Love Goes Grunge

When the music of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu released earlier this year,one feared that Amit Trivedi,too,may have fallen for the lure of the commercial,been-there-heard-that Bollywood music trap.

Written by Dipti Nagpaul D'souza | Published: April 20, 2012 1:36 am

When the music of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu released earlier this year,one feared that Amit Trivedi,too,may have fallen for the lure of the commercial,been-there-heard-that Bollywood music trap. But his second album of 2012 — the soundtrack for Habib Faisal’s Ishaqzaade — a Yash Raj Films production,indicates that the music composer has bounced back.

The album opens in style with Chokra jawaan with a drum solo that sets the pace for the song. Sunidhi Chauhan delivers powerful vocals and outshines the male lead vocalist,Vishal Dadlani. A jugalbandi style number,the only song penned by Faisal — the lyrics for all other songs are by Kausar Munir — is a treat as the lead vocalists indulge in naughty banter. The brass band touch — a style Trivedi has made his own — lends the song a rustic feel even as it blends with electronica.

Chokra jawaan is enjoyable,but Aafaton ke parinde has the potential to be both an opening as well as the title track of the album. The fiery lyrics are supported by rock grunge beats and vocals by Suraj Jagan,Bollywood’s favourite playback singer for rock numbers. The song has a youth anthem-ish feel,even though at times it harks back to Trivedi’s composition of Dilli Dilli from No One Killed Jessica.

The title track is a soft number that explores young love. It opens with a trumpet solo — an instrument that Trivedi uses throughout the song,beautifully — and later treads on rock. Another melodious love song and perhaps the album’s best is Pareshan,which marks the debut of Shalmali Kholgade as a lead vocalist. Trivedi experiments with different genres as the song harmoniously shuttles between melody,rock and dubstep,adequately expressing the protagonist’s anguish. The composer’s talent with arrangements becomes apparent as he integrates harmonium and drum beats into the music.

An ode to qawwali, Jhalla wallah is a love song like no other. The vocalist describes her “aashiq” through folksy phrases with English words in a rustic accent thrown in. Naughty and hilarious,it is worthy of becoming an item song.

The soundtrack also includes two remixes — of Chokra jawaan and Pareshan — but neither of them add to the album. In all,Trivedi once again seamlessly blends the contemporary sound with desi beats. But then,this is his forte and one hopes that he will be able to surprise us some day. Much of the album’s strength also lies in the lyrics. Munir has aptly captured the setting through expressions without compromising on the emotions they are meant to narrate. However,it somehow does not engage the listener at an album level,perhaps for the lack of a unifying thread.

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