Anushka Manchanda’s luscious drawl is mesmerizing in Yeh raat yeh chandni, even as Mike layers it with a trippy sound in the background! Sagarika Mukherjee’s Babuji dheere chalna is a sprightly reworking, though it stays too close to the original, while Monica Dogra’s Ajeeb dastan strips the innocent enthusiasm of the original, disappointingly. Of Mauli Dave’s four songs Chalte chalte has the best re-imagined backgrounds, while Waqt ne kiya rivals Anushka’s drawl quite admirably. But the album truly belongs to Suman Shridhar! Her already-familiar Coke jingle, Tum jo mil gaye ho is a compelling reinvention, while in Pukarta chala hoon she moves away from her child-woman sound to present another, fascinating voice! The pièce de résistance is, of course, her Shaitan number, Khoya khoya chand that is by far the most imaginative remix I have heard in a long; stunningly gorgeous number! Besides the sensuous, hypnotic orchestration that props most of the tracks’ re-imagined sounds in Mike McCleary’s new ‘remix’ album, what stands out is the singers chosen; and the five ladies make a massive difference! ‘Classic Bollywood: Shaken Not Stirred’ is such a non-remixy album that calling it a ‘remix’ album sounds like a disservice to Mike’s vibrant imagination!
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