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Music Review: Udaan, Tere Bin Laden

music Updated: Aug 10, 2010 20:16 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times
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Music: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

Amit Trivedi’s follow up to 2009’s cult soundtrack of Dev D is nothing short of fantastic. Moving away from the dark soundscape of Dev D, each song in Udaan literally takes flight from a soft, seminal intro, building up to a crescendo of indie, alternative rock.

The title track is one of the most soul stirring tracks of this year, with its multi-instrument orchestration that climaxes into a jubilant, rousing finale. Geet has similar harmonic progressions and leaves you with a smile on your face, while Aazaadiyan expertly blends sounds of the sitar and the guitar to come up with a moving, soft rock sound.

Naav offsets Agnee’s Mohan Kannan’s earthy vocals with a folk-rock fusion. Theme and Kahaani play to Trivedi’s strengths of poignant music aided by multiple instruments and fresh voices (Neuman Pinto, Joi Barua).

The only aberration in the soundtrack is the spoof, Motu master, which has some crazy lyrics by Anurag Kashyap, but musically jars, and doesn’t suit the concept-album.

Udaan is an indie gem, with a never-heard-before alternative rock sound in Hindi films, made un-Bollywoodish, by remarkable poetry, by the underrated Amitabh Bhattacharya.

What we like
The never-heard-before alternative rock sound

What we don’t like
Motu master doesn’t suit the concept album

Tere Bin Laden
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Dhruv Dhalla

I love Amreeka sees Shankar Mahadevan and Ali Zafar having a blast behind the mic, while Shor sharaba takes the madness forward by using the Pac Man theme as part of the song. A full-on fun number that’ll do well on the dance floor too.

Ullu da patha and kukduk too have some wacky arrangements, mad lyrics and over-the-top singing, but the lack of melody becomes glaringly obvious in them.

Zafar sings and composes Bus ek soch keeping in line with his old school, feel-good music sensibility. The quirky title and genre of the movie ensure some crazy music too. The album’s fun while it lasts.

What we like
Wacky arrangements, mad lyrics

What we don’tlike
At times, lack of melody is obvious