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Music Review: No One Killed Jessica

music Updated: Dec 29, 2010 14:59 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times
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Film: No One Killed Jessica
Music: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Label: Sa Re Ga Ma
Rating **1/2

Composer and lyricist duo Amit Trivedi and Amit Bhattach-arya collaborate once again for No One Killed Jessica, which is expectedly filled with angst and droning guitars.

The first track Dilli… begins like a Spice Girls number, circa 1999. Featuring singers Tochi Raina, Aditi Singh Sharma and Shriram Iyer, the song quickly progresses into an angered piece with distortion. The word ‘Dilli’ is repeated ad nauseam until the song
finally ends on a hackneyed solo.

It’s the next two tracks, ‘Aali re…’ and ‘Yeh pal…’ that are the high points. The former has a catchy beat with great bass. With as many as eight singers, it’s an audacious diatribe with lyrics such as “Aali re, saali re, kaali re, jagdali re, nakhrali re, bawali re, hatt.”

A remixed version will make for a great dance number. ‘Yeh pal…’ is beautiful, evocative and dreamy in a Brian Eno sort of way. Shilpa Rao has a wonderful voice that is done justice to.

From here on, the potency dwindles. ‘Aitbaar…’ has Vishal Dadlani and Robert Omulo on vocals, but lacks substance. Omulo adds random bits of rap, while Dadlani struggles with his impassioned screams. ‘Dua…’ is a pensive track but it doesn’t match the overall tone of the soundtrack. The final song, ‘Dilli Hardcore…’ is a slightly remixed version of the album opener.

Overall, the soundtrack fails to contain a cohesive sound and is rather mediocre.

What we like
Aali Re and Rao’s singing in Yeh pal.

What we don’tlike
Some songs like Aitbaar feel contrived and lack soul.