October | Album | Review
By Bryan Durham - March 28, 2018
1. #TheherJa: For us, quite simply the hero of the OST. Everything comes together. Abhishek Arora’s upbeat, feel-good music, Armaan Malik’s velvety vocals, Abhiruchi Chand’s effortless, sing-along verse. It has an appeal that will outlast the film and the medium.
2. October Theme: First comes the piano, then the harp, followed by the cello, then the viola and then the violins. As each finds their space within the Shantanu Moitra composition, it is the piano that forms the bedrock and the harp forming the surface. String-heavy, but such a breeze to listen to.
3. Tab Bhi Tu: About wanting a love that transcends time. Anupam Roy uses subtle layering of instrumental sounds to haunting effect. He lets Rahat Fateh Ali Khan‘s voice soar and give voice to Tanveer Ghazi’s imagery-filled lyrics. Moody, but elegant.
4. Manwaa: Ankur Mukherjee’s beautiful, rushed guitar-work contrast beautifully with Sunidhi Chauhan’s honeyed vocals, which is then married to a constant percussive beat. The Hindi lyrics by Swanand Kirkire are not as heavy as you first expect them to be and grow on you.
5. Chal: Monali Thakur wafts like a warm, pleasant summer breeze on the effervescent 80s disco-vibey Chal, composed by Shantanu Moitra. It simmers all the way to the soaring bridge, followed by a rather subdued chorus. The guitarwork throughout (Ankur Mukherjee) is exemplary. Tanveer’s lyrics are in stark contrast here from Tab Bhi Tu. And it’s such a joyful track to listen to, too!
VERDICT: Save for Tab Bhi Tu and Manwaa (which take getting used to), everything else is instantly likeable. Quite easily one of the best albums you’ll hear this year.