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Daddy Cool Munde Fool – Soundtrack – The Verdict

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The soundtrack album to Daddy Cool Munde Fool boasts a couple of firsts: Dr. Zeus’s debut as Music Director for a film; plus one of 2012’s Asian music’s success stories, Pakistani singer Bilal Saeed’s first foray into the world of soundtracks.

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Chakdey.Com brings you a review of the best tracks on the soundtrack to one of the most anticipated Punjabi films of the year!

The soundtrack album to Daddy Cool Munde Fool boasts a couple of firsts: Dr. Zeus’s debut as Music Director for a film; plus one of 2012’s Asian music’s success stories, Pakistani singer Bilal Saeed’s first foray into the world of soundtracks.

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The album line-up is a who’s who of Zeus associated acts and is a natural progression for one of the UK’s most successful Punjabi music producers. Hot on the heels of a record breaking 18 months that saw Judaa, his album for Amrinder Gill, not only become one of the biggest releases in Punjab that year but also the album that elevated Gill from a marginal pop singer to a serious player in the UK market.

With the film releasing globally on the 12th April 2013, promotional activity for the release is currently at feverpitch. Speed Records’ clout in the Punjabi music industry almost guarantees the album’s success but with Zeus at the helm, this is a contender for soundtrack of the year.

The album goes straight for the jugular with “Tauba Tauba” by Bilal Saeed. This is the strongest track on the album with emotive lyrics, a strong vocal delivery and Zeus’s impeccable beats; the track has ‘hit’ written all over it. Whether Saeed has a big enough profile in India to turn this into the soundtrack’s crown jewel though remains to be seen.

Next is Amrinder Gill doing what he does best on “Lagda Na Jee“. This is a broad appeal Punjabi pop track and it works well. Again Zeus’s production, unthinkable as it would have been some years ago, perfectly complements Gill’s sweet melodious vocals which are woven around an instantly catchy riff and looped dhol beat, giving the track an immediately familiar quality.

Classmate” by Jassi Gill with lyrics by music industry multi-tasker Bunty Bains features twice on the album; both versions are non-Zeus tracks, instead produced by rising duo Desi Crew out of Punjab. The first of the two versions features Amar Noorie on duet duties and is a pleasant downtempo affair. The song doesn’t really do full justice to Gill’s vocal abilities but then it’s not that kind of track. Unusually, it’s the second faster version (Desi Crew remix) with duet vocals by newcomer Kaur B that steals the limelight. This could have been just another do-it-by-numbers dancefloor remix of a filmi song but has instead taken on an identity of itself and become the more popular of the two versions, further helped by an original promotional video that’s currently clocking up significant views online. In fact, “Classmate” might just end up being the unlikely hit of the album.

Another Saeed track crops up in the shape of “Rattan Chitian“, ironically it’s slightly reminiscent of material on Judaa. Although this is the track currently burning up UK radio airwaves, “Tauba Tauba” is altogether a more satisfying piece of music. Nevertheless, the song demonstrates Saeed’s versatility and range as a singer. To inject some street appeal, a second version featuring rapper Fateh (who incidentally collaborates on an upcoming Zeus produced Saini Surinder single due out this month) is also included on the set. In the great ‘with or without Shortie’ type debate that accompanies many of Zeus’s releases, the two versions cater perfectly for both camps.

In an obvious homage to G.P. Sippy’s mid-70s blockbuster Sholay, “Sohni Lagdi Tun” doesn’t sound like your typical Amrinder Gill song– whether now or in the pre-Zeus days. The parody dialogue from Sholay performed by a Gabbar Singh/Amjad Khan soundalike will serve to prick up listeners’ ears and even distract from what is, at best, an average song. On first listen, it’s not quite clear what this track is trying to achieve. Production-wise, speeded up Spragga Benz style interpolated beats, utilised so effectively by Eren E on Imran Khan’s breakthrough hit “Ni Nachleh”, provide a strange bedfellow for Amrinder Gill’s sweet vocals; but Zeus is not generally one to play by any rules and, oddly, the combination seems to work. On the other hand, the short length of the track may limit its club play, particularly its abrupt ending. The dialogue snippets and possible Jaanbaaz scream, while entertaining on the first few listens, will also probably relegate the track to no more than a novelty tune as soon as the hype for the film passes.

Finally “Daddy Cool Munde Fool” is the dance music based title track, performed by one of Zeus’s new protégés, Aman Sarang, alongside regular Shortie. With a title like that, it couldn’t be anything but a big full on commercial number with a cheesy twist. On an artist album, it would undoubtedly be ridiculed, but on the soundtrack to a high profile comedy film like this, it serves its purpose well. If only Frank Farian (who produced and co-wrote Boney M.’s 70s Eurodisco standard “Daddy Cool”) earned royalties every time someone borrowed a bit of the riff or reworked his lyrics over the years, he’d be an even richer man than he no doubt is.

As yet and in the few short weeks the album’s been out, no one song has emerged as the clear ‘signature’ track to the film. Mirza had Rahat Fateh Ai Khan’s “Akhiyan”, while Sirphire had Roshan Prince’s “Look/Lak”- two excellent songs that have outlived and even eclipsed the films they were lifted from. Our money’s on Bilal Saeed’s “Tauba Tauba” and the possible surprise contender, Jassi Gill’s simple but extremely catchy “Classmate”.

We give the album a ‘cool’ 3.5 out of 5

Let us know what you think of the album in the comments box below!

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