One didn't really see this one coming. The trailer of Waiting indicated a poignant tale with some bitter-sweet moments thrown in between Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin. However, there wasn't much of an expectation around a soundtrack in the offing too. There are four songs in there though with Mikey McCleary as the composer, who also writes lyrics along with Manoj Muntashir and Ankur Tewari.Â
It is the sound of guitar that stays on your mind as 'Tu Hai Toh Main Hoon' plays on for its three and a half minutes duration. This one has some good mixing going for it as Anushka Manchanda's vocals (with Nikhil D'Souza being heard faintly in the background) integrate quite well with the soft tune that has been put together by Mikey. That said, there is a jingle feeling right through this number and one can't get that feeling away about it being strictly restricted to the film's run.
Kavita Seth comes behind the mike for 'Zara Zara' and instantly makes one wonder if she was the right choice for a vocalist here. While the core tune here is quite depressing and sad, Kavita's voice doesn't help the proceedings much. The lyrics too stay poetic and even when (very different sounding) Vishal Dadlani joins the proceedings and tries to elevate the mood, there isn't much that improves in this song. Skip it.
The album sees a jerky twist though, what with a rock-n-roll number 'Got My Eyes On You' coming in next. This one appears to be a kind of impromptu jig that may just come into the narrative of the film, in order to bring in some happiness quotient. Well, it may perhaps work in the film's storytelling but as a stand along number, this Mikey McCleary track is barely passable.
Title song 'Waiting for you' comes right at the end and has Mikey McCleary pair up with Anushka Manchanda behind the mike. A soft number with a smooth flow to it, this one is entirely situational as well and doesn't bring with it the kind of mood, stage and setting that could make you hum it along in isolation. Still, audio wise, it is not a bad hear and doesn't make you look the other way.
Waiting doesn't come with it any commercial ingredients that would help it find a place in the charts.
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