Star rating: 3/5 (Three stars)
Music Director: Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari
From the house of Rajshri, Samrat & Co. actually surprises with a fresh score outline though the same does not go for the lyrics or technique. A set of 6 tracks, the album comes at a time when Bollywood is experimenting with practically everything at its disposal. Therefore, music composers Ankit Tiwari and Mithoon can’t be blamed for a thoroughly experimental progressive genre.
Tequila Wakila – Samrat & Co. Music Review
Sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Ankit Tiwari, this is the shake and break number of the album. Yes, it’s a clubbing song but it does manage to stand out amongst the heaps of similar tracks that come with almost all movies these days. The breaks in the straight tone actually help and that makes the instrument stand out.
Samrat & Co. Title Track – Samrat & Co. Music Review
This is probably the most problematic number of the album, it fails to stand up to the aura of being a title track. Lyrics to composition, something goes missing which could either be the over indulgence in tone – swaps or the Bollywood trademark of bringing in ‘desi’ to techno and trance. It has been sung by Gopal, Anand, Pawan and Benny Dayal.
Shukr Tera – Samrat & Co. Music Review
Chinmayi Sripaada makes the composition come alive beautifully through her semi-classical rendition. It is a romantic number and the credits for lyrics go to Mithoon. Alongside her, Arijit Singh and Mithoon too add their voices to this number.
Oh Humnavaa – Samrat & Co. Music Review
Again, a ‘romantic to the core’ rendition, however, it could have done better on lyrics instead of hammering on the rhymes and trying to be a bit innovative over it. Gajendra Verma and Mithoon join Chinmayi Sripaada in this seemingly continuation of Shukr Tera. It is a fusion of both progressive folk and semi classical.
Sawaalon Mein – Samrat & Co. Music Review
Ankit Tiwari and Shreya Ghoshal come together yet again for this semi classical number. The lyrics and the overal composition set a theme of retrospection and the music adds to the eeriness. It experiments with an improvisation of Broadway and Bollywood coming together.
The Last Word – Samrat & Co. Music Review
The album does not try too hard to impress as a result it maintains a subtle freshness. It would be going overboard to term it outstanding but it is definitely worth a listen. Shukr Tera stands out to be a part of any mushy playlist.