One is not sure what to expect from the music of '3 Storeys'. Though we have had films like 'Dus Kahaaniyan' and 'Dhobi Ghat' in the past, the concept of having multiple stories or narratives in a single film is an idea that continues to be underexplored in the Hindi film industry. Still, being an Excel Entertainment production, one looks forward to hearing at least a couple of quality songs in the album.
"Bas Tu Hai" is exactly the kind of song one would expect Clinton Cerejo to churn out. A soulful rock ballad backed by the sound of western instruments, this Arijit Singh sung number Cerejo's stamp all over it. The song has a dreamy vibe and Arijit powers it well with his voice. The track has some neat guitar rendition by Warren Mendonsa.
Be it the lyrics, the mood, the tune or the overall vibe of the song, "Raasleela" reminds one of the extremely popular pop number "Pari Hoon Main" by Sunita Rao. The antara does not bear a very strong resemblance but the mukhda portion sounds very similar to the pop song. Keeping comparisons aside, this Amjad-Nadeem track leaves a very good impression in the very first hearing itself.
Just like 'Bas Tu Hai", "Azaadiyaan", too, is reminiscent of the kind of sound one associates with the song Clinton Cerejo composes or arranges. The song has a lounge-ish quality top it which almost makes you hypnotic. The background is laced with subtle, electronic beats and is in perfect sync with the compositional structure of the track. Listen to this track when you go on a long drive with your loved one.
"Zaroori Bewakoofi" hugely benefits from the wonderful jazz based arrangements and some spirited singing by Mohit Chauhan. Due to its conversational quality, it will take a while for the listener to get used to the track. Despite the limitations imposed on the Clinton, he comes up with a fairly engaging track that should sound better when one sees it on the screen.
It is interesting to see Clinton Cerejo and Amjad-Nadeem, two (or three if you count them individually) composers who come from different schools of music share the credits for the same film/album. While Clinton does the heavy-lifting by composing three out of four songs, Amjad-Nadeem pitch in with a very impressive number as well. '3 Storeys' is actually a good album that keeps you thoroughly hooked to it as you play all the four tracks on the album.