Nothing much, but Ram Sampath (Khakee, Family, Fukrey) is a respectable name.
Mohit Chauhan's 'Bitua' feels like a lori (lullaby), but is actually a gently inspirational song from a father to his son. Sandeep Nath's lyrics talk about achieving success in life without jettisoning principles. Yes, the song is a bit old-fashioned in ethos and structure, almost Mukesh- or Manna Dey-oriented, but therein lies its charm and unique freshness for a 2014 GenY listener. We also liked its slow, relentless beat with those decisive notes of the keyboard.
Mohit's singing brings in that correct current coin feel while retaining the emotional ambience of this old-world melody. The lines 'Ho inn upari khushiyon se tum khud ko sambhalo zaraa' is a hard-hitting reminder for today's generation that may believe in the 'end justifies the means' credo.
The title-track 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' (Ram Sampath-Earl Edgar D and a female voice that is not credited) emerges as a fun track that also treads the kind of filial reverence territory that we would find in odes to (living) screen parents in the past eras.
But the way the lyrics are fashioned does impart an oddball flavour to the track, as it talks (partly in English) about dancing and jumping about to celebrate ('Party mein dance kar lenge / Mummy daddy bhi rahenge / Mere BFF hai dono / Koo-de naache gaayein milke') and refers to parents as BFF (Best Friends Forever) in the best GenY lingo!
Tarannum Malik's oddly throaty tones and Aman Trikha's very modern voice make for an odd pair in the otherwise nice, lightweight ghazal 'Hum Tumhein Kaise Bataaye'. This is Ram Sampath's pleasant effort to enter this musically poetic domain. The lyrics ('Ishq banjara hai phir bhi ab baseraa chahta / Bas tumhare saath mere din hai meri raat hai') are impressive in parts.
'Tod De Kataar' (Labh Janjua and at least one more voice that sounds like Ram Sampath) is a rousing number with some interesting turn-of-phrase in the verse ( 'Utar maidan mein tu taal thonk le yaara / O toote thermometer tu chadha de woh paara').
This is an average album with a distinct retro air that also tries to be loyal to contemporary music.
'Ghoor Ghoor Ke', 'Bitua', 'Hum Tumhein Kaise Bataye'
Music: Ram Sampath
Lyrics: Sandeep Nath
Music Label: T-Series