Singers - Arijit Singh, Amit Trivedi, Zeb Bangash, Nandini Srikar, Sunidhi Chauhan, Jubin Nautiyal, Caralisa Monteiro
Lyricist - Swanand Kirkire
Director - Abhishek Kapoor
I am a day late on getting this review out but here goes. I finally had a chance to listen to all the songs from the album.
Yeh Fitoor Mera and Pashmina - I have already reviewed these two songs and you can read them here. I did get a chance to listen to an additional paragraph from the Pashmina song in the full movie juke box. The lyrics are as beautiful as the first paragraph. Easily one of my favorite songs from this album. Note, I say one of the and the only one :)
Haminastu - The meaning of the first few lines translate to "If there is ever a heaven on earth, its here, its here, its here". Such a true statement about the Kashmir of our dreams. I am assuming that the movie is set in Kashmir and this song refers to that. Zeb Bangash's voice was as magical as the Kashmir of the dreams. This was a perfect choice for the sing. She has done an amazing job working with Rahman (Highway) and in Madras Café. I also thoroughly enjoyed her collaboration with Amit Trivedi. I quite enjoyed the instrumental music in the interludes (is it sarang?)
Hone Do Batiya - If listening to Haminastu was not an amazing experience that high is continued by this song. Zeb Bangash and Nandini Srikar's voices are so intermingled and yet so contrasting. The song flows so mellifluously between the two voices that it is difficult to say where one voice stopped and the other started. I want to say that Nandini's voice shined in this song but I only say that Zeb got an outing all to herself in Haminastu song. I liked the rustic touches to Nandini's enunciations. You would typically expect Zeb to add some rustic touches but her's is the softer version in this song. I like how Amit can make a song so traditional, tribal and yet so modern. People will listen to these songs 15 years from now and can still relate to this song. It is so contemporary. I normally don't pay attention to the drums very much because Bollywood drum beats are so "Bollywood" but this song actually had some fun beats.
Tere Liye - Quintessential Amit Trivedi grooviness was felt in this song. It made for a good listen. I liked that Sunidhi's voice was smooth in this song. It was an adequately well made song. Some lyrics felt forced but all in all it was an okay song. Zubin did a good job with his lines.
Rangaa Re (Hindi) - Dopey Song! I liked Sunidhi's voice much better in this song than I did in Tere Liye. Does better justice to her talents. I liked Amit Trivedi's entry in this song. I think I like his base voice much better than his smooth voice in other songs. I can imagine this song being a favorite for the people on dance floor late into the party, when you have just enough energy to move to a song but not to really jump up and down and dance. It has that kind of feeling.
Rangaa Re (English) - This version is just a half bit slower than the Hindi version, I think. Carolisa is awesome with her rendition. The English version of the song reminded me of several English songs, especially the slow parts. After I heard the English version with Carolisa's portion in English and Amit's part in Hindi, it made me think if the Hindi version of this song was even necessary. I mean we would have lost a great song by Sunidhi but other than that, the shock value and impact would have been much better with retaining just this version.
Swanand Kirkire - You will notice that I did not say much about the lyricist while reviewing the songs because I felt like he deserved more than a line or a word. I was thrilled to know that Swanand had written the lyrics. He has done an amazing job with the lyrics. Without his poetry, it would have been good music but his words elevated the music quality from good to memorable. Personally, I liked the lyrics for Pashmina and Haminastu the best and all the other songs are a close second.
Over all, this was a melodious experience. It is perhaps the best album by Amit Trivedi since DevD. He just keeps getting better with every outing. I want to say that Amit will be going cha ching cha ching during the awards season at the end of the year. Then I remind myself that this is only the beginning of the year. And what an amazing way to start the musical journey for this year! Amit has definitely set the bar very high for all the other musicians composing songs this year. I am so optimistic about the year to come in terms of the music scene.
There used to be a time when tune and lyrics were like two sides of the train tracks. They are both heading in the same general direction but you get a sense that they are never going to intertwine well enough to become one beautiful song. Very few songs had this distinction. Lately, I am noticing this to be a norm for the movie songs. Either the directors have gotten smarter about making the musicians and lyricists work better and getting the most out of them. Or the musicians and lyricists are collaborating better. Either way, this is a happy trend and I am thrilled to see this. I have noticed this for Highway, Tamasha, and now Fitoor that the music and lyrics work extremely well together to portray the feel of the movie or the story that is being told.
Thank you for this album, Amit and Abhishek. This is hands down one of my favorite albums for the year. I am conflicted in picking my favorite song between Pashmina and Haminastu. Luckily for me, I don't have to choose, right!