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Bejoy Nambiar’s Shaitan established him as a ‘hat ke’ director and set certain expectations for the audience. He is back with his latest offering David in Tamil and Hindi. He has a exceptional way of doing things and one would accept the same from the music as well. After giving one look to the album, you would be convinced of that. The soundtrack of David consists of 15 tracks composed by eight various artists, including Prashant Pillai and Mikey McCleary, who had worked on Shaitan too, and independent bands Bramfatura, Maatibaani and Modern Mafia. There are 11 different lyricists who have written these tracks with a host of singers.

Vikram and Tabu in a still from David Movie
Vikram and Tabu in a still from David Movie

Ghum Huye – The Theme of David – David Music Review

Ghum Huye – The Theme of David sets the tone of the album. It is a youth oriented movie and the music speaks volumes w.r.t the same. Music is composed by the band Brahmfatura and the voice is rendered by Sidharth Basrur. Song has a haunting feel to it and would work well as a theme depicting lives and story of all three Davids. The band has done a decent job here.

Dama Dam Mast Kalandar – David Music Review

Dama Dam Mast Kalandar has traditionally been an evergreen hit and composer Mikey McLeary gives it a very intriguing twist in the album. Rekha Bhardwaj brings on her rustic voice and makes this one an entertaining number. Mikey does well in giving this one a relaxed modern day feel, hence creating a version which listeners would certainly enjoy.

Dama Dam Mast Kalandar (Rock Version) – David Music Review

The track also has another version titled Dama Dam Mast Kalandar (Rock Version) which has Gaurav Godkhindi joining hands with Mikey. Frankly, if one appreciated the earlier version then this one makes you rethink your decision since the electronic guitar and beats added to traditional version don’t quite work here.

Tore Motware Naina – David Music Review

Album is experimental for sure and the next song Tore Motware Naina is an example of that. This one rendered by Nirali Kartik and Joyshanti begins with a rap followed by some traditional classical outing. Lyrics are a fascinating amalgamation of Arabian feel with rural Hindi lyrics.

Maria Pitache – David Music Review

Next in line is Remo Fernandes’ Maria Pitache. It’s a Goan festivity song which would sound new to quite a few listeners to today who may not be familiar with the legend’s work. He has added on to the folk outing for this theme song that should find a good situation to justify its presence in the album.

Tere Mere Pyar Ki – David Music Review

Prashant Pillai of ‘Nasha’ [Shaitan] fame composes the next song Tere Mere Pyar Ki which is rendered by Naresh Iyer and Shweta Pandit. The track begins with a soothing whistling sound and the same mood continues right through the track. Though the mood is soft while bringing on good relaxation and drawing the listener, there is nothing unique in it due to which it may get lost in the all other experiments in the album.

Bandhay – David Music Review

Bandhay brings focus to rock flavour in the album. Modern Mafia along with Ankur Tiwari deliver a peppy track with lots of drums and guitar. It’s a catchy track which will find takers in youngsters.

Yun Hi Re – David Music Review

Album oscillates between soft music and rock and the next song Yun Hi Re, which is written by Turaz and rendered by Anuirudh and Swetha Mohan falls, in the earlier category. Anirudh himself has composed the music for this romantic track which does very well for the listeners. Composition is interesting especially in the end when the instrumental takes over. Though for a few it may seem clichéd, the fact remains that it works as a good inclusion in the album.

Rab Di – David Music Review

Famous Tamil-Telugu singer Karthik makes his entry through Rab Di in the album. It’s a loud and powerful track which promises to portray a specific situation in the film. Turaz’s lyrics are effective and convey the emotions well. Prashant Pillai music is beat- based and is a great fusion to listen, hence fitting well in the album. There is another version of the same track that arrives later in the album. Experimental in nature and aptly put together by Dub Sharma (who has also been an assistant for composer Sneha Khanwalkar), it is an electronic mix varied rhythms and tones. A must hear for all the budding remix artists.

Out of Control – David Music Review

Since the theme of the film is different, even the music speaks the same language. In this modern setting, a Hinglish ballad in Nikhil D’Souza’s and Preeti Pillai’s voices titled Out of Control does not seem out of place. Honestly, Nikhil has sung it amazingly well and the listener might feel that he is listening to a Hollywood movie soundtrack. The track will definitely appeal to the youth and makes one feel as if Bollywood is coming to terms with the sincerity that is required with the genre. After listening to this, the ‘Choir version’ of the same song delivered by Marianne and Tara Sitaria throws one back though. No doubt, it’s the first version which will remain in the listener’s mind.

Ya Husain – David Music Review

’David’ introduces Lucky Ali in this jamboree of experimentation with Ya Husain finding place in the album. This track would probably remind a listener of many other such tracks, though this one is indeed the heaviest in terms of beats and sounds. Lucky Ali’s vocals do suit the song, especially towards the end. Still, how one wishes that Prashant Pillai would have played harder to bring it into an unforgettable category.

Three Kills – David Music Review

Another English rock track comes next and is titled Three Kills. Upcoming band ‘The Light Years Explode’ has composed this track which is rendered by Saurabh Roy and Aaron Carvalho. It belongs to hard metal genre which has very few takers in Bollywood.

Remo Fernandes returns into the album with ‘Light House Symphony’ in his own characteristic style. It’s an instrumental with a lot of fusion and Remo’s voice do remind one again of his ‘Humma Humma’ [Bombay] days. It’s a fascinating four and half minute piece which would be exciting to watch on screen.

The Last Word – David Music Review

Overall, album is like a roller coaster ride which does steer you in one direction and though there are bumps, it is still worth hopping on to. Since the script revolves around three characters from different locations, right from Goa to Mumbai to London, album covers or touches life from all these places. In that journey, while some tracks work and some don’t, what works most is the fact that the soundtrack cannot be ignored.

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