By Ruchika Kher
Film: "Ek - The Power of One"; Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty; Singers: Rana Mazumder, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shashwati, Shreya Ghoshal and Abhijeet Rating: **
Music buffs always expect something extraordinary from the man who created popular numbers like "Bheegi bheegi" ("Gangster"), "Dhoom Machale" ("Dhoom") and "Marjaani"("Billu") among others. But composer Pritam Chakraborty seems to be losing his magical touch if one were to go by the album of "Ek - The Power Of One".
"Bang Bang" crooned by Rana Mazumdar starts well with a heavy dose of electronic sounds. The song sets the mood and keeps it intact till the end. Powerful singing and strong musical arrangements make the track a good hear.
Like most Pritam soundtracks, "Sambhale" is soaked in Punjabi flavour. The song, which has singers like Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan behind the mike, has a long prelude but picks up well. However, the number offers nothing new and fails to reach the standards set by earlier compositions of Pritam.
"Sona Lagda" with Shashwati's honey-tucked voice instantly gives a heard-before feeling. Lack of experimentation makes the song very ordinary. It's not something that will stay with listeners for long.
Up next is the remixed version of "Sona Lagda" in the same singer's voice. This version adds nothing to the quality of the original and falls flat in its attempt to become a chartbuster.
The last song of the album, "Tum saath ho", has a distinct resemblance to Pritam's earlier composition "Tu hi meri shab hai" from the film "Gangster". This romantic number is aptly sung by Abhijeet and Shreya Ghoshal.
But once again there is nothing fresh that the song has to offer. It is just a regular mushy track that every other album has nowadays.
On the whole, the five-song soundtrack of "Ek - The Power Of One", which stars Bobby Deol and Nana Patekar, fails to impress and doesn't have anything special to look forward to.
The tried and tested formula of using particular genres in the soundtrack doesn't work too well for this album. The lyrics are average and so are the musical arrangements.