Muskaanein Jhooti Hai would make a perfect addition to Mikey McCleary’s Bartender album for the way Ram Sampath has mixed the retro-sounding tune. And to top it the composer gets Suman Shridhar to sing it, who aces it like she has done in the past with such songs. Loved that double bass. Jee Le Zara brings in more intriguing sounds, this time with Vishal Dadlani on vocals. The use of keys and techno elements stand out in the haunting orchestration but otherwise the song rides on Vishal’s energy. Should work better with the movie. In fact Hona Hai Kya, which comes with similarly dark overtones, impressed me more, thanks to its racier and heavier on techno orchestration. Ram Sampath the singer may not be as awesome as Ram Sampath the composer, but in this song he pulls off a super job.
If the retro-blues mix of Muskaanein remind you of Mikey, the drums n bass template fused into the semiclassical Jiya Lage Na makes it mildly resemblant of Nitin Sawhney’s Nadia (even the raga seems somewhere close). But despite that evocation Ram Sampath makes the song his own with some masterful elements in the arrangement, and in the process creates the best song of the soundtrack. With ample assistance from the reliable Sona Mohapatra behind the mic, joined here by Ravindra Upadhyay who does an equally commendable job. And finally is Laakh Duniya Kahe, the only average track by the album’s standards, following a regular hope-inducing-rock-song format. Get a feeling that a different vocalist in place of Ram Sampath might have worked better, his voice suits fast tracks more. Javed Akhtar’s lines are what give the song some salvage value.
Talaash. Ram Sampath may not have emulated his work in Delhi Belly, but he does give Excel Entertainment their best soundtrack in a long time.
Music Aloud Rating: 8/10
Top Recos: Jiya Lage Na, Muskaanein Jhooti Hai, Hona Hai Kya