Music Review:Wake Up Sid(Shankar,Ehsaan,Loy & Amit Trivedi)
by Srikanth Mantravadi
It is amazing how the composer trio of Shankar,Ehsaan and Loy make deja vu sound dew fresh.It is no different with Wake Up Sid,as here too they,seemingly, churn out subtle variants of songs picked out from their own oeuvre.So no surprises when,Shankar,diligently,launches into the title song in the distinctly seasoned and sobered tone of his,that so easily transports his ardor into exuberance.The song,also,captures as much of the bounce of a youngster’s carefree ways as it encapsulates one of the trio’s joyous musical leitmotifs.The lilting-soft melody of Kya Karoon pervades slowly as if like slow poison.Nay,it is not one of those that make an impact in the very first instance that they start unspooling.Partly,it is Clinto Cerejo’s naturally restrained abandon while singing that works in favour of the song and the rest is taken care by the simple hummable tune,with harmonica throwaways thrown in for good measure.With shades of Kaisi Hai Ye Rut Ki Jisme(DCH), Aaj Kal Zindagi, in the umpteenth subtle-nuanced rendition of Shankar,beautifully speaks of soaring optimism in the face of despondence.Special Mention:The electric guitar that pitches in,in the latter parts of the refrain,adding a gorgeous layer of resurgence and gravitas.Life Is Crazy brings back the joie de vivre of some of the earlier tracks.Some distinct resemblances with Yuvan’s Oy(the title song) apart,it retains an identity of it’s own with Uday Benegal punching in a blithe rendition.All said and done,it is guest composer Amit Trivedi’s contribution to OST,Iktara,that leaves a resounding impact.Right from the start,when the exquisitely done guitar riffs start chiming in,there is a downbeat pathos that engulfs this track.Perhaps,this austereness is also attributable to Kavita Seth’s striking vocals which are rooted in an earthy timbre and the hypnotic,almost transcendental,poetic refrain.Another concomitant with Trivedi’s music,Amitabh Bhattacharya lends the requisite poise and composure with his dextrous contribution(Writing the lyrics as well as singing).Spellbinding.
Wake Up Sid as expected is an effervescent album,with the lighter songs firmly ensconced in the frivolous gaiety ness associated with youth.The heavier ones,meanwhile,find their feet in the somber lyrics of Javed Akhtar and Amitabh.Overall it is the lightness of this soundtrack’s being that makes listening to it a cinch,though I have nagging thoughts on SEL day-by-day getting stereotyped and predictable,especially after their defining(may I add seminal)Rock On effort.
My Rating-Three Cheers!!!