Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Piku Music Review

“Motion but no emotion” 

Music: Anupam Roy
Lyrics: Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy
Ratings: ** 1/2

1. Bezubaan
Bezubaan sounds ambient and is neatly arranged (particularly that entry of sarod). It is its sappy emotional feeling to it that bores me. And add to that the soulless vocal by Roy himself.

2. Journey Song
Journey Song is beautifully layered with country-like guitars, flute, esraj- all in perfect motion that keeps this song going. Anupam Roy leads the vocals but is sidelined by Shreya Ghoshal who has just two lines to sing in tongue-twirling Bengali and owns it with her saccharine sweetness.

3. Lamhe Guzar Gaye
Starts like one of those songs from Udaan but the deadpan singing (yes, Roy again) continues to keep my attention wandering so much off the song that I couldn’t even love that flute woven around it no matter how lovingly done.

4. Piku
So what do we need to make a generic feel-good title track? A capella like backing vocals, a bit of cha cha cha, lyrics with words like dhoop, barish, sardi in it and one Sunidhi Chauhan singing it. Voila! What we don’t have here? A fresh perspective. 

5. Teri Meri Baatein
The highlight of this song is the tabla. Very well placed that. The arrangement is further accentuated by immersive bluesy guitars. Lovely again. But do I need to tell you again that how boring Anupam Roy a singer is? He hits all notes well, no doubt, but he is one singer whose voice begs for emotion, does not evoke it. That.

Piku soundtrack is arranged good, produced well, and in isolation- even sung well. But it lacks coherency. None of the individual factors come together to create magic. Sounds good on ears, but nothing to heart and soul.

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