Neel Dutt (the son of effervescent Anjan Dutt) has managed to stand firmly on his ground, away from the overpowering shadow of his father. And with the recent release of his movie Cross Connection - the party just got bigger and better.
With 6 superbly composed tracks with 6 different flavours, Neel Dutt has put forward an enchanting plethora of excitement, youthfulness and complete feel-goodness.
The album kick starts with 'Icche Gulo' sung by Arko Mukherjee and Somalota Acharya - this is the song with which the movie starts. One is instantly reminded of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The youthfulness, the freshness of composition and the excited singing is beautiful. The song is picturized on Rimjhim and Ritwick and one has to see the opening scenes of the movie to be guaranteed of its chartbursting capability. An instant hit. The lyrics by Sumit Samaddar is beautiful. A simple guitar strum + some drums = MAGIC.
Next up is 'Jedike Jay Rasta' - a takeoff from the song Oh!Susannah of the Byrds. The bengali version of this song suits the situation perfectly as Anjan Dutt is at the helm of the matters, being both the writer and the singer. The song is reminiscent of the early wonders of Anjan Dutt and is sure to remind us of the magic that once heralded Bengali songs into a whole new era. A wonderfully sung song with minimal instruments, the effect is great.
3rd on the album is the song 'Neeler Kachakachi' sung by Rupankar, is at first listen - a great experience. Mostly based on it's recurring beats, and about the sea. The picturization of this song is great and needs to be viewed. The tune is catchy and instantly hummable. Rupankar manages to engage us in this trancy number. The song has a lounge feel to it.
'Mukhosher Opashe', the next song on the album starts off with a salsa beat, with the traditional Spanish instruments. The singing by Ujjoini Mukherjee is fast and peppy. The song is the only so-called 'fast-paced' number of the album and is sure to be played at parties and discotheques.
Anjan Dutt once agains writes and sings - "Tumi Nei Tai", a song about the woes and trials of love. Starting off with an oft-heard description of the Calcutta streets and famous locations - the song shifts focus to the love-lost situations of the two leads. A beautiful hear. The words are what makes this song so heavenly. The soft music and the minimalistic drumbeats are very soothing. This is Anjan Dutt at his best and in the area he is most comfortable with. Kudos to the father-son duo of Neel and Anjan Dutt.
The 6 track album ends with 'Mon Giyeche Moner Ghor', sung by music director. It is evident that Neel Dutt has kept the best for last. This will be remembered as one of the most melodious songs ever in a Bengali film. The tune is so sad and melodious - a smile instantly comes to lips. This song should be heard in a dark room, with the volume set to high. The music sweeps over you so completely and effortlessly, that we barely register anything else. This is one of the experiences, one usually gets from Rahman numbers. To receive such a transcending experience from Neel Dutt is beautiful and intensely romantic.
Over all - this album gets a 4.5/5 from me. 'Mon Giyeche Moner Ghor' and 'Icche Gulo' will be the most appreciated, whereas the two songs of Anjan Dutt caters both to the movie's situation and his fans. Rupankar's 'Neeler Kachakachi' is a perfect lounge number.
An exceptional performance from Neel Dutt. A standing ovation once again. Brilliant. And mesmerizing.
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