Crazy monsoon day across South Florida today. Driving up and down the Turnpike was even crazier. Instead of singing 'Ghanan Ghanan' from Lagaan (what a beautiful song that is!), I found myself humming 'Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re' from the upcoming Heyy Babyy. Sampled the soundtrack and found a common element in the two best tracks: Sonu Nigam. Hands down. No wonder he is in my opinion the best and most versatile male vocalist in Bollywood today.
I have been a Sonu Nigam fan since his Sa Re Ga Ma days. This gentleman has class written all over him. Yet again, his songs in Heyy Babyy are unlike any other out there. 'Dholna' is absolutely well sung by Sonu and Shreya Ghosal. It is appealing to both modern and old-school audiences, and therein lies its uniqueness.
The best song of the album as far as I am concerned, is 'Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re'. With lyrics like "Raat Din Tere Liye Sajde Karoon Duaaein Maangoon Re", it has a spiritual feel to the lyrics but a very modern rythm. Superb rendition by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The funny thing about this one is that when I first listened to it, I couldn't believe the beginning to the track and had more of an 'are you kidding?' attitude, until the beat began and things took off. Give it a listen to understand what I mean here.
The title track, 'Heyy Babyy', which appears in three versions (a remix and a girl band called Australian Divas (?) in addition to the original) has excellent beats to it. In fact, the urban feel to the music to this track is such that if stripped off the lyrics, the instrumental version would feel right at home in an urban setting such as that of a fusion restaurant on South Beach. No kidding.
Two other tracks in the album are 'Mast Kalandar' and 'Jaane Bhi De' (Shankar Mahadevan), both of which are decent in my humble opinion, but nothing like the aforementioned tracks.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have been on fire of late. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom had a great soundtrack to it. Their work on Heyy Babyy's soundtrack is on par. So is their effort on Marigold. And remember Salaam-e-Ishq from last year? Superb stuff. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy -- you all are winning fans with every release!
Speaking of the movie...check out the cast: Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, my favorite Vidya Balan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Boman Irani. This is one to look forward to!
Music Rating: **** (This one belongs to Sonu!)