You are free to disagree with me, but I do not think Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are the best in Bollywood. It’s Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy-Farhan who are the best. Be it Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Rock On, or Karthik Calling Karthik. Yes, you know what I mean, they rock. Once again. So no more bakbak. Straight to the review.
Hey Ya: The album starts with Hey Ya, something with which almost everybody is familiar by now. Lovable song. Clinton Cerejo and Loy Mendonsa’s voices make it sound like Farhan is singing the song. Shankar Mahadevan in the background is perfect.
The remix version of the song is equally interesting and even has some extra words though they make more kind of background. Shankar’s voice in the start of the remix reminds me of Dil Chahta Hai title and the sound keeps on repeating in the background almost throughout the song. Basically, there are quite some experiments done in the remix and they do not make a bad song even if not good. Certainly worth a try remix.
Uff teri Adaa: Is one of the best of the album. I won’t say the best because I do not think it’s a good idea to call any song the best in such a good album after just one day. Uff teri ada is basically a dance song, with background beats almost like it’s the time to disco or where’s the party tonight. But then, the song is quite different, and if it was not, Alyssa Mendonsa’s voice does make it different.
Alyssa’s voice in the song has an electric/guitary effect attached to it, something that is common with Shibani Kashyap’s songs and it sounds quite good here. In fact I think Alyssa’s voice will suit Deepika quite well. Listen to the song, and yes, do not think your power is cut while listening to it. 😉
The song has a remix too which also sounds good. I hope it becomes an integral part of dance clubs and parties soon.
Jaane ye kya hua: The very start of the song makes me feel that the song is absolutely wonderful. The song remains good, but when coming to higher notes, KK suddenly starts sounding almost like Shankar Mahadevan, nothing bad in that though. In fact with the lines Jaane kyun lagta hai ab jaise har lamha har pal hai muskura raha, Shankar Mahadevan is clearly backing, though he is not credited for the song. Give the song it’s time and you will love it.
Kaisi hai ye udasi: Kailash Kher and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy last came together with Ya Rabba and gave a marvelous, slow rendition of a song that we still love. After years, they are back and the song reminds me of the same song. Probably that is the reason this time the song is made a duet with Sukanya. But the song still doesn’t sound very different. Not that great one. Still trying not to remember Ya Rabba when listening to the song.
Karthik calling Karthik: A perfect song. For the background sounds that is. I do not think many people will be listening to the slow, theme-like song much until the movie releases, but the song is certainly good and should be great to listen to in the movie. And may be even after that.
The song has a remix too, but it sounds more like a theme than a remix and hence they call it theme remix. Sounds fine anyway.
Karthik 2.0 or Karthik theme: is good, better than most of the themes I have heard in the recent past. Nothing much to say about the singing and voices and all, none there. 😉
Overall, Karthik Calling Karthik is a good album and certainly worth listening to. Though S-E-L look repetitive in some places, there is a lot that is new. At the worst, you can play the first two songs on repeat mode, and the third will have its day too.
My picks: Uff teri Adaa, Hey Ya.
Discovery of the album: Alyssa Mendonsa.