Not even a month has passed after Bajrangi Bhaijaan hit the theaters, and Kabir Khan and Pritam are back yet again with Phantom. The former had lots of commercial stuffs, but the latter is an experimentally classy album with just three songs.
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Music: Pritam; Music Label: T-Series
1. Afghan Jalebi (Ya Baba) / Afghan Jalebi (Film Version) / Ya Baba (Fitna Farebi) / Afghan Jalebi (Dumbek Version) – Singer: Asrar (Syed Asrar Shah) / Akhtar Channal / Nakash Aziz / Akhtar Channal; Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – So there are four versions of a single song which are not too different from one another except some minor arrangements. This is surely one of the most addictive songs of this year. The line afghan jalebi is brilliantly catchy and the way the singer Akhtar and Asrar have sung it, makes it even more addictive. Amitabh’s lyrics is just outstanding, perfectly suiting to the mood of the song. Pritam has created a pure Afghani track primarily using Harmonium and the rest is done through percussion. The techno sound with which it begins, is highly compelling. The first version is devoid of the digital beats, the second is the most enjoyable one for every kind of listener, the third version is weakest among all and the fourth one is a weirdly impressive experiment. A likable classy track for mass. Outstandingly catchy!
2. Saware – Singer: Arijit Singh; Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – It’s a heartwarming melody, breezy, catchy and sophisticated enough to be liked by the class. Arijit is the real power behind its beauty besides the tune. His vocal texture suits fabulously to this track. The Guitar work before the ending lines is terrific and so is Arijit’s style in the ending notes. Amitabh’s lyrics is philosophically beautiful with almost all the lines worth noticing. My favorite lines are dhalti raat ka ek musaafir, subah alvida keh chala, jeete jee tera ho saka na, marke haq adaa kar chala. An extremely impressive composition and writing.
3. Nachda – Singer: Shahid Mallya; Lyrics: Kausar Munir – Another song with Arabic arrangements but this time a little brooding yet captivating, this song is superbly sung by Shahid Mallya with two antaras having entirely different notes, soulfully owing the whole atmosphere. This is not regular Pritam as he experimented Arabic instruments on Rock background with a hard-hitting tune. This is something you don’t often get to hear and definitely not from Pritam’s baggage! Grab it!
After fulfilling all the commercial needs in Bajrani Bhaijaan, Pritam delivers a brilliant classy album!
The Final Verdict: AGREE
The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE
Musical Sameekshaa Monthly Awards (August 2015)
Singer of the Month (Female): Shreya Ghoshal – Gaaye Jaa (Brothers)
Singer of the Month (Male): Sonu Nigam – Sapna Jahan (Brothers)
Singer Jodi of the Month: Sonu Niga & Neeti Mohan – Sapna Jahan (Brothers)
Composer of the Month (Song): Pritam – Nachda (Phantom)
Lyricist of the Month: Amitabh Bhattacharya – Sapna Jahan (Brothers)
Composer of the Month (Album): Pritam – Phantom
Song of the Month: Afghan Jalebi – Phantom (Pritam, Amitabh Bhattacharya)
Album of the Month: Phantom – T-Series