Music Review: Striker

Album: Striker
Music Composers:
Blaaze, Amit Trivedi, Shailendra Barve, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Swanand Kirkire, Vishal Bharadwaj
Lyricists: Nitin Raikwar, Blaaze, Prashant Ingole, Jeetendra Joshi, Nitin Raikwar, Swanand Kirkire, Gulzar

Aim Lagaa
Singer: Blaaze
Music Composer: Blaaze
Lyricist: Nitin Raikwar, Blaaze

A fast paced track which is on the same lines as Goli Maar Bheje Mein. Both talk about shooting, but this one is more serious whereas the one from Satya had a humorous touch to it. Blaaze tries to pack in too much into one song. This song might become a hit with the disco crowd.

Bombay Bombay
Singers: Siddharth
Music Composer: Amit Trivedi
Lyricist: Prashant Ingole

The song starts with a simple tune a dialog. It picks up pace and has a bit of rock element to it. There are many songs on Bombay as a place with golden opportunities and this song is the latest addition to this group. A catchy tune, easy lyrics, foot tapping music – this song is good on the ears. I like the way the chorus goes ‘Bombay, Bombay, city never sleeps’.

Cham Cham
Singer: Sonu Nigam
Music Composer: Shailendra Barve
Lyricist: Jeetendra Joshi

Just when you thought Sonu has shown all his hidden talents, he stuns with you another one. You have to listen to this song to believe what I say – Sonu Nigam’s voice is unrecognizable in this. I always thought Sonu’s voice suits soft, romantic numbers and sad, emotional songs (on the lines of Rafi saab). Sonu Nigam proves me wrong with this song. One amazing song, with great music and great singing and good lyrics. There is a rustic feeling to this song which makes this song very special. Shailendra Barve is one music composer who I will watch eagerly.

Haq Se
Singers: Siddharth, Yuvan Shankar Raja
Music Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Lyricist: Nitin Raikwar

Another fast number with catchy beats which talks about luck, kismat etc. I can imagine this song being sung in music reality shows and discos.

Singer: Swanand Kirkire
Music Composer: Swanand Kirkire
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
After the heavy song, this one comes as a whiff of fresh air. A soft, number which borders on Sufi but is not Sufi. Music, singing and words are from Swanand Kirkire. The song is amazing. The beats remind me of the laavanis of Marathi, but still the song is anything but a laavani. Listen to this song for some Kirkire magic.

Pia Saanvara
Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Composer: Shailendra Barve
Lyricist: Jeetendra Joshi

A semi-classical song sung beautifully by Sunidhi Chauhan. Barve shines again in this song. He has used Sunidhi’s voice really well. All those people who think Sunidhi can sing only ‘Beedi Jalaile’ kind of songs get a fitting reply. Sunidhi packs in enough emotions in this song.

Yun Hua
Singer: Vishal Bhardwaj
Music Composer: Vishal Bharadwaj
Lyricist: Gulzar
A perfect end to a great album. Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzar team up again to give us a mellifluous song. A silent number, with little background music, focusing mainly on the singer and his words. Bharadwaj is really good with such silent numbers and he is good in this one too.

I was wary of this album when I saw the list of music directors. Don’t people say ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’. Not in this case, I say. This album says ‘The more, the merrier’. One helluva album and worth listening to.

You can listen to these songs online.

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