By Ruchika Kher
Film: "London Dreams"; Music Directors: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; Lyricists: Prasoon Joshi; Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Roopkumar Rathod, Abhijit Ghoshal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Zubeen Garg, Feroz Khan and Mohan; Rating:***
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music rarely disappoints. And they have lived up to people's expectations once again with great tracks in "London dreams". The forthcoming musical stars Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and Asin.
The album contains eight originals and three remixes. While most of the original numbers are interesting, the remixes are average.
"Barso Yaaro" has a total rock feel with heavy percussion and contemporary sounds. A power-packed song, it is sure to attract listeners, especially youngsters. Sung by Vishal Dadlani and Roop Kumar Rathod, the song starts with a bang but mellows down in between when Rathod makes his entry. The music then becomes more Indianised. But it does revisit the rock mode in the last minute as well...A really nice song.
Up next is "Man ko ati bhavey" crooned by Shankar Mahadevan and it combines Western music with Indianised vocals. The number is fast-paced but doesn't impress much.
It also has a remixed version.
"Tapkey masti" has youngster Feroz Khan behind the microphone. Though it has a strong musical backing and a Punjabi influence, it ends up as an average number.
This too has a remixed version.
Next in line is "Khanabadosh", another heavily orchestrated track sung by Mohan. Energetic and foot-tapping, this rendition grows on you. It doesn't make an impact instantly, but the more you hear it, the more you will like it.
The remixed version of the song is not that great. The original is much better.
The next track "Khwab jo" is a complete shift from the other songs. Wonderfully sung by two brilliant singers, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shankar Mahadevan, it is a soft, pleasing track in the signature style of the composer trio. The number is a mix of classical and soft rock.
Roop Kumar Rathod creates an impact with the next song "Yaari bina", a strong and power-packed song that instantly gives you an adrenaline rush. It has a Sufi flavour and electronic elements as well.
Then we have "Jashn jeet ka" by Abhijit Ghoshal. The track is edgy and energetic. The highlight of the song is the electronic, rock and Arabic arrangements apart from the vocals by Ghoshal.
Finally, there is an interesting track called "Shola shola" sung by Zubeen Garg. It has a dark flavour and gives a sense of intrigue.
On the whole, the composers have churned out really interesting tunes. But Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have tried to move away from their style and try something different with the music of "London Dreams".