Purani Jeans – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

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The lyrics and tune of Yaari Yaari both follow that predictable nostalgia-inducer route, nothing particularly different from many other such songs from the past. But that effervescent combo of guitars and brass lends it some hint of freshness, and with Ram Sampath’s energy, the song turns an engaging affair. Given that the story for Purani Jeans is set in the 90s, choice of KK among singers seems most apt. And his singing in Dil Aaj Kal has all the qualities that took him to the top then. Only the song doesn’t live up to his rendition, sounding rather dated in tune and arrangement. That way the unplugged version fares better, the singing by Sona Mohapatra is lovely as usual, and in the backdrop (that evokes memories of Ambarsariya in places) the Latino factor is accentuated – particularly loved the flamenco guitar phrases by Pawan Rasaily in first interlude.

The unplugged version is what works better among the two of Yeh Beetey Din as well, the second nostalgia-themed song of the soundtrack. The composer does a fab rendition in both the versions though. The Mika Singh, Suzanne D’Mello and Deane Sequeira-rendered Out of Control Mundey has some interesting guitar going in the background which makes it occasionally entertaining. Best of the soundtrack is Jind Meriye, with its smooth, chillout-esque arrangement and some fabulous singing by Navraj Hans, whose voice sounds a fair bit like that of his father, the brilliant Hans Raj Hans.

Purani Jeans. Occasionally engaging, but average by composer Ram Sampath’s standards. Then again, the trailer didn’t seem to indicate a movie deserving much musical greatness.

Music Aloud Rating: 7/10

Top Recos: Jind Meriye, Dil Aaj Kal (Unplugged), Yaari Yaari

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