*Music Review* Bol Bachchan

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Considering the movie is a Rohit Shetty film, it features Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgan, and also was a soundtrack scored by Himesh Reshammiya, I had high expectations for this album.  Unfortunately, the album failed to live up to them.  There aren’t that many songs on the album – 4 tracks + 4 remixed versions – and very few are actually worth another listen.  There are a couple catchy songs, but none that truly make you say “wow” or that compel you to put the track on repeat.  Album’s worth one listen, and perhaps another if you can handle it.

Bol Bachchan and Bol Bachchan remix

This song features the vocals of Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, and Ajay Devgan.  The song begins with Abhishek trying to parody the dialogue from Amitabh’s My Name is Anthony Gonsalves.    The song is catchy, but it fails to create the humor and mood that it is aiming for.  The lyricists did their best to incorporate some of Big B’s movies/major songs, but for some reason this isn’t a home run track.  However, it is a good listen, just not anything special.  I preferred the remix version to the original version of this song, which was a bit too slow for my liking.

Chalao Na Nain and Chalao Na Nain remix

The one thing that is consistent with the Bol Bachchan album is that the lyricists and music directors did their best to conjure up the mood of Amitabh’s era.  Chalao Na Nain is based on the 1960s track Bholi Surat Dil Ke Khote.  The song has a strong desi vibe and the remix version works to take it up a notch.  If there was one song I could point to in this album that came closest to being a home run, it is this track.  However, there is something still missing from the tune.  The song is sung by Himesh Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal, whose vocals work surprisingly well together.  I liked both the original and the remix for this song.

Nach Le Nach Le and Nach Le Nach Le remix

This track is nice, but at times feels a bit too chaotic.  Ajay-Atul are the music directors and did what they could to create a fusion of various musical styles.  Perhaps this song works well in the movie when accompanied by a visual, but listening to it in audio format, it was jarring at times and sounded like noise.  A plus for this track is the combination of Sukhwinder Singh’s vocals in combination with Shreya Ghoshal.  A nice attempt, but again lacking slightly overall.

Jab Se Dekhi Hai and Jab Se Dekhi Hai remix

Like the other tracks on this album, it’s a nice track, and Mohit Chauhan proves again that he is a singer that is here to stay.  However, the track sounds too generic… too much like every other sufi song that has released in Bollywood.  The remix was ok, but didn’t improve on the song.  The original version was much better.

Overall:

The album was decent, but nothing that would blow you away or even come close to topping the charts.  A total let down considering it was from Himesh Reshammiya, a man who used to be able to make music gold with every track he released.  Worth a listen, but don’t expect too much!

FINAL SCORE: 3/5

Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya, Ajay-Atul

Lyricist: Farhad-Sajid, Shabbir Ahmed, Swanand Kirkire, Sameer Anjaan

Singers: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Himesh Reshammiya, Mamta Sharma, Vineet Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan

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