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Music Review - Wake Up Sid

Meena Sundaram

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Review of Wake up Sid

Time to say goodbye to the rainy weather and hello to spring!!! Wake up Sid is a whiff of youthful air, cheerful, feel good and plain sweet music. Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy provide a soundtrack to a film starring a somewhat odd couple the Crown Prince of Hindi cinema Ranbir Kapoor and the incredibly talented Konkana sen Sharma. Lyrics are by Javed Akhtar. There is song by Amit Trivedi as guest composer, more on that later.

 The track starts with “ Wake Up Sid”. From the intro guitar riff to the drum beat and the voice of Shankar Mahadevan, the song flows into the refrain” Wake up Sid” It is a beautifully composed song which captures the innocence  and aimlessness of youth without being preachy. Lovely number!

 Clinton Cerejo croons the next number” Kya Karoon?” with a very light touch, the song is frothy, hummable and easy on the ear.

 “ Aaj Kal Zindagi” is an impressive number with wonderful classical singing by Shankar Mahadevan who goes all out with the gamaks. His range is explored in this song as well. The refrain “ Tere liye hai zameen , naya aasmaan, Likh de hawaaon pe koi nayi daastaan” creates a lovely melody.

 Now comes the special song by Amit Trivedi, the guest composer. “ Iktara” is a piece of art. Superb orchestration, the husky voice of Sufi singer Kavita Seth and thoughtful lyrics make this the best song of the album. The quality of music and singing elevates this song to great heights.

 “Life is Crazy” is another fresh, vibrant number enthusiastically rendered by Uday Benegal and Shankar Mahadevan. A song about the colors of life, love, friendship , what’s not to like?

 The music of Wake Up Sid is a feel good, youthful album, which is definitely above average. The songs Wake up Sid, Iktara and Aaj Kal Zindagi are standouts. Of note, Iktara garnered singer Kavita Seth the 2009 Filmfare award for best playback and honor she shared with Rekha Bharadwaj for “ Genda phool” in the movie Delhi 6.

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