Music: Amit Trivedi
Not all good things get the hype that they deserve. The soundtrack of Queen is facing a similar problem. After giving us a delightful album like Lootera last year, composer Amit Trivedi is back to impress us with seven well composed songs, while the eighth is composed by regional musician Rupesh Kumar Ram; the lyrics are penned by Anvita Dutt. The album opens with the Punjabi flavoured London Thumakda, a foot-tapping number with Labh Janjua’s delightful voice making a comeback. The dance number has a beautiful mélange of fusion tunes, with both the use of dhol and hip-hop beats making an impact. Sisters Sonu and Neha Kakkar do justice to their parts. Trivedi comes in as the singer for Badra Bahaar, a contemporary track with an earthy feel, thanks to the lyrics and excellent use of the sitar. For those who love fusion music, this is should be your pick. The upbeat O gujariya comes next, where Trivedi manages to create an interesting mix of beats. Shefali Alvares and Nikhil D’Souza’s unique voice packs a punch. This one is sure to rock the discotheques.
Trivedi ropes in Arijit Singh for a sweet and peppy romantic number, which sounds straight out of an album like Barfi! or even Trivedi’s own Kai Po Che. It’s a decent track and Singh has sung it well. Trivedi comes back as the singer for Jugni. But before you assume that this is going to be the typical melody with Punjabi lyrics, that has been a part of other songs with the same title, you are mistaken. With a theme of liberation, Jugni stands out, especially because of the good use of rock elements and Trivedi’s fabulous rendition.
Nandini Srikar’s Harjaiyaan comes like a breath of fresh air. Trivedi has experimented with folksy tunes and blended it well with the sounds of trumpets, sticks and dhol. The singer has rendered the track in a fantastic way, especially in the portions where the word ‘Harjaiyaan’ touches a high pitch, making it one of the highlights of this album.
Mohan Kanan’s rendition of the soft Kinare is just perfect. Despite the heavy lyrics with hidden messages, Kanan sings this track with utmost ease. Again, Trivedi blends in the sound of trumpets and sitar very well. Composer Ram’s short piece Raanjha depends heavily on the vocals, with a simple, flat melody playing in the background. The track leaves you with a haunting effect and Raghu Nath’s lyrics are well penned.
Instead of creating stand out songs, the music of Queen comes as an excellent package. The melodies take time to grow on you, but they are definitely worth it.