Clearly, Pritam is the tadka of the season. What with Himesh Reshammiya attempting to be an actor (pleeease!), Anu Malik out in the backwoods, Vishal-Shekhar not exactly being prolific and Ehsaan-Shankar-Loy making musical news only when they’re with toprung production houses, the charts are wide open for our Dhoom dude.
This album’s not the sort you’ll fall in love with at first listen. The 11 cuts melt into each other, indistinctly ...but patience pays...and how. The semi-sufi, semi-Pakistani and, like it or not, semi-Bhatt-brothers riffs are all there...but assume a life of their own.
Rishtey by a deeply-soulful James, Alvida by some unit called feat. KK and Baatein kuch ankahee si by Adnan Sami grab you because of their mellow, often anguished quality .
In Dino (not to be confused with Morea presumably) by Soham, “revisited” – meaning remixed – by one Bunty Rajput, is perfect sing-out-loud-in-the-shower material.
The lyrics aren’t extraordinary but at least some new thoughts and words emerge from the efforts of Syed Quadri, Sandeep Srivastava and Amitabh Varma.
To be sure, a big team had themselves a feel-creative time here...and so, there’s little or no doubt, that Pritam is rocking. Here’s keeping ear lobes crossed that he keeps up the pretty cool sound going...on...and on.