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Released at the same time as AR Rahman’s Highway, Amit Trivedi’s Queen succeeds in making a mark for itself and reigning the music charts. Attracting listeners with engaging sets, the album features Trivedi’s familiar Punjabi flavour – a sound driven by the script.

Though the sound is familiar, there is enough experimentation to provide freshness to the tracks. The album is complemented by beautiful and meaningful lyrics written by Anvita Dutt. The album’s most energetic number London thumakda is a simple and appealing tune, peppered with typical earthy Punjabi flavour. The high-spirited energy of the track is precisely executed by Labh Janjua, Sonu and Neha Kakkar.

O Gujariya has a techno feel with frenzied singing by Shefali Alvares and Nikhil D’Souza.

The praiseworthy fusion track Badra Bahaar begins with brass section moving to the occasional veena and rock guitar with vocals by Amit Trivedi that stands on the euphoric sound of Dev D.

Jugni is another Dev D stylised track that is ruled by Trivedi’s vocals controlled with the pop sounds.

Treated with regular rock arrangements the track Kinare further reveals the mix of sax and guitar.

Engaging rock base and ornamental guitar riffs is quite palpable in Taake jhanke with Arijit Singh once again demonstrating his expressive singing. The intrigued music is further elaborated in Harjaiyaan with the blend of piano and guitar. While Nandini Srikar’s singing has lent encouragement to the song, Rupesh Kumar Ram’s Punjabi singing has succeeded in helming the number Ranjha. The number emits typical Punjabi vibes with minimum music.

Overall, Trivedi and Anvita Dutt have done an excellent job and this album is definitely a keeper.

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