Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Baran | PARVAAZ | Music Review

Album : Baran


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I was initially reluctant to buy the album, mainly because I was told that the songs were mostly written in Urdu and Kashmiri, two languages I had no clue whatsoever. Luckily enough, the songs somehow appeared at and when I started listening, again reluctantly, the album surprisingly managed to hook me from the very first song. After three songs, I went straight to OKListen! and bought it. 99 bucks. Worth it? Totally. And how.

We are greeted with the sound of a siren with the opening song Beparwah, as if something is on fire. The song is truly on fire, Khalid Ahamed's searing vocals  and Sachin Banandur's brilliant drums gives a colossal high energy start. But Ab Ki Yeh Subah diverts from the initial set mood completely, taking a more tender route, led by the lazy guitar strumming on a breezy tune. It gains momentum midway, though maintaining the grace. Lyrics here are amazing, I have to say. Couldn't understand the lyrics of Gul Gushan much but the sound is inherently mysterious, spiritual and the song progresses like an enchanting prayer on the back drop of refreshing natural sounds. Kashmiri folk influences are evident in Roz Roz and the song works wonders in pushing the listener into an abyss of nostalgia. I myself found stuck in high school memories by the time the song ended. Enchantingly magical, the song is! The 13 minute title song is better heard lying down, your eyes closed. It changes sound several times, from a bluesy base to a  somewhat Bon Iver-ish mood. Not quite a fan of this one and couldn't quite understand the various voice overs. Ghaib is a younger brother to Ab Ki Yeh Subah, similar settings prevail. Guitr strums, a free flowing tune and broody vocals. Generic sounds could be heard in Fitnah, though the haunting vocals does the trick. Ziyankar on the other hand intrigues with slow-jazz sounds mixed with full blown guitars.

Baran, meaning rain in Urdu, is without doubt, an impressive effort. Like a fresh drizzle of rain, the songs hinges you one by one. The four piece band based on Bangalore are incredibly talented and have to be watched out for.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Highway Music Review

Highway Music Review
Music Direction : A R Rahman
Lyrics : Irshad Kamil

What I expected? : Rahman in his splendid form, after the brilliant Raanjhanaa and by the looks of initial releases, Patakha Gudi and Maahi Ve!

Maahi Ve, with towering vocals from Rahman and underlying hip hop beats, cannot get any more sexier! The spiced up arrangements adds to the beauty. The similarity in beats with Maahi Ve doesn't but affect the Punjabi-folk-hip-hop Patakha Guddi the slightest. Nooran Sisters enthralls and Rahman pulls out magic in the F and M versions respectively. Watch out for the amazing rock-revamp towards the middle in the M version, bloody awesome, that! Jonita Gandhi breaks into the Rahman league with Kahaan Hoon Mein and what a pure ear orgasm the piece is! Jonita's vocals fit perfectly into the keys led beauty of an arrangement in here. All hail Rahman! Wanna Mashup is not so lucky though. In parts it looks like an attempt to ape K-Pop style, from the reggae beats and rapping, but has gone horrible bad, Suvi Suresh, Krissy and Kash tries hard though. Sooha Sooha is neat, calm, soothing and fascinating, all at the same time. An ethereal lullaby tune that can take you back to the Rahman of the early 2000s, the folk track is here to stay. The real stunner comes through the vocals of Zebunnisa Bangash where she pulls a winner while Alia Bhatt sings one stanza, impressively! Tu Kuja, with Urdu lyrics, works big time, thanks to Sunidhi's singing and the deep and sonorous desi orchestration. Heera has a surreal beauty within, it is the violin and the smooth tune probably, and Shwetha Pandit's controlled whispery vocals add to it. Jonita Gandhi's haunting humming is spread all over Implosive Silence, an instrumental piece primarily, where Rahman apparently plays with his electronic production skills. Impressive!

Verdict : Highway music doesn't disappoint. It has plenty in store for us to hear and hear again and relish for the coming days. But when juxtaposed with expectations, the album is two notches lower. I mean it just doesn't click the way Rockstar or Raanjhanaa or even Jab Tak Hai Jaan did. Not that it is bad though, just that it won't be featuring among Rahman's best works years from now. May be this is the kind of music the movie demands, I don't know. Nevertheless, when compared to the current condition of mainstream Bollywood music, Highway is still a huge and welcome relief! Highway, high on music! Very Good.

Must Hears! : Sooha Saha, Maahi Ve, Patakha Guddi, Heera


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Gunday Music Review

Gunday Music Review
Music Direction : Sohail Sen

Less time, quick review

Jashn-e-Ishqa is adequately entertaining with the mood of celebration while Tune Maari Entriyaan is pleasantly spot on! Heard before, slightly, and I didn't quite understand the 'Yennadi Muniyamma' reference in between. Copied or inspired? The Bangla version intrigues, though not much different. Moving on, Arijit Singh pulls a neat effort in the sober and soulful Jiya but it is the brilliant orchestration which does the trick in Asalaam-e-Ishqum. Bappi Lahiri and Neha Bhasin plays along wonderfully! Saiyaan run out of luck as soon as it begins but the album gains through the superbly re-imagined Amir Khusro poem, Mann Kunto Maula. The Faridis stuns in the well composed, well arranged sufi-rock affair! The Classical version with the qawwali flair is as good! The techno title song is kind of functional and Rhythm Of Jashn-e-Ishqa doesn't really offer anything new.

Verdict : Gunday has good music! ;)

Must Hears! : Tune Maari Entry, Kunto Maula


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Jai Ho Music Review

Jai Ho Music Review
Music Direction : Sajid-Wajid, Amal Malik, Devi Sree Prasad

What I expected? : Nothing much.

Baaki Sab First class Hai by WajidNaacho Re by Ujjaiyini, Photocopy by Himesh Reshammiya and Palak Muchchal and The Title track are skip worthy.
Tere Naina Maar hi Daalenge has noticeably beautiful vocals from Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal and Shahab Sabri even though the composition itself is rather too similar to Dabbang's Chori Kiya Re Jiya.
Tumko Aana Hi Tha works mainly due to the surprisingly frothy and light composition from Amal Mallik! The singers do well, while the keys led arrangements are kept aptly down. #Repeat
The same track is EDM-ised in Love You Till The End-House Mix. While it has an inherent feel good factor, the heavily Avicii inspired beats doesn't offer any novelty.

Verdict : Not for Tumko Aana Hi Tha, Jai Ho Music gives the academy award winning Rahman song 'Jai Ho' a bad name! Sajid-Wajid bhaiyyas, how can you make consistently bad music like this? I bow before you! _/\_  _/\_

Must Hears! : Tum Ko Aana Hi Tha


Friday, December 20, 2013

Dedh Ishqiya Music Review

Dedh Ishqiya Music Review
Music Direction : Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics : Gulzar

Listen to the album Here

What I expected? : For me, Vishal Bhardwaj has shown amazing consistency in his soundtracks. And because the total grand affair Ishqiya music was, winning the National awards for both Best Music Direction and Best Female Singer that year, expectations, from the sequel, are naturally high!

Dil Ka Mizaaj Ishqiya is scintillating, tailor made Rahat Fateh Ali Khan material! The soothing tune and the soft rock arrangements which amalgamates with accordion sound initially and Sax along midway adds to the beauty! #Repeat
Zabaan Jale Hai is drop-dead brilliant! Equally mesmerizing is the serene composition, beautifully written lyrics, terrific strings and the wonderfully nuanced singing from Fateh Ali Khan's part! #MustHear #Repeat
Hamari Atariya's very very Rahman-ish intro captivates subtly well and rightly so, Rekha Bhardwaj aces the mujra track! #Repeat
Kya Hoga has everything going strong. The qawwali sound is executed exceptionally well and the vocalists, Jazim Sharma, Master Saleem, Shahid Mallya and Jamal Akbar are competitive enough, or rather, compliments each other perfectly. The instrumentation, replete with Tabla, Harmonium and other traditional instruments elevates an enchanting midway turn! #Repeat
Jagaave Saari Raina, for a Kathak track, is as beautiful as it can get especially for the tempting sitar interludes and Ms. Bharadwaj's singing. Now the song is predominantly Hindustani in appeal, but somewhere along the lines, must be the swaram portions, there is a definite Carnatic feel which is BTW cleverly incorporated. #Repeat
Horn OK Please has Sukhwinder Singh and Honey Singh rocking together the techno-folk piece! #Repeat

Verdict : Needless to say, faith in Mr. Bhardwaj's musical capabilities are, once again, cemented and anchored down strong! Dedh Ishqiya is a bravo effort, one of Vishal's best and for me in par with both Godmother and Ishqiya. I strained my ears to find one little flaw, alas, but in vain! I don't care whether the soundtrack works in the movie or not but for sure the music audience are in for a treat this time. Vishal Bhardwaj gives the 2014 Bollywood music scene a classy and heady start! Excellent!

Must Hears! : The whole album!