20 Sep 2012

Music Review: Barfi: Simple Melodic Gems

Music: Pritam; Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire, Sayeed Quadri, Neelesh Mishra & Ashish Pandit

It is safe to go on record and say that the Barfi soundtrack is the best work of music director Pritam,  till date. At once innocent, mischievous, perpetual sunshine, dreamy and comic; inspiration for a refreshing approach probably needs an out of the box story, as the movie's premise shows. Incidentally, Pritam has done his best work with director Anurag Basu, note the rock band inspiration in Life In A... Metro (2007), and the soulful, lithe, though plagiarism-ridden Gangster (2006).  

Ala Barfi (Kafu Barfi)  and Ala Barfi are basically varied versions (vocal and arrangement) of the same song. The former is crooned with an endearing cheerfulness by lyricist Swanand Kirkire, the latter has Mohit Chauhan stamping his playback authority in an amazing rendition. Note the nonsensical tone, the lightness doesn't lose verve even at the mention of death. Potential classic.

The hand harmonica shines with pleasant sunlight in the Shreya Ghoshal and Nikhil Paul George rendered Aashiyan, the talk here is of enjoying little pleasures. For once, Phir Le Aaya Dil  works more in its unlikely male vocals of Arijit Singh and Shafqat Amanat Ali (opening strains from Raabta, from Pritam - composed Agent Vinod, 2012) than the more sturdy Rekha Bharadwaj. Watch its magic in the film visuals, fits right in. Three versions are a bit too many though.

Saawali Si Raat in an ode to innocent love sans anything remotely sexual. Again, the film's setting justifies such austerity. Note the decent Arijit Singh vocals and light tabla strains. 

Kyun is a dreamy-journey delight with the Papon-Sunidhi Chauhan vocals going deep, the most insightful of the songs, rich in its percussion and rhythm, yet a controlled subtlety. Jo karna hai woh aaj kar, na isko thal, bhavre...

Nikhil Paul George's rendition of Main Kya Karoon, despite its recall of the Pritam's guest composed I love you (Bodyguard, 2011), has its moments of moonlight.

The atmospherics in each song get through, in this age of copy paste song recording, here is an album that delivers the goodies. Overall, a gem of an album for those sweet, silent, snuggle winter nights. 

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