Amit Trivedi is a big name these days when it comes to making music that is different and exception and has an identity of its own. Ever since 2009, when Amit Trivedi made his debut in DevD, a whole new category of music has been presented to us by Amit who never repeats the same composition that has been used earlier. Lootera is a huge change when It comes to the ongoing trend in music these days.
The album starts with Sawar Loon sung by Monali Thakur and is the best song in the whole album and the mellow tune stays with you long after the song is over. This song truly brings out the old age songs of bollywood to life the whole musical set up is tremendous even after it being simple and in a loop. Sawarloon is basically a romantic song that soothes your mind and leaves you in the world of sepia-toned cinema yet modern.
The next track is Ankaheen sung by Amitabh Bhattacharya. This track is really asymmetric in its presentation as unusual note shave been used but at the same time they make the song really interesting to listen to. Amazing use of the violin, guitar and drums that brings about the feeling of revelation in peace.
Then comes Shikayatein which has deep lyrical meaning. Somewhere in the song you will be bound to wonder if it sounds like Azadiyan from Udaan. But overall this song presents you with a mystery, a really deep meaning either this guy is happy that he has resolved his issues or has settled with the issues that he has and is now successful in avoiding them. Really good use of chorus in the song, Mohan Kanan has done a good job.
Monta Re arrives and strikes you immediately and you are left with a typical Bengali song. The guitar has been used perfectly in this song. When you hear Monta Re ,you’ll be smiling. The song basically teases you with the feeling that you have when you are in love or are falling in love. Sawanand Kirkire’s vocal did the job in brining about the Bengali feel in the song.
The next track is Zinda which has definite western rock influences with all the chords being struck on an electric guitar. The music is a bit mixed up, maybe I am saying this because I expect a lot from Amit Trivedi.
The last track is Manmarziyan sung mostly by Shilpa Rao with Amit and Amitabh in the chorus. This song is slow yet really intriguing. It bring goose bumps when you listen to it, literally. Shilpa Rao’s voice is the cherry on top, she delivers the lyrics with perfection. The song feels like a long drive on a lonely highway!
Overall the album presents Sawar Loon and Monta Re as the only Bengali driven tracks that would do justice to the background score of the movie as it is a Bengali based movie. Manarziyan and Ankaheen are the other good songs in the album. In the end I can say that, after listening to the whole album for 5 times, this album has brought about a change in the current music trend and this will be cherished by all. Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya have done an amazing job once again. You would be missing a lot if you gave this album a miss so do listen to the tracks! They will be worth the time.
– Binay Bhusan Senapati