Music Review: Queen (Hindi)

Composer(s): Amit Trivedi
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkad and Neha Kakkad significantly spruce up the lively London Thumakda, its nod to Lazy Lad notwithstanding. An eclectic blend of strings underscores the impressively arranged Badra Bahaar, while Shefali Alvares and Nikhil D'Souza are at their enthusiastic best in the groovy techno-pop piece O Gujariya. Taake Jhanke has Arijit Singh singing first time for Amit Trivedi, its soft rock flourishes complementing smaller details of instrumental colour and vocal arrangements. Jugni has the composer's stamp all over it, and Trivedi aces it with his inimitable vocals. Mohan Kannan hits all the right notes in Kinare, a track that is a lovely concoction of guitars, sitar and trumpets. The melancholic Ranjha, set to a minimal arrangement, rides along a Punjabi folky terrain that singer Rupesh Kumar Ram delivers without a hitch. The album's cornerstone, however, is Harjaiyaan, a hauntingly composed and downright spectacular folk musical that benefits greatly from the stupendous vocals of Nandini Srikar. Amit Trivedi may have had a mixed 2013, but with Queen he proves he is here to stay. Familiar sounds, yes, but super diverse and very much likeable.