Saturday September 19, 2009
Music review: London Dreams (Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy)
Barson yaaron is a full-throated, rock anthem with brilliant pauses (Laakh take da) and a mesmerizing finale invoking Lord Hanuman! The choice of vocals – Vishal Dadlani and Roop Kumar Rathod – is a masterstroke. Despite the mild ennui caused by the Salaam-e-ishq’ish sound, Man ko ati bhavey is damn good fun, but Feroz Khan’s Tapkey masti pushes the luck a bit too far and is, beyond all the snazzy arrangements, largely tepid. Even as one soaks into the gorgeous Khanabadosh, the two questions are, ‘What is Khanabadosh?’ and ‘Who is this Mohan?’ – but, this is one of the year’s most addictive songs yet! Khwab jo is a decent enough composition, but an unfortunate combination of already familiar sounds and Shankar’s vocals pull it down, while Yaari bina scores well on its lively, folk sound, blended mighty well with Prasoon’s sentimental lyrics. Jashn hai jeet ka sounds almost like a prayer – a hypnotic and mildly mellow tune sung incredibly by Abhijeet Ghoshal and supported even more beautifully by the chorus. Shola shola’s techno-sound stands out from the rest of this soundtrack, but it has that dependably likeable trio sound! Shankar Ehsaan Loy deliver stadium-sized musical goodness in London Dreams!
Keywords: Ajay Devgan, Ajay Devgn, with the missing ‘a’!, Salman Khan, Asin, Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Note 1: The delay in the London Dreams review was intentional and I consider like a social experiment – given the constant complaint that I do not listen to a soundtrack enough (Blue, was one!) and the fact that I perhaps seem to sway other reviewers’ opinions towards a direction with my breaking-reviews (Blue, again!)
Note 2: Prasoon Joshi might well be writing ‘josh’ filled sentences, but that doesn’t mean T-series can spell his surname as ‘Josh’ in the London Dreams CD sleeve. One rap in the knuckle for the record label.