WON’T BECOME AS PHAMOUS AS IT DESERVES! (PHAMOUS – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Sundeep Gosswami, Surya Vishwakarma & Krsna Solo
♪ Lyrics by: Puneet Sharma & Naveen Tyagi
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 18th May 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 1st June 2018

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Phamous Album Cover

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Phamous is a Bollywood action comedy starring Jimmy Shergill, Pankaj Tripathi, Shriya Saran, Jackie Shroff, Mahie Gill and Kay Kay Menon. The film is directed by Karan Lalit Bhutani and produced by Raj Khatri. The film has music composed by Krsna Solo, Sundeep Gosswami and Surya Vishwakarma. The latter two composers are debutants, while Krsna is a well known name, from whom we expect great music. Let’s see whether our expectations are met!


Krsna gets to open the album with the the electrifying desi rock number that Bandook is. The film is situated in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh, so a full-on gangster track was expected, but what wasn’t expected was that Krsna would produce a twist in the tale with the addition of the electrifying rock elements. Right from the opening ad-lib by Vishal Dadlani, followed by the entry of those rock guitars, you know that you would love the rock in this song. And of course, with the powerhouse that Vishal is, the composer can rest assured that his song will be rendered beautifully and with the right amount of spunk. Puneet Sharma’s lyrics are perfect, calling the gun as the daughter of iron! The composition too, is really catchy, and it doesn’t sound forced, and especially doesn’t sound like the composer has made some extra effort to make the tune match the rock. The grunge in Vishal’s voice, the energy of the guitars, the energetic percussions and the catchy tune, all fit in place to make an effective gangster theme song for the Chambal region.

Sundeep Gosswami and Surya Vishwakarma collaborate to produce the sweet romantic number Dil Beparwah, a song which, surprisingly, marks the first duet of Jubin Nautiyal and Jonita Gandhi! The mandolin with which the song starts instantly sucks you in, with a strong oriental touch, and when Jubin starts off, instantly evoking memory of Sonu Johan’s such romantic songs, you get goosebumps. Rather, I did. Sundeep-Surya’s tune is strong, arrangements are sweet, and that’s why the vocal prowess of Jubin and Jonita seems to have magnified. Yes, the music is quite standard of an affair and nothing too innovative,but sometimes it’s really soothing to hear such a simple romantic song, especially when the arrangements and vocals are spot on like this. Jonita especially sounds great. Naveen Tyagi’s lyrics describe the feelings of young romance really well, and I really loved the second interlude where the composing duo adds beautiful mandolins. The second antara sounds like an unnecessary add-on though, making the song too long for no reason. Anyway, it’s one of the better romantic songs we have got in a long time.

The dance number Titri sees Sundeep go solo, and the song he creates is like a rustic answer to Pritam’s ‘Tukur Tukur’ (Dilwale). Again, Sundeep does a great job with the quirky and rustic ethnic strings, which sucks you in right from the beginning. The backing vocals by him are just as fun, accompanied by quirky rabaabs and harmoniums, not to mention the wonderfully quirky sound effects. The singer Priyanka Negi debuts, I believe, with this song, and it is truly one of the strongest debuts this year! She owns the song and how! I also commend the lyricist Puneet Sharma for presenting a song of this genre without making the lyrics vulgar or anything. Last year, Gaurav Dagaonkar gave us ‘Aye Saiyan’ (Babumoshai Bandookbaaz) which was a similar song, but a recreation. As such, this stands out because of it being original, yet providing a similarly quirky and rustic touch. The composition of course, is catchy, and everyone who hears it is sure to groove along until it is over. Fortunately the song isn’t short.


The album to this film is surprisingly great, with three songs that do two things right — fit well with the script and setting of the film, and are catchy as standalone tracks as well. Sadly, the album won’t become as Phamous as I think it deserves!!

Total Points Scored by This Album: 8.5 + 8 + 8 = 24.5

Album Percentage: 81.67%

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: Bandook > Dil Beparwah = Titri

 

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ADORABLE BUT FORGETTABLE! (MERI NIMMO – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Krsna Solo & Mangesh Dhakde
♪ Lyrics by: Raj Shekhar
♪ Music Label: Eros Music
♪ Music Released On: 25th April 2018
♪ Movie Released On: 27th April 2018

Meri Nimmo Album Cover

 

Listen to the songs: Saavn

Buy the songs: iTunes


Meri Nimmo is a Bollywood film starring Anjali Patil and Karan Dave, directed by Rahul Shanklya and produced by Aanand L. Rai. The film was released directly on Eros’ streaming service Eros Now. The film’s music has been composed by two composers, one of which we get to hear once every year (at least), and one who we are only hearing for the second time since he debuted in bollywood! The former being Krsna Solo, and the latter being Mangesh Dhakde (who debuted with four amazing songs in ‘Hawaizaada’ in 2015). Expecting some good music, especially because it is an Anand Rai production!


Krsna’s part of the album opens with a sweet retro sounding song Bulbula, which resembles Vishal-Shekhar’s ‘Dil Kaagzi’ (Gippi) in every aspect. The arrangements are similar waltzy arrangements, with the mandolin and flutes. The composition is of the same lilting type, and Paroma Das Gupta even tries to sound like Neeti Mohan (and succeeds). The only place this song falls flat, is the composition. The mukhda is so painfully repetitive, the saccharine nature of the rest of the song too, can’t make up for it. It was nice to hear something from Krsna though, since he only appears once or twice a year!
His second song, Yeh Bhi Beet Jaayega, fares much better. A simple piano starts the song, and this song too is in the retro zone. This time though, the composition is more eventful, and Sukriti Kakar’s vocals are beautiful. Raj Shekhar’s lyrics are sweet, as was required for this movie. The strings interlude creates a grand feel, and the antara continues the sweetness of the song. The thing is, I don’t think I’ll be listening to these songs again in the future — they just aren’t that memorable.
Mangesh Dhakde, returning three and a half years after his debut in ‘Hawaizaada’, presents Tumse Hi by Javed Ali, a good composition, but just that. I loved the sarangi and mandolin; they create a soothing effect. It seems like Mangesh has stretched the composition at places instead of getting to the hookline early. The hookline itself has a nice old Bollywood touch, with that amazing nuance by Javed Ali. Javed Ali too, doesn’t sound at his best, with an awkward coarseness in his otherwise silky voice. Raj Shekhar’s lyrics though, are incredible.


Overall, a passable album. Expected much, much more from these two composers. Still, give this album a listen. Chances are, you will find one song that you’ll enjoy, but only for the duration it plays.

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 6.5 + 7.5 + 7 = 21

Album Percentage: 70%

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: Yeh Bhi Beet Jaayega > Tumse Hi > Bulbula

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KRSNA ACES THE EMOTIONAL QAWWALIS!! (MIRZA JUULIET – Music Review)

Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Krsna Solo & DJ Notorious
♪ Lyrics by: Sandeep Nath
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th March 2017
♪ Movie Released On: 7th April 2017

Mirza Juuliet Album Cover

 

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Mirza Juuliet is a Bollywood romantic drama starring Piaa Bajpai and Darshan Kumaar. The film is directed by Rajesh Ram Singh, and produced by Green Apple Media, Falansha Media Pvt. Ltd, and Shemaroo Entertainment. So I’m just interested in the music of this movie, since it has been composed by somebody who has really impressed me in the past, Krsna Solo. The composer, who has earlier scored music for the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ franchise, and also ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Cute Kameena’, out of which the later was a surprisigly good album of last year, now gets another film where it is obvious the film won’t do well, but let’s hope he tries to save it with his music, which I expect will be good!


1. Tukda Tukda

Singer ~ Asees Kaur

“Badalne lagi hain saansein meri, abb angaaron mein,
Ke tujhse hi sajne lagi main singaar mein,
Lo doob rahi hoon main sapnon ke majhdhaaron mein,
Ke raat din hain mere abb gulzaaron mein!”

Krsna begins the album with a breezy romantic song, one that befits his composing style completely. The melody is a lilting one, but a bit too simple, so much so that I took a long time to get accustomed to the simplicity, and look beyond it to find the beauty in the composition. Four to five listens will do the trick, but that’s what is frustrating — you don’t get hooked right away. The composition starts off well enough, but you keep waiting for that one part where you will be treated with something extraordinary; sadly, it never comes. The antara is a nice, high-pitched and mellifluous portion, and the only part for me where the song picked up pace. The arrangements contribute a lot to the magical quality of the song. A wonderful flute embellishes the interludes, and breezy guitar strums, and piano notes decorate the rest of it. Digital snaps are what make the beats even more enjoyable and breezy. Krsna adds some very-typical-of-his-style quirky sounds, and those are a welcome addition as well. Asees sings the song well, but I couldn’t quite connect with the composition in spite of her beautiful rendition. Her rendition of the antaras is something to look out for! Somewhere though, her voice lacks the freshness that a Neeti Mohan or a Jonita Gandhi could’ve infused into it. The lyrics are beautiful romantic lyrics, and Sandeep Nath, back after an extraordinarily long time, makes a good comeback. A song that keeps you waiting for an amazingly extraordinary part which never comes.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

2. Muhabbat Ko Misuse / Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

SingerKrsna Solo, Remix by ~ DJ Notorious

“Ishq gadhe ki laat, ye jispe pad jaaye,
Adiyal ghode sa woh ziddi add jaaye,
Ruk jaaye phir pyaar ki garmi,
Yaar ke aage naak ragadni, ragadni, ragadni pad jaaye!
Bematlab ego mein, issues na kar,
Emotion ko, ko, ko, tu confuse na kar,
Mohabbat ko, ko, ko, tu misuse na kar!”

Krsna brings in more of his quirk with the next song, an enjoyable upbeat number which he sings himself. The composition doesn’t grip you instantly, but after a couple of lines, and when it does get you grooving in that weird desi manner, which you are so ashamed of showing off to your friends, it gets you grooving hard. The antara is just as enjoyable as the beginning, and that hookline is so unconventional, broken up into parts like that, like a rain that keeps stopping and lurching and stopping and lurching. Krsna adds a quite fun rap in the second interlude. The arrangements are very fun too, with this amazing percussion beat, and upbeat trumpets, giving it this nice Caribbean flavour. The flute which starts the song off is aptly gripping, and it atleast keeps you listening further. A nice mandolin also features in the arrangements, infusing liveliness into the song. Krsna’s vocals are aptly rowdy and folksy. The way he pronounces certain English words in colloquial Indian village pronunciation. The quirk of his voice goes hand-in-hand with the quirk he has added in the composition and arrangements, resulting in a fun listen. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics are just as humorous, and enjoyable. A remix by DJ Notorious rehashes the already upbeat (but having a slow pace nevertheless) composition, and throws in glitzy club beats, making the song seem like a fish out of water. It does not sound good with the club treatment. A decent, enjoyable song, with a banal remix.

Rating: 4/5 for the Original Version, 2/5 for the Remix

 

3. Seene Mein Lagi Aag

Singer ~ Javed Bashir

“Seene mein lagi hai aag, dil khaak na hovey,
Woh aashiq hai bekaar jo barbaad na hovey!”

The third song of the album is a ravishing song, composed in the form of a Qawwali, and wonderfully rendered by Javed Bashir. Krsna’s composition here will do nothing more than tug at your heartstrings, and it instantly grips you to it, even though it is not the kind of song that will gain immense popularity, unless attached with a film associated with a superstar. The composition dives right into the hookline, and that line has been composed in such a heartfelt manner, the emotion just gets poured out into you when you listen to it. To compose a tune which is supposed to be sad, but still not make it overtly sentimental, and melodramatic, is a difficult task, and yet, Krsna has managed to overcome it very efficiently. The antaras scale high notes, and ensure that the listener keeps listening till the end. The arrangements are another aspect of the song that ensure that your complete attention is on the song. Of course, the traditional Qawwali beat plays on the tablas and dholaks, and meanwhile, a heart-rending shehnaai plays occasionally and takes your breath away. Guitars are the highlight of the arrangements, though. Yes, guitars. The rock guitars do not play throughout the song, and only can be heard at countable places, but when they are played, they leave you shocked and mystified at the same time. Acoustic guitars, too, have been used throughout the song. Javed Bashir’s vocals are one of the best things that the song has to offer. His aalaps are spot-on, especially the “Seene mein lagi…..” take-off he sings everytime before he sings the hookline. His voice infused the required folksiness into the song, and it is so refreshing. The duration of the song is quite long, but never does it bore you, thanks to the wonderful composition, arrangements and vocals. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics here too are amazing, especially the hookline. RAVISHING!

Rating: 5/5

 

4. Teri Razamandi

Singer ~ Javed Ali

“Shah-e-karam humko, tera sahaara hai,
Bigde naseebon ko, tuney sanwaara hai,
Dil ne duaaon mein tujhko pukaara hai,
Tere dar ke deewane aaye hain,
Jholi bharke muraadein laaye hain,
Duniya ne thukraaya hai, tuney hi apnaya hai,
Abb toh koi jalwa kar tu, Ali hamaara hai!
Hai teri razamandi toh hai bulandi, bulandi, bulandi!”

Another Qawwali comes to us, this time, a more traditional spiritual one, as opposed to the previous, romantic one that was fused with modern instruments. This composition is mellow, and heart-melting. It seems like another one of those songs where the protagonist is praying for a solution to his woes. The hookline is very impactful, and the way the last word is repeated thrice, though quite unconventional and very Krsna-ish, gives a nice effect. The “duniya ne thukraya hai, tuney hi apnaaya hai” line is very beautifully composed. The antara gets a bit staid, and very predictable, but it gets better when the “duniya….” line comes back to bridge the antara to the hookline again. With two mukhdas (once repeated at the end), and two antaras, the song is a traditionally long Qawwali, but one thing I missed is that there was no upbeat part at the end, where the tempo increases, like other Qawwalis. On the other hand, the slow pace of the song gives a very tranquil and divine touch to it. The arrangements are your everyday Qawwali arrangements; the harmonium and chimtas and claps give it the required divine sound. The tablas have been played in a heavenly way. Javed Ali leads the group of Qawwals, and does it effectively, creating a serene effect. His characteristic silky voice was the best choice for the song. He handles all the high notes very well, but doesn’t falter  in the low notes either. Sandeep Nath’s lyrics explain the predicament of the protagonist and how he surrenders to the divine for help. A very appeasing Qawwali. 🙂

Rating: 4.5/5


Mirza Juuliet, like almost all of Krsna’s albums, is a surprisingly good one. All four songs have something or the other to like in them, and I don’t think any song disappoints as such. With a few flaws here and there, this album surprisingly turns out to be a very high scorer. Though it didn’t (and won’t) get it’s due, I will surely do the needful by listening to it in the future. The last thing I would like to say is that Krsna aces the Qawwalis here too, just as he did in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’!

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 3.5 + 4 + 2 + 5 + 4.5 = 19

Album Percentage: 76%

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: Seene Mein Lagi Aag > Teri Razamandi > Muhabbat Ko Misuse > Tukda Tukda > Muhabbat Ko Misuse (Remix)

 

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