By Meghna Menon
Album: "Welcome"; Music Director: Anand Raj Anand, Himesh Reshammiya, Sajid-Wajid; Singers: Shaan, Soumya Raoh, Akruti Kakkar, Himesh Reshammiya, Anand Raj Anand, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan, Krishna, Shweta Pandit, Wajid; Rating: *
Composed by an assortment of music directors - Himesh Reshammiya, Anand Raj Anand and Sajid-Wajid - the music of "Welcome" is unfortunately not welcoming at all.
Starting with a tiny piece of Indianised rap and then proceeding to a track that people today wouldn't like listening to is "Hoth Rasiley". Composed by Anand Raj Anand, it is just a time pass number.Himesh Reshammiya's music is heard after a long time in "Insha Allah"; his trademark style of putting in all his emotions into a track is evident. Sung by Shaan, Akruti Kakkar and Krishna, it doesn't have much to boast of and can be skipped without a second thought.
"Kiya Kiya" is neither interesting nor appealing. Though better than the previous two renditions, there is no way "Kiya Kiya" will become a chartbuster.
"Kola laka vellari" follows. It doesn't bring much respite. Composed and rendered by Reshammiya, the composition sounds repetitive. Sameer's lyrics aren't impressive either.
Next is the Punjabi number "Uncha lamba kad". It is better than the other songs in the album, but has no lasting impact.
The title song "Welcome" is a complete celebration number. The lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are okay but the track would have sounded much better if the accompanying instruments were different.