Music Review: Rangoon (Hindi)

Composer(s): Vishal Bhardwaj
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Bhardwaj's latest outing reaches a musical high when it escapes Indian borders for a trip down the orient (Rangoon Theme), jazz (Be Still), retro/European (Chori Chori) and rock n' roll (Shimmy Shake), aided superbly by the singers who croon them, more than when it goes the whimsical melody way (Mere Miyan Gaye England, Tippa, Ek Dooni Do, Julia), even if the vaudevillian arrangements beautifully go hand in hand with the tunes themselves.

Bloody Hell, which opens Rangoon, more or less extends the same aesthetic, accompanied by breezy horns and what not, but the song comes off as less than satisfying. Arijit Singh pours his heart out in the plaintive and orchestrally hypnotic Alvida, and does even better in the stunning Yeh Ishq Hai, the female version of which gets a goosebump-inducing qawwali'esque makeover in Rekha Bhardwaj's rendition. Vishal Bhardwaj delivers what's perhaps the most musically diverse soundtrack of 2017 yet.