Jugni (Music review), Hindi – Clinton Cerejo

Javed Bashir’s earthy voice adds a rich edge to Jugni‘s racy folk tune that Clinton builds much like his Coke Studio outing. The guitar work, in particular, is brilliant. Neha Kakkar’s Unplugged version, sans that mod coating, is less interesting. There’s a similar Coke Studio sound in Hatt mullah, where lyricist Shellee sings Baba Bulleh Shah’s verses confidently, aided by Bianca Gomes’ fusion layer, while the Reprise is significantly more doleful. Dugg duggi dugg‘s resonant tune, along with Shellee’s perceptive lyrics makes it easily endearing. Vishal’s wife Rekha takes over Bolladiyaan like only she can, with Clinton’s soulful, ambient orchestration for company. Nakash Aziz and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan are enthusiastic enough mouthing Dil ke sang and Zarre zarre, but the tunes and sounds are too familiar to make a dent. But Javed Bashir gets back to infuse some excellent Pakistani rock style angst in Dilaan de saudey, while Neha Kakkar adds foot-tapping fun into Joban hai shawaa. Laakhon salaam, featuring A R Rahman’s vocals, is stereotypically him, even evoking his own score for Muhammad: The Messenger of God. Nakash’s pensive rendition of Waris Shah’s Heer closes the soundtrack on a somber note. Clinton Cerejo’s solo debut is a winner.

Keywords: Jugni, Clinton Cerejo, 200, #200

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