13B Music Review

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Director Vikram K. Kumar's supernatural thriller, 13B, is a Big Pictures Presentation and will be the next release for the banner after the critically acclaimed LUCK BY CHANCE.

Incidentally, the music of 13B has been composed by the talented trio, Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy, who were also the composers for LUCK BY CHANCE.

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And they have with them the new age lyricist, Neelesh Misra, who has been ever so impressive in almost all his endeavours. After regaling us with some superb and classy compositions in LBC, SEL are back to rock us with their scores in 13B. So, let's get things rolling and check out what these extremely versatile but choosy composers have to offer us!

The album commences with a short track, ''Sab Khairiyat Hai''. The song may be a short one but it is very important to the total scenario of this suspense – thriller, as the whole film revolves around a TV program titled 'Sab Khairiyat Hai'.

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The song commences with some nice harmonica and arrangements that are a throwback to the melodious seventies. Shankar's soft vocals are pleasing to the ears and the lyrics by Neelesh Misra convey the feel good and joyous attitude of the people concerned. In fact, it's quite close to any daily soap theme song.

However, the remix by DJ Gulraj Singh surpasses the original and moreover it's the full length version of the original First of all, the slow pace of the song, which was not gelling with the lively arrangements in the original, is heightened.

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The harmonica is more lively, the singing full of zest and vigour. The background musical arrangements are top class and full marks to the percussionist. The bass and background chorus too makes this a remix par excellence!

Music wizard A.R.Rahman's find, Kartik, is his own superlative self in ''Bade Se Shehar Mein'', a situational number that has a beautiful haunting effect and the song simply grows with each hearing.

The melody, especially in the 'mukhda' follows a lovely smooth, straight path, without wavering and the 'antara' takes over the complexities (especially in singing), ending in a superb crescendo.

The chorus is nice and once again the feel good factor is evident in the lyrics by Neelesh Misra, as the happy family which is looking forward to more happiness, is brought about through beautifully penned lyrics. Shankar's background voice over is a delight.

It's DJ Shane who has been assigned the task of remixing this beautiful number, and he does a good job.

Even though the tempo is heightened, the singing remains soft and so do the arrangements, without adding too many unnecessary punches (as is the norm in most remixes), though one misses Shankar's background vocals here!

Lovely keyboards and nice synthesizer sounds commence ''Aasma Odh Kar'', a nice, but uniquely different love song. The melody once again seems to be inspired by the melodious seventies and the chorus is more in sync with a situational, philosophically inclined number rather than a love ballad.

Shankar is delightful (his high pitch singing brilliant) as usual and the extremely talented but rarely heard Chithra is at her 'surily' self. She is made to sing more in the retro style. Lyrics by Neelesh once again deserve a mention as they are simple and effective, without being over dramatic.

For Neetu Chandra, this has been a good film, in the sense it gets her a good show reel. The girl has improved since her days in TRAFFIC SIGNAL. There's also that wonderful actor, Deepak Dobriyal.

Give him any role and he just digs himself into the character he is supposed to be. He loses self to become the part he is supposed to be. A super actor. SHAURYA and DELHI 6 are his recent exploits

As for the director, he missed the plot completely.

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