Verdict: Fresh and certainly far from typical; might not cater to popular taste though.
The new year is just in its second month and we already have hit numbers like Zaalima and Laila from Raees; Dil Kya Kare and the title track from Kaabil and finally Enna Sona and not to forget, the famous The Humma Song from Ok Jaanu.
Rangoon, the next big release of the year, is all set to hit the cinemas next week, but along with promising actors, the movie also has a huge list of songs sung by popular artists like Arijit Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sunidhi Chauhan and Vishal Bhardwaj. So, before you head to watch the movie, here's a lowdown on what we thought of the Rangoon soundtrack to help you find the next 'on-loop' song on your playlist.
Beginning with the movie's theme song, the 90-second instrumental piece is mellow and soothing to the ears. The audio perfectly fits as the background score to depict a romance from the 40s. Next, there is Bloody Hell sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, which is more of a peppy number. The video of this Hinglish song is already getting popular. Kangana Ranaut's energy and Sunidhi's voice surely promises to blend beautifully on screen. The next song Ye Ishq Hai has two versions. The male one has been sung by Arijit Singh, which beautifully paints a picture of the romance between Shahid Kapoor and Kangana in the movie. The female version, by Rekha Bhardwaj sounds more like a qawwali, is equally good, but comparatively much slower in tempo.
Mere Miyaan Gaye England is a modified version of Shamshad Begum's 1949 classic hit Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon. With just the right inspiration from the original song, Gulzar has perfectly transformed this song to be the next popular dance number. Tippa on the other hand is the exact opposite. With a bit of contemporary and a lot of western retro music, the song sung by four artists despite being fresh, may not be to everyone's liking. Ek Dooni Do is a bit of a dampener and Julia is based on Kangana Ranaut's character in the movie. The other songs that are worth a mention are Arijit Singh's Alvida and Rekha Bhardwaj's Chori Chori; both of which tend to grow on you. While the former is a song about separation and pain, the latter is a fun, energetic , foot-tapping track.
Lastly, the romantic English number Be Still with its Latino touch and Shimmy Shake with a retro party feel will take a while before finding favor among listeners. Vishal Bharadwaj has been able to do justice bringing out the 1940s flavor with his work on the music of Rangoon, but yet it might not climb popularity charts readily, particularly with the youth.