MUSIC REVIEW: The ‘Badla’ album has an intelligently explored soundscape

By Bryan Durham - March 1, 2019

MUSIC REVIEW: The ‘Badla’ album has an intelligently explored soundscape

MUSIC: Clinton Cerejo, Amaal Mallik, Anupam Roy
LYRICS: Siddhant Kaushal, Jizzy, Kumaar, Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy
LABEL: Zee Music Company
RATING: * * * 1/2

Restrained chaos meets melancholic melody on a rock ballad that’s uplifting. Armaan-Amaal-Kumaar combo, for the win!

Clinton’s edgy production has motivational verse by Siddhant Kaushal and some laboured rapping by Amitabh Bachchan and Jizzy in a parallel universe with Amit Mishra for company. Rising above one’s means is what this track is about.

AM Turaz’s writing and KK’s rendition elevates this sublime Amaal Mallik track, imbuing it with a longing you can reach out and touch. It’s contemporary, classic and leaves you craving for more.

Lyricist Manoj Yadav joins Anupam Roy (who has sung, co-written and composed the track) on a mid-tempo track that doesn’t just play around with puns and satire, but also vibes, beats and melodies that come together as a beautiful, peppy whole.

If there was an interesting contrast between the words and the visuals of the original, this reprise version goes the tried-and-tested (no surprises) route and remains just as uplifting, if not more haunting.

The Badla soundtrack is intelligent, articulate and demands your attention and provokes you to explore the film’s sounds

– Bryan Durham

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