Music Review: 'Mere dad ki Maruti'

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By Hindustan Times

MUMBAI, Feb. 27 -- This album could be Bollywood's biggest musical tribute to the undying spirit of Punjab and Punjabis. 'Punjabiyaan di battery charge rendi hai' has become a rage (a regional telecom giant even offered R1.5 crore to use it as an ad jingle). It is an over-the-top celebratory, and even narcissistic, offering from two of the most popular Punjabis in the music circuit - Mika Singh and Honey Singh. But the trippy hook line is the only memorable bit in this run-of-themill R&B-bhangra track.

'Main senti hoon' is groovy but keeps harping on the chorus line 'Main senti tha, main senti hoon, main senti rahoonga'. Jaspreet Jasz and Shalmali Kholgade's vocals sound playful. With its wannabe raps and rustic Punjabi vocal hooks, 'Haay!' sounds very 2002. Two verses down, this house song begins to sound very monotonous.

It pains when composers unnecessarily process vocals of someone of the calibre of Sonu Kakkar to make it suit the mood of the song. Thanks to producers of such synthetic pop songs, this amazingly gifted singer's voice is reduced to nothing in 'Hip hip hurray'.

'Mere dad ki Maruti' has a catchy chorus line that might keep playing in your head for hours. The bhangra track features EDM-like buildups and is replete with dhols. 'Mere dad ka mash up' is a dance mix, featuring bits from the five songs from the album. If there's one thing that the album successfully achieves, it's consistency. The sound is unswervingly Punjabi and bhangra-oriented and never once strays from this mood. Let's say, if the album had released three months ago, it would have made the best wedding album ever - somewhat on the lines of Jazzy B's epic 2001 album, Oh Kedi, that featured one of his most popular songs ever - 'Naag'.

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