Saturday, 12 September 2015

Katti Batti Music Review

Movie: Katti Batti

Cast: Imran Khan,Kangana Ranaut

Director: Nikhil Advani

Music director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy



1.Sarfira-Siddharth Mahadevan,Neeti Mohan,Qaran Mehta

The most awaited album of the year begins on an ecstatic note with this joyful party number. SEL compose this colorful number on the lines of Koi Kahe (Dil Chahta Hai) and It's the time to disco (Kal Ho Naa Ho). Right from the energetic beats, the simple tune arrangement and the choice of singers, this song scores well, hitting the bull's eye. Chartbuster!

2.Sau Aasoon-Shankar Mahadevan,Rasika Shekhar

A typical SEL styled melodious pathos is up next. It is soulfully rendered by Shankar Mahadevan with his evergreen voice while Rasika Shekhar complements him well with her westernized tone. With guitar strums supporting the song amply, it becomes instantly addictive as soon as you plug into it. The poignant lyrics strike a chord with the listeners. Thumbs up!

3.Lip To Lip-Nikhil D'Souza,Ritu Pathak

Funkiness is spread all over this quirky number which is sure to grow on youngsters. Lyrics by Kumaar revolves around kissing and it has lips all over it...err...it has loveliness all over it. A Punjabi flavor is added to the track with the vocals of Nikhil D'Souza and Ritu Pathak and the desi saxophone interludes Despite the audacious lyrics, this number has the hunch to become the next anthem for all the romantics out there!

4.Ove Janiya-Mohan Kannan

SEL put us into a trance with this mellifluously composed song. Though it is ultimately slow, dulcet guitar strums and mellowed rhythm makes it for a pleasant listen. Mohan Kannan's vocals are top class and he takes the listeners to a different world with his rendition. This number proves that SEL are the best when it comes to heartrending melodies. Classic!

5.Jaago Mohan Pyaare-Siddharth Basrur,Digvijay Singh Pariyar,Raman Mahadevan,Rasika Shekhar

This number is partly a bhajan and partly a rock number. With hoarse vocals of Siddharth Basrur, Digvijay Singh Parivar, Raman Mahadevan and Rasika Shekhar, this song is spot on in terms of rhythm and chord progression. But it sounds too blaring at moments which the lessen the impact of the vocals. However, the interesting usage of sitar is to be appreciated.

6.Ove Janiya (Reprise)-Sayani Palit

The final number is a rehash of the original number, with a few modulations in terms of the accompaniments. Sayani Palit's classically inclined honey-dipping voice is amply supported by the heavenly piano notes. The mood of the song provides a sense of tranquility overall. Suitable for unplugged lovers.

Verdict:

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are back with yet another chartbuster album after their runaway hit Dil Dhadakne Do. The album consists of a melange of sounds for lovers of all genres of music.

Rating: ***3/4

Picks:

Sarfira,Sau Aasoon,Lip To Lip,Ove Janiya




Sunday, 6 September 2015

Bhaag Johnny Music Review

Movie: Bhaag Johnny

Cast: Kunal Khemu,Zoa Morani

Director: Shivam Nair

Music director: Devi Sri Prasad,Mithoon,Arko Pravo Mukherjee,Yo Yo Honey Singh



1.Daddy Mummy-M.M.Manasi,Devi Sri Prasad

For all South Indians, this number will be a familiar one. This is a recreation of Aakalesthe from Shankar Dada Zindabad and Daddy Mummy from Villu. DSP has retained the original in every fiber of this song and doesn't deviate too much to make it look unconvincing. M.M.Manasi renders with top class energy while DSP quips in occasionally with his hoarse voice. Chartbuster like the original!

2.Iss Qadar Pyar Hai-Ankit Tiwari

As the name suggests, this soft romantic number is a rehash of Sonu Nigam's Iss Qadar Pyaar Hai from Deewana album. A word of caution for those who have listened to the original: this is going to mildly disappoint you, if not completely. But for those who listen it as a fresh number, it is sure to strike a chord with its beautiful arrangement of guitar strums and the mesmerizing voice of Ankit Tiwari. Composer Arko has decently composed this number, retaining a few touches from the original which was composed by Sajid-Wajid.

3.Aankhon Aankhon-Yo Yo Honey Singh

A catchy number from Yo Yo Honey Singh is up next. Though the number is overall foot-tapping, it is not addictive enough to become a chartbuster. We have heard many more high on energy compositions from him. This just doesn't join the bandwagon of his rocking songs. Even his voice doesn't provide relief to the vapid tune.

4.Kinna Sona-Sunil Kamath

Mithoon takes over the album with his excellent composition skills. This Sufi pop is sure to sweep your feet away. With mild tabla beats, ample orchestration and Sunil Kamath's mellifluous voice, this number is instantly engaging. The Punjabi lyrics are a treat for the romantics. Plug on your headphones on a lovey-dovey evening and go on a wonderful sojourn with this melodious track. Pick of the album!

5.Meri Zindagi-Rahul Vaidya

The album arrives to a finale with this ultimately slow love track. It is crooned by Indian Idol finalist Rahul Vaidya with his honey-dipping vocals. But it isn't enough to salvage the bland tune arrangement which is dead slow and sounds stereotyped. One can only wince in their places, while patiently waiting for the number to come to an end. A notable aspect of the song is the flute section in the first interlude.

Verdict:

This multi-composer album falls somewhere between being good and being bad. A couple of listenable numbers saves it from ending up as a dud.

Rating: **3/4

Picks:

Daddy Mummy,Kinna Sona