Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Excel Entertainment have been responsible for giving us a lot of chartbusters, whenever they have worked together. So no doubt, expectations do go high when you hear them coming together once again. With Shankar Ehsaan Loy having quite a bad time as of late, with Wake Up Sid being an exception, lets see if this album adds to the hits S-E-L and Excel entertainment have given together, or adds to S-E-L’s list of flop music.
The album flags off with 'Hey Ya!' which has a feeling of freshness and breeziness to it. Clinton Cerejo who sang earlier, the breezy track 'Kya Karoon' (Wake Up Sid) is back behind the mic. The song supported by some Hinglish lyrics does well with a sort of pop beat that it carries all through the song. But the best part comes, when the line 'Tumhe kaise main bataun....' arrives. It is like an icing on the cake. Simply brilliant!
Next comes a club n disco song 'Uff Teri Ada', featuring Shankar Mahadevan and Alyssa Mendonsa. The song takes a while to kick off, but once it does there is no stopping it. With Shankar at his best, Alyssa does full justice to the feel of the song with her techno vocals. The song is energetic all the way, and there is no reason why u wont like it. But the best of the song comes in the last stanza..when the beat slows down and Shankar kicks off from there. That works exceptionally!!
The voice of the youth, KK is here and is here for the good with the romantic 'Jaane Yeh Kya Hua'. From the moment KK kicks off the song, you are all for love for this one. With the guitar strumming throughout the song, KK renders this soft romantic ballad in a very soothing and uplifting manner. And not to forget, the chorus singing ‘Jaane kyun’ are very nice too. Excellent!
‘Kaisi Hai Yeh Udaasi’ is next, which is a duet song by Kailash Kher and Sukanya Purayashta. A sad song, it is backed by some really lovely lyrics. The line that stands out is ‘Gaaye geet maine paaye maine sannate’. Kailash Kher impresses me after a long time. His voice is totally soaked in the sadness that the song demands. The female vocalist Sukanya’s voice feels very much apt for melodious, soul stirring song. Brilliant composition once again!
Next we have the title track ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’, with vocals by Suraj Jagan, Shankar, Caralisa Monteiro and Malika Singh. The song which can be called more or less the theme song commences with the dialer beeps from a phone and has a kind of mysterious and dark feel to it with the female voice constantly cropping up saying ‘pick up the phone’ ‘kartik calling karthik. Suraj Jagan’s vocal does a brilliant job in adding to the mysterious feel! This one might take a bit of time to grow on you, but would surely grow.
Next is ‘Karthik 2.0’. As the name sounds quite techno, this theme too is high on techno and electro music. The theme, done by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, is set at a fast pace with the dialer beep being played in between. As it progresses, the tone and the mood gets going to the peak which is just too impressive and would be more impressive if properly used as the background score in a high paced thrilling scene in the movie. The theme might take you back to the DON theme that was also done by Midival Punditz but they hold no similarity! The theme is engaging and excellent!
With the originals ending up, the remixes are in line. The first being the remix of the title track. The remix has a club feel to it and at instances sounds better than the original, though not thoroughly. But what puts off the listener is that the song actually eats up 2.5 mins to come to its main track. Nonetheless, as said earlier, at certain instances, this one does sound better than the original, but the original remains my preference.
Hey Ya appears in a remix version too. As expected the song has more beats and is set at a faster pace. This one is a standard stuff, which might appeal to the hardcore remix lovers.
Finally, its the Uff Teri Ada remix which makes it way. The remix is an average stuff, with some not so nice beats killing the impact of the lines especially the title line ‘uff teri ada....’ Thankfully, a stanza has been edited and more of Shankar’s alaaps are added in this version, though it fails to be noticed because of the plain remix.
Overall, Karthik Calling Karthik is a brilliant album and definitely qualifies among one of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s best works! A highly recommended album!