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One, two, cha-cha-cha

Barfi!’s music surprises you with its unusually fresh sound. Composer Pritam has cleverly cashed in on the nostalgic value of yesteryear rhythms, layering them with great vocals and quirk to package a promising soundtrack.

bollywood Updated: Sep 03, 2012 17:56 IST
Nirmika Singh

Film: Barfi!
Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Various

Barfi!’s music surprises you with its unusually fresh sound. Composer Pritam has cleverly cashed in on the nostalgic value of yesteryear rhythms, layering them with great vocals and quirk to package a promising soundtrack. The title song ‘Ala barfi!’ sung by Mohit Chauhan has pretty much all the makings of a success — a peppy cha-cha and tango rhythm, acoustic instrumental embellishments and the scatting style of singing. Swanand Kirkire’s version, featuring more percussion, brings in a folk-ish charm with his raw, animated vocals.

For fans of Latin-jazz and Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, ‘Main kya karoon’ will instantly strike a chord. The bossa nova track features soothing vocals by Nikhil Paul George and a simple chorus that cascades smoothly through the notes. ‘Kyon’, another cha-cha song, has been sung by Papon.A string section lifts this track. Adding another layer to the list is ‘Phir le aya’, a ghazal-like composition sung by Arijit Singh. The song also features a fluid piano solo. There’s also a version by Rekha Bharadwaj. What makes her style unique is not just her unconventional voice, but also her ability to effortlessly vocalise the mood of the song. Nikhil Paul George charms listeners once again with ‘Aashiyan’, which also features singer Shreya Ghoshal. The album’s only ballad, ‘Sawali si raat’ sung by Arijit Singh in hushed tones, has a lullaby-like feel. The lilting melody is decorated with occasional chimes and soft percussions.

What we like:
Fresh sound

What we don’t like:
Cha-cha overdose