. The star of the song is undoubtedly Subhash Pradhan, because of his touching rendition. Saahil’s composition doesn’t impress a lot, but is passable. Again, the song won’t be noticed much, but that shouldn’t stop you from hearing it! The dubstep version starts with a slightly haunting techno tune. Vidyadhar Bhave enters with a rough and deep voice. This song relies mainly on the dubstep, I guess mostly to satisfy the need of the film to make an efficient dance track. But there is not that efficient about the dubstep here. The song has been made from sad, to sad as well as haunting in this version. First version was fairly engaging, while the second version didn’t impress as much.

 

4. Punjabi Mundeya:- Singers ~ Ravindra Upadhyay & Lil’ Shorty, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Vijay Singh Shekhawat

Lil’ Shorty starts with some weird rap, which sounds very ridiculous. I suggest you guys edit that part out and then listen to the song, because then you will unnecessarily listen to one minute and fifteen seconds of stupid rap which is not required. The second singer, Ravindra Upadhyay, is a great replacement for Sukhwinder Singh, and just like Palak is taken when makers don’t have enough money to rope in Shreya, same applies here. The inky thing is that Ravindra sounds exactly like Sukhwinder, whereas Palak barely sounds like Shreya. 😛 Since over one minute is wasted in the ridiculous ‘rap’ by Lil’ Shorty, Ravindra gets just over two minutes to do his part. Dr. Zeus has come up with a Punjabi club song, with good beats but an unimpressive and uninteresting tune. Lyrics are again below average. In fact, the song doesn’t rely that much on lyrics. The song is the kind that you should listen once, and then only listen again if you liked it, but if you didn’t, then no need to listen to it once more. A below average tune supported by groovy beats, and good vocals by Ravindra, but fails to impress! Same old thing!


Mad About Dance is just another typical average T-Series album, with four composers composing one song each. Out of four, only Vidyadhar Bhave managed to impress with his song, while others didn’t offer anything fresh. In a dance film, four songs, and out of that, only one impressing, is not expected at all! Some more songs were expected, which might have helped the film a lot more than only four songs. The album is a volatile album, the kind that will fly away in no time, and you will forget about it very quickly. Another bad multi-composer album from T-Series. Had the makers gone MAD while finalizing just four songs?? 😀

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Mad About Dance? Please vote below! 🙂

 

Next:- 4th Music Mastani Monthly Awards (August 2014)