Saturday, July 19, 2014

Daawat-E-Ishq Music Review

Music: Sajid-Wajid
Lyrics: Kausar Munir

Ratings: ***

1.       Daawat-E-Ishq
As soon as a relaxed bulbul-tarang, followed by tabla, gives a gist of this qawwali based track, the composition gets pumped up with guitars and sharp vocals by Javed Ali and Sunidhi Chauhan who participates in a casual banter ahead. Kausar Munir had proved her mettle in writing such amusing banters in Chhokra Jawan from Ishaqzaade. She continues to entertain with an urdu laden one here. Though the composition is set around a predictable tune in the mukhda, it doesn’t stick to it and takes casual strolls.

2.       Mannat
Though Mannat sounds a bit dated, it presents varied genres- from sufi to thumri to dramatic opera-ish romance which in particular reminds me of the climax musical of Aaja Nachle (composed by Salim Sulaiman). The composers make an easy and suitable choice of letting Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal do the justice to the track.

3.       Rangreli
At some places, Rangreli sounds like a brass-band extension of the title track. However, it remains largely a noisy and mediocre track. Even Shreya Ghoshal fails to create any magic here, and composer Sajid behind the microphone sounds below average. Lacks the innovation that other songs of the album have.

4.       Shayrana
Shalmali Kholgade had a stellar debut with Ishaqzaade’s Pareshan composed by Amit Trivedi. Sajid-Wajid attempts to recreate a similar track with the same singer, and surprisingly delivers the best track of the album. Like Pareshan, Kholgade demonstrates brilliant range of her vocal chords in this one too. Her mellifluous voice is complimented very well with the soft rock arrangement and dreamy spaces in between, making it a feel good song.

5.       Jaadu Tone Waaliyan
Jaadu Tone Waaliyan is led by angsty guitars on a bhajan template, effectively sung by Shabab Sabri with timely participation of backing chorus. This could have been another noisy song of the album if the duo hadn’t infused innovative jazzy saxophone in the arrangements.

6.       Mannat (Reprise)
In this shorter version of roughly 3 minutes, they stick to only one genre and is a subset of the original one. Nothing different to offer here.

7.       Daawat-E-Ishq Instrumental 
This fine musical piece tells very much about the mood of the film. To what sounds like kitchen-appliances led percussion, it is geniusly mixed with Arabic instruments and Aditya Kapoor’s voice of taking food orders in a Hyderabadi restaurant. 

With a first out-and-out YRF album and departing from Salman Khan film albums, Sajid-Wajid manages to surprise with some innovative use of sounds and experimenting genres in this soundtrack.  

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