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Music Review: Patiala House

music Updated: Feb 04, 2011 13:53 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times
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Film: Patiala House
Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan

It’s amazing how good music production coupled with talented singers and artistes can add zest to an otherwise standard record. Patiala House, as its name suggests, is filled with Bhangra numbers; most of which you can groove to and others best heard when you’re driving back home late at night with the windows down.

Composed by Shankar Ehsaan-Loy in their fourth collaboration with Nikhil Advani, the soundtrack is light, melodic and evocative. Merely after a first listen, you’ll be able to picture what the film’s about – an NRI Punjabi family living in the UK with issues to resolve.

The first song Laung da lashkara... begins with rapper Hard Kaur singing This is Patiala House... innit? Jassi and Mahalaxmi take over from there with a lively dance number that sounds both folk and modern. For those who feel that Laung da lashkara... doesn’t have enough zing, there’s a remix version by Harry Anand at the end of the album.

The second song, Kyun main jagoon... is the album’s highpoint, solely for its vocal talent. Shafqat Amanat Ali easily holds his own against the other vocalists in the soundtrack. The song itself is mellow and begins with a lo-fi beat that’s reminiscent of electronic artiste Moby. It’s best heard post-party for its pensive and melancholic mood. The album even has an unplugged version of this track.

You may think it’d be sacrilegious to attempt a remix of this number, but you’d be wrong. British electronic band Asian Dub Foundation packs in a version that’s lounge-like and laidback. Out of the next couple of songs, Baby when you talk to me... stands out for its sweet synth-pop feel. But Vishal Dadlani feels terribly out of place in Aadat hain woh... With sheer talent like Amanat Ali, Jassi and Hans Raj Hans, who capably handle the traditional number Tumba tumba..., Dadlani is possibly the weakest point in the entire album.

Packed with plenty of Punjabi tracks that have strong tunes, excellent singing talent and good mixing, Patiala House will leave you humming its tracks over and again.