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Music: John T. Hunt; Lyrics: Vimal Kashyap; Music Label: Bombay Tracks LLP
1. Bezubaan – Singer: Nikhil Dsouza
Nikhil clearly rules here with his synthetic vocals. The basic tune is quite decent but the arrangement of the instruments seems to be a problem here. A Sarod-like sound has been used in the first interlude which doesn’t at all suit the mood of the song and spoils half of the pleasure. Lyrics have nothing to do justice with. Tune is the only saving grace.
2. Sajna Ve – Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
It’s a typical Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song having all those elements like his harkatein, typical words like sajna and the most important instrument Tabla. You won’t come across anything new in this track. Instead, you may come across some of the old tunes which quite similarly have been used in this song. Although the song is nice, the composer and lyricist are not much responsible for that. So, the credit goes to all the old Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs whom they are inspired from. Old sound. Less creativity.
3. Manzilein – Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
Listening to the most favorite jodi of 90’s and early 2000’s, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, doesn’t seem to impress much in today’s time. I wonder why the composer John has gone a decade old to produce this soundtrack. The composition is decent but boring at times. The Piano at the starting is truly beautiful. The song loses its charm completely in the bridge connecting antara to mukhda with a Piano that awfully sounds irritating. The arrangement is traditional dafli style which should have sounded soothing but the staleness in the composition spoils everything.
4. Kya Sunaoon / Kya Sunaoon (Unplug) / Kya Bataoon (Reprise) – Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
Kya Sunaoon and Kya Bataoon (Reprise) are musically similar just the difference being in the roles of both the singers. Whatever they sang in Kya Sunaoon, their portions get interchanged in Kya Bataoon (Reprise). Rest, everything is same. The violin-led arrangement with a good percussion sound are some of the many pleasant elements. Kya Sunaoon (Unplug) gets even softer due to the percussion-less creation only Guitar being the lead and Flute being the supporter. Sonu Nigam amazes you in a way nobody else can. His vocals in the line aur kya main kahoon sound beyond beauty. His jodi with Shreya have always been the most attractive element in a song. Nice melody! #WelcomeSong
5. Mann Bawra – Singer: Naushad Ali
The same Sajna Ve by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan becomes Mann Bawra in the voice of Naushad Ali. It starts with a Rajasthani essence that Naushad’s vocals manage perfectly. Naushad Ali’s singing really impresses. The best thing is that inspite of having heard the Rahat’s version, you won’t miss him while hearing this. All the arrangements are exactly the same. In both the tracks, the sajna ve part could have been much better. The same as Sajna Ve just in the voice of Naushad Ali.
6. Soniye Hiriye – Singers: Richa Tirupati, Farhad
A typical Punjabi pop oriented track that has a catchy attractive hook line, Nagada based arrangement and a singing style with so much of attitude and arrogance and overconfidence. Yes, it’s all about these few things. Richa Tirupati has hardly any role to be able to understand how good she is as a singer. This is just another track that you must have heard before.
Life Is Beautiful – The debut composer John T. Hunt visits the previous decade and brought out some tunes that actually resembles that era. Unfortunately, due to poor arrangements and instrumentation, this visit didn’t go as he would have planned it to be.
The Final Verdict: NOT A PROBLEM
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE
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