'Johnny Gaddar' melodies reminds of 50s music

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By Meghna Menon

Album: Johnny Gaddar; Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Tarannum, Anousha Mani, Sabeeha, Akriti Kakkar, Suraj Jagan; Ratings: ***

"Johnny Gaddar" is completely unconventional and belongs to an era gone by. It is a complete surprise, especially when the composers happen to be Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Here's looking at the songs that make it interesting and thrilling.

"Bhule bisre geet" is what one gets when composers move the clock 40-50 years back. It has been appropriately rendered by Sabeeha, who reminds one exactly of how 50s singer used to be like. Composers have kept in mind the situation in the film and composed a uniquely interesting track."Dhokha" is sung by Tarannum and Anousha Mani. With lyrics written by Nileesh Misra, "Dhokha" isn't great but would pass off as a decent hear.

Heavy on musical arrangements, "Johnny Breakbeat mera naam" is a situational track that has echo thrown in here and there, dialogues sewed in with electronic music paving its way in.

Akriti Kakkar and Suraj Jagan croon title track "Johnny Gaddar". A number that is sure to build up the suspense and thrill in the film. "Johnny Gaddar" is penned by Jagdeep Sahni. It belongs to a genre, time tested by composers of music for all the mafia movies.

Composer trio, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, take over the mike to sing "Move your body", a very retro but interesting song. Hinglish lyrics add to the funky appeal of the song.

An amazing instrumental track that should do well being set in the backdrop of the film, is "Revenge of the 70s", which actually sounds like music from the 70s. Again with elaborate musical arrangements, the track is catchy right from the start.

"The caper begins" is another instrumental number that is dramatic in its appeal and, again, belongs to an era gone by. This kind of song is rare these days. One only gets to hear them in Hollywood flicks.

"Toss", too, is a decent instrumental number that may not excite much but is still noteworthy.

To expect Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to come out with music of this genre was quite unexpected but they have done a fantastic job. Whether the album is going to be a hit with the audiences is doubtful, as fans of such a genre are quite limited. Yet, if the movie does well, a lot of credit ought to go the composers as well.