Music Review: Speed

Film: Speed

Producer: Harry Baweja

Director: Vikram Bhatt

Music Director: Pritam

Lyrics: Mayur Puri

Cast: Zayed Khan, Sanjay Suri, Aftab Shivdasani, Aashish Chaudhary,Sophie Chaudhary, Amrita Arora, Urmila Matondkar, Tanushree Dutta

Rating: 1.5/5

Vikram Bhatt’s last film Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee, did not manage to create a storm at the box office, and in an effort at doing just that, he is back with Speed.

On the other hand, music director Pritam has been managing well, basking in the glory of the music of his films. Besides Speed, he is seen at the music master’s seat for forthcoming films like Awarapan, Naqaab, Bhool Bhulaiya and Dhol. Sadly, this one is way off Pritam’s target of the regular chartbusters.

Plain ridiculous is what you’d call the opening track of the album. Hello, rendered by Shaan and Sunidhi, is all but pleasant. Crammed with meaningless lyrics, funny noises and one background voice who feels it’s necessary to respond to every line. Beautiful, soulful voices are drowned in this noisy track. Miss out this one.

Considering you have skipped the first track, your album begins with Wanna Wanna. Once again, Shaan and Sunidhi are at the helm of affairs. An average, listenable track is what you could call it at best. There is far too much playing in this track, far too many variations in five minutes it lasts. From all that you can hear from the singers, they do a stupendous job at rendering the song and by far, are the only soft element in the track.

The best track in the album is Tikhi Tikhi, maybe that explains the need for it to appear thrice in various versions throughout the album. The Tikhi Tikhi [Stomp Mix] is fast and has club beats running through it from start to end. Joy croons this song perhaps the way it was meant to be, but it’s the ‘Wohoaas’ and the manufactured music that scores here. If once was not enough, the stomp Mix is back again as the finale number of the soundtrack, so it’s a skip, if you manage not to like it.

As soon as the Stomp Mix comes to a close, the non contorted version begins to play. Joy is at the vocals here too, excels, with no instrumentalist drowning his voice with their sounds. The pace has been reduced and all the razzmatazz put into it is gone, what is left is a sweet and likeable track. Speed (below the permitted limit) around with your friends and let the music play!

Loving you, by Antara Mitra and Sonu Nigam, is that love laden track that every album has one of. Forgoing the constant ‘loving you’ Nigam sings, this track has a nice feel to it. His melodious voice makes this song a good hear. Mitra, with the softness in her voice, creates a pleasant change. Though there is no zing, there is yet a unique feel and flavor to it, so hear it.

With one song repeated thrice and one track that can very well be skipped, there is not much this album offers. If someone hands you the CD consider it your luck, but don’t go searching for it.