MUSIC REVIEW: Going for ‘Gold’? It’s almost there!

By Bryan Durham - July 22, 2018

 

MUSIC REVIEW: Going for ‘Gold’? It’s almost there!

 

If we had to sum up the experience of listening to the Gold OST at one go, it’s this: two impressive tracks apart, it’s a mostly safe outing

GOLD; Zee Music Company
Music: Sachin-Jigar, Tanishk Bagchi, Arko
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar, Vayu, Arko
Rating: ***1/2

Naino Ne Baandhi
A love song that captures the nuances of the newness of being in love. When you can’t have enough of your significant other. Another melodious track composed and penned by Arko, but sung by Yasser Desai.

Chad Gayi Hai
Vishal Dadlani tries his best to get the drunkenness and is on-point with the wavy rendition here. Vayu’s lyrics help. ‘Hosh hua gubbara’ makes you smile. The Sachin-Jigar composition gives off a happy vibe that doesn’t dissipate until you have seen the video for this track.

Ghar Layenge Gold
Daler Mehndi is on board for what is most likely the ‘anthem’ of the film. Just as well. Sachin-Jigar’s composition keeps a largely traditional soundscape until the chorus where they betray electronic flourishes. Charts the journey of a team going for gold. Maybe somebody should make this our Olympics teams’ anthem? Javed Akhtar writes the lyrics.

Monobina
Tanishk Bagchi has hit this one out of the park. It’s a beautiful, layered composition that’s a foot-tapper, alright. Monali Thakur handles the highs and shrills, Shashaa Tirupati the lows and the mellows. Yasser Desai leads and ties it all together with Farhad Bhiwandiwala giving him company in the vocals department. There’s much to love in this brass ensemble-driven swingin’ single with lyrics by Vayu.

Khel Khel Mein
KK is the voice of this motivational SJ composition penned by Javed Akhtar. It’s a peppy, energetic bubbling track that you can work out to. Next gym anthem, anyone?

Rasta Rasta
The SJ composition that features lyrics by Javed Akhtar is a single we can’t place because it’s a little bit of everything. Is it an in-betweener that’s there for being there? Is it playing over a montage of the team preparing? We’ll have to wait to see. Sukhwinder Singh’s vocals are what drive this rather passable track.

Jaaga Hindustan
The ode to the motherland has a lilting dhun voiced by the steely Divya Kumar that doesn’t fail to get you into chest-thumping mode with S-J on additional vocals. A fantastic guitar interlude takes you to a different, dreamy world, before bringing you back to its patriotic core. Play this one out L-O-U-D.

VERDICT
A cohesive whole, it has a warm, emotional core. It has a couple of dazzlers (Monobina and Jaaga Hindustan, but largely safe plays otherwise.

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