Monday, January 30, 2017

Music Review (Hindi): Raees

Music Review (Hindi): Raees
Music Composer: Ram Sampath and Jam8

Laila Main Laila, remix of the Kalyanji Anandji's famous song in Qurbani and the song works mainly for an inherently enjoyable tune layered by wonderful Ed Gibson Trumpets along with  Pawni Pandey's engaging vocals. Jam8's Zaalimaa has the familiar Pritam's vibe attached to it and it's no surprise that Jam 8's Pritam association pays off well at least with respect to this song. The faux qawwali is adequately engaging and the main credit goes to the effectual rendition by Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur. Ram Sampath saves the languishing soundtrack with the splendid fusion Udi Udi  Jaaye and the melange of sounds, especially Tapas Roy's, mandolin are pleasant to hear while superlative vocals by Sukhwinder Singh and Bhoomi Trivedi easily lift the song to the better level. The Gujarati touch in the second interlude is a nice touch from the composer. Dhingana's punch Marathi folk touch is rather run of the mill one and has very less to offer musically while Mika Singh tried hard to make the song interesting but turns out to be a futile attempt. Ram Sampath shines in another enticing fusion attempt of mixing the electronic base sound and exotic tribal sounds. The transition between electronic base and African percussion sounds work seamlessly with ample support from the composer itself behind the mic and chorus by Tarannum Malik. Saanson Ke has also morphed version of Pritam's template by Jam8 and KK's singing lifts the song to a certain extent but the end result is not so positive. Ram Sampath delivered another heady Gujarati folk song Ghammar and the sprightly tune along with the splendid rendition by Roshan Rathod makes it the worthy listen.

Verdict: Ram Sampath shines with the engaging fusion sounds while Jam8's safe Pritam sound didn't help the soundtrack much.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Udi Udi Jaaye, Enu Naam Che Raees, Ghammar