Over the years, Sachin-Jigar has delivered some of the most versatile albums, whether ABCD, Go Goa Gone, Happy Ending or Badlapur. After the success of Remo D’Souza’s dance-inspired movie ABCD, a lot is riding on the sequel. Once again, the composer duo has been entrusted with the responsibility of creating a dance album that justifies the flavour of the film. Have the composers succeeded a second time and risen above the pressure of anticipation or have they succumbed to it? Well, let’s see.
While one expects the dance album to start on a groovy club track, the soundtrack of ABCD 2 takes an unusual route. Rather, the album boasting of ten tracks, kicks off with a soft song Chunar, which is probably an ode to mothers. As the ever-dependable Arijit Singh impresses with his vocals, the musical arrangement does equal justice to the number. The composers have played with a blend of contemporary and classical music, emphasising the longing feel projected through Mayur Puri’s lyrics in the song. The jugalbandi between guitar and mridangam is commendable.
Sachin-Jigar turn up the sound of the album a notch with the track Sun saathiya, a song that was left out of the previous instalment. Sung by Priya Saraiya and Divya Kumar, the song picturised on Sharaddha Kappor is already receiving accolades, not only for flawless dance moves but also for harmonious singing. The vocals, which have been the focus of the track, have been beautifully justified by the Western and Indian orchestration.
The chartbuster Bezubaan is back with a complete new look as Bezubaan phir se. Increasing the intensity of the track, the composers have roped in Vishal Dadlani with Madhav Krishna and Anushka Manchanda. Krishna and Manchanda’s soft vocal act to Dadlani’s gruelling rendition. The amalgamation of percussion beats with EDM- style music towards the climax escalates the track to another level. While the earlier track was a plea of expectance, this highlights one’s desire and fervor. This number will definitely find a place on every dancer’s playlist.
Up next is the quirky racy hip-hop track Happy birthday sung by Sachin-Jigar, Varun Dhavan and D Soldierz. With previous songs like Khooni monday and G phadke, it seems like having at least one quirky track in an album has become a signature style of Sachin-Jigar. The song tickles the funny bone, especially where the Jai mata di chant is replaced with Happy birthday.
On the same lines is the track Happy hour by Mika Singh. The laidback singing is asserted with musical arrangements that navigate multiple genres and sounds. But, overall, the song isn’t all that impressive and is better viewed as a situational track.
Benny Dayal goes behind the mic for If you hold my hand and Nach meri jaan. While the first one is a typical boy-band song, the latter is a lively dance track. Nach meri jaan ensues a mixture of various dance routines including Latino, thanks to its musical arrangement. The orchestration flows from club electronic beats into hip-hop beats to Latino tunes. The number guarantees excellent choreography.
Be ready to hear Hey ganaraya blasting through every speaker in the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The composers have taken the famous Ganesh bhajan with the classical raaga. The track is easily one of the best songs of the album and walks side by side with famous Shambu Sutaya. Divya Kumar has done a great job on this rendition, complimenting the grueling musical arrangement.
Tatoo by Shefali Alvares is an item number featuring a mix of contemporary and folksy language and tunes. Vande Mataram is a situational track and possibly the finale song. The number, laden with dramatic and flashy music, and doesn’t impress.
Verdict: The album endorses Sachin-Jigar as one of the most versatile composers