One By Two music review: Modern music with its soul intact!

Music: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa

Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Anushka Manchanda, Clinton Cerejo, Shankar Mahadevan, Thomson Andrews, Arijit Singh

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya

I’m just pakaoed: A classic Hindi rock song, I’m just pakaoed sounds like the Hindi version of one of Bon Jovi’s many rebellious tracks. It’s a song where the lead is frustrated with his life and is shouting about it at the top of his lungs. Sung by Siddharth Mahadevan, this track will strike a familiar chord with teenagers, and has the potential to become an anthem in today’s pakaau zindagi. Although Siddharth is an immensely talented singer, I’m just pakaaod is perhaps not the best opportunity for him, because he’s only yelling to the tune, not singing. The music – a good combination of base and lead guitar and drums – makes you head-bang for a while, and then you get bored of the monotony. This is possibly the weakest track in the album.

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Kaboom: A very powerful track, Kaboom has strong lyrics aptly rendered by the cannonball voice of Anushka Manchanda. Needless to say, this one is a pukka Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composition and hence the music, vocals and lyrics form a perfect triangle for an awesome sound. Any independent woman who has dreams and desires will love this one – Mera safar hai, mera rasta, meri zimmedaari…Oh yeah…! A must have on your playlist, Kaboom will definitely rock the world of aaj ki naari.

Baat kya hai: A very pareshaan song, Baat kya hai will leave you wondering what is actually going on – not because the song is bad, but because it is good enough to make you think. Here’s the weird part: the song is sad, but the music is not. Confused? Let us explain. The lyrics convey the turmoil of a person who is disappointed with his life and Clinton Cerejo has sung the track with utmost conviction. But the music is unusually calm and has a soothing effect, lifting a number that could otherwise make you weep. Deemak lagaa har khushi mein, lagti hai sabhi kaagazi… (Every happiness seems paper-like because termites are eating into it) Very deep, no? But the way the music flows through the lyrics; the music directors have ensured that the song slips away quietly, leaving its soul with you.

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Khushfehmiyan: Khushfehmi (Khusfehmiyan is the plural), is an Urdu word meaning ‘pleasant misunderstanding’. The lead asks whether he is actually in love, or whether it is just his khushfehmi. Kyun ishq mein ishq lage aasaan, kyun… kya pataa sach mein hua hai, ya hone lagi ishq ki khusfehmiyan… (Why does everything seem so easy in love? Is it true love or is it just my misunderstanding?) The song talks about the various symptoms of love – literally – and has Shankar Mahadevan’s melodious voice crooning the tune. The highlight of Khushfehmiyan is that it makes a person enjoy confusion, all thanks to the perky music and powerful drums coupled with beautiful lyrics.

Khusfehmiyan unplugged: The lyrics are the same as Khushfehmiyan, but the difference between the tracks is Shankar Mahadevan’s attitude as the singer. As you listen you can actually imagine someone walking on the street, smiling to himself like a goofball and enjoying the feeling of being in love, whether it is true love or not. He is intoxicated with thoughts of his lover and all the senses in his body are living the moment.

Sheher mera: This song is a treat for lovers of Mumbai. Sheher mera will make you groove with an ear-to-ear smile on your face. An eclectic mix of whistles, violins, saxophone and piano, jazz lovers will know that this one is heavily inspired by the music form. Thomson Andrews has sung Sheher mera with a carefree attitude that oozes out of every syllable and sets the tone of the track. As you listen, you see the picture of a man whose hands are tucked in his pockets, a man who is looking at his city – in this case, Mumbai – with an amused smile. Amitabh Bhattacharya has described Mumbai in a way very few can and every true Mumbaiker is bound to fall in love with this song.

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Khuda na khaasta: A dramatic track, Khuda na khaasta has the power to leave you a little shaken. With this one, the newlywed Arijit Singh climbs to a whole new level. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics weave the magic of melancholy and Arijit’s voice has the depth required for the song.

Our verdict: Amitabh Bhattacharya is a poet par excellence and he proves it yet again with this album. There’s a fair chance that I’m just pakaoed will not appeal to every listener, but rest assured, you will have this album of Shankar Ehsaan Loy on loop!