Quite a ‘Nek’ Album!! (Traffic – Music Review)

Director Rajesh Pillai is no more with us but his film definitely is. The film is featuring Manoj Bajpai, Kitu Gidwani & Jimmy Shergill which is a Hindi remake of a Tamil film by the same director and by the same name. Music is given by Mithoon and the guest composer is Shailendra Barve.

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Music: Mithoon;  Music Label: Zee Music Company


1. Keh Bhi De – Singers: Benny Dayal, Palak Muchhal;  Lyrics: AM Turaz – The constant looping sound with Palak handling the mukhra pretty well sounds quite nice along with Benny in the antara who takes it to few notches higher. Inspite of all this, the composition is quite week, the melody is not as strong as you expect from Mithoon. Nonetheless, it’s easy on ears and pleasant to hear.


2. Neki Ki Raah – Singer: Arijit Singh, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – Not just the melody, but the lyrics too by Mithoon is able to leave quite an impression. Both the antaras featuring Mithoon behind the mic sounds uniquely impressive. Arijit on the other hand has got quite an easy melody this time and he handles it with equal ease.The composition is although predictable and has a heard-before feeling, still manages to impact somehow, lyrics being the prime contributor.


3. Kuch Der – Singer: Palak Muchhal, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – With stable arrangements, Mithoon cracks out this wonderful melody, melancholic in mood which Palak handles aptly. Flute sounds very authentic, and the violin after the antara has a great impact but mostly the song relies on percussion. Mithoon is audible in just one short alaap. Palak steals the show. #WelcomeSong


4. Vitthala Naam – Singer: Prasenjit Kosambi;  Guest Composer: Shailendra Barve;  Lyrics: Jitendra Joshi – It’s quite a dynamic composition which definitely is not a melody treat but something that tells you there must be a  lot going in the film while it plays. Shailendra’s percussive arrangements are top notch. Prasenjit’s vocals are justifying that zone in which the song lies. An apt song for the film. 


5. Tu Alvida – Singers: Aakanksha Sharma, Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – With yet another pleasing melody Mithoon launches Aakanksha who has a really sweet voice which goes apt with this song. The melody although not strong, does not fail to impress. Mithoon joines Aakanksha later in the song and his voice gives the song the much needed novelty.


Inspite of failing to deliver some strong melodies, Mithoon does not fail to impress. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

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The One-Song Solution!! (Ki & Ka – Music Review)

Balki has come up with an extremely interesting subject this time, with the tagline being Streeling, Pulling, Samething, starring Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles. Also, Balki has gone multi-composer this time having Mithoon and Meet Bros along with Illayaraja.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. High Heels Te Nachche – Singer: Jaz Dhami, Aditi Singh Sharma;  Music: Yo Yo Honey Singh (Recreated by Meet Bros);  Lyrics: Kumaar (Rap: Yo Yo Honey Singh) – The superhit Honey Singh track has been recreated having Aditi as an additional voice and Kumaar’s added lines. The song neither sounds elevated nor degraded. It rather has a mixed flavor having the rap as the prominent element like it always has been. Hardly any change in quality, remains just like the original making the point of remaking it pointless. 


2. Ji Huzoori – Singer: Mithoon, Deepali (Backing Vocals: Arun Daga);  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – Mithoon after a very long time is heard with his original sound, something which he is known for. The arrangements are vintage Mithoon-ish, not just having digital beats which his songs usually have lately. But the lyrics is something to actually look out for in this song. This is one of the best songs by Sayeed Quadri, disregarding all the weird theories of love in Bollywood songs. It’s worth mentioning. Meri har khushi mein toh teri khushi, mohobbat mein aisa zaroori nahi, tu milna chaahe na mil sakun main, na milna mera koi doori nahi, mohobbat hai yeh, ji huzoori nahiOne of the most sensible songs in recent times. #WelcomeSong


3. Most Wanted Munda / Kabir Most Wanted Munda – Singers: Meet Bros / Meet Bros, Palak Muchhal;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is such a song that after listening, one wonders why did Balki approve it. It’s such an ordinary track from Meet Bros, something of a kind which one must have heard so many times before. It’s hard to find any difference in both the versions because there is none. Ridiculously catchy. 


4. Foolishq – Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Armaan Malik;  Music: Illaiyaraja;  Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya – Absurd lyrics, extremely ordinary composition, and not-much-to-do-about singing. It was not at all expected from Illaiyaraja, and definitely not expected from Amitabh to write such avoidable lyrics. The composition is so flat, unappealing and dull that it leaves not much option but to skip. 


5. Pump It (The Workout Song) – Singers: Yash Narvekar, Meet Bros;  Music: Meet Bros;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Another passable track by Meet Bros who do not at all seem to be in form, delivering tunes which are so unappealing and avoidable. Yash doesn’t help the song with his vocals neither does Kumaar with his lyrics. Avoid


 

This album with unappealing compositions and absurd lyrics has Mithoon – Sayeed Quadri song being the only exception.


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

 

Heavy Romance, Fluffy Trance!! (Loveshhuda- Music Review)

A Tips’ film starring Girish Kumar and Navneet Kaur Dhillon. It is directed by Vaivhav Mishra. Music is given by Parichay.

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Music: Parichay;  Music Label: Tips Music 


1. Mar Jaayen (Full) / Mar Jaayen (Radio Edit) / Mar Jaayen (Reprise) – Singer: Atif Aslam;  Guest Composer: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – This melody seems to have been found in Mithoon’s old unreleased treasure featuring Atif with his rasping vocals and Sayeed Quadri with his fully devoted romantic lyrics. The Radio Edit version is same version with edited interludes and the Reprise has Guitar and Violin without the beats and different lyrics. Typical Atif Aslam track. #WelcomeSong


2. Peene Ki Tamanna – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Parichay;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Except Vishal’s vocals, there’s hardly anything to look out for. Parichay has intelligently kept the beats on a faster pace in order to get his weak composition avoided easily. A passable club track. 


3. Dono Ke Dono – Singers: Parichay, Neha Kakkar;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Another club track which is slightly better than the former in terms of composition and lyrics. Parichay sounds good here though Neha is avoidable. A nice catchy track that could have been better in the antara. 


4. Chitta Kukkad / Chitta Kukkad (Male) – Singers: Neha Kakkar, Gippy Grewal;  Lyrics: Yuvraj Goel (The Gunsmith) – It’s an immensely catchy composition. Parichay has kept the rhythm which supports this typical groovy Punjabi melody blended with the techno beats in order to make both the singers able to justify their parts. Groovy.


5. Total Talli – Singers: Parichay, Teesha Nigam;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Parichay has saved his worst for the last. This Ramta Jogi imitated track is hugely disappointing. I hope they have taken permission from AR Rahman to do that. Teesha is avoidable and so is the song. Avoidable. 


Mithoon with one romantic track supersedes Parichay with four club tracks. 


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

A Soundtrack by Mrs. T-Series!! (Sanam Re – Music Review)

Mrs. T-Series Divya Khosla Kumar is back with her second directorial after Yaariyan. Music is given by Mithoon, Amaal Mallik, Jeet Gannguli and a group called Epic Bhangra.

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Music Label: T-Series 


1. Sanam Re – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – Since Mithoon had also a song in Divya’s previous film Yaariyan, it is clearly visible (or audible, in this case) how Mithoon has degraded his class. The song is undoubtedly decent enough to be liked but that unique extreme-melodic essence of Mithoon is absent. Rather than being a lovable Mithoon Melody, it remains to be just another average forgettable track.


2. Gazab Ka Hain Yeh Din – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – The whole song on one side and the humming on the other. The tune which Arijit hums, stands out alone irrespective of the whole song. It is fabulously composed by Amaal. Although the video is out and it shows the characters romancing and relaxing on a beach, the audio itself gives that feeling with Arijit’s refreshing vocals and Guitar being played superbly. Lyrics in the antara deserve special mention. Refreshing.


3. Hua Hain Aaj Pehli Baar – Singers: Armaan Malik, Palak Muchhal;  Music: Armaan Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Yadav – Amaal comes up with his second, the song which is quite rich in melody, particularly the melody of mukhda which Armaan has sung with sincerity. Palak has a very small portion to sing which only works in the favor of the song. The indianized instrumentation seems to have been done intentionally which could have been avoided since it’s taking away the freshness of the composition. Lyrics does have substance. Lovely melody. #WelcomeSong


4. Humne Pee Rakhi Hai – Singers: Jaz Dhami, Neha Kakkar, Ikka;  Music: Epic Bhangra;  Lyrics: Kumaar, Ikka – Just because there should be a club track, here it is. Epic Bhangra has nothing epic to offer. It has the lamest hook line one must have heard. Neha, being a talented singer, must avoid these songs now. And I won’t hesitate to say this – it is the worst club track I have ever heard.


5. Kya Tujhe Ab Ye Dil Bataye – Singer: Falak Shabbir;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – Amaal Mallik with his third track offers a Bhatt-like template with Falak Shabbir’s crystal-clear vocals on Rock arrangements to which Manoj Muntashir chooses the apt words to represent that particular mood. Lacks freshness. 


6. Tere Liye – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Mithoon – It sounds more like a Himesh Reshammiya song than a Mithoon Sharma song. Otherwise, it’s a good melody, not having much shelf life though, unlike previous Mithoon songs that are ever-alive. Ankit sings for Mithoon for the first time and sounds much better than what he does in his own compositions. A decent stuff. 


7. Tum Bin – Singer: Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi Virag – T-Series team nowadays is recreating their older tracks. Although previous tracks were just remade, this track is modified completely. It has been composed in a certain pattern, particularly the mukhda in the way that one line consists of the original tune, the other consists of the new tune. The antara is completely fresh though. Who better than Shreya to render it in order to maintain the level of the original which Chitra had sung. Lyrics too have a tough competition to the lyrics of original, though it’s difficult to predict whether it is going to be remembered for long. Modified version of Tum Bin Jiya Jaaye Kaise (Tum Bin).


8. Chhote Chhote Tamashe – Singer: Shaan;  Music: Jeet Gannguli;  Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir – This seems, to me, the only situational song in the album. Shaan is quite professional in singing these kind of ‘children songs’. Jeet has composed a likable melody which suits the mood of the situation perfectly along with Manoj’s lyrics working as an additional flavor if not offering something unique. A song for kids. 


Amaal Mallik leading the soundtrack with his two rich melodies, Mithoon and Jeet Gannguli lagging far behind. 


The Final Verdict:  OKAY 

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

 

 

Mithoon, the savior!! (Bhaag Johnny – Music Review)

Kunal Khemu is back after a long time with a film produced by T-Series, directed by Shivam Nair. It has music by Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mithoon, Arko and Devi Shri Prasad.

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Music Label: T-Series


1. Daddy Mummy – Singers: Devi Shri Prasad (DSP), MM Manasi;  Music: Devi Shri Prasad (DSP);  Lyrics: Kumaar –  Kumaar shows his vulgar avatar on the Hindi remake of a Telugu song ‘Aakalesthe Annam pedatha’ from the movie ‘Shankar Dada Zindabad’ The techno tune that constantly plays in the song is catchy and attractive yet quite stodgy. MM Manasi does have an attractive voice but doesn’t have the ability to hold the listeners for long. A repetitive sounding stuff with extremely cheap lyrics.


2. Iss Qadar Pyar Hai – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Arko;  Original Music: Sajid-Wajid;  Lyrics: Arko;  Original Lyrics: Faaiz Anwaar – Have you heard the original one? Yes? Then it must be among your favorite songs. And you definitely won’t feel good for your favorite song to be spoiled. Arko is not to be blamed. T-Series is to be blamed here. Ankit Tiwari in not anyway can reach to what Sonu Nigam had done in this song from his very first album Deewana. The change that Arko brought in the first line of antara spoils everything. The rest is handled by Ankit’s vocals. Attempt it to hear how it sounds in 2015.


3. Aankhon Aankhon – Singer: Yo Yo Honey Singh;  Music: Yo Yo Honey Singh;  Lyrics: Yo Yo Honey Singh – Obviously when it’s Honey Singh, it has to be catchy. The point is that it’s not addictive. You are not eager to hear it more after the first attempt. That’s enough to say how good or bad this song is as there are no other measures like melody, instruments, arrangements to judge the goodness of the song. Catchy but neither addictive nor groovy. 


4. Kinna Sona – Singer: Sunil Kamath;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Amitabh Verma – After a very long time, Mithoon is back in his original form, the way he used to compose in his early days though the composition unfortunately doesn’t turn out so well. Still, considering the level of the album, it is such a relief to finally here a soulful original composition. Sunil Kamath’s vocals are perfectly suiting the mood of the song which has been arranged well enough to be liked. A relief! 


5. Meri Zindagi – Singer: Rahul Vaidya;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Amitabh Verma – It’s a delight listening to Rahul Vaidya after such a long time in a film soundtrack. His voice has grown mature but his vocals are as smooth as they were during Indian Idol days. After hearing the song, one wishes his more appearances in future. Mithoon’s composition is likable though it does lack that Mithoon-ish addiction, still it’s a decent one. Something to listen for. #WelcomeSong


 Even after delivering ordinary compositions, Mithoon still saves this hopeless album wonderfully!


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM 

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

Not So Well!! (All Is Well – Music Review)

I always wished that the phrase All Is Well in 3 Idiots should have been the name of the movie but since Rajkumar Hirani didn’t use it as its title, Umesh Shukla gained this opportunity. It’s a family comedy. The music is given by Himesh Reshammiya, Amaal Mallik, Mithoon, Meet Bros Anjjan, Anand Milind.

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Music Label:  T-Series


1. Chaar Shanivaar – Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik, Badshah;  Music: Amaal Mallik;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – Amaal chose the right person to do justice with his composition. Vishal Dadlani is an energy that forces you to leave everything aside and dance. Amaal has done excellent percussions with a very amusingly motivating line by Shabbir Ahmed. For once in my life I liked his writing “hafte mein chaar shanivaar hone chahiye” I guess there’s nobody in this world who won’t agree to it. A fun catchy number! Dance to the fullest! #WelcomeSong


2. Baaton Ko Teri – Singer: Arijit Singh;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed – With the quality of beats and that very familiar sound, you can easily predict it to be a Himesh Reshammiya song. The Reshammiya effect is heard in Arijit’s style of singing too. The song stays to be very ordinary and has not a single impressive element. Extreme ordinariness.


3. Nachan Farrate – Singers: Meet Bros Anjjan, Kanika Kapoor;  Music: Meet Bros Anjjan;  Lyrics: Kumaar – Whatever they have been composing after Baby Doll, although hasn’t been of that level, still the each of the compositions have remained catchy enough to tap your feet or nod your head. Kanika Kapoor is although overused by them, sounds really good in every track. The same repetitive surprisingly stuff still works.


4. Mere Humsafar – Singer: Mithoon, Tulsi Kumar;  Music: Mithoon, Anand Milind;  Lyrics: Amitabh Verma, Majrooh Sultanpuri – The 90s superhit romantic track from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak has been remade by Mithoon with his cliched digital beats and little bit of Guitar. With Tulsi’s vocals, it becomes very T-Series. Mithoon hasn’t done much with the composition so why not would one prefer listening to the original in the voice of Udit Narayan! Even after being remade, it still sounds 90s.


5. Tu Milade – Singer: Ankit Tiwari;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Mayur Puri – Another track by Himesh is set on the Rock background with unnecessary loudness and the monotonous tune having Ankit Tiwari’s vocals autotuned, doesn’t help Mayur Puri’s lyrics fully flourish. Something to ignore.


6. Yolo – Singer: Sreeraamachaandra;  Music: Himesh Reshammiya;  Lyrics: Kumaar – This is very unlike Himesh Reshammiya as the handling of the techno sounds doesn’t resemble his style in this track. Also, the hook line has a tune very different from what his hook line generally are. But that doesn’t mean that this track is enjoyable. No! Not at all! You only live once. So don’t waste your time listening to it.


Amaal Mallik scores the best, Meet Bros Anjjan has their regular enjoyable stuff but the rest disappoints.


The Final Verdict:  NOT A PROBLEM

The Verdict Order:  DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE

A Mohit Suri Album!! (Humari Adhuri Kahani – Music Review)

Mohit Suri has made a hattrick by directing three films in three consecutive years. The melodrama was well received in Aashiqui 2 and people enjoyed Ek Villain too but it is the music of his films that actually draws the much needed attention of the audience. Mithoon is his pet composer, being almost in his every film, along with Jeet Ganguli and a newcomer Ami Mishra.

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Music Label:  Sony Music


1. Humari Adhuri Kahani / Humari Adhuri Kahani (Encore) – Singer: Arijit Singh / Jeet Ganguli;  Music: Jeet Ganguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi-Virag – The trio is well known for churning out melodious hits but this time the man joining the team is Rashmi’s husband Virag and undoubtedly, the song has grown even more heart-touching barring just that line with which I have problem, ishq sahcha wahi, jisko milti nahi manzilein. With this, you are trying to tell that those who get success in living together, their love is not true?? Anyway, the other lines are really beautiful, easily making a lot of lovers cry their heart out. Jeet’s music has also an extra emotional touch that easily drives the listener’s pain towards replaying the song. Not with traditional Bhatt-Guitars, but it has been decorated with amazing melancholic Flute and grand Violins with good support of Santoor in the second interlude. Arijit is the most obvious and perfect choice for this track. If not with the tune, if not with the lyrics, one gets emotional by Arijit’s voice only. If you get bored with this version, there’s another version sung by the composer himself. But I doubt you will get bored of this one. The most emotional song of the year. 


2. Humnava – Singer: Papon;  Music: Mithoon;  Lyrics: Sayeed Quadri – When it comes to writing lyrics, Sayeed Quadri never disappoints. He again delivers a winner! The phrase sookhi padi dil ki is zameen ko bhiga de is an example of an extremely mature writing. Mithoon though, with the tune, doesn’t impress much this time. Although it is melodious, it is  lovable but one expects more from Mithoon. The Guitar-led arrangements along with the typical Mithoon-ish digital beats doesn’t offer anything new but using Papon for the first time is a great decision. The song sounds grand in his vocals. A melodious attempt!


3. Hasi (Male) / Hasi (Female) – Singer: Ami Mishra / Shreya Ghoshal;  Music: Ami Mishra;  Lyrics: Kunaal Vermaa –  This track is just among those romantic numbers which spread its fragrance as soon as they release but fade out with time. Ami Mishra is the new guy, another find of Mohit Suri after Ankit Tiwari. Coincidentally just like Ankit, Ami has also sung and composed one version and made Shreya Ghoshal sing the other one. The song has almost everything on Electric Guitar, not too loud though. It’s a cutely written song, a kind of stuff that is anyday liked by the youth. Great first-attempt!


4. Yeh Kaisi Jagah – Singer: Deepali Sathe;  Music: Jeet Ganguli;  Lyrics: Rashmi-Virag – This is the most situation-oriented track where Vasudha played by Vidya Balan is brought by Emraan Hashmi to his own world, a world of happiness. Jeet Ganguli rightfully chooses Deepali over Palak and she completely justified Jeet’s choice with her delightful vocals. Jeet has again used lot of Flute here and the a voice which badly needed to be credited hasn’t been credited for unknown reasons. That male voice seems to be of Zubeen Garg and his vocals have created a great impact on the song. The weakest among all. 


Although being a nice melodious soundtrack, it remains to be the shortest and the weakest of the Mohit Suri’s film albums.


The Final Verdict:  OKAY

The Verdict Order: DISAGREE < NOT A PROBLEM < OKAY < POSSIBLE < AGREE