Billu Barber-Pritam

by Srikanth Mantravadi

Pritam’s latest album reviewed…

Love Mera Hit Hit has the trademark Pritam sound-its rythmic,catchy and oozes exuberance in the vocals of Neeraj Sridhar.Tulsi Kumar surprises with a neat rendition.The breathless energy makes this a foot tapping song.

Ae Aa O sung by KK seems to be the intro song of SRK with some helicopter sounds thrown in the background.With a heavy metallic sound the song will be lapped up by rock lovers.The electronic guitar blares throughout creating an imposing sound-the right feel for an intro song.It would be more enhanced on screen for sure.

Marjaani sung by Sukhwinder ‘Haule Haule’ Singh and Sunidhi is similar in the arrangements department to Mauja Hi Mauja from Jab We Met.This one has appealing backgrounds and my intuition says they are by KK.Lyrics are by Gulzar and it shows.They are poetic in feel and the treatment by Pritam is up to the mark.

You Get Me Rockin n Reelin,again sung by Neeraj Sridhar brings down the pace down after three heavy duty numbers.This one has a meandering tune and has been done up in hip hop style.A Passable number.

Now we move into the rural ambience of Billu Barber……

Billo Bhayankar has a funny sounding Ajay Jhingaran,Raghavendra and Kalpana singing it.The song’s success hinges on how it is treated in the movie.It would appeal to folk lovers.

Jaoon Kahan is the mandatory heartbreak song thrown in to complete the gamut.It most probably would feature a languishing Irfan Khan-dejected,lonely.You get the feeling??? Sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan the tune is refreshing as Pritam here experiments with some new instruments and comes up with astonishing results.Lyrics are as expected very good coming from Sayeed Quadri.A heartfelt song indeed.

Khudaya Khair for me is the crowning glory of the entire album.Though similar in feel to Rockin n Reelin it is better paced and is interesting and absorbing.One can attribute this to the less heard but amazing Soham.Pritam gets the rural atmosphere bang on target and his addition of the female vocals adds impetus to the track.Highly Recommended.

With that we come to the end of Billu Barber.The songs are highly appealing and absorbing but nothing path breaking.Pritam dishes out his trademark sound with elan.

My Picks-Khudaya Khair,Jaoon Kahan,Love Mera Hit Hit

Rating-Three Cheers!!!