...Speed and Cash. I've been a Sunidhi Chauhan fan since I listened to her song 'Woh Kaun Hai' from the movie Shaadi Ka Laddoo (2004). Since then, she has established herself as one of the best new singing talents of the decade, and as one of the most loved vocalists in the circles of Bollywood fans. So, if you are a fan of hers like I am, you would be equally excited to know that the soundtracks to Speed and Cash (yes, both are Hindi films upcoming in 2007) offer some of her best work this year. I have been listening to both the albums this week, and some of the Sunidhi tracks are just fantastic! I must say though, that I am definitely looking more forward to Cash.
First, let's briefly discuss the soundtrack to Speed. 'Hello' is a foot-tapping track whose theme instantly reminded me of 'Telephone Pyar' by the late Nazia Hasan. The song is very well sung by Shaan and Sunidhi, and the music accompanying the song is just fabulous. The seductive female voice (the words: now, what? bolo! yeah, whatever, really? -- all very well spoken) over the phone adds to the pace. This one is perfect while driving around, intending to chill. The singers meet again in 'Wanna Wanna', which is a decent track. The really good (and technically superior as far as singing is concerned) song in the album is courtesy Sonu Nigam. 'Loving You' sung by any other singer might have been different, but Sonu does a fantastic job and takes the song beyond imagination. This one reminds me of two other great songs sung by Sonu: 'Jal Jal Ke Dhuan' from Ek Khilaadi Ek Haseena (2005), and 'Ada' from Garam Masala (2005). Good one this!
My Rating for the soundtrack to Speed: **1/2
Music by Pritam.
On to Cash. A much better proposition all-round for the Sunidhi fans. 'Cash' is just vulgar given its theme, and 'Mind Blowing Mahiya' doesn't really blow my mind (honestly, this is along the lines of 'Crazy Kiya Re' from Dhoom 2, and is starting to get too redundant to a point where I don't appreciate it as much any longer), thankfully, we have two other Sunidhi Chauhan tracks that are among her best this year in 'Naa Pucho' (my favorite) and 'Rehem Kare'.
Honorable mention to 'Naughty Naughty si Fiza Hai' for being a track that club DJs will absolutely love and for good reason -- Anushka Manchanda does a great job singing this. Overall, the soundtrack to Cash makes for some good listening for fans of modern/urban music. Not recommended for family listening because of some lyrics that will test their audience. But definitely worth a listen and some more.
My Rating for the soundtrack to Cash: ***1/2
Music by Vishal-Shekhar.