It’s a superb start with the mindblowing romantic rocking title track, ‘Fitoor‘, which is more of a thanksgiving (to the almighty for the beloved) number! It’s surely an encore that Arjit Singh provides for the ASHIQUI 2 boy, Aditya Roy Kapoor. What we mean is another chartbusting composition that will rate amongst the best for an Aditya starrer for a while.
Soft rock, nice flowing dew fresh melody and a haunting ‘antara‘ (the mukhda just fuses with the ‘antara‘) is the basis of another lovely romantic number, ‘Pashmina‘. Swanand plays with words as the lyrics provides just the imagery that was needed.
Emperor Jahangir’s famous Persian words when he first set his eyes on Kashmir, ‘Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto (if there is paradise on earth its is here, its here) forms the basis for a superb soulful, situational track, ‘Haminasto‘, which naturally starts with a lovely ‘Jaltarang‘ note. Lovely Kashmiri tune and arrangements entwined with soft rock and western, Swanand’s par excellent lyrics and Zeb Bangash’s robust and heart touching rendition, make this a gem.
Nandini Sarkar and Zeb Bangash ‘jugalbandi‘ is the highlight of ‘Hone Do Batiyaan‘, a soft, slightly rustic composition, is a unique number that sounds good to the ears. The ‘antara‘ reminds of the ‘antara‘ of ‘Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Aayi‘.
Its trademark Amit Trivedi that one encounters with the soft rock romantic duet, ‘Tere Liye‘, sung with verve and zest by Jubin Nautiyal and Sunidhi but Jubin’s diction needs correction at times. Once again Swanand’s lyrics hold attention, without being over dramatic or cinematic.
The tune of ‘Tere Liye‘ and ‘Pashmina‘ is conjoined to commence ‘Rangaa Re‘, an all rock (becoming hard rock towards the end) composition, sung superbly by Sunidhi, whose full throated but sweet vocals and Amit’s deep emotive ones are just perfect for this type of song.
There is an English version of ‘Rangaa Re‘ sung superbly by Caralisa Monteiro and Amit Trivedi and will appeal to the niche target audience.
To conclude, Amit and Swanand come out with flying colours and meet the expectations. What strikes about the album is that it brings out the saffron laced fragrance (read sounds) of Kashmir in trademark Amit Trivedi style. ‘Fitoor‘, ‘Pashmina‘ and ‘Haminasto‘ are out favourites. The audio will definitely be a boon for FITOOR, and will hopefully meet the ‘great expectations’, when it releases around this Valentine (12th Feb).
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Excellent – 4.5 & above
Very Good – 4
Good – 3.5
Average/Passable – 3
Pathetic – 2.5 & below
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