One Two Three

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Posted on March 3rd, 2008 in Music Reviews

08mar one two three01 One Two ThreeOne Two Three is a movie about 3 guys, all of whom are named Lakshmi Narayan, so you can imagine the many problems and hysterical results stemming from this. Starring Suniel Shetty, Upen Patel, Esha Deol, Sameera Reddy, Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, and Tanishaa and directed by Ashwani Dheer, the film is set to release on March 21st. Composed by Raghav Sachar with lyrics by Aditya Dhar and Munna Dhiman, the soundtrack has some truly impressive tracks and is surprising in its range of musical excellence and the many changes that happen within songs. Two of the songs, though the music is incredible, are odd and should have been left to be seen on the silver screen, however we will get to that in a bit. One thing is for sure: by the end of the album, you will not forget the name of the movie and the melody One Two Three will be playing over and over in your head.

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The title track, One Two Three, begins with a thumping drum beat then adds a funky flute and even a violin. In this first song, you are treated to the incredible mix of tempos and surprises that are the hallmark of the entire album. Sung by Kunal Ganjawala with Earl ED contributing some excellent rap sections, there is a female voice that I could not recognize. Surprisingly, that “female singer” is not female at all but the composer himself, Raghav Sachar. Kunal Ganjawala sounds fantastic and there are some harmony sections that are great. One pure musical guitar section really stands out and you can hear the talent of this composer. This is one foot tappin’ number that you will remember, especially the chorus… One Two Three One Two Three One Two Three and One Two Three. There is a Club mix that is good too: it is a faster version of the song with a little more electronica thrown in.

08mar one two three02 One Two ThreeUsually I would include a few sentences about the third mix of the title song at the end of the title song’s section, however the ballad version of the song is so good that I have to give it its own paragraph. Beginning with a lyrical guitar section, the song is sung perfectly by Raghav Sachar. With lyrics by Munna Dhiman, the song is one of the best songs on the album. It is just a gorgeous simple arrangement that is much too short. Put it on replay and enjoy the notes of the singer and instruments.

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The next song is ‘One Two Three Amalgamation‘ and amalgamation is the only word for this track. It’s hard to describe and I think it will make more sense when seen in the context of the movie. It has a couple of very fast bhangra sections, a qawwali, some of the One Two Three refrain and even a few lines of the Spiderman theme song. I think you get the idea. The singers on the almost 8 minute track are Kunal Ganjawala, Kaptan Laadi, Kshitij Tarey, Kailash Kher, Raghav Sachar and Aditya Dhar. In between and during some of the sections, it is musically very good but for this one I would listen once and then wait for the movie.

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Rock Mahi’, another good track, is sung by Raghav Sachar and Sunidhi Chauhan. The song is full of many tempo changes and you never know what to expect. The refrain of “You gotta Rock Mahi, Never Stop Mahi” is another line that will go through your head after just one listen. In fact, it is going through my head now as I write this. There is a jammin’ instrumental section that is full of tabla, deep voices and a flute that really makes the song. The song works and is a very good outing by Raghav Sachar.

08mar one two three03 One Two ThreeThe Sunidhi Chauhan solo ‘I Wanna Guy‘ is, like all the tracks on this album, musically superb. Starts like a ballad, but it changes into something totally different: a pop jazz fusion maybe, with a little Spanish flavor thrown in. In parts, Sunidhi Chauhan is her usual brilliant self; however,in a few of the sections it sounds like she is screaming and I had to turn the volume down. Listening to the saxophone riff, you can imagine that this song will have some very cool choreography and will be interesting to see how it plays out on the big screen.

Lakshmi Narayan‘ is another track that I am not sure belongs on the album but could be much more interesting on screen. Sung by Ninad Kamat, who has an incredibly deep voice, he is backed up by some slick beats. His vocals are interspersed with dialogues from the film and one is not quite sure what to make of it. Like ‘One Two Three Amalgamation’, give it a listen once, and then perhaps again after you’ve seen the film. It is an interesting experiment that maybe should have been left off the album.

08mar one two three04 One Two ThreeThe best song on the album is ‘Gup Chup‘. It is another intricate musical track sung brilliantly by Mahalakshmi Iyer and Raghav Sachar. From the first few notes of the song you can tell it is going to be a top notch listening experience. Mahalakshmi Iyer’s talent leaps out at you as she manages to sing fast but make it sound like a ballad to match the slow beat. It is brilliant. The harmony is wonderful and the Na Jaa stanza is wonderfully wistful. Listening to the song on my iPod, the music just surrounds you (so kudos to the sound engineer as well!). There is a haunting horn section that shows off the composer’s excellence in his craft. This one is a bilkul addition to your Bollymix playlist. The remix is just a faster version but the original is too good: I would stay with it!

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After listening to this album, anytime you read the title of the film the refrain will begin to go through your head and you may even begin to sing it out loud. Raghav Sachar is a composer to look out for, for he has a talent for mixing many different counter rhythms within a song, and they work. All the tracks on the album are full of superior music with the title song, the ballad version, and of course Gup Chup, being the best. Be sure to listen, and in case you forgot, One Two Three One Two Three One Two Three and One Two Three!

Our Rating:

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