2011, for Bollywood music, had albums from almost all top music directors and many rising debuts, presenting for us variety of genres and never heard-felt vibrations. Without saying much, my top list goes:
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A. R. Rahman is God!!!
Apart from the divine music, Irshad Kamil's lyrics expressed the characters of the story beautifully ("Jo bhi main kehna chahoon, barbaad karein alfaaz mere" for Jordan) and had the story-telling in it's own way (Try to connect Hawa Hawa, Nadaan Parindey with the story).
Vishal Bhardwaj, the experimental film-maker and musician, has his one of the finest composed album for Bollywood here.
With variety of genres, from heavy rock Dil Dil Hai to Russian classical chartbuster Darrling, VB-Gulzar duo made their presence felt strong with heavenly Bekaaran and Tere Liye.
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3. Tanu Weds Manu
Krsna's debut for Bollywood has hit the right chord. The album stands just below the top musicians of the country.
Classically oriented, this album had some sweet melodies (Mohit Chauhan's Yun Hi) and ambient arrangements (Roop Kumar's Piya). The highlight of the album was Rangrez: both the versions worked well and was a remarkable entry of Wadali Brothers in Bollywood. Saddi Galli was a chartbuster with Jugni as another dance number. Full review here.
This album defy the saying "Too many cooks spoil the brought."
Multiple composers with almost all of them as debut in Bollywood had tried their best to rock us with some new vibrations here. From techno-based Josh to fusion O Yaara and tracks like Bali (The Sound of Shaitan) and Nasha were good companion for partying and long road journeys. Along-with Pintya as a good ghaati-dance number, this album had some well orchestrated instrumental themes (the haunting Amy's theme). Also the famous Bhayanak Maut marked their entry in Bollywood with the pure rock track of the album Unleashed.
Other remake tracks Hawa Hawai and Khoya Khoya Chand (not part of the album, though) won several hearts easily.
5. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Senorita was another dazzling track after Darrling (7KM), with the lead stars of the movie on vocals.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's finest work this year. This album was like a blow of fresh air. Reminded us of Dil Chahta Hai. Many tracks were chart-busters (Ik Junoon and Senorita).
Though the lyrical Der Lagi Lekin didn't work well, reminiscent tracks like Dil Dhadakne Do and Khwabon Ke Parindey aptly justified the larger than life visuals and concept of this road movie.
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6. No One Killed Jessica
Last winter, the track Dilli raged a fire among music lovers.
Amit Trivedi had fueled this album with many such power punch tracks. Dilli Hardcore, Aitbaar, Aali Re.
Based on a controversial real life story, this cinema projected the dark side of the system. Amit -Amitabh duo (after the phenomenal success of Dev D) delivered such dark tracks with emotions well imbibed lyrically as well as musically (Dua and Yeh Pal).
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7. Delhi Belly
Bhaag DK Bose was an anthem.
In spite of some heavy inspirations, it is considered as Ram Sampath's best work in Bollywood yet.
Dark humor remained predominantly the genre of this album with Saigal Blues by mimicry artist Chetan Shashithal, as the shining star of the album.
The only non humorous track of the album Tere Siva was resonating enough.
The album was consistent enough to suffice the need of the film but now one may not feel to plug into earphones particularly for these tracks.
Full review here.
Pritam genuinely worked on tunes for this album and got into bringing new vocals for his music, which were first introduced by other composers in their album. Wadali Bros. did their another Bollywood track in this with Sufi-ish Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi (Mehfil Mix). Other such tracks include Rabba Main Toh and Rashid Khan's Poore Se Zara Se Kam Hai (best in this album).
The drawback of the album was number of unnecessary versions and remixes. Out of total 13 tracks, only 6 were original!
Akon's double track in Hindi remained the most memorable feature of the album. Chhamak Chhalo was a huge hit while Criminal actually made many shake their booty. A successful international collaboration, I must say.
With groovy tracks like Dildaara, Right By Your Side and classical Bhare Naina and other vigorous tracks(Raftaarein, Jiya Ghabrayein) and themes, Ra.One was a massive musical project by Vishal and Shekhar.
10. Shor In The City
With the success of Chaar Baj Gaye from F.A.L.T.U., the duo Sachin-Jigar had this in their kitty of which Saibo was a spectacular hit.
Other tracks like Karma Is A Bitch and Shor had dark, crude essence.
Complaints cling that these compositions had a striking resemblance with the style of music Amit Trivedi does.
Harpreet Singh's debut in this album with Deem Deem Tana by Sriram Iyer was overshadowed but a commendable effort by him.