Music Review Johnday

Expectations:

A thriller from the producer of A Wednesday!, which had only an OST album and no songs within the film. John Day is not a movie from which we have no musical expectations.

Music:

There are two compositions, one of which is the tune composed by Kshitij Tarey, 'Kis Lamhe Mein', which is in two versions – female and male.

The lyrics (Sayeed Quadri) are the usual kind for the dark zone, quite up the gifted Quadri's street and made up of the same kind of cynical fatalism that we get to hear in a lot of Quadri's past work. The vocals are far more aggressive and rock-ish in the female version by Aditi Singh Sharma, who sings it as she would a corresponding English song, complete with an Anglicized accent and Western-style vocal gimmicks.

The male version of 'Kis Lamhe Mein' (by Kshitij Tarey himself) is shorter by just one second and is a tad less 'foreign' in rendition, but the heavy vocals and the overall treatment are again present.

Lost somewhere within these two gimmicky presentations is a simple, catchy melody with elements of soulfulness that could have stayed in memory if it had been delivered with conviction rather than all that orchestral and sound obsession. Whatever be the film situation within the film, when will current tunesmiths realize that music is still all about content much more than the packaging? One interlude midway has that mood-inducing quality because it is uncluttered and basic – this could have been so throughout the entire track too. Here is a good melody lost to an obsession with perceived trends!

The third track, 'Charon Taraf' composed and performed by the Pakistani band Strings (who have worked on Hindi films before) opens with a gentle riff that mixes the keyboard and guitar and is a less cluttered composition than the other song, which makes it sound better. Clever use of instruments like the flute and lots more guitar (including the rock guitar) makes for decent listening throughout the song.

However, the diction could have been many shades better. The lyrics (Anwar Maqsood) are again dark but have some fresh-sounding metaphors (Zindagi ki sej pe maut sajne lagi / Ek qayamat ki dhun saath bajne lagi / Jhooth hi jhooth hai / Sach kahin aaj to / Sharm se mar gayaa).

Overall:

This is a functional album with music clearly as an obligation for commercial reasons.

Our Pick:None

Music: KSHITIJ TAREY & STRINGS
Lyrics: SAYEED QUADRI & ANWAR MAQSOOD
Music label: T-SERIES

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