Posts Tagged ‘Shankar Ehsaan Loy

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 […]

A new monthly series where I pick one composer (or composers, as this first post indicates since they are a trio!) and list my favorites from that composer(s) either within a theme or broadly across their music. With Shankar Ehsaan Loy, my focus is on their melodies. The list here is from their repertoire across […]

Wednesday September 21, 2016 19:08

Rock On 2 (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy

You know what I mean is a perfect sequel to Socha hai and Pichle saat dinon mein. Farhan’s gruffy vocals is almost manageable and those energetic guitars rule. In a more indulgent melody like Manzar naya, Farhan’s voice seems woefully inadequate, though the trio’s tune sails through effortlessly. Jaago, a soul-sister to Rock On’s title […]

The title song is a sprawling effort! Too sprawling, given the medley’ish ways it splinters into. But it is also mighty impressive, pulling in many voices led by Daler Mehndi, a phenomenal vocal chorus and a grand, thumping sound. Gulzar’s sparkling imagination headlines Teen gawah, propped by Siddharth Mahadevan’s fresh-sounding voice, set to a wonderfully […]

Sur niragas ho is an enthralling Ganesh bhajan with stellar vocals by Shankar. For Dil ki tapish, the lovely, Keeravani’ish song, the trio bring Vasantrao Deshpande’s grandson, Rahul Deshpande, to deliver the immediately affecting tune! Rahul also headlines Sur se saji, with a mesmerising Ahir Bhairavi’ish tune, while Man mandira, set to Des raaga, gets […]

Lip to lip is a breezy faux-Punjabi number that sees Ritu Pathak in great form, ably supported by Nikhil D’Souza and some cool sax interludes. Sarfira‘s largely predictable techno sound gets better only by Neeti Mohan and Siddharth Mahadevan’s vocals, much like Sau aasoon‘s familiar pathos made listenable by Shankar’s searing singing. Jaago mohan pyaare‘s […]

Dil dhadakne do gets the synthrock sound and the title hook pulsatingly right, though Farhan stretching his vocal chords is balanced only by Priyanka Chopra’s far more confident singing. Pehli baar is classic rock, the trio-style – they do what they’re really good at, with Siddharth Mahadevan and Sukriti’s confident vocals. Gallan goodiyan is a […]

The title song sees the trio playing a superbly flamboyant and addictive tribute the classic Spaghetti Western music. Shankar Mahadevan and Sonu Nigam are in blistering form here and even indulge in some cool yodelling! Sweeta rides on the cool vaudevillain sound, a tune bordering on Pancham’s Jeevan ke har modh pe (Jhoota Kahin Ka) […]

Offo goes back to the trio’s Dil chahta hai days, riding well on a heady hook and extra melody in the antaras. Locha-e-ulfat is punchy in all aspects, the rhythm, hook and the prominent instrumental piece. Mast magan holds the trio’s Dharma-trademark besides an awkward mridangam interlude, but the vocals by Arijit and Chinmayi make […]

I’m Just Pakaoed‘s highlight is clearly Amitabh Bhattacharya’s hilarious lyrics, besides Siddharth Mahadevan’s uninhibited high pitched vocals. Kaboom sees Anushka Manchanda in fantastic form, again with fantastic lyrics by Amitabh, coupled with a lively tune by the trio. Baat kya hai‘s pensive tune is endearing and even the craftily minimal music the trio load it […]

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