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Music Review - Crook

Ranjani Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Music composer Pritam Chakroborty, who is a favourite of the Bhatt camp, brings forth another likeable soundtrack in forthcoming film Crook.  The compositions fall under his signature style  and will be noticed. Directed by Mohit Suri, the film stars Emraan Hashmi. The album boasts of eight tracks.

The album starts with the Punjabi song, Challa.  Along the  same lines as Ahun Ahun from Love Aaj Kal, Chalia is essentially folksy in its feel and with a smattering of hip-hop. The mention of taxi and dollars in the song is in the context of Indian students who study abroad . Challa Remix by Tigerstyle is not very different from the original.
The soundtrack begins on an upbeat note with Challa, a song soaked in Punjabi flavour. It's an energetic, foot-tapping number that holds the interest of the listener. Sung by Babbu Mann and Suzanne D Mello, it is a good start to the album.

The mood of the album then shifts to a soft, romantic track Mere bina, sung by Nikhil DSouza. The song has influences of rock that gives it an edge and makes it interesting.
It also has an unplugged version with KK behind the mike. This one is a shade better than the original track and immediately strikes a chord with the listener.

With his passionate voice KK is back with Tujhi Mein. The track has the acoustic guitar in prominence that gives it a pure and raw feel. Mohit Chauhan's brilliant vocals give the song an edge. The song is like a country version Mere bina.  Tujhi Mein (Reprise) is also an engaging track in keeping with the cheery mood of the album. KK elevates the mood with Mere Bina (Unplugged), and we notice that the man is at ease while hitting the higher notes of the octave..

Next in line is Kya, which is a typical Neeraj Sridhar song. An amalgamation of Hindi and English lyrics with strong orchestration and a western approach, the song is quite apt for the singer's voice. It is neither bad nor brilliant.

On the whole, the soundtrack of Crook follows Pritam's formula that usually results in hits.

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