Amit Trivedi

Dev.D

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At times, a soundtrack emerges that creates awe in a small number of listeners, and thus later qualifies for a cult following. These soundtracks have two essential traits: an element of innovation within the confines of established rules, and a raw nature that identifies them as being "of the street." Newcomer Amit Trivedi satisfies exactly these criteria with Dev.D. Trivedi already displayed tinges of creativity with Aamir, and despite the fact that Dev.D is not his debut soundtrack, it definitely demands attention and becomes overpowering after only a few listens. With 18 tracks (and that's a huge number for a Bollywood soundtrack), Dev.D is truly stunning, with songs in myriad styles, as if it's a compilation from various artists. Most interesting is the composer's brave stance in throwing various unrelated situations and genres together -- which immediately appears dazzling. For example, "Emosanal Attyachaar" is an Indian marriage brass band-styled song with lyrics about boisterous love, something that diverges from standard music norms. And this whole album is a similar roller coaster ride full of shock and a hypnotic quality -- "Duniya Ye Duniya Badi Gol" with its breakbeat-styled rock ambience, the psychedelic lounge feel of "Nayan Tarse Na Mile," the pure Punjabi of "Mahi Mennu Nahi Karna" and "Hikknaal Lage Jind Teri," the house vibe of "Aankh Micholi Khel Zindagi," the Broadway-ish "Yahi Meri Zindagi Yahi" and "Dil Mein Jaagi Armaye," and the folk feel of "Dhol Yaara Dhol." This is a different soundtrack, not only due to its style and diversity, but for a certain amount of heroic exuberance that classifies it as a true urban masterpiece.

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