Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Music Review (Hindi): Sultan

Music Review (Hindi): Sultan
Music Composer: Vishal- Shekhar

Baby Ko bass pasand hai starts off with an engaging folk sound but song turns into pretty ordinary techno song although marginally made better because of Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade's vocals. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan aces the lovely melody Jag Ghoomeya like a pro and Vishal did a fantastic job with the arrangements also especially loved the folk strings in the interlude along with guitar prelude. The song's female version has better arrangements dominated by minimal yet lovely folk elements (oud?)  throughout the song and the soulful melody is more effective in this minimalistic version. Neha Bhasin's rendition is icing on the cake.

440 Volt's tune meanders inconsistently, however Mika singh makes up for that with his excellent vocals while guitar riffs render fantastic support throughout the song. The title song's tune is sufficiently anthemic with thumping live drums and hard rock guitar riffs.Sukhvinder Singh's energetic vocals fit the bill perfectly while Shadab Faridi steals the show with lovely sargams in the midway. Sachi Muchi is a fantastic listen especially for its splendid bluegrass arrangeemnts domianted by european sounds with harmonica,banjos and brass. Mohith Chauhan and Harshdeep Kaur rendered the song fabulously and the song detours to anthemic pop sound in the midway. In Bulleya Vishal Shekhar gives modish treatment to base Quawwali tune Bulleya and Papon's nifty vocals elevate the level of the track. However undeniable winner is composer's brilliant fusion of quawwali sounds and rock elements. Tuk Tuk rides on the punchy vocals of Nooran Sisters and Vishal shekhar too ups the ante with brilliant mix of punjabi and techno sounds whereas Vishal Dadlani's rap protions didn't work when compared to other entincing elements in the track. Composer duo ends the soundtrack with rousing, grandly orchestrated song, Rise of Sultan and Shekhar Ravjiani's chanting vocals gives enough support.

Verdict: Vishal Shekhar's best soundtrack in recent times and the superlative singers makes this wide range of songs easily an appealing listen.

My rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Jag Ghoomeya (both versions), Bulleya, Sachi Muchi

P.S You can listen to the soundtrack in Saavn.