Nov 22, 2015

Music Review: Tamasha (2015)

Soundtrack Credits

MOVIE: TAMASHA

MUSIC: A.R. RAHMAN
LYRICS: IRSHAD KAMIL
MUSIC LABEL: T-SERIES
YEAR: 2015


(The link to the soundtrack of Tamasha is featured at the end of the post)

Review


Mika is behind the mic for Heer Toh Badi Sad Hai, singing a genre that is different from his dance numbers. Not too fond of this one, very average, despite many listenings.

Sung by Sukhwinder Singh, along with Haricharan and Haripriya, Chali Kahani is a very impressive composition, but not a track that is very "enjoyable". Very situational, so it would obviously be enjoyed fully when watched on the big screen.

AR Rahman comes up with an instrumental titled Parade De La Bastille which is extremely well done. Lots of interesting elements used and blended in, also featuring the tune from Matargashti (will come back to this track shortly).

The album's "better side" starts off with Wat Wat Wat. An infectious and catchy beat, with superb vocals from Shashwat Singh and Arijit Singh - the latter having two great songs in this album. The album also features a remix version titled Wat Wat (Vengeance Mix), which doesn't add much value to the soundtrack.

Matargashti is a very peppy song, with great vocals from Mohit Chauhan. Whacky lyrics by Irshad Kamil, goes well the feel of the song. The Mohit-ARR combo working well yet again, and not surprising at seeing this song being used a lot in their promotions.

Always good to see Lucky Ali's name in a song's credits, because he tends to sing brilliant tracks in Bollywood. And he does it yet again, with the breezy Safarnama. Extremely pleasant composition by Rahman.

My second most favorite song in this soundtrack is Agar Tum Saath Ho. It features Alka Yagnik (yes, you read that right, Alka Yagnik) and she manages to ace this one. But the highlight for me: Arijit Singh's vocals which add a magical touch to the track. Only AR Rahman could think of the unusual blend of Alka Yagnik and Arijit's singing, and end up with such a great track.

Tu Koi Aur Hai is the last song in the album, and the best one of the lot, for me. AR Rahman ends the album on a high, singing a haunting and deep track, bound to give you goosebumps, and which features a lot of great instrumental portions.

What is the Verdict: Ishq Waala LoveLoveLikey a lotLikeySo-soBadReally BadHorrible?

My Verdict: Ishq Waala Love

Final Word: This year has seen some really good Bollywood soundtracks, and Tamasha is yet another successful product coming out of the AR Rahman-Imtiaz Ali-Irshad Kamil trio. Even though it's not Rahman's best out of the 3 albums (I still rank Rockstar as his best for Imtiaz Ali, and Highway a tad higher than this), it is still a very neat album. When you have 5 "awesome" songs in a line-up, you know you're in for a treat! Go for it!