Music Director: Sneha Khanwalkar
Lyricist: Varun Grover & Piyush Mishra
Anurag Kashyap's 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. When a film has been received to such a large fan following, the film has to have excellent music. The film is made in two parts and hence Composer Sneha Khanwalkar and lyricist Varun Grover have managed to give many songs which are unique and have a different flavour. The album is definitely worth a try.
1. Jiya Ho Bihar Ke Lala -> Listen here
The album begins with Jiya Ho Bihar Ke Lala sung by Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari has the typical Bihari flavour and manages to transfer you to the rural India. It's going to be a hit with the local folk. There's a mix of local Indian traditional instruments with western. The harmonium in the background accompanied by Dholak the Kartal and Tumbhi creates a heady local flavour. Mixing of the traditional instruments with the new sound is what keeps one glued to this song.
2. Hunter - >Listen here
"I Am A Hunter" an Hinglish song sung by Vedesh Sookoo, Rajneesh, Shyamoo and Munna as a band with a local Indian flavour is definitely going to be a hit with the youngsters of today. Basically a fun song with intriguing mix of sounds of the Timki (Bongo), the guitar; the local kartal, matka and especially the Caribbean and Soca sounds gives it a very unique flavour. The fusion added with some outrageous lyrics gives the song a repeat value. Definitely worth listening to.
3. O Womaniya - >Listen here
"O Womaniya" has a very raw feel to it. The vocals by Khushboo Raaj and Rekha Jha and the use of dholak, table and other Indian instruments give it a very folksy and contemporary feel. The lyrics too are very well penned. This song will have a repeat value at weddings and events. The other version, Womaniya, is an interesting electronic redo of the song, and it sounds really good as well. Khanwalkar plays around with the arrangements of the song by adding heavy drums, saxophones, and many other instruments in there. The shehnaii in the background along with the guitar gives it a potent effect. Both the songs are worth listening to but I preferred the first version.
4. Teri Keh Ke Lunga - >Listen here
"Teri Keh Ke Lunga", sung by Amit Trivedi and Sneha herself the song begins with a lot of drum beats. Sneha's husky voice gives it a very intriguing feel. Sneha has definitely taken a risk by experimenting with such a dark number but it was definitely worth a risk. This one is going to be a favourite amongst listeners who love such beats.
5. Bhoos - >Listen here
'Bhoos ke der mein rye ka dana' is a song which stands out because of its lyrics and the mix of the background guitar and jal tarang. This would be, in all likelihood, the first instance when a guitar has been used in such an earthy and region based song. The song is rendered by Manish J. Tipu & Bhupesh Singh and the choice to rope them in is apt for a song like this.
6. Ik Bagal - >Listen here
"Ik Bagal" sung by Piyush Mishra's soothing voice gives it a very lullaby feel but one that keeps you awake making you want more of it. Sitar is used prominently along with duff and flute along with the tarang and violins have a perfect finish to it. The music is daunting and the voice echoing in the background throughout gives it a haunting quality. It has more of the 50's feel to it. This song will be the most favourite numbers among all the fifteen numbers.
Sneha's husky voice in the female version is as good and soothing but any day I would go for Piyush's version.
7. Bhaiya - >Listen here
Bhaiya is a rendition which would be remembered for its music and in a movie like this; it would act as a background score. It is an interesting track sung by Musahar of Sundarpurr, where the emphasis isn't really on the lyrics. It entices you with the music where electronic beats add layer the track. The aural effects are intertwined with the guitar riffs, and weird siren sounds.
8. Tain Tain To To - >Listen here
Tain Too Too is a fun filled song. Drums, sirens, trumpets, sung by Sneha herself in a very random manner the song has nonsensical lyrics. It makes you wonder whether this is an experimentation done on a whim by the director and whether at a later stage the song was incorporated into the film.
9. Soona Kar Ke Gharwa - >Listen here
Soona Kar Ke Gharwa is a typical Bihari nautanki sung by Sujeet the song is simple and the Manjeera and tabla are dominant in the background. It's a short number and the vocals by Sujeet-Gaya sound very appealing.
10. Aye Jawaano - >Listen here
The track is followed by Aye Jawaano by the Ranjeet Bal Party. The music is more engrossing than the lyrics but the poetic and political verses are simply funny to be ignored. Sneha Khanwalkar has cleverly used desi instruments fusing it along with drums and guitar give it that catchiness.
11. Loonga Loonga - >Listen here
The album continues with "Loonga Loonga" which seems like a remix version of "Teri Keh Lunga" which is sung by Ranjeet Baal Party and Akshay Verma. More than the melody, the song stands out for the unique mix of sounds and words. Though the temp is fast paced the song is very average and stands out like a sore in the album.