With two cream projects of the year – Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang and Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year in their pocket, the pressure to deliver a distinctive album is definitely high on Vishal-Shekhar. To top it all, both the albums released back to back with hardly a day’s difference.
Tu meri is a groovy boy-band number with a regular ascending music treatment from start to finish. The synth pop beats, guitar riffs and Vishal Dadlani’s deep vocals favour the fast-pace number. The chorus, though catchy seems to be a spoiler on repeated hearing. Dadlani also demonstrates his song writing skills with modest and hummable lyrics.
Meherbaan is a soother track after the fast-paced number, bringing in the much needed serenity. Ash King and Shilpa Rao’s vocals blend well with this signature Vishal-Shekhar romantic number. Not including much of musical treatment, the composer has complimented the simplicity of the song with minimal guitar riffs by Sanjoy Das and a small piece of orchestration. The track penned by Anvita will definitely be enjoyed on loop. The reprise version of Meherbaan stripped of all the music treatments, relies only on acoustic guitar and vocal powers of Shekhar Ravjiani.
Finally, the composers decide to display variations in their musical treatment through the track Uff. Comparatively a complicated number, it is all rhythm and lyrics, feel good song that is delivered seamlessly by Harshadeep and Benny Dayal. It is also the first time that we have heard Harshadeep trying a different non-Punjabi style track, whereas Dayal has effortlessly played with different notes. It enlists multiple genres such as western rock styled guitar performed accurately by Warren Mendonsa, European classic and A cappella. The engagement of harmonium and double bass further escalate the track. But, the heavy instrumentation has foreshadowed the effective lyrics, subduing the balance of the track.
Bang bang, brings in the much needed punch to the title track. Once again Benny Dayal has shown his vocal powers, which are backed by Neeti Mohan. In a few places, the lyric fails to intertwine with the music and seem forced. The music video of the song is a perfect eye candy with the sleek moves of Hrithik Roshan and these glitches can easily be overlooked. Yet another number that can be added to the club playlist.
Verdict: It is overall a good conventional album that assists the theme of the action movie. It is safe to say that the album rides on the amazing vocals of the singers roped in. But, the dependency on music videos brings forth the major issue of out of sight, out of mind.