Tequila wakila is a competently foot-tapping rehash of the typical Enrique/Ricky Martin sound, with great vocals by Shreya and Ankit. Ankit’s other composition, Sawaalon mein soars with its intriguing, sweeping tune thanks to Shreya’s fantastic vocals. Gopal, Anand, Pawan composed title song is adequately background’ish. The soundtrack’s highlight is Mithoon’s Shukra tera, a gorgeously serene ballad sung from the woman’s perspective. Chinmayi sounds completely different from her usual self, but Arijit seems a bit out of sorts! Its other version, O hum navaa is neat variant, with better male vocals by Mithoon and Gajendra Verma. Nice little soundtrack, this one!

Keywords: Samrat & Co., Ankit Tiwari, Mithoon, Gopal, Anand, Pawan

Kisse lambe depends a lot on Gulzar’s verses and Sukhwinder’s free-flowing vocals; the mid-way shift to Pakistani pop style are good, but the chorus is jarring. Lakeerein fares much better with a uniform texture and fantastic vocals by Papon (along with another, uncredited singer, like Hariharan, perhaps?), not to forget lovely lines by Gulzar. The poet’s lyrics are even better in the poignant Jo dikhte ho, powered by Shafqat’s searing voice, while his lyrics complement beautifully with the lilting melody of Kaleje mien, sung by Ustad Hamid Ali Khan. Sandesh Shandilya makes excellent use of the soundtrack’s true hero, Gulzar!

Keywords: Gulzar, Sandesh Shandilya, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore

Ice Cream, despite cringe-worthy lyrics, is an enjoyable Pancham-Shankar Jaikishan mash-up. Himesh’s fascination for Tum hi ho is apparent in Dard dilo ko, while the Xpose theme is banal. Despite Honey Singh and Himesh’s fangled vocals, Hai apna dil‘s captivating tune salvages it! Its Blues Mix cranks up the speed, to impressive result. Ditto with Surroor – Shalmali and the sweeping melody soar beyond Himesh’y nasal’ness. Catch me badly apes Kaminey’s Dhan the nan, but Ankit Tiwari and Rekha Bhardwaj excel in their respective renditions of the lovely Sheeshe ka samundar. Surprisingly tuneful soundtrack by Himesh, barring standard nasal annoyances!

Keywords: Himesh Reshammiya, The Xpose

Idhayam’s sweet melody is perfectly handled by Sivamani, undone only by Javed Ali who seems to be occasionally mincing Tamil words. Naanum unnil paadhi is straight out of Sivamani’s pop album, Mahaleela… pulsating world music influences, headlined by the Latino sound. Neeyae is mighty unique, with the composer using water as one of the persistent backdrops – Shreya is her dependable self in the mellifluous tune. Shabbir Kumar is fantastic in the catchy rock track, Yaaro yaar aval, significantly spiked by Sivamani’s punchy percussion, much like the way he does in the Theme too. Competent solo film debut by Sivamani.

Keywords: Arima Nambi, Sivamani

Intha porapudhan’s lyrics are significantly more appealing – or, tastier – than the simplistic tune. Eeramai eeramai is vintage Raja – an absolutely delectable melody, beautifully sung by Ranjith and Vibhavari, complete with trademark sweeping violin interludes. Therintho theriyamalo too has a lovely tune to engage with, and here the man scores even better with the interludes and the overall orchestration! The composer’s withered voice seems apt for the longing pathos of Kaatru veliyil, even as the guitar-backing of the song and the extended flow of the song’s pallavi accentuates the overall feel. Short, but pleasant soundtrack from the veteran!

Keywords: Ilayaraja, Un Samayal Arayil

Nenjukkulla nee is an easy winner, thanks to the rollicking rhythm, clubbed with infectious vocals. Low aana life is a consistently groovy ode to Sunny Leone, complete with a fantastic kuthu twist mid-way, delivered with requisite attitude by Anirudh and Andrea. Lalithanand’s hilarious lyrics and Gana Bala’s rendition helps Kelunganne’s qawali-gana mix very well, but, despite the impressive guitar-laden sound in Unnalkaiyil, Siddharth Mahadevan’s Tamil debut is a tepid affair, tune-wise. Uyirin maeloru is typical Yuvan – lilting melody with minimal orchestration that brings the beauty of the tune well. Well cooked vadacurry, this; promising debut by Vivek – Mervin!

Keywords: Vivek Siva, Mervin Solomon, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Vadacurry

En kadhal has a lovely tune, but with clunky synth that’s undone only by the interludes and nifty violin in the anupallavi. Pony Prakash Raj seems like a horribly wrong choice for the reprise, though. Kannadi parkkama gets the singer (Yuvan) and the period (2001?) wong. Intha aylesa fares marginally better, thanks to the pulsating rhythm. Gaana Bala’s Ambaani ponnu is functional gaana, but Uyir ennum holds a mesmerizing Hamsanadham, along with Madhusree’s vocals! The soundtrack’s best is Unnidam ondrai, a magnificently conceived tune that plays imaginatively across two distinct sounds. The good, in Vaaraayo Vennilaave, easily overpowers the middling!

Keywords: Vaaraayo Vennilaave, Karthik Raja

The very-guitary Yaari yaari is at a best passable ‘friendship’ song; hardly in line with the film title’s original, by Ali Haider. Yeh beetey din works considerably better as a lilting farewell song; its acoustic version, even more so! KK does wonderfully well in Dil aaj kal, a breezy and instantly likeable melody with a neat Latino twang, while Mika’s Out of control is frothy, in a very frivolous way. Jind meriye could be something from Ram’s material in Coke Studio – neat fusion and well sung by Navraj Hans. An oddly conventional soundtrack from the otherwise inventive Ram Sampath.

Keywords: Purani Jeans, Ram Sampath

Azhagu, understandably, holds a strong whiff of Indira’s Nila kaigiradhu – the instantly likeable, ethereal tune and Unnkrishnan’s daughter Uthara evoking an adorable innocence akin to Harini in the earlier song. Kokkara kozhi is faux-folk done reasonably well – very familiar Rahman style that is occasionally enjoyable. The composer uses the echoing ghatam sound brilliantly in Oray our ooril, a haunting melody accentuated by Haricharan’s soulful vocals and the escalating orchestration. Moments of life and the instrumental version of Azhagu are imaginative and listenable. A short, sweet and sincere sounding album from GV Prakash Kumar, headlined by Uthara’s singing debut!

Keywords: Saivam, GV Prakash Kumar

Sanjeev’s Pancham imitation helps the title song and its reprise, though the other Pancham’ish melody, Kaafi nahi, featuring Asha Bhonsle, gets it better! Despite the Omkara’ish sound, Thaayein kare is middling, but Sanjeev nails the Vishal Bharadwaj’ish sound in Sulgi hui! Rekha Bharadwaj delivers the rhythmic folk Banna banni well; Saawan ki too holds a simple, earthy tune, but with over-done orchestration. Bol rani is a surprisingly authentic Jatin Lalit emulation, while Chanda passes muster. Chal lade, I am brutal, Pehle lohe ki, We mix you Michael Jackson and Zardozi lamhe are bizarre. A large, oddball mixed-bag of a soundtrack!

Keywords: Revolver Rani, Sanjeev Srivastava

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