You don't really expect songs in Talvar, considering the kind of theme it has and the narrative that is perceived. However, a similar genre film Drishyam too had songs in it, and hence one expects a similar soundtrack from composer Vishal Bhardwaj and lyricist Gulzar.
It is a new voice that one hears in the opening number 'Insaaf' and that makes an instant impression due to the uniqueness quotient in there. Arooj Aftab is the woman in question and she makes sure that this theme track of Talvar has the kind of haunting appeal which was pretty much needed for the film's stage and setting. A song which is all about getting justice, it also has brief references to the manner in which the killings were done, hence making it all the more chilling.
Sukhwinder Singh, one of the favorites of Vishal Bhardwaj, is brought on board for 'Patli Gali'. The singer keeps his boisterous self in check while maintaining his energetic self in this number which has sarcasm driving the show. A quick-fire 200 odd second song which is basically for the situational appeal of the film, it has a 'desi' folk flavor to it and is the most Bollywood-ish track of the lot in the album.
It is back to a haunting theme with Rekha Bhardwaj crooning 'Zinda'. A song about the parents fondly remembering their daughter who has been killed, and believing in their hearts that she is still alive, this one is a painful outing. It is Gulzar's lyrics that really fetch your attention from the word 'Go' and it is hard not to get touched by the sentiments that the protagonists are going through. While Rekha does quite well in this slow moving number that keeps your attention on right through its four and a half minute duration, one just feels that Asha Bhosle would have taken this one to an altogether different level.
Last to arrive is 'Shaam Ke Saaye' which has Arijit Singh in his most unrecognizable self. A rare romantic number in the album which is basically set in Vishal Bhardwaj's style, both in terms of composition as well as rendition, this one doesn't quite register much of an impact and also appears misplaced in the album.
Expectedly, Talvar has a situational soundtrack which has a couple of heartfelt numbers connecting one to the film's theme. There is hardly any scope for its commercial reach though.