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Shuddh Desi Romance

With their previous albums, Sachin-Jigar had set themselves apart – their style of having an electronic bassline with a layer of processed vocals and heavy beats made a mark. Go Goa Gone especially heralded this and was imprinted in public memory. But Shuddh Desi Romance doesn’t see any of these elements. Instead, there is an awkward simplicity with focus on the conventional instrumentation and a yesteryear compositional mode.

Jigar Saraiya has made an attempt at rendition alongwith Priya Saraiya on the now-popular track Gulabi which has plain lyrics and a Rajasthani folk vibe to it. The track is already climbing the charts and gaining popularity among the masses and is meant for easy listening.

Tere mere beech mein, we believe is a winner on this album with Mohit Chauhan and Sunidhi Chauhan giving their best vocals which uplift the song. On the compositional level however, there is only one rhythmic course that pervades throughout with some trombones and accordion springing up in the midst to add to the flavour. The title track takes one back to the ’90s and sounds meek with no modern touch to it in terms of production and instrumentation both. Divya Kumar, who we had been smitten with in Kai Po Che renders Chanchal mann ati that sounds different from the other tracks on the album – there is a raga rock pattern which abruptly shifts to a mellow beat.

The lyrics are earthy and simple, keeping in mind the script and the storyline. Phrases are such that the audiences can connect with, easily.

The album definitely will be liked by the masses – it is just perfect on that front. But the talented duo haven’t surprised us much this time. Their attempt at a non-fussy melodic style has left them lost in a maze somewhere. But trying a hand at an array of scripts and doing justice to it isn’t easy – and Sachin-Jigar do so smoothly.

Verdict: Interesting.

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