While the rest of the world fights over Nira Radia, Wikileaks, corruption and A. Raja, let’s continue with music. (Don’t unsubscribe yet — I will join the noise in a post or two.)

I’m looking forward to No One Killed Jessica (based on the Jessica Lal murder) directed by Rajkumar Gupta, the man behind the superb Aamir. A commenter pointed out in the KHJJS post that Amit Trivedi had scored the music for No One Killed Jessica.

I have been listening to the music since the last couple of days. Amit Trivedi has some wonderful music and yet another respectable album in No One Killer Jessica. Karthik at ITWOFS says pretty much everything I wanted to:

More Rahman shades in Aitbaar – early Rahman, in fact; Vishal Dadlani seems like a brilliant choice here, for, he manages the ups and down in this grungy song beautifully – the ups, the high-pitched ones, in particular! Shilpa Rao gets her solo in Yeh pal, an expansive and husky melody, which gains enormously from Amit’s free flowing tune and goes wonderfully and delightfully instrumental mid-way, tracing Aitbaar! Meenal Jain, Joi Barua, Raman Mahadevan and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya get the chorus’ish Dua; its dulcet start gorgeously hits the higher, anthemic notes even as Amitabh’s lyrics soar equally well too! The soundtrack’s pulsating showpiece is that perfect ode to the Indian capital, Dilli. Ranking alongside Rahman’s now-iconic Dilli tribute from Delhi 6, this one pulls all strings in making a memorably catchy track. Tochi Raina, Shriram Iyer and Aditi Singh Sharma pitch in phenomenally well! Amit Trivedi strikes again…and how!

Well, I don’t agree with A.R. Rahman’s Dilli tribute being iconic.

Mind you, the sound of No One Killed Jessica isn’t fresh. Aamir sounded different, but since then Amit Trivedi has stuck to conventional sounds and yet managed to deliver Dev D, Udaan, Iktara, etc. No One Killed Jessica is similar. Dilli, Aitbaar and Yeh Pal are raga-based/modern-arranged. Dilli sounds like Todi raga, but I could be wrong.

Great listen overall, and a great week for music.

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I guess I’m not alone who is nostalgic about early Rahman. Does anyone believe we will get that Rahman back?

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Consider subscribing to Karthik’s milliblog for music reviews. I did recently, and I hope to not miss any good Indian music from now on. In his words, he posts 100 word music reviews. They’re quick to read and process, and I largely agree with his views and taste.

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Bill Gates had famously mentioned in the 90s that his greatest fear was a couple of guys working in a garage on something he hadn’t yet heard of. There is room in Bollywood for all composers but the big-shots ought to be afraid of underdogs like Amit Trivedi and Sohail Sen who are beating the hell out of them at this point, with far lower budgets.

As for me, my greatest fear is some guy creating music in a room in some corner of the world. That guy is Himesh Reshammiya.

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