Film: Shor in the City (Release Date: April 28, 2011)
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal and Tochi Raina
As you might be able to tell from my previous song reviews, I tend to prefer sizzling, dhamakedaar, fast-paced, party songs. So it's a bit rare that I fall in love with a slow love ballad. But "Saibo" is a song that I literally cannot stop listening to.
The enthralling thing about "Saibo" is that it's the perfect mix of traditional and modern. The song begins slowly with Shreya's captivating voice and you thing you're in for a run-of-the-mill emotional love song. But when Tochi Raina comes in with the chorus, the song picks up the pace just a bit. What I especially like here is the split between the traditional words and pronunciations with the more modern musical style.
Shreya's voice and Tochi's voice, though different in style, mesh perfectly together in this song. Sometimes I find Shreya's voice to be a bit too high, but she does an amazing job with this track. Tochi, an up and coming Sufi singer, will surely gain widespread recognition after "Saibo." We've heard him before in "Gal Mithi Mithi Bol" from Aisha--which, in my opinion, was one of the most underrated songs of 2010. In "Saibo" Tochi's voice is almost mystifying.
My only real complaint about "Saibo"? It's too short!!! At just over 3 minutes long, it leaves the listener craving for more. I really think it could've been successfully stretched out to at least 4 minutes. "Saibo" with its fusion style will appeal to audiences of all ages and generations. On top of that, we get a song with actual sentimental meaning and well-thought lyrics. Be sure to check it out!
Final Verdict: 4/5