Music Review: Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

Album: Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire

Album Rating:

 

 

With the huge success of Parineeta and Lage Raho Munnabhai weighing on his shoulders, expectations from Moitra are quite high. He tries to concoct a different mixture here, but fails to create the same magic. While Parineeta had periodic songs with a strong classical touch, Munnabhai was high on melody. The theme of this album seems to be fusion, but it doesn’t touch your heart. Compared to the nasal songs that top the charts these days, this album comes as a refreshing breeze, but still it doesn’t sound like it’s from the Moitra band.

Ik Teekhi Teekhi Si ladki
Singers: KK, Shreya Goshal

The album starts with this light-hearted, playful song. KK and Shreya Goshal add enough ‘natkhatpan’ into this song. KK’s singing is effortless and Shreya does justice. At one stage, the song’s mood changes and we hear Shreya’s digitized voice with some special effects. Apart from this, the song maintains its mood of light-heardedness throughout. Swanand Kirkire’s words are fresh.

Kachchi Kaliyan
Singers: Sonu Nigam, KK, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Goshal

This song starts with words from a folk song, but almost instantly changes to a fast song. This song is interspersed with English words and Hindi words sung in rap style. This song is an unusual mixture of fast, techno beats and folkish words. Apt for a wedding ceremony or a dance competition. Considering Moitra’s earlier works, this song is completely different. This peppy song is going to be surely a hit with the crowd. For me, probably the weakest song in the album.

Ehi Thaiyaa Motiya
Singer: Rekha Bharadwaj

Totally contrary to the previous song, this classical based song is slow and relaxing. Rekha Bharadwaj’s voice is husky and soothing. Sarod is prominently used in this song and it gives a mujra touch and makes the song sound authentic. With Kathak’s ‘taa-thaiyyas’ interespersed, this is a typical ‘kotha’ song.

Zara Gungunalein Chalo
Singer: Babul Supriyo, Mahalaxmi Iyer

A fast song which tries hard to cheer up the mood after the heavy classical song. Baabul’s voice creates magic, but Mahalaxmi’s singing sounds strained. The song is far from catchy. Moitra tries to give this song an exotic touch with Spanish words and guitar pieces. The tune is nothing exotic, though. Nothing extra-ordinary about this song.

Chunari Mein Daag
Singers: Shubha Mudgal, Meeta Vashisht

What’s Meeta Vashisht doing here? No idea. The combination of Vashisht and Mudgal brings back memories of Man Ke Manjeere. This song does sound similar. With those weird beats (no idea what they are called), this song is a fusion. The background music is kept minimal and Mudgal’s voice sounds great. This song is a different take on the immortal Manna Dey’s song.

Hum To Aise Hain
Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Goshal, Swanand Kirkire

Sung beautifully by Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Goshal, this fun-filled song defines the protagonist family. Sunidhi almost over-shadows Shreya. The tune and the words are catchy. With a prominent ‘dafali’ beat in the background, this song is soothing on the ears.

So, should you buy this album? May be not. Listen to the songs online and then decide whether you want this album for your collection.

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