Badlapur – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)

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You can listen to the songs at the end of the review (link via @rite211)

The lack of freshness in tune in Jee Karda is adequately made up by composers Sachin Jigar with the flashy arrangement dominated by the guitar-synth combination. With more than adequate help from Divya Kumar on vocals of course. That shehnai cameo in between by Rehmad Zaidi is an excellent addition! The alternate rock version takes on an equally effective grungier sound with guitars going on overdrive (Sanjoy Das and Kalyan), and this time the guest instrument happens to be Gopi Kulkarni’s harmonium. Jeena Jeena is a nice, sing-along melody that is delivered soulfully by Atif Aslam. The arrangement is kept simple, unplugged-like and features some beautiful flute (Shirish Malhotra) throughout. You would do well to avoid the remix. Rekha Bhardwaj and Arijit Singh come together for the Badlapur’s best track, Judai. Composers give a dreamy lounge-ish treatment to Priya Panchal’s lovely lines that evoke Kabir’s Jhini. And that dreamy effect works to a tee, right from that prelude vocal section. Icing on the cake is Sabir Khan’s sarangi that is like a third voice throughout the song (watch out for that Yaad Piya Ki Aaye reference in the first interlude).

Badlapur. Sriram Raghavan’s musical sensibilities continue to impress, even while changing composers every time. And Sachin Jigar start their year well.

Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10

Top Recos: Judai, Jee Karda, Jeena Jeena

Additional musician credits (thanks to Priya Panchal for this)

Jee Karda – Guitars: Sanjoy Das, Kalyan Baruah; Shehnai: Rehmad Zaidi

Jee Karda (rock version) – Harmonium: Gopi Kulkarni

Jeena Jeena – Guitars: Kalyan Baruah; Woodwinds & Glockenspiel: Shirish Malhotra

Judai – Sarangi: Sabir Khan; Viola: Norah Adams; Cello: Stella Roy

All songs produced and programmed by Sachin Jigar.

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