‘Game’ soundtrack edgy with international feel (IANS Music Review)

By Ruchika Kher, IANS
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Film: “Game”; Music Directors: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; Lyricist: Javed Akhtar; Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Shaan, Anusha Mani, Loy Mendonca, Shreya Ghoshal, Kshitij, Aditi Singh Sharma, KK and Sunitha Sarathy; Rating: ***

The music of ad-filmmaker-turned-director Abhinay Deo sticks to the theme of the movie and has all the elements of being a perfect soundtrack for a thriller. That does make the music a little more situational than individualistic, but nevertheless, an interesting effort.

The album offers seven tracks.

It opens with the title track “It’s a game” aptly crooned by Vishal Dadlani. The edgy number has the feel of a thriller and is quite western in it’s approach, thanks to the style in which it is sung and the music is composed. The track also brings forth strong orchestration.

It also boasts of a reprise version, which is slower in pace and is sung by Sunitha Sarath.

Then comes love ballad “Maine yeh kab socha tha” that has Shaan, Anusha Mani and Loy Mendonsa behind the mike. The soft, pleasing number has light music and slowly grows on you. A good hear.

Next is a cabaret “Mehki mehki”, which is well-composed by the trio. Sung by Shreya Ghoshal with ample support by Kshitij Wagh, the moderately-paced song stands out in the album owing to its distinctness.

It also has a remix version and the highlight is its faster pace.

The thrill returns with the song “Kaun hai ajnabi”, a track that starts with a bang and is likeable throughout because of it’s energy, zing and pace. With vocals by KK and Aditi Singh Sharma, it keeps you hooked till end. The sounds and musical arrangements do justice to the theme.

This one too has a remixed version.

On the whole, the album focuses on the soul of the film and never loses track. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have tried to move away from their signature style by trying something different, which is worth appreciating.

(Ruchika Kher can be contacted at ruchika.k@ians.in)

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