Music Review: I Hate Luv Storys

This is the latest offering from Karan Johar’s production house. He teams up with a debut director Punit Malhotra to give us this romantic movie which stars Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor. The pair comes together for the first time and the stills look good. Let’s see how the movie turns out. KJo has been generous in experimenting with new directors, but he hasn’t shown the same courage for music composition. He plays safe and uses tried and tested composers like Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and Vishal-Shekhar. He should try to give a break to someone new. The music industry needs some fresh air, don’t you think?

Album: I Hate Luv Storys
Music Composer: Vishal-Shekhar

Jab Mila Tu
Singer: Vishal Dadlani
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

The album has a promising start. This is a very catchy and peppy number. Vishal’s husky voice adds a charm to this song. The chorus ‘Ru Tu Ru Tu’ grows on you and you can’t stop tapping your feet. A youthful number which will surely be a hit with the crowd. There are some interesting lines in this song like ‘Jaise gaane aur nazam se, sur ko hi chura le’.

Bin Tere
Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

Vishal is trying his hand at different things. He has penned the words for this song. Shafqat and Sunidhi come together for this beautiful number. This is a typical Shafqat number and he is totally at home with this. This song draws your attention immediately and holds it till the end.

I Hate Luv Storys
Singer: Vishal Dadlani
Lyrics: Kumaar

Another song sung by Vishal. This title song is apt for discos and dances. A fast paced song which will be a hit in reality shows too.

Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Sona Mohapatra
Lyricist: Kumaar

A cute, romantic number which is Shreya’s forte. She uses her sweet voice and modulates it well to convey the romance and mushy love. Sona’s rustic voice adds texture to this song.

Sadka Hua
Singers: Suraj Jagan, Mahalaxmi Iyer
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt

Suraj Jagan sings this amazingly well. I had not heard him before and he is good. Another hummable song which may not top the charts but will be listened to by core lovers.

Bin Tere – Reprise
Shekhar Ravjiani
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani

Another version of the same song and I liked this one better than the other one. This is quieter and less noisy. There is another remix version of the original song and I just don’t like it at all.

Singers: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Lyricist: Kumaar

A great way to end the album. Khan saab sings the same song but it sounds so different. With due respect to Shreya, I like Khaan saab’s rendition better.

Vishal-Shekhar give us some good songs in this album. Some songs will be liked instantly, while some will take time to grow on you.

One thought on “Music Review: I Hate Luv Storys

  1. Interesting review. Here’s my take and I’ll try to compare it with your review as we go along. BTW, kudos to Guys like me sitting 1000s of miles away from our “des” have only the web to thank to hear these new songs.

    Bin Tere – nice, light song. Doesn’t really reach any heights, both pitch nor overall song quality. But it has a good beat and a nice, if somewhat predictable, tune. I like Sunidhi Chauhan when she sings in her softer voice.

    I Hate Luv Storys – another of those songs intended primarily for the dance floors. A mix of Hinglish. I agree with your take that this will be a great hit with the myriad reality shows. But nothing much to write home about. Basically, someone went bonkers with Ableton or FL Studio or some such DAW, set up a rythm and beat track and then went nuts with the rest of the tracks. Sometimes I wonder how the singers would sound in a dry track!!!

    Sadka Hua – Suraj Jagan (a KK clone !?!?) sings well in this rather simplistic song. I like some of the strings with the tremolo effect. I know Mahalaxmi Iyer has a somewhat small part in this song, but I like her voice. Don’t ask me why but I think she’s a good singer, somewhat underrated. Some of the orchestration is good and the core song has a few nice twists. No pretenses of being a classical song, but a good, hummable song.

    Bin Tere (reprise) – nice version. I agree with you, this is better than the other version. It looks like a pure acoustic version and this singer (Shekhar Ravjiani) is good. I might sound like an old fogey, but back in the late 80s and early 90s when we had an influx of really bad singers, many of them could hardly hold a note leave alone sing a whole song without getting “besura” every few words. These days, we can’t find much wrong with the tonal quality of most of our singers.

    Bahara – Shreya is a good singer, but she frequently appears too synthetic, like she’s trying to perfect every note and every word. Often that is required, but it takes away from emotions in the song. That’s a general rant. In this song, which is a nice, lilting number, she sounds like a happy young woman singing a happy song, so nothing wrong. Sona’s rustic lines are a good juxtaposition to Shreya’s “sweeter” tones.

    Bahara (chill version) – you got it spot on! And the primary difference between Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shreya’s version is exactly the point I was trying to make….the emotion in his voice. I also like the variations in the score and his “gamakas” and “meends”.

    Bin Tere (remix) – oh lord, another of those trance versions (sigh…..). ‘Nuff said.

    Jab Mila Tu – yep, the younger crowd will like it. Nothing bad about it but, given its very predictable Carribean flavor, I would hazard you won’t remember this song in 1 year. Interesting lyrics notwithstanding. But that’s my take and I’m sure the younger folks will be hopping mad at me!

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