Music Review:Karthik Calling Karthik(Shankar Ehsaan Loy)

by Srikanth Mantravadi

First things first,KCK is as breezy and as naueasy as it gets.For most parts it levitates with such a upbeat-SEL-lightness of being,it’s facile.Facile it is then,afflicted as it is with the WUS & LBC syndrome that seems to insidiously creep in whenever the trio get down to making music.Yet,inspite of my patience wearing thin with this dismaying,incessant predilection for cliche’dness,the OST assures me of atleast one good song and a few average ones to ponder upon.

The lone bright star,Uff Teri Ada,is itself not pristine from the trio’s platitudes but all of it is forgiven once Alyssa Mendonsa starts crooning in a silken,thready timbre,undoubtedly aided by some tweaks here and there.Providing solid support is Shankar Mahadevan who manages to do a same same but different act.The sunny Hey Ya! takes off through Clinton Cerejo’s hep vocals which sound really good when relishing on the lines-Tumhe Kaise Main Bataoon,Tum Jo…The harmonica interspersed Jaane Yeh Kya Hua is orchestrated with the faintest of drums but is a let down tunewise.Although it is KK behind the mike,you can almost sense he is being led by an unforseen Shankar Mahadevan prompting him from the back and dhan te nan he does arrive in the chorus portions.Supplant the the same in place of KK and perhaps even that iota of dwindling freshness would have been choked.The piquant flute opening doesn’t forbode one of a lacklustre,dolorous-they make a rueful couple-ditty in the form of Kaisi Hai Yeh Udaasi.The grim backdrop and Shankar’s studious vocals make for a contrasting pair but they do go along well in the title track.Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale’s re-interpretation of the same doesn’t add much apart from the usual DJ mixer notes and thankfully doesn’t take away much as well.

My Pick-Uff Teri Ada

My Rating-Two Cheers!!