Friday April 20, 2018

Raazi (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Posted by Karthik

Ae watan works perfectly as a fervent prayer as much as it does as a patriotic song! The trio’s music, with beautifully layered chorus (Mani Mahadevan, Ravi Mishra, Binaya Mohanty, Arun Kamath and Arshad Mohammed), Gulzar’s verse, and a rousing sound, keeps the emotional quotient of the song on a constant high. The song’s second version, featuring Sunidhi Chauhan, and The Shankar Mahadevan Academy Children’s Chorus, has the innate charm and innocence when children enter the mix, while also enhancing the melody’s raag Kedar-like flavor. Dilbaro is an absolute beauty! Harshdeep Kaur relishes singing Gulzar’s lines that bring out the beauty and brittleness—within the Indian context of bidaai—of the father-daughter relationship. Shankar Mahadevan’s entry in the antara is goosebumps-inducing given the way he adds a heartrending edge in his pronunciation. The title song is magnificent, thanks to Arijit’s deeply involving vocals, Tapas Roy’s Bouzouki/Mandolin strings and Arshad Khan’s Esraj that constantly underline the resolve needed to do the impossible for the country, penned beautifully by Gulzar. The chorus, featuring Mani Mahadevan, Ravi Mishra and Arshad Mohammed, and the thrumming rhythm are highly effective. For their total absence in 2017, Shankar Ehsaan Loy deliver a rich, thematic soundtrack to open 2018!

Keywords: Raazi, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, #200

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  • ryerram

    yay! glad to see album reviews back 🙂

    • Alex R

      I think its better to only do album reviews when its 200 or 300 worthy, cause I assume its just tiring to do 100 words on every single album release.

      • Anantha Krishnan

        He has rated many albums as good and given 100 words for them..also most of these 100 word albums has one or two magnificent songs..don’t we want to read about those?

        • milliblog

          Those will anyway be covered in the weekly playlists, no? 🙂

  • Sri Prabhuram

    #200 word counter (of 2018 so far):
    Hindi: 2
    Tamil: 1
    Kannada: 1

  • Sri Prabhuram

    Welcome back SEL!!! 😍🙏🏼

  • Aditya CG

    I just want to express how much i miss #200 and #300 word reviews:

    This entire year, the only album that I go back to is Tagaru; I see it as an entire album of good songs, but its different with your playlists. I enjoy listening to them when you create them every Sunday but as weeks go by I never visit those songs and I think after a while I wont even remember what the songs I liked were (since they are not linked to albums name or the music director) to go back to. I would really like it if you can continue writing 200 and 300 word reviews so my love for discovering new music wont stop 🙂

    • Sri Prabhuram

      ^^ Couldn’t say it better myself. 😊

    • Abhijit

      I agree with the sentiments of this comment. I used to look forward to the reviews on this blog – now not so much. I must admit the playlists posts aren’t really what made this blog wonderful. Up to Karthik of course, it’s his blog, so he is free to do whatever he wants.

  • Sri Prabhuram

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