Music Review: Bol (Atif Aslam)

Atif Aslam’s debut and Khuda kay Liye director Shoaib Mansoor’s second film. That is BOL for you. Here is a review of the album composed by Shoaib Mansoor, Atif, Sajjad Ali and Sarmad Ghafoor.

The album starts with an expected Atif Aslam song in an unexpectedly easy on ears song, Hona tha Pyaar, one that Atif sings like a singer and not like Atif. Hadiqa Kiyani is a beautiful co-singer here.

The next song, Sajjad Ali’s Din Pareshan Hai, is a beautiful, slightly sad, and quite a bit philosophical nazm. Definitely good.

Hadiqa Kiyani’s solo Dil janiya is the next track and the way she starts singing (somewhat in a Richa Sharma or Jaspinder style, just to get an idea) tells you why she’s so popular in Pakistan. Though I was not equally appreciative of her rap. Lovely song, also tells me about the unknown-to-me usage of Hindi in Pakistan. The word was jitna vi soch-‘vichar’ kar le, diljaniya.

The next song Saiyan Boliyan has a folk and classical touch and hence is a bit different here. The song credited to Shabnam Majid, Sahir Ali Bugga and Bina Jawad has a really sweet voice singing the main song while the alaaps taken in between give the song something to add. Nice one again.

Ahmed Jahanzeb and Shuja Haider’s Mumkin hai bahaar sounds like an Indipop song by the music, but the singing is a bit more mature comparatively and the combination is not bad. In fact at times I felt like I was listening to a song by Neeraj Shridhar, though a bit slow paced one. Good it is.

The next song Kaho (Aaj Bol do) is again sung by Atif and Hadiqa and this one is more like a typical ‘Atif Aslam’ song. A more raw, high on notes, bit noisy number that should work like the title song for the movie.

The next comes a movie version of Sajjad’s Din pareshan hai. This one, though quite an original number, sounds somewhat like SEL-Kailash Kher’s Ya rabba in arrangements. But my guess is that the number sounds better than the first version, or probably it’s more familiar now.

The last track is Baqir Abbas’s Bol background music. This was the only thing in the album that tested my patience and I was not able to go without skipping some parts. At seven minutes the music is a bit too long.

Overall though, the album is really good with most of the song between good and better than good. The good part is that it’s not an all in all Atif and since the name attached is Shoaib Mansoor’s, I wonder if the movie will be good too. Anyway for now, try this one. I don’t think you’d be disappointed.

लेखक: Harshit

Madman. So-called Computer Engineer. Hindi Music Freak. Hindi Movie Buff. Thinker. Reader. Critic. Blogger. PJist. (bath)room Singer. Madman.

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