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Tastefully put together

music Updated: May 23, 2011 14:53 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times
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Music: Assorted

Lyrics: Sanjeev Sharma

One look at the poster art of this Anurag Kashyap produced film and you’ll most probably think that it’s another Dev.D sort of flick. And your assumption wouldn’t be so wrong, at least as far as the music is concerned.

With music direction by multiple artists including Ranjit Barot, and Prashant Pillai from the AR Rahman stable, this soundtrack cum background score has a definitive mood and tone. With so many creative individuals guiding the sound, it’s very easy for things to go off beam. But this musical effort proves the proverb 'too many cooks spoil the broth' absolutely wrong.

KalkiWhat separates this piece of work from usual Bollywood fare is that it has all of 14 tracks with no remix, so to speak. There’s a reprise version of Nasha.... - one of the album’s anthems, but it’s an entirely redone version and not a ‘remix’. The opening song, aptly called Enter… inspired by Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy score, sets the mood with heavily electronic and ambient vibes. The next track, Bali – the sound of Shaitan… is further representative with strong bass lines and a trip-hop tone that’s reminiscent of British electronic outfit Massive Attack.

Nasha… along with its Rock & Soul Version further down the album, both composed by Prashant Pillai, are hypnotic numbers with droning beats and ethereal voices courtesy Bindu Nambiar and Ranjit Barot respectively.

Don’t miss the hard-rock track Josh…, the slow and impassioned Amy’stheme… or even the recreated Hawahawai…. The ambient-electronic jam Retropopshit… is also a great listen, its casual name notwithstanding.

With such an elaborate ensemble of musicians, who have all collaborated in putting together the album, Shaitan’s music is greater than the sum of its parts. From the first song to the last, there’s a cohesive tone that’s as enjoyable as it is believable. You’ll want to start listening to the album again, the minute you’re done with it. If that doesn’t signify a good effort, we don’t know what does.

What we like
Styles range from electronic to psychedelic rock

What we don’t like
Some elements seem rather “inspired”

Rating: ****