Sunday January 17, 2010

Music review: Striker (Hindi – Assorted composers)

Posted by Karthik

Aim lagaa‘s Rikshaw mix has a particularly nice retro’ish touch that sounds notably better than the plain version – rapper Blaaze handles the singing and composing parts admirably well. Bombay Bombay may annoy Bhope Bhau, but it’s that typically effervescent and incredible follow-up to Amit Trivedi’s work in Dev.D! Swanand Kirkire’s Maula plays it straight like an occasionally frenzied, small-town sufi prayer. Sonu Nigam is absolutely brilliant in the haunting Cham cham – a track made memorable by its calculatedly restrained rhythms as much as it’s soulful tune and beautifully chosen words by Jeetendra Joshi, while composer Shailendra Barve’s other track, Pia saanvara too, makes a fabulous impact, with Sunidhi’s ethereal vocals and a mesmerizing tune. Southern star Yuvan Shankar Raja makes his Hindi debut in Haq se, with his now-familiar Nordic interludes and a street-smart tune with a pensive rhythm, and largely middling vocals by himself and Siddharth. Vishal Bharadwaj sings and composes a very Kaminey-like Yun hua that still manages to score big time with Gulzar’s usually masterful word play and a tune that simply flows gorgeously! Six composers in a soundtrack is a sure-shot recipe for disaster, but in Striker, Chandan Arora gets them to produce a heady mélange!

Keywords: Siddharth, Chandan Arora, Padmapriya, Aditya Pancholi, Anupam Kher, Nicollete Bird, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Amit Trivedi, Swanand Kirkire, Shailendra Barve, Vishal Bharadwaj, Blaaze, Striker hindi music review

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