After offering the short yet elegant music album of Dil Dhadakne Do, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL) is back on the music front with the soundtrack of Katti Batti. The film has its sweet and bitter moments, and the album seems to carry this flavour flawlessly.
The composers have brought together a mixed bag of known as well as upcoming singers for the six-track album, which includes a remix. The recently released cheery number Lip to lip, that has been doing the rounds on television, opens the album. Sung by Ritu Pathak and Nikhil D’souza, the romantic duet is treated with a blend of Punjabi-pop music and some sax interludes. The breezy musical treatment is likable and grows on the listener. The vocals of Pathak and D’souza bring out the blissful flavour of this feel-good song.
SEL has reverted to the club-rock sound for the party anthem Sarfira. And, when it comes to a rock song who is better than the team of Siddharth Mahadevan and Neeti Mohan? The track receives the typical club-techno treatment but the vocals is what elevates the song. Though not the entire lyrics, it is the hook line that attracts the listeners’ attention and is quite addictive.
Shankar Mahadevan goes behind the mic for Sau aasoon, along with Rasika Shekhar. The situational track highlights the despair of the protagonist and is beautifully rendered by the singers. Shekhar’s husky vocals complement Mahadevan’s emotional singing. There isn’t much experimentation on the musical front with the song relying on simple guitar tunes and drum beats.
Jaago mohan pyaare comes next and seems to follow the on-going trend of quirky songs. Filled with energetic rock beats, the song is sung by Rasika Shekhar, Siddharth Basrur, Digvijay Singh Pariyar and Raman Mahadevan. The quirky lyrics is the standout factor of this upbeat number.
Ending on a high, the composer introduces the winner track Ove janiya. The soulful melody once again proves that the trio are the king of melodies. The mellow Punjabi track is sung by Mohan and receives a simple yet heart rendering musical treatment based primarily on piano notes and the combination of guitars and drums.
Verdict: A situational and filmy album.