Rating : 9/10
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
The 2 States album does not disappoint. The fresh voices, very little repetition, comforting music and lyrics that you can actually make sense of, make this album a treat. Its one of those feel good albums . Dharma brings us another superb album. The first track Offo by Amitabh Bhattacharya who pairs up with Aditi Singh Sharma and does a peppy number for 2 States. If clubbing is your forte, this one is perfect. It is simple with its lyrics treading on relationship menaces and the only flaw is, as you browse through the album, the medley in the genre tends to get a tad bit similar to that of Locha – E – Ulfat. Locha-E-Ulfat – this is more like an extension to Offo! And that includes the essence as well as the music score. Needless to say, just like Offo, this is one for the dance or for a long drive that needs you to be awake behind the wheels. For the vocals, contributing credits go to Benny Dayal. Mast Magan stands out by far as the soul of this album! Arijit Singh and Chinmayi Sripada are the voices behind the composition. Arijit time and time again is proving himself to be one of India’s finest voices in Cinema. Iski Uski – Shahid Mallya and Akriti Kakkar may not have produced anything outstanding but if you are looking for a number to just dance on, this is not a bad choice. If anything, it lacks the irritation of techno and trance that has been violating the Bollywood music scenario for quite some time now as far as dance numbers are concerned. The vernacular touch is actually peppy and the lyrics doesn’t bore you either. Chaandaniya – This one has to be one of the top most romantic numbers in the 1st half of 2014. Mohan Kanan and Yashita Sharma render freshness to this number that has been missing in Bollywood for quite some months now. At lyrics, Amitabh Bhattacharya proves his mettle. This is one track that won’t leave your playlist for quite some time. Semi – sufi and country come together to make for a soothing soundtrack. Hulla Re – Like this song for all that it has to offer in the beats and not for how loud it is. The pitch makes sense as this high energy number is both progressive Bollywood and improvised Punjabi in genre. Shankar Mahadevan and Siddharth Mahadevan come together lending voice to this number while again lyrics are quite sensible unlike the recent trend of beats sans meaningful words in Bollywood. If the past few releases did not stand up to your expectations in Hindi Film music, this is worth a try . The entire album can be judged without selective prejudice!