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Baa Baaa Black Sheep
 
Producer: Anand Swarup Agarwal and Krishna Datla
Director: Vishwas Paandya
Starring: Maniesh Paul, Manjari Fadnnis, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon
Music: Superbia (Gourov-Roshin and Shaan)
Lyrics: Sunil Sirvaiya and Rajesh Manthan
Singers: Shaan, Manisha Chakravarty, Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sapan, Mika Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Kanika Kapoor
Audio On: T-Series    Album Released on: 13 March 2018
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 4.0 / 10
 
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'Superbia' was a band or a musical unit formed between composer Gourov Dasgupta, singer Shaan and sound designer Roshin Balu. Though Shaan is out of the equation now as Gourov and Roshin compose songs for films ("Dil Kya Kare" - 'Kaabil', "Haathon Mein Thhe Haath" - 'Mubarakan') as a duo, 'Baaa Baa Black Sheep' is probably the first film they composed music for as a band. The film, which was shot almost three years back, has released in 2018 and so has the music.

If not for Shaan's enthusiastic singing and some good production courtesy Roshin Balu, "Baa Baaa Black Sheep", the title track, would have crumbled down in pieces. The lacklustre tune and the juvenile lyrics (Sunil Sirvaiya) do not deserve an iota of praise. The way the song sounds, it seems it has been designed for a music video. If that is indeed the case, one can just hope for the video to save the day as the song, as a standalone audio track, does not have anything to offer to the listener.

Mika did sing a "Saajna" ('Lamhaa') but it is very rare to hear him sing a romantic track. Though "Heer" is not a mushy romantic number per se, it very different from the kind of songs the singer usually lends his voice to. The lazy guitar drawls and mouth organ bits lend a nice vibe to the song. The tune is nothing extraordinary but is decent enough. It is nice to hear Mika in a song that urges him to try a different style of singing. The criminally neglected Mahalaxmi Iyer makes her presence felt in the few lines she gets to sing.

Sonu Nigam breathes like into "Angelina" with his spirited rendition and takes it several notches higher than the ordinary tune would have allowed it to. Sunil Sirvaiya's lyrics remind one of the kind Aashish Pandit write for "Dhinka Chika" but the lines are not a patch on what Pandit wrote for the song from 'Ready'. This is the kind of song that would rely on the choreographer or the director's imagination to make the video interesting as the song goes about without making any impression.


If there is anything that makes "Ram Leela" sound remotely interesting, it is Sapan Kumar's rustic voice that serves as the perfect foil for this number. The song arrives at a time in the film when Baba (Manish Kaul) is being trained by his dad (Anupam Kher) to become a contract killer. One fails to understand the connection between this song and the situation for which it has been used in the film. Given the fact that it sounds so bbad, it should have never made its way into the film in the first place.

The best track of the album is, ironically, a track which has not been originally composed by Superbia. The band rearranges/recreate two hit songs ("Oye Hoye" - 'Oye Hoye' and 'Aaja Soniye" - 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi') and present them in a new avatar as "Galla Goriyan/Aaja Soniye". This is a well sung (Mika Singh and Kanika Kapoor) and well produced track and is the only song on the soundtrack that deserves a repeat listening.

Gourov-Roshin have composed a bunch of good songs in the recent past and just like their band Superbia, they should also treat this album as a thing of the past and focus on creating quality songs for their upcoming projects.

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