Director Ananth Mahadevan and composer Himesh Reshammiya musical hit, AKSAR, still remains etched out in the minds of music lovers and one expects an encore with musical murder mystery XPOSE, which stars the composer himself as the lead actor. Giving him company (on screen as well!) is the hugely popular, Yo Yo Honey Singh and both gelled well in KHILADI 786, the songs of which are still popular. So let's check out what these big guns have in store to expose musically in this album.
The highlights of the 'Ice Cream
' song is Yo Yo Honey Singh's rap and vintage Himesh Reshammiya's nasal singing and not to forget Palak Muchchal's fine rendition. The retro era is well created through some fine 'dhinchak
' RD Burman type music, the sort that Himesh successfully created in 'Balma
' (KHILADI 786. But one still prefers 'Balma
' for its superb rhythm which this number lacks.
'Ice Cream Remix
' by Kiran Kamath is noisy and with more background instrumentations.
Lovely piano strings riffs, superb guitaring, haunting melody (albeit 'Tum Hi Ho
' does ring a strong bell here but only briefly) and harmonica, its once again vintage Himesh Reshammiya in 'Dard Dilon Ke
'. Composed with minimalistic background musical arrangements, singer Irfaan Mohammad's emotive vocals, the song does have it to become a chartbuster. Once again that heard before feel is a let down by Himesh's standard.
'Dard Dilon Ke
' remix by Dj Kiran Kamath makes for a pleasant hear with added beats and heightened rhythm.
Dev Anand's memorable number, 'Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara
' (SOLVA SAAL) provides the perfect platform (lyrically) for a totally new number of a similar name. The soft smooth melody with equally soft singing by Himesh and Yo Yo (who commences the song with a nice sing- song type English rap) makes this an interesting listen as long as it lasts, though nothing to shout about! CHECK OUT: THE XPOSE songs lyrics
'Hai Apna Dil
' Blue's remix by Kiran Kamath is pleasant to the ears and makes for a good second hear.
'Hai Apna Dil
' desi remix is interesting with lots of Hindustani musical instruments used in the background.
'Catch Me If You Can
' can be classified as a title song as well as it carries the essence and does provide a good insight into what to expect from the movie. The number has a nice rhythm and the chorus is inspired from Vishal Bhardwaj's KAMINEY signature tune (tan tana). Sung by a host of singers (Himesh, Mohit, Mika, Neeti, Shalmali and Shubhangi) the number also introduces all the lead protagonists of the film.
'Catch Me If You Can
' remix by Kiran Kamath is once again a very noisy with chorus type singing in most parts.
Superb orchestrations and an equally super signature tune in the form of a piano drill accompanied by some intermittent claps marks the beginning of the love song, 'Surroor'
. Himesh is in vintage form, both as a singer and as a composer and Shalmali Kholgade supports well. Yo Yo comes in briefly with his interesting sing song rap.
' Arabic remix stays true to its title with added Middle Eastern musical instruments that enhances the flavor.
' remix with its heightened pace and rhythm fails in its endeavour as the increased pace makes this totally out of sync with the soft romantic mood of the song.CHECK OUT: THE XPOSE Movie Dialogues
Song of a jilted lover, 'Sheeshe Ka Samundar
' does impress in parts, the melody is slow but ear pleasing, the arrangements almost unplugged, the mood somber and sad!. But once again nothing extra ordinary to make this sad separation number sung by Ankit Tiwari memorable. There is a reprise version also though it is merely space filler.
'Sheeshe ka Samundar
' remix by Kiran Kamath makes this sad slow number more club friendly with lots of added beats and pace.
'Theme of Expose
' commences with the impressive 'Sheeshe ka samundar
' song dialogue by Irrfan Khan that continues in between the song (by Neeti Mohan) as well.
The Expose Mashup is nicely done by Kiran Kamath combining all the major songs of the album and the end result is a job well executed.
The audio of EXPOSE disappoints as it has that heard before feel. Himesh did make an impressive comeback with SON OF SARDAAR and KHILADI 786, and one expected something above ordinary as well as fresh tunes from the composer-actor for his own film. Even Yo Yo is not in his elements. But all said and done, the album still has the Himesh name attached and one is sure that Himesh's staunch supporters will surely grab it with open arms .' Dard Dilon Ke
' is our pick and it is already climbing the charts and the album will as always prove to be the decisive force when the film releases to a reasonable response all over on 23rd May, 2014.
Music Review Rating chart :-
4.5 & above = Excellent; 4= Very Good; 3.5= Good ; 3=Average/Passable; 2.5 & below = Pathetic