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Straight Music Review

1.5

When the release of a music album almost coincides with that of the film's theatrical release, you know for sure that even the music company didn't have much

confidence in the product. To add to its woes, when the promotion is exactly zero, you but obviously end up playing on the CD, with complete disinterest and

no hopes. Final nail in the coffin comes in the form of the overall soundtrack too turning out to be lukewarm, which really is the case with

Straight.


MUSIC

Music of Straight has a strong Western influence to it, something that goes with the Western setting of the film's plot. Composer Sagar Desai begins

the album with 'Saanson Ka Rukna', a barely okay number which has the kind of music that has non-film written all over it. A pop track,

'Sanson Ka Rukna' has its hook in the right place but otherwise it doesn't really end up being a tune that would be remembered after it's

through.

Humse Jo Churaiye Humko Hee' is a better song and though its beginning is all mellow, it continues to see an upswing in it's pace throughout

its four and a half minutes duration. 'Kya Hua Hoo Hoo' is out rightly boring though and it's placement in the film too couldn't have come at a

worse time.

Beginning of 'Love Love Love' too is amateurish to say the least and the tune that follows isn't anything better than being plain pedestrian,

hence reinstating the belief that this was music made either in hurry or in just plain and simple fun without worrying much about it's commercial viability.

And what was this entire thing about a bunch of people desperately trying to sing 'Love Love Love' towards the song's end?

Louise Banks and Gino Banks compose 'Run Run Run' which has an outright Western setting to it and is more of a background piece than a song. In

fact this is the only situational track in the film which actually helps the narrative move forward.

LYRICS

Subrat Sinha is the lyricist for the entire album. He begins with 'Sanson Ka Rukna' and later writes a song about finding true love - 'Humse Jo

Churaiye Humko Hee'. And after love, when the lead protagonist finally looses his virginity, it's time to go 'Kya Hua Hoo Hoo'. From 'Hoo

Hoo', it is 'Love Love' which is yet again about going for that elusive thing called love. He doesn't have much to say in 'Run Run Run'

though which comprises of barely a couple of lines in its two minutes duration.

VOCALS

Suraj Jagan bags the responsibility of being the sole singer for the entire album. He is a good choice for a film like Straight where he isn't

required to come up with playback singing for a conventional Bollywood hero but instead just do his own stuff due to situational setting of the music. This

is demonstrated best in a song like 'Humse Jo Churaiye Humko Hee' though when it comes to 'Kya Hua Hoo Hoo', he seems to be merely doing a

Mohit Chauhan. While he tries to be all feel good with 'Love Love Love' (but failing to lift a poor tune), he gets to flex his vocal chords for

'Run Run Run'.

OVERALL

Straight goes completely as per the expectations. One didn't look forward to any song doing the trick and that exactly is the case as well. The album

has arrived silently at the stands and chances are quite high that same would be the case when it's time to be replaced by a newer album.

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