ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stree’ is an arresting soundtrack with many charms, but is it enough?

By Bryan Durham - August 27, 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stree’ is an arresting soundtrack with many charms, but is it enough?
STREE; T-Series
Music: Sachin-Jigar
Lyrics: Vayu
Rating: ****

1. Milegi Milegi:
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stree’ is an arresting soundtrack with many charms, but is it enough?
The tongue-in-cheek ‘we’re not alone in this’ folksy bopper, only the men of Chanderi (or anyone familiar with the film’s synopsis) will get. Mika Singh’s nasal drawl works well here.

2. Kamariya:
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stree’ is an arresting soundtrack with many charms, but is it enough?
The item number that will get you signing up for belly-dancing classes within the first few notes. Starts out all familiar-like, before a stellar opening by Aastha Gill followed by the composer-duo showing their prowess over a variety of genres. In drops a rather rustic-sounding Divya Kumar with an earthy rendition that has all the right feels, before mashing into a Latino-esque sound that’s really quite fresh in Bollywood.

3. Nazar Na Lag Jaye:
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stree’ is an arresting soundtrack with many charms, but is it enough?
Not a purist here, but a Punjabi-Hindi-English lyrical mashup is a bit much to keep up with when you’re tackling a love song. It does work as a coherent whole, though. Ash King is led in by Kalyan Baruah’s beautiful guitar strains, but Ash’s rendition feels a bit restrained.

4. Aao Kabhi Haveli Par:
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stree’ is an arresting soundtrack with many charms, but is it enough?
The composer duo are on vocal duty along with Badshah and Nikhita Gandhi on this rambling, mad, glitch-hop track. The lyrics are on-point and du-jour with the references. You can’t help but groove to this mid-tempo number.

VERDICT: Sachin-Jigar bring out the big guns vocally, accompanying the likes of Mika, Aastha, Divya. Ash and Nikhita — all very popular singers. Musically, it has a bit of everything but it all seems to come together as one. And that’s testament to the duo’s prowess over a variety of genres. They keep it short, Vayu’s situational lyrics keep you busy trying to keep up. And most importantly, it drives interest in the rather unconventional film. 

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