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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

Chennai Express music review: it's an over-the-top fare

Nirmika Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 10, 2013
First Published: 13:31 IST(10/7/2013) | Last Updated: 14:31 IST(10/7/2013)
The exaggeratedly vibrant visuals of this action rom-com with a Tamil twist find a perfect partner in its hyperbolic music. One two three four is meant to be excessive, so we guess it’s futile to complain about its profusely festive feel.

Singer Hamsika Iyer, an established voice in the ad-jingle circuit, sounds just right with all her vocal idiosyncrasies. Vishal Dadlani lives up to expectations. The song reminds one of Aiyyaa (2012) hit Dreamum wakeupum, although it fails to grip like the Amit Trivedi composition.

Titli wins us over with its mildness. South singers Chinmayi Sripaada and Gopi Sunder add a distinct charm to this ballad. The album also features a forgettable dubstep version of this song.

Amitabh Bhattacharya isn’t your quintessential Bollywood singer, so when he sings a song penned by himself — Tera rastaa chhodoon na — he brings a certain conviction to it, much like an indie singer-songwriter. Kashmir main, tu Kanyakumari, although blessed with a hummable tune, entertains only in parts. In an attempt to come up with quirky lyrics — something that’s become a fad lately — songwriters dish out meaningless trash. This song features lyrical sores such as Main zara sa puncture toh, tu hawa ke jaisi hai.

Ready steady po, a club track, will probably feature on the playlist of DJs for a couple of months. Veteran south singer SP Balasubramanium features on the title track. The singer — known for being Salman Khan’s playback voice all through the ’90s, especially in films like Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994) — steals the show with his signature song, which otherwise doesn’t have much going for it.

What we like
*New voices in the soundtrack
*The song Titli

What we don’tlike
*The overdone treatment of most songs
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