Star rating: 3/5 Stars

Music Director: Pritam

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Shaadi Ke Side Effects awakens intelligent quirks knowing that it’s coming with a cast in which we get to have Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan as leads opposite each other for the 1st time. Akhtar is famous for his diligence in music and the touch can be felt in the album. Only if it was a bit more, or let us put it this way, less commercial Bollywood-esque and more experimental rock, we are sure a whole different group of listeners would have been hooked to it. Numbers like Yaahaan Vaahaan shows you a glimpse of that glory and Harry Is Not A Brahmachari kills that exact buzz.

Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan in a still from movie 'Shaadi Ke Side Effects'
Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan in a still from movie ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’

Tauba Main Vyah Karke Pachtaya – Shaadi Ke Side Effects Music Review

Dhol meets drums and creates the peppy beats for a wedding as well as a Friday night in the local club. However, a little goes wrong with the female rap in between the stanzas. Why would someone break the rhythm which is actually the USP of the song? Because let’s face it, it does not come with ‘out of this world’ lyrics, just like any other Bollywood number on the funny contradictions of marriage. If you are looking for something closer to the dialect, the Punjabi version will do you justice. The vocal combination of Arif Lohar, Shaid Malya, Alam And Poorvi Koutish is commendable.

Desi Romance – Shaadi Ke Side Effects Music Review

The one-in-all number in the album. It makes techno and trance fit perfectly well into, well as the name goes, ‘Desi’ notes. We love Suchi’s voice, fresh and straight out of the box, plus, one can’t ignore its fantastic resemblance to that of Rekha Bhardwaj’s voice. Arijit Singh adds the flip to the song by complimenting Suchi perfectly. You probably will be, but won’t know why you will be enchanted by this number, it’s just too feel – good, we say.

Yaahaan Vaahaan – Shaadi Ke Side Effects Music Review

Farhan Akhtar la original. Progressive rock in Bollywood has been noticing a lot of experiments and Akhtar has been one of those musicians who made it a point to bring forth fresh continental versions on this genre. The guitar never fails, proven yet again. This number speaks of love and hope and everything nice which probably makes for a good listening during lunch hours of a mundane weekday as well as a long drive you have always meant to go on. We love the lyrics for it’s simply inspiring. For once, we don’t know if the reprise was better than the original version.

Bawla Sa Sapna – Shaadi Ke Side Effects Music Review

Typical Mohit Chauhan, the freedom in his voice reflects in the lyrics of dream fetish. But this definitely is a song for all ages. The ongoing serenade throughout the entire number adds a quirk to it, making it not so typically Bollywood song, yet very familiar. Will it be safe to assume that Chauhan is getting too comfortable with his Barfi! – stance? ‘Cause this number surely reminds you of that. This one’s got a 1950s touch to it, voice over music, in perfect harmony. It is nothing too loud yet imposing. The children’s version is fantastic!

Harry Is Not A Brahmachari – Shaadi Ke Side Effects Music Review

Divya Kumar, Jazzy B and Ishq B lend their voices to this electronic experiment gone furiously wrong. It does not make you want to tap your feet, or go into a nostalgic trance or any such thing that a song seeks to achieve. In fact, you might be a little surprised that the singers’ brigade does not include Honey Singh in it. By far the weakest number and should not last more than a couple of weekends, that too only at places that comes handy with liquor.

The Last Word – Shaadi Ke Side Effects Music Review

This isn’t a remarkable album because it does not really offer much outside stereotypes. However, a few numbers, as we mentioned in the catalog, are a fine touch and we might as well remember them as few amongst the good songs of early 2014 releases.

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