Friday, April 22, 2011

I AM - Music review

Baangur (Music - Amit Trivedi) - The song starts in a typical ‘Amit trivedi’ style. This time it’s the instrument ‘Veena’ which talks with a guitar and subtly leaves you in good company of a very talented Mame khan. His raw voice, filled with contemporary nuances and the melody of classical music enthralls you. The track has a very sticky feel and you will continue to sing this for a long time. The lovely interlock of electric guitar with the other instruments and the singer injecting momentary ‘ah’ ah’ gives a very contemporary feel to the song in a way which is quite characteristic of Amit trivedi. Kavita seth then takes over. The song is penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya, so it didnt come to me as a surprise that the song has soulful lyrics. Loved the use of Mandolin as well. Nicely done!

ISI Baat pe (Music - Amit Trivedi) - A ‘fresh beginning’ sort of music arrangement starts the song and KK goes behind the microphone to sing this one. A restrained treatment has been given to this song inspite of having a very ‘new morning new life’ sort of lyrics. I love the faint twinkling sound which accompanies KK for the entire song, it gives a very fresh feel to the song and soothes the senses. The way ‘Veena’ has interacted with the overall music setting of this song speaks volumes about Amit Trivedi. This song is also penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya (who has supplied the song with some vocals as well)...I will survive! Good song!

Bhojhal se (Music -Rajiv Bhalla) - K.K hums you into the song. with a soulful guitar for company. As this soulful song moves ahead, flute joins in and fades out in a way the haunted memories of past come out of nowhere and leave you thinking...loved the feel of it. Intelligently done! The lyrics of this song in particular penetrate more into your senses because the music arrangement is very thin and lets KK to do the needful. This song is penned by Amitabh Varma who creates an atmosphere of  times when life leaves us with memoirs of the past.

Aankhein (Music - Vivek Philip)- Contemporary start to a song filled with romance. Karthik takes it up on himself to mesmerise us. He is accompanied by almost silent back up vocals from from Vivek Philip and Shonia Shirsat. From a ‘whispering’ tone of the song, Karthik changes the course of the song mid way as if to wake up the beloved who was swaying to his soft singing so far. This is the most simply written song with of the album with not many layers because love generally is like that! Penned by Amitabh Varma...a good song overall.

Saye Saye (Music - Amit Trivedi) - The Azaan (Allah ho Akbar) by Raja Hassan catches your attention from the word ‘go’ and in comes the princess of soulful singing - Rekha Bharadwaj. Accompanying her his Mohan kannan (Agnee). The pain of a life suddenly unsettled is penned beautifully and performed equally well by both the singers. I love the call to the lord which Rekha Bharadwaj gives towards the end....leaves you wanting for more. A fabulous song penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Wundoo Yeredoo (Lyrics, Music and sung by - Rajiv Bhalla) - A trance- remix sort of song.Multi lingual lyrics, heavy music arrangement should guarentee a palce in the discos and should get a philip once the movie is released. Frankly, there is nothing much to write about this song. Shake a leg, groove to the beat..and leave.

The album then features Bhojhal mix (by Rajiv Bhalla), Issi baat (remixed by DJ Lloyd) and Baangur remix (by DJ Suketu feat. PaVaN) are quite alright. I am quite sure none of them will feature in the movie and are a part of Sony Music’s strategy to ‘fill’ an album more than anything else. Am not qualified to comment on these tracks since I can't differentiate between hip hop and rock & hear them out and make an opinion if you wish to.

To sum it up, a brave music album without any ‘typical must have’ numbers. Onir has got a fantastic music team which comes together to deliver a different album of a movie which will definitely be different in the real sense of the word and not just ‘different’. If you are besotted by garden songs, item numbers and the likes, please don’t bother listening to this album. If you are one of those who look for quality, grab this album. Don’t download it. Remember Onir has funded this movie with the participation of people like you and me (It is called crowd funding but I certainly believe it should be called ‘Passionate funding’).

Go On and drown yourself in Baangur jaisi...and just leave yourself with the will love it!

A Must have album.

My view - 5/5