Movie Album : Tezz

Director: Priyadarshan

Music Director: Sajid-Wajid

Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani and Shabbir Ahmed

Music released on March 30th

Movie Release Date: April 27th

The music is directed by the duo of Sajid Wajid who has earlier composed music for Wanted, Housefull 2 and Dabangg. With a star ensemble of the likes of Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Kangana Ranaut and Boman Irani and of course Mohanlal in a cameo role, one expects an album that would be appeal to the masses and given the title of the film we do expect some racy fast numbers. Let us not waste much of your time and quickly find out how this album fares.

Song Name

Singers\Performers

Rating

Tere Bina

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

★★★☆☆

Tezz

Sunidhi Chauhan

★★★½☆

Main Hoon Sab

Mohit Chauhan

★★★½☆

Laila

Sunidhi Chauhan

★★★½☆

Tere Bina-Female

Shreya Goshal

★★½☆☆

Tezz-Male

Shaan

★★★☆☆

Laila-Remix

Sunidhi Chauhan

★★½☆☆

Tere Bina-Remix

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

★★★½☆

Tezz-Female Remix

Sunidhi Chauhan

★★★☆☆

Tere Bina-Sad Version

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

★★½☆☆

Tezz-Male Remix

Shaan

★★★☆☆

Tere Bina-Indian

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

★★★☆☆

1. Tere Bina

The start gives the indication of a fast paced song but the song really isn’t so racy. The fusion of tabla and the electronics does wonders to the listeners. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice stands out as something special as usual. The sufi base of the song is something to cheer about and enjoy. The song proceeds at a steady pace. Rahat makes the song interesting to listen to. The tune suddenly switches to violins and some chorus before coming back to the steady pace. The harmonium helps break the monotone. The song lacks variety in the tunes and the lyric although wonderfully written and wonderfully sung doesn’t captivate you mainly due to a lack of variety in terms of the background score. The composers have also taken the pressure of making an over five minute song interesting and they fail in that endeavour. Listen to it only for Rahat Fateh Ali Khan but i am sure you will not be attracted to it more than twice.

2. Tezz

The racy start sets the tone for e fast paced number. The background vocals add to the racy tone of the song. Sunidhi chauhan seem perfect for the song and the lyrics interspersed with words in English are in tune with the theme of the song. The words provoke us to take the fast lane in life and describe a fast racy life. The percussion complements her voice and adds more vigour to the song. The electronics add to the thump of the song. This is a perfect number if you are in a mood to shake a leg. The lyrics get repetitive towards the end with the repetition of the word tezz all too often. There is not much variety in the tune either with the song proceeding at a steady fast pace and the electronics and the background vocals getting repetitive towards the end of the song. The song’s longer duration also makes it tough to add variety to it and the composer would have been wise to cut the duration by at least a minute.

3. Main Hoon Sab

The guitar work sets the right tone for the start of a slow melodious song. Mohit’s wondrous voice keeps us glued to the song. The words are romantic and love is surely the mood here thanks to Shabbir Ahmed. The background chorus have a flavour of qawwali in them and sound Sufi like. The flute, although sublime, beautifies the song. The gentle guitar work relaxes you and the piano puts you into a dreamy love land. This one is sure to transcend you to a different world altogether. The composers basically juggle alternatively with the various options of instrumentals available to them like the flute, guitar, tabla and the piano. Listen to it at least for Mohit.

4. Laila

This is supposed to be an item number performed by Mallika Sherawat on screen. After Munni and Sheila comes Laila. Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice for sure makes laila look teasingly hot. The composers who are still famous for their composition of Munni Badnaam Hui in Dabangg have the pressure of living up to the expectations. This connects with its Background vocals in English. Sunidhi’s voice and the lyrics seem to be the high points of the song. The tune is engaging but is monotonic in some parts. The pace is varied occasionally and the electronics adds to the pace of the song. The song definitely has all the elements of a decent item number but it remains to be seen if Mallika can sizzle enough in screen to do justice to the song.

5. Tere Bina (Female)

The piano sets the tone for a cool relaxed song that would enable you to unwind and with Shreya at the helm for a melodious track like this one you can only expect a melodious number to say the least. Shreya’s voice fits the bill perfectly. This one I must say seems better than the m ale version mainly because it sheds the Sufi flavour in the male version and also because of Shreya. The tune does get monotonic and the pace boring with a lack of variety. Although Shreya tries her best to induce interest the song fails due to the longer duration and the monotone in the tune. The use of harmonium helps break the boredom just a bit. The background vocals only aid in enhancing the lead voice. Listen to it only for Shreya. Else you wouldn’t be able to bear it more than once.

6. Tezz (Male)

Shaan’s voice fails to induce energy into the song. It does take some time to get used to Shaan after listening to Sunidhi. On comparison, Sunidhi’s version seems to win the Tezz race. There is nothing to write home about this song. Not even Shaan’s voice which is the only change in this song. If you have listened to Sunidhi’s version already then this one wont interest you a lot.

7. Laila (Remix)

The song starts off with a few words in some foreign tongue. Sunidhi’s voice fits the bill. The remix doesn’t affect the originality in Sunidhi’s sensuous voice which is commendable. This one seems like a faster paced version of the original song rather than a remixed version. The background vocals blend well with remix. The tune seems to be repetitive and one tends to get bored with it. It lacks variety and more electronics would have been what is expected from it. The only high point of the song seems to be Sunidhi’s voice which is severely over shadowed by the various short comings in the song. This one is bearable once.

8. Tere Bina (Remix)

The start itself is proving to be good with the unique remixing of harmonium which is not so familiar. Although the DJ has taken the risk of meddling with Rahat Fateh Ali khan’s voice he doesn’t spoil the beauty of the song. The remixed voice sits in beautifully into the song’s tone. This one would make you groove. The DJ has done a nice job in converting a sufi song into a dance number. The background female vocals in English give the much needed sheen to the remix version making you groove even more. There is ample variety in the electronics to keep you out of boredom and make you listen to it for its entirety.

9. Tezz (Female – Remix)

One does get fed up with the repetition of the name of the song so many times at the start itself as if telling us that this is the song we are listening to and even at the later parts of the song. Sunidhi’s voice blends well with the electronics as in the case of the original tune. The DJ has not touched Sunidhi’s voice and only made it compatible with the remix version and that is a job well done. This one sets the dance floor on fire and transcends you to the fast lane. The tune does get repetitive and monotonic and boring and one expects more variety in the electronics here. The words that one hears are only the name of the song and there isn’t much lyrics in the song. Probably the lengthier duration of the song makes the task a bit tougher for the DJ. You won’t feel like hearing it more than once.

10. Tere Bina (Sad Version)

Interestingly the sad version seems to be a shorter version than the original. This one is shorter by a minute. The violin seems to be only instrumental accompanying Rahat’s voice at the start of the song. Rahat’s voice, although singing the same words, go at a much slower pace. The sad mood is set by the violin than the voice. You can love it only if you are nurturing a heart break. You are sure to get bored with this song within a couple minutes if are in an uppish mood. The song is so enticing, mainly due to the violin work, that it might even change your mood to dullness and sorrow. The piano, although not so dominating, still helps enhance the calmness of the song. Most of you will face the end of the song with relief and respite at heart. You will love it probably at the end of a busy day just to unwind. This one seems more like an unplugged version. This one is only for a limited and select audience.

11. Tezz (Male Remix)

The chant of Tezz seems to be one huge whirlwind you are caught in. Interestingly, Shaan’s voice suits the remix more than the original. The DJ has meddled with Shaan’s voice just a bit but it all sounds good so no particular harm done. The variety seems engaging and there is enough stuff here to keep you grooving without the slightest hint of boredom. All credit for the varied electronics should rightfully go to the DJ. The background vocals of Tezz seem to blend in well with Shaan’s voice which wasn’t the case in the Female remix version.

12. Tere Bina (Indian)

The harmonium is an odd starter but for an Indian version of a Sufi song it seems to be OK. Rahat’s voice once again stands out. There isn’t much difference by way of tune and even the lyrics between this last song and the first one. Rahat’s voice also seems to be the same. The guitar work coupled with the violins and the background chorus helps break the boring monotone. This one is enjoyable but only for a couple of times and that too for Rahat.

Album ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Verdict: Listen to it only if you have the time and patience for it.

Sajid Wajid have probably put too much on their plate without knowing how to manage all of them properly. Surprisingly an album with 12 tracks has only 4 original tracks which is very disappointing. There is hardly any variation, except for the remixes, between the originals and the other tracks except for the change in voices. It is sad that many famous and popular voices in the industry have been wasted like this. It would have been wise to stick to lesser number of tracks and make them interesting rather than a lengthier album. The choice of Sunidhi for the song Laila and the choice of Mohit and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for the respective songs is commendable. Even Shreya Goshal does a good job with the track given to her. Laila’s lyrics sure makes you act naughty and make you feel sexy. Main hoon sab’s Remix version and are missing and it is for good although it would have been interesting to listen to a remix of a Mohit song. Main hoon sab’s lyrics is also interesting and captivating. The song Tezz is almost like a chant of the name of the song than anything else. It is as if saying you are listening to the title track of the tezz and the album of the movie tezz and everything is tezz around you now. That was definitely an overdose. Sunidhi’s voice could have beautifiesd the song much more had that glitch in lyrics been taken care of. But one would have liked to have all of them sing more original tracks than the same tracks being sung by different singers. The tere bina remix seems to be the only one that is decent enough. There is nothing new here to write about in terms of innovation. I must say that the first four original tracks and the track with Shreya and the tere bina remix have come out well. Others can easily be given a miss. This is a seriously below par work from Sajid Wajid after their other commendable works.