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Mithoon returns with The Train

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If you have liked the rock ballads of 'Metro', you would love 'Beete Lamhein' for sure as it adds on to the genre that is fast picking up in Bollywood. A song about remembering the love that once used to be and came with small but beautiful moments; it is very well written by Sayeed Quadri. The lyricist yet again spins a simple poetic tale while keeping the sensibilities of an average listener in mind.

One looks forward to the 'Lounge Mix' version since this is a track about remembering someone in isolation and what better way to do so than in a lounge. With extremely faint sound of instruments in the background, this one is as unadulterated as possible and has all in it to be put on a repeat mode while on a long drive over a highway! 'Beete Lamhein' is the track that has in it to make you shed a tear if you have loved and lost someone!

Mithoon returns behind the mike. And how! For his second track 'Mausam', he brings as many as three versions - 'Original', 'Club Mix - by Akbar Sami' and 'Progressive Mix'. Starting with the original, it basically continues the mood of 'Beetein Lamhein' and it almost seems as if the K.K. rendered track had never ended. A track about a man who is extremely sad about the way his life has treated him over the years and is hardly finding a way out of his misery, it is entertaining nevertheless despite his theme.

If you have been a fan of 'Aadat' [Kalyug] and 'Woh Lamhe' [Zeher], you would grab 'Mausam' with both hands as the song can be comfortably added on the make it third in the trilogy! Sayeed Quadri's lyrics are pure gems here and the song should make quite an impact along with the narrative. Mithoon surprises yet again as singer because after showcasing a boyish charm in 'Woh Ajnabee', he shows his range as he lends his vocals for a character who is down and out and probably even a little drunk!

The 'Club Mix' begins on an interesting note mainly due to its high definition club built-up. The track takes it own time for the lyrics to arrive and this is where the strength of this 'mix' version lies as Mithoon's voice arrives at a point when the arrangements have pepped up the mood to reach a crescendo. This one deserves a specially created music video!

One is slightly amused by the title 'Progressive Mix', which is the third version of 'Mausam'. Thankfully there is nothing amusing about the final results as this version too is highly pepped up, just like the 'Club Mix' but with a slightly different flavor attached to it!

After a dance floor number 'Woh Ajnabee', gear up for the second track belonging to the same genre - 'Teri Tamanna'. Composer Mithoon proves yet again that for creating a dance floor number, it is not necessary that the pace of rendition too should be super-paced. Even with the K.K and Zubeen singing at a moderate pace, the song creates a mood of seduction amidst moments of intimacy. The arrangements are prominently western that keep the mood of 'The Train' mainly urban and hence go well with the film's theme, setting and style.

Unlike 'Woh Ajnabee' that took its own time to come on your lips, 'Teri Tamanna' is an instant winner and one can't long to see the track's video since this is THE number that deserves Emraan Hashmi on the frames! 'Teri Tamanna' too arrives in two more versions - 'Club Mix' and 'Euro Mix' - and as expected the results are entertaining once again. The 'Club Mix' lives up to its name whereas 'Euro Mix' has something about it which makes it a haunting hear.

Lyrics like 'Zindagi Train Hai Waqt Ke Track Pe' is followed by the sound of a train arriving from a distance further followed by the drum beats, something which is akin to the sound heard often in Raj Kanwar musicals. After almost a minute, things settle down and Shaan returns to crooning. With zero-disturbance mood helping its cause, it is a good hear though not the kind that makes for a chartbuster.

A philosophical track about life and the way it changes track while leading you to unplanned destinations, 'The Train - An Inspiration' is at maximum a situational track and should be making an appearance at multiple places in the film's narrative.

Mithoon and Sayeed Quadri do it well yet again to create an album that is up market with a universal appeal. Emraan Hashmi can comfortably add the album to his ever growing list of popular albums with this time around the USP being a 'consistent mood' of the album! There may be multiple tracks in The Train but they all contribute to the feel of the film's theme. The transition from one song to another is almost seamless which makes The Train a complete album to hear.

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