UNWANTED GUEST GENRES!! (GUEST IIN LONDON – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Raghav Sachar, Stereo Nation & Amit Mishra
♪ Lyrics by: Kumaar, T.S. Jarnail, Arya Acharya, Navendu Tripathi & Saint Shah Hussain
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 2nd June 2017
♪ Movie Releases On: 7th July 2017

Guest Iin London Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Guest Iin London is an upcoming Bollywood comedy starring Paresh Rawal, Kartik Aaryan, Tanvi Azmi and Kriti Kharbanda. The film has been directed by Ashwni Dhir and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak. The movie is not the sequel to 2010’s sleeper hit, ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?’, but it is along the same lines, with a different guest (though portrayed by Rawal again), visiting a different family, and this time with his wife! If the funny quotient of ‘Atithi…’ is anything to go by, this film too would leave me in splits, and the trailer actually has already made me laugh and watch it over and over again. The only weak thing about that movie was its music — full of situational songs that don’t really make for listening outside of the movie. While it was Pritam and Amit Mishra (not the new singer, but a composer named the same) in that film, here we get Raghav Sachar and the same Amit Mishra composing. Raghav was last heard composing for ‘Rustom’, its title track. He rarely disappoints, and when he does, disappoints highly. Let’s hope he can bring some life into the album, because I have no hopes from Mishra!

P.S. Henceforth, for albums securing a score ‘Pa’ and below, I won’t be writing my extensive, long, trademark style review. It will be shorter.

P.P.S. This review is a bit longer in spite of the album not scoring above ‘Pa’, because I’m still not too used to condensing my matter. Will get the hang of it by the time I do some two-three albums!


1. Frankly Tu Sona Nachdi

Singers ~ Raghav Sachar & Tarannum Malik, Music by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Raghav starts off the album with a very templated Punjabi number that barely hooks you the first time you listen to it, but gets better after a couple of times. The composition is something that would fit in the 2007-2008 era, and Raghav tries to jazz it up with his saxophone, but to no avail; it just makes the song sound forced. The hookline is the only thing that is catchy as such. The antaras have a very clichéd tune. The arrangements are, as I said, forced. You can’t put modern sounds on a Punjabi track to try to sound cool; it has to fit seamlessly, which it doesn’t in this song. The lack of proper percussion makes the song sound very lacklustre. The vocals are horrendous. Raghav’s autotuned voice is not something I’d want to hear everyday. Tarannum sounds like a robotic version of Sunidhi Chauhan. Kumaar’s lyrics are again, clichéd. He writes about earrings from Bareilly, so you can actually make out which era the song is from. Lacklustre Punjabi track that works slightly only because of its hookline.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

2. Dil Mera

Singers ~ Ash King, Prakriti Kakar & Shahid Mallya, Music by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

Raghav follows it up with another very iffy romantic song. The composition sounds good; it reminds you of the 2006-2007 period again, but this time, it’s more of a pleasant reminder. It sounds like Himesh’s compositions of that time. The hookline is just a desperate repetition in hopes of people catching on to it. The arrangements are cool, with a techno base. The portion that sounds very oddly placed is Shahid Mallya’s “jaaniyaaa ve jaaniyaaa” portion; there’s no need to cram Sufi lines in every romantic song, because it doesn’t sound good. The goodness of the composition stays only till the mukhda, and in the antara, the song completely falls apart. Ash King sings well, but I have no idea what Raghav was thinking when he programmed Prakriti to sound like that. It sounds terrible. Kumaar’s lyrics are typical romantic song lyrics. We get stuff like “Meri saansein na chalengi bin tere, raatein na katengi bin tere.Another lacklustre song, with only the mukhda and Ash King working in its favour.

Rating: 2.5/5

 

3. Daru Vich Pyaar

Singer ~ Taz, Original Composition by ~ Stereo Nation, Music Recreated by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ T.S. Jarnail, Rap Written & Performed by ~ Arya Acharya

Another “Tum Bin” song gets remade with this; this time it’s a club song. ‘Daru Vich Pyaar’ from ‘Tum Bin’ gets a disco-esque rehash, thanks to Raghav. This is Raghav’s comfort zone, and it is immediately evident in the song. He doesn’t spoil the song anymore than it was already bad. In fact, he adds the disco flavour and makes it a bit more likeable. The “O saajnaaa” could have been avoided though. Arya Acharya’s rap too, is better than the likes of Badshah and Honey Singh and Raftaar. Raghav’s saxophone too adds to the fun quotient of the song. The line “Meri ankhiyaan di pyaas bujhade”, is my favourite part of the song! The vocals and lyrics have been retained from the original. You can’t spoil an already not-so-good song, but you can cleverly tweak it to appeal to world music lovers, by adding disco and jazz elements.

(P.S. I hated this song when it released like a month ago, and only started liking it now while reviewing, seeing how mediocre the first two songs sound now!)

Rating: 3/5

 

4. Guest In London

Singers ~ Navendu Tripathi & Amit Mishra, Music by ~ Amit Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Navendu Tripathi & Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra now steps in, with a kind of rehash of his ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’ title song, with the same kind of bhajan-ish touch, and irritating nasal twang in the singing and annoying dialogues in between. The composition sounds like ‘Joote De Do Paise Le Lo’ (Hum Aapke Hain Koun), in places, and like the ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’ title song in others, of course. The vocals are irritating. If the composition can’t hold your attention, why would some irritating vocals do the same? The only fun part of the song is the “Udam udam” part, and the lyrics, but just this much. It was funny once; not anymore. 

Rating: 1.5/5

 

5. Rabba Meray Haal Da Mehram Tu

Singers ~ Sumeet Anand & Amit Mishra, Music by ~ Amit Mishra, Lyrics by ~ Saint Shah Hussain

The next song is a seven plus minute sad song, probably a traditional Punjabi devotional song. But no element of the song sounds appealing, and I’ve heard very appealing Punjabi folk songs. The song starts as if Ankit Tiwari is singing. And that asynchronous “harmonization” they do when they sing “Hussain”, just sounds horrible! The composition doesn’t help to gather your attention, and you would not even listen to it completely, as it is the same repetitive and dull stuff over and over again for seven minutes! 😑 SKIP!

 

Rating: 0.5/5


Guest Iin London is a horrible album, and that’s that. At least Raghav Sachar tries to bring some life into the album, as I forecasted, but his songs too, seem flimsy and do not stay with us for very long. And with a remake being the best song (according to me) you can see where the album lies compared to its contemporaries. I just have one doubt.. if the couple is only busy dancing at Punjabi weddings, singing romantic songs and going to clubs, why should they be so troubled by the arrival of a guest?? That’s three songs out of five that go out of sync with the main theme, and the other two are just bad. 😄 In fact, I would say this album is full of unnecessary, unwanted “Guest Genres” that weren’t called for by the script. 

 

Total Points Scored by This Album: 2.5 + 2.5 + 3 + 1.5 + 0.5 = 10

Album Percentage: 40%

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:  Daru Vich Pyaar > Dil Mera = Frankly Tu Sona Nachdi > Guest In London > Rabba Meray Haal Da Mehram Tu

 

Remake Counter:
No. Of Remakes: 17 (from previous albums) + 01 (from Guest Iin London) = 18

 

Which is your favourite song from Guest Iin London? Please vote for it below! Thanks! 🙂

SAB JEETE YAHAAN, HAIN RUSTOM YEHI!! (RUSTOM – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Raghav Sachar, Ankit Tiwari & Jeet Gannguli
♪ Lyrics by: Manoj Muntashir, Mandar Cholkar & Arko Pravo Mukherjee
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 14th July 2016
♪ Movie Releases On: 12th August 2016

Rustom Album Cover

Rustom Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Rustom is an upcoming Bollywood mystery/drama film starting Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta and Arjan Bajwa. The movie is directed by ‘1920 London’ director Tinu Suresh Desai, and produced by Neeraj Pandey, Aruna Bhatia, Nittin Keni, Akash Chawla, Virender Arora, Ishwar Kapoor and Shital Bhatia. The film is based of the life of Naval Officer K.M. Nanavati. The film has a pretty long 10-track album, with four composers working together to make it so big. The first of these four is Arko Pravo Mukherjee, a composer whose heartbreaking as well as heat-touching song ‘Saathi Rey’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons (Since 1921)’ is still on my playlist, being the wonderfully sweet and emotional song that it is. Arko has two songs in the album, of which the second is actually a reprise of the first. Next up on the composers list is Raghav Sachar, who has been out of the picture for quite some time; I remember his last outing as a remake of a pop song in ‘Alone’, in which he didn’t quite impress. Here, he has been given charge of four songs, out of which two are versions of the first, and the fourth is the instrumental of that. 😂 Hopefully, these versions are entertaining songs!! Third on the list, is Ankit Tiwari, who surprisingly hasn’t disappointed completely this year, though going into déjà vu mode, but not giving too bad songs. His last song happens to be ‘Ishqe Di Lat’ (Junooniyat) which I loved loved loved. So hopefully, his two songs in the album are just as GREAT! Last is the most experienced of the lot, Jeet Gannguli, who let us down with one of his two songs in his last outing, ‘Junooniyat’, but hopefully, his two songs here are just as lovely as that one was disappointing! 😀 So, with verrrrry high hopes, let’s start off the analysis of the ‘Rustom’ album!!


1. Tere Sang Yaara / Tere Bin Yaara (Reprise)
Singers ~ Atif Aslam / Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Music by ~ Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir / Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Arko gets to open the album, with a calm and dulcet, and endearing, though templatised melody. We’ve seen what a great combination Arko and Akshay Kumar have made in the past with that unforgettable song, ‘Meherbaani’ (The Shaukeens). This time too, Arko weaves magic with a wonderful melody, one that definitely isn’t something innovative or something we haven’t heard before, but still, is so sweet and lovable, that you just feel wonderful and fresh. The composition is not so complicated, as Arko has kept it sweet and simple — which is his speciality. It starts off with Atif singing a calm couplet, which paves way for the actual melody, a tune carried high by its pillars of simplicity. The mukhda hooks you instantly, and you can feel the romance infused into it. The innocence of the song is in the tune. The antara is quite well-composed too, having all the qualities of a good antara — maintained continuity, catchiness and of course something that makes you want to hear it again and again. In the original version ‘Tere Sang Yaara’, Arko has orchestrated it with wonderful violins and guitars too, but the highlight is of course, the piano, something that is a key part of Arko’s arrangements. The flute soothes you too, while the digital beats sound quite templatised, but nevertheless, work in favourite of the song. In the reprise, ‘Tere Bin Yaara’, Arko cranks the arrangements down, making them hit you with a less force. The arrangements are mostly the same, just that they are less prominent, and the beats do not stand out as much, and especially the hookline has been unplugged-ised. This version too, is a calming and soothing version, almost equal to the original. The vocals in the first version, by Atif are beautiful and a very important part in making the song sound so good. Arko, however, with his less-polished vocals, steals your heart away anyway, in his reprise version. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics for the first version are good as well, though a bit templatised, and have been adapted by Arko very well, for the reprise version. Overall, the song is a great start to the album. In all its simplicity and innocence, it is a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Rustom Vahi / Rustom Vahi (Theme) / Rustom Vahi (Marathi Version) / Rustom Vahi (Male Version)
Singers ~ Sukriti Kakkar / (Instrumental) / Jasraj Joshi / Jasraj Joshi, Music by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir / (Instrumental) / Mandar Cholkar / Manoj Muntashir

Raghav Sachar presents the next song of the album, in not less than four versions! We’ve heard Pritam giving four versions of ‘Afghan Jalebi’ in his album to ‘Phantom’, and now Raghav Sachar follows with the title song of ‘Rustom’, in as many as four versions! Of course, excited as I was to check them out, I did wonder if they were all necessary! 😀 Anyway, that comes later. First, the review. So Raghav has composed an awesome, hard-hitting, theme song, with mysterious undertones, resembling the 80s era wonderfully. The jazz/disco touch has been given wonderfully. The composition actually hooks you onto the song. It is sweetness delivered in a sinister package. The composition seems sweet, but has dark hints scattered throughout. Especially the line “Pyaar toh pyaar hai, chaahe jaise mile”, is wonderfully mysterious. Songs from movies like ‘Don’ (the old one) and ‘Shaan’, instantly come back to you a after hearing this one, and you can just imagine an Asha Bhosle or an Usha Uthup crooning it in those days, while Parveen Babi gyrates to it. A very similar infectiousness is spread all over the song. Raghav makes sure we the listeners, have the best possible experience while listening to it, as he tries to recreate the 80s. (Though the film is set in the 60s. 😛 But who cares!) The arrangements help the song throw us back into that era. The saxophone being the highlight of the song, has been played very energetically and it is so catchy! Techno beats, like disco, work to make the song sound actually retro. Occasional piano and the unceasing drums just infuse more energy into the song. And now, coming to the vocals. In the main female version, Sukriti manages to bring in that sinister undertone in her voice, and hits the bullseye with all the notes that jump frantically here and there. In the Marathi version and Male version, Jasraj Joshi infuses just as much energy, but the song doesn’t sound as good in a male voice as it does in a female voice! Personally, I feel that the Marathi version was unnecessary, and it must’ve been added to increase the reach of the movie! (By the way, how can you INCREASE the reach of an Akshay Kumaar movie!???!!) The arrangements of the Marathi and Male versions are exactly the same, while the theme is a very short piece of music — but with a very spunky arrangement. The lyrics of the song have been penned well by Manoj Muntashir, describing the shady character very well, while Mandar Cholkar seems to falter a bit with the Marathi lyrics — they seem pretty forced! An electrifying title track, and a very commendable job by Raghav Sachar! Kudos to Sukriti for mastering the vocals!! Her version is definitely a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Tay Hai
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

A melodic piano piece very dulcetly lures you into the other song. After the energizing title song, the song comes as a pleasant surprise. The piano gives way to Ankit’s voice, who surprisingly sounds the very least bit autotuned in this song! The soulfulness of it all just shocked me. As I have been liking/loving Ankit’s songs throughout the year, this one really doesn’t surprise me much, but nevertheless, I’m blown away by the majestic and opulent orchestration, composition and great vocals. The composition by Ankit is so deep and layered and touching, that it barely takes seconds for it to work its magic on you. The mukhda opens up quite like any other Ankit Tiwari song, but it is when the first time the “Maujood hai…” hook plays, that you can gauge the magnificence and grandeur of it all. The antara has been composed just as wonderfully, with Tiwari minding to use contrasting low notes. Contrasting because the hook was oh-so-high-pitched. And the tune of the low notes, is just so dazzling! It sounds like a Rahman antara, in fact! The next bewitching thing about the song, are the arrangements! Sumptuous as they sound, they make you feel very simple, happy and just plain good! Especially in the hookline, those wonderful strings are tooooooooo grand to keep away the goosebumps. Tiwari even uses drums, something that sounds odd in such a song, but here, works in its favour! And then there’s the wonderful arrangement in the antara, devoid of any instruments except a wonderful piano that plays around the words so cutely. There’s a great digital beat supporting the tune as well, which is what makes it sound oh-so-Rahmanish! Ankit’s voice is very enchanting, and is one of the main reasons the song has turned out so hauntingly beautiful. Manoj Muntashir also, writes beautiful lyrics, complementing the enchanting composition very well. A spectacular song composed and sung by Ankit, with the arrangements playing a vital role in propelling it so much! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Dekha Hazaro Dafaa
Singers ~ Arijit Singh & Palak Muchhal, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Jeet Gannguli steps into the album next, with a cute and lovely little waltz. The composer has got everything right with this one, right from the ballroom waltz-y composition, that sounds so retro and lovable, to the arrangements, that are bliss to the music lover. Firstly, the composition. It is something that instantly makes you love it. There is no intermediate step. You either hate it (which you won’t!) or love love love it. And I love love loved it. Right from the first time I heard it, the simple yet grand tune won my heart over, and couldn’t leave my head thereafter. The mukhda is scintillatingly calming and charming, while the antara is beautifully structured to keep the charm intact. While hearing the song, I actually thought that if ‘Cinderella’ were to be remade in Hindi, this song would be perfect. Jeet has wonderfully brought in the ballroom melody and makes the song sound so innocent and sweet. The arrangements are beautiful too, with the strings doing their job right from the beginning. The way the low and high strings alternate with each other, is something worth noticing, and also something that is likely to be missed. The flute adds to the sugar and dreamy ambience. In the antara, after the first line, Jeet has put this EXTRAORDINARY violin solo, which is soooooo charming! The way it has been played, briskly, is what makes it sound so charming! (Hear it at 1:20 or 2:27 in the song, don’t thank me later! 😉 ) The chimes and the very European-ish choir add to the ballroom ambience. Of course, a ballroom song is incomplete without the piano, and Jeet makes sure the piano makes some appearance in the song, too. All in all, the orchestration is as dreamy and angelic as it can get. Ever. I mean, the last time I heard such opulent and magnificent ballroom orchestration was in ‘Nazdeekiyan’ (Shaandaar), which was a gem! On the vocals front, Arijit with his calm voice sounds so sweet and innocent, while Palak complement beautifully. Though at first, Palak seems an odd choice, it all fits in perfectly after a couple of listens. Manoj’s lyrics are so sweet, that if you sum the sweetness of the song all up, the chances of getting diabetes are as high as the Burj Khalifa! Of course, such a sweet song can be no less than a 5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Dhal Jaun Main
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal & Aakanksha Sharma, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Now it’s time for the sad song of the album. Jeet Gannguli, an expert at sad songs in my opinion, gets to helm it. However, the song turns out to be a great disappointment. Jeet resorts to his usual Vishesh Films-ish template to convey the sadness. The composition is typical Jeet Gannguli, with a strong Vishesh Films undertone to it. Right from the beginning, you feel that either you have accidentally started playing the ‘Raaz 28362’ (and I won’t be surprised if so many ‘Raaz’ films do get made!) album, instead of ‘Rustom’. The hookline is the typical melodrama we get to hear in Bhatt films. And there I am, in a pickle, trying to understand where the Bhatts came into the 1960s. The arrangements are digital beats mostly, and do not really stand out much. Jubin’s vocals a quite good, and give you a reason to hear the song, while Aakanksha sounds strictly forced at places and cute at places. Jubin basically carries the song on his shoulders, a song which is otherwise a yawn fest for me! Manoj’s lyrics too, stick to the conventions of modern Bollywood. After the four good and suitable songs, here comes an oddball that brothers fits here, nor is catchy or exciting. Even if it were in ‘Raaz 28362’, I wouldn’t have liked it!

 

6. Jab Tum Hote Ho
Singer ~ Shreya Ghoshal, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Manoj Muntashir

Ankit Tiwari gets to close the album, and after that majestic song of his, all I expected was an even better song. Imagine my happiness when I get to know the song has been sung by none other than today’s nightingale Shreya Ghoshal. Naturally, my heart jumped with joy. And Ankit, with a tranquilizing and pacifying composition, satiates my desire for a great song. His composition, yet again, is very emotional and layered, with shades difficult to unravel right away. The hookline is very, very calm, as is the rest of the song. In this song, the sadness and emotion actually works, unlike the hollow emotion of the previous song. Ankit masters the composition, which is very slow-paced, but keeps you listening. (If you’re a lover of calm music, that is) The calming notes really touch your heart and make you feel loved and cared. Coming to the arrangements, they are pretty minimal, until the interlude. The initial part of the song is graced by piano, strings and acoustic guitars, out of which each excels in its place, particularly the piano. The interlude brings with it, a wonderful blend of strings of different kinds, producing a wonderful symphonic ambience. The second stanza is more accentuated with strings and the guitars are louder too. It is so beautiful how the arrangements open up towards the end, just as the singer does. And that brings us to the vocals. When it is Shreya Ghoshal, it is highly impossible for vocals to go wrong, and here too, it is displayed very beautifully. Even though the composition is so slow and the arrangements minimal, her voice makes you get hooked to the song. She sings each note with a certain innocence and beauty. Manoj’s lyrics are touching, and the song gets raised higher due to them. Ankit weaves even more magic with his second song, and Shreya helps us end the album on a very calm and emotional note. #5StarHotelSong!!


Rustom is yet another example of a mulicomposer album done right. Here, four composers come together to make an album that seems very fulfilling as a whole. Yes, there are some glitches as well, in that the makers seem to have crammed too many unnecessary versions of the good songs into the album, and also tried to increase the taker count of the album by adding a modernized number that just doesn’t work. However, the songs that go with the theme of the movie, perform really well and help in making the album a success. The surprise package is Ankit, who stuns with his two glorious songs, songs that I would never forget. However, the winner is our very own Jeet who makes a song that is so sugar-coatedly sweet, that if it had to be sold as a toffee, the whole world would have got diabetes. All in all, ‘Rustom’ is an album that is going to stay with you for quite some time! I would say “sab jeete yahaan, hain ‘Rustom’ yehi”!!

 

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: Dekha Hazaro Dafaa > Tay Hai > Tere Sang Yaara > Jab Tum Hote Ho > Rustom Vahi > Tere Bin Yaara (Reprise) > Rustom Vahi (Male Version) > Rustom Vahi (Theme) > Rustom Vahi (Marathi Version) > Dhal Jaun Main

 

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

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY! (ALONE – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli, Raghav Sachar & Dr. Zeus
♪ Lyrics by: Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath, Kumaar, L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 30th December 2014
♪ Movie Released On: 16th January 2015

Alone

Alone

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Alone is a horror film that released this Friday, starring the queen of Bollywood Horror Movies, Bipasha Basu and debutant Karan Singh Grover (Zee TV’s ‘Qubool Hai’ fame) The film has been directed by Bhushan Patel and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, Pradeep Agarwal & Prashant Sharma. It is a remake of the Thai film of the same name, and is the story of two conjoined twins (played by Bipasha) who fall in love with the same guy (played by Karan Singh Grover) When they are separated by an operation one of the twins dies. Naturally, she comes and haunts her twin sister later on! I mean, I could never guess this could happen in a movie! :/ Anyways, considering the genre of the movie, it was clear that the music would be the kind that engages you even though it is typical. Seeing the music composers, Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Jeet Gannguli & Raghav Sachar, my doubt just got more secured. So I was expecting pretty much from the music, but at the same time knew it would not break any records or give anything fresh. So let’s have a look at how the music of this latest horror movie is!


1. Katra Katra
Singers ~ Ankit Tiwari & Prakriti Kakar, Music by ~ Ankit Tiwari, Lyrics by ~ Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay

Ankit Tiwari gets to open up the album, and he does so with a boom. A slow, intoxicating song which will instantly be lived by all, is what he offers. With guitars and a bit of folkish backing vocals, he kicks off the track very beautifully, gaining more momentum yet, as the song progresses, with Prakriti’s awesome prelude sung very attractively. Ankit himself repeats the whole auto-tune business, but here, as he presents the composition in a different way than always, it suits. This composition is one of his better ones recently since ‘Galliyan’ from ‘Ek Villain’. The song which stands at a long duration (for today’s times) of 6 minutes 21 seconds, may seem monotonous because of the extremely slow pace, but I felt nothing of the sort. Guitars have been used predominantly, and of course, Ankit’s favourite, which he never fails to incorporate some way or the other in to his songs — the flute! And in this slow, sensuous and a bit dark song, it sounds beautiful! The musical piece at the end which plays for about a whole minute, will just steal your heart. And did I mention the snaps? Those are just so attractive! Lyrics by Abhendra suit the composition (or maybe vice versa) and work in favour of it and both singers do well in making them come alive in the song. Finally, a big break for Prakriti, and in a beautiful composition by Ankit! Must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Awaara
Singers ~ Altamash Faridi & Saim Bhatt, Music & Lyrics by ~ Mithoon

Saim opens up this song with his Mithoon-ish voice (I’m kinda doubting it WAS Mithoon?) followed by typical Mithoon piano notes, soothing to the ears. When Altamash enters, though, the song gets transformed to something totally different and heavenly and unexplainable-in-common-words! The hook of the song takes it to yet a higher level, and you instantly fall in love with the song. Again, Mithoon succeeds to steal our hearts with the same stuff! And again, I’m awestruck at exactly how he manages to do so everytime! The guitar strums fall into place, both acoustic and rock here. Rock guitars in the interludes, and acoustic in the background while the singers are singing, provides a beautiful contrast. Atamash literally sounds a lot like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at places. The antaras are composed brilliantly, but one line in the mukhda is enough to make you fall in love with the whole song: “Paas laaya mere, yun sataaya mujhe, phir tere lite majboor kiya, majboor kiya”. It just provides a heavenly build-up to the surreal hookline. And lyrics by Mithoon as always, are simple and universally understandable. No use of unnecessary big and sophisticated words, instead, simple, everyday words have been used. Kudos to him for that. A soothing, romantic song that has the power to pull you towards itself and then force you to fall into its trap! As I call it, Mithoon Magic! #5StarHotelSong!

 

3. Chand Aasmano Se Laapata
Singer ~ Bhaven Dhanak, Music by ~ Jeet Gannguli, Lyrics by ~ Sandeep Nath

Jeet enters with another romantic track, this one a bit more emotional. He breaks the stereotype of making Arijit sing these kind of songs, and ropes in a not-so-famous singer, Bhaven Dhanak, to do the honors of singing the song. Bhaven sang two songs in Bollywood (at least, I only know of two) in the movies ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Youngistaan’ last year. Teey were both club songs. This year, he gets a pleasant romantic track composed very well in the 90s style by Jeet. The melody surely has the power to grasp your attention, though not instantly. The singer might seem odd for some people, because we all are so much used to Arijit in these songs by now, that we refuse to accept anyone else in his place and his territory. (That includes me, because at first I didn’t like the song much because of the singer. But then his voice also grew on me.) Jeet’s arrangements are simple. The beautiful synthesizer hook is very attractive. It doesn’t really sound like an actual instrument being played, so I guess its an electronic sound. Anyways, its beautiful. Guitars and finger snaps accentuate the composition even more. Lyrics are good and pleasant too, and work for the song. Another pleasant song; Jeet, Bhaven and Sandeep have churned up a likeable song! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Touch My Body
Singer ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Music Recreated for the Album by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Original Lyrics by ~ L. Joseph, A. Hunjan, L. Reim, G. Abbasi, K. Roma, V. Nayar, Dr. Zeus

Raghav, a last-minute addition to the album, because his name wasn’t in any poster or the trailer, ends the album with his song, which is a recreation of the Pop song ‘Don’t Be Shy’ originally composed by Dr. Zeus, which itself was a remake of his famous song ‘Kangna Tera Ni’! Almost everything from Dr. Zeus’ song has been revived into this one, but I don’t see why they made it done from someone as talented as Raghav. He could just as well have composed a dance track of his own, if that was what they wanted. The flute part (which is also pretty much the same as that in the original) is one of the only catchy parts in the song. Aditi’s voice proves to be another reason to hear it, otherwise you would just plain waste your time by hearing it. The long list of lyricists of the original song hasn’t done much of a good job with whatever they came up with together (Now I get where the saying “Too many cooks spoil the broth” comes from!) And Kumaar hasn’t written anything genius either. Overall, a tiring affair! Do not ho for this one!


Alone has three out of four of its songs simply reaching out to your heart and instantly lovable. The fourth one, though, makes you hate it a lot. 😂 Ankit, Jeet and Mithoon (The Aashiqui 2 team, you can say) have churned out great tracks and they turn out to be the ‘good’ parts of the album. Raghav has made himself look like an idiot by agreeing to recreate this track, which just came out boring, and he comprises the ‘bad’ part of the album. As for the ‘ugly’ part, that’s just something fun for the people who are gonna watch this movie in the theaters, because that ghost is gonna be real ugly! 😂😂 Overall, an album with the typical romantic songs that horror movies usually have, but which will stay with you for a long time — plus a song that tries to be dofferent but fails miserably! 😂

 

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:

Awaara > Katra Katra > Chand Aasmano Se Laapata > Touch My Body

 

Which is your favorite song from Alone? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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LOOSE CONNECTION!! (SONALI CABLE – Music Review)

Music Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Mikey McCleary, Amjad-Nadeem, Raghav Sachar & Daniel B. George
♪ Lyrics by:- Sameer Anjaan, Kausar Munir, Charudutt Acharya, Kumaar & Swanand Kirkire
♪ Music Label:- Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On:- 5th September 2014
♪ Movie Released On:- 17th October 2014

Sonali Cable Album Cover

Sonali Cable Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Sonali Cable is a Bollywood drama/comedy film, that released on 17th October, 2014. The film is directed by Charudutt Acharya and produced by Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy, Kamia Mulhotra and Roopa De Choudhury. It stars Rhea Chakraborty, Ali Fazal and ‘Dance India Dance’ fame Raghav Juyal (Crockroaxz) in the lead roles, with Anupam Kher in a negative role. The story is about a girl who runs an internet cable company, and her fight along with her friends, against the head of India’s largest corporation who wants to expand his corporation by crushing her business. So the story is pretty interesting. The last film produced by the Sippys was ‘Nautanki Saala!’ which had a stellar soundtrack even though it was a multi-composer one. The soundtrack for thus film too is a multi-composer one, and a great soundtrack was expected from this as well. The music has been composed by Mikey McCleary, Amjad-Nadeem, Raghav Sachar and Daniel B. George. Let’s see if they lived up to the expectations and also, to the name and reputation of Ramesh Sippy Productions’ music! 🙂


1. Ek Mulaqat Ho / Ek Mulaqat / Ek Mulaqat (Unplugged)
Singers ~ Jubin Nautiyal / Altamash Faridi / Jubin Nautiyal, Music by ~ Amjad-Nadeem, Lyrics by ~ Sameer Anjaan

A fresh, new voice debuts in Bollywood with the first song of the album, composed by Amjad-Nadeem. Now, Amjad-Nadeem who usually make rustic type of songs, have made a typical Bhatt-ish melody here. I had never expected it from them at all! But they have succeeded in doing so! And also succeeded in introducing a new talent to the world. Jubin Nautiyal’s voice sounds like a mix of Atif Aslam and Nikhil D’Souza, but nevertheless sings beautifully. The rock guitars open up the song with brilliance and make way for Jubin to step into the world of Bollywood music. Surprisingly, the duo have very efficiently made a Bhatt camp style romantic song. Though it sounds like many of the romantic songs releasing these days and sounds very typical, this time it works in favour of the song. Jubin has perfectly rendered their melody and sounds great in the song. The guitar strums in the song resemble those in ‘Galliyan’ from ‘Ek Villain’ and seem to have taken (a bit too much) inspiration from it. The other version is by Altamash Faridi, surprising because he usually doesn’t sing such songs, and mostly sings Classical-based ones. He does well, but the ears have gotten attuned to Jubin’s version so much now, that his version doesn’t appeal as much. Jubin’s unplugged version is also nice, though it isn’t much unplugged, but definitely less plugged than the original version! 😂😂 The lyrics of the songs (all three songs have the same lyrics) by Sameer Anjaan are not anything fresh, but go with the song and work for it. Amjad-Nadeem have succeeded in giving a nice, calming romantic song which totally deserves to be a #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Gannu Rocks
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani & Anmol Malik (Aarti), Music by ~ Mikey McCleary, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Starting with an aarti sung beautifully by Anmol Malik, this song instantly caught my attention. After that it turns into a wild, crazy Ganesh festival song, addressing Lord Ganesha as ‘Gannu’, which makes it so interesting! Vishal, as always is in top-notch form, and his voice (I must be saying this for the hundredth time or so) is just so energetic, it makes you want to get up and dance. The composition by Mikey is also very energetic and so very catchy! The loud arrangements done by him very perfectly resemble the loudness in Ganesh festivals in India, but in a Westernized way! 😀 The rock guitars are a great attraction in this song. Lyrics by Kausar Munir are also interesting. As I already said, she has addressed Lord Ganesha as ‘Gannu’, and then added ‘rocks’, just to be safe. 😛 Another interesting and funny line is ‘chattan chaahe ho, ho chaahe cheenti, charnon mein tere ye disco hai karti’. 😂😂 With the loud (but great) arrangements, the catchy composition and the interesting lyrics, this song is one not to miss! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang
Singers ~ Manish J. Tipu & Sayantani Das, Music by ~ Daniel B. George, Lyrics by ~ Charudutt Acharya

This sounds like one of those songs that instantly get the tag of ‘WARNING: TOO IRRITATING’ upon release. Manish J. Tipu sounds very cheap, and his voice doesn’t fit in this weird song, whereas in his previous song, ‘Phollo Karta’ from ‘O Teri’, he sounded awesome! Sayantani Das doesn’t sound so good, either. Coincidentally, she was also sounding awesome in her last song, ‘Marjawa’ from ‘Mumbai Mirror’. So instantly, the fingers point at Mr. Composition. 😂 And we found out that Mr. Composition is guilty of not being a genius composition. He naturally blames the composer, who made him. Daniel B. George, who had composed for ‘Sehar’ in 2005 and some tracks in ‘Johnny Gaddaar’. Well, if the first song he gives us in this album is this annoying thing, well, then I seriously can’t wait for the others! 😛 Let’s just hope they’re not as irritating as this one. The lyrics are just as stupid. (They’re written by the director). The makers have done a great favor that they made the track short. This is a track purely made to showcase Crockroaxz’s dance! Yeah, definitely watch the video, but nothing to hear in the audio song!

 

4. Mausam Yeh Kyun Badal Gaya
Singer ~ Kshitij Tarey, Music by ~ Raghav Sachar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

After that disastrous song, the next song is a source of relief, for it is a calm and soothing sad song, sung beautifully by Kshitij Tarey and composed wonderfully by Raghav. Yes, after being absent from the Bollywood scene for a couple of years, and releasing Acappella versions of old Bollywood classics, Raghav is finally back in the music scene. The composition is slow-paced and takes you in a quiet zone for as long as it plays. The arrangements are also very soft and not much. Kshitij renders the beautiful composition very soothingly, making it a very serene and peaceful song. The lyrics by Kumaar are typical sad Bollywood lyrics, nothing new. However, the composition and vocals covers that up. A song worth listening, and worthy of the tag of #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. Sapney Apney
Singer ~ Neeti Mohan, Music by ~ Daniel B. George, Lyrics by ~ Kausar Munir

Neeti Mohan starts off the song with her calm humming, and I got the feeling that maybe it is a soft song that I can instantly like. But then it took a very unexpected and abrupt turn into the rock genre. Again, the arrangements are way too loud and irritate the ears. The composition may be nice, and the vocals by Neeti too may be nice, but the rock pattern has been given a bit too much importance than required, which makes the song uninteresting actually. Daniel must have thought he’s doing a great job by adding this rock background, but it all worked against him. Lyrics by Kausar Munir are not that impressive, either, which is very rare for her. I guess to describe the lively and eager character of the girl in the movie, they’ve given such a loud and energetic song, but it was not needed! Good composition and great vocals get spoiled sometimes because of rotten and sloppy arrangements.

 

6. Sikkay
Singer ~ Amitabh Narayan, Music by ~ Daniel B. George, Lyrics by ~ Swanand Kirkire

Finally, Daniel has come up with a soft song (though he can’t seem to part ways with rock genre) and has efficiently composed the haunting tune for it. However, the tune here isn’t that catchy. The haunting tune is very boring and doesn’t seem to stand out. Amitabh Narayan has crooned it well, and Swanand has written it well too. At some parts, the song seems to just lose its haunt and turns un-haunting all of a sudden. The boring part is that the mukhda keeps getting repeated, making the song lose its charm, if it had any at all. The piano notes do provide some relief from the flat tune, but just momentary relief. Otherwise, a boring, unimpressive song. One-time listen!


Sonali Cable delivers way lower than what I had expected from it. Mikey, Amjad-Nadeem and Raghav Sachar have delivered great songs, but Daniel B. George is an oddball in this soundtrack, all of his three songs having some fault or the other. He doesn’t seem to know that he is composing for a Sippy Production. What’s more, Rohan Sippy himself doesn’t seem to know that the movie is a Sippy Production, or else he wouldn’t have approved these songs! 😂 Anyways, the three songs that do fare well, give the album the following rating, or else it would have been even worse! 😀 Half the soundtrack is beautiful and addictive, the other is supposed to wear off that addiction! 😛

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Somali Cable? Vote for it below, please! 🙂

 

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