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Ajay-Atul are known to cater to the specific needs of a film script and create apt situational numbers, like the celebratory Deva shree ganeshafrom Agneepath and Singham’s title track. Not only are they good at composing situational songs, they have also added various sounds from the Rajasthani palette in PK to Marathi orchestration in Agneepath and Singham. This time, too, the composer duo has brought in situational tracks and has played with Western sounds in the music of Brothers. This is the second time the duo is working with director Karan Malhotra. The five-track album has four situational songs and one remix.

Opening with the Brothers anthem, the duo brings in a magnum opus orchestral sound. The pulsating musical arrangements, filled with violin tunes, guitar strums and percussion beats, are perfected with the powerhouse voice of Vishal Dadlani. The strong vocals of Dadlani offer the much-needed impact to the song but the music arrangement is the standout factor in this song.

Up next is the item number Mera naam Mary, and here Ajay-Atul seemed to have fallen into the trap of thinking that what worked once will work twice. Sadly, that is untrue. While Chikni Chameli, a revised version of their Marathi song Kombadi palali, was instrumental in the success of Agneepath’s soundtrack, Mera naam Mary fails to create the same magic. For this song, the composer duo has repackaged their Marathi song Ye go ye maina from Jatra. The percussion-heavy composition works well with the vocal prowess of Chinmayi Sripada but the lyrics fail this dance number. The comparison with the hit original also works against this remixed song.

Sonu Nigam is back with a romantic song Sapna jahan and is backed by the charming Neeti Mohan. The singers have succeeded in building a melodious nuance that is balanced beautifully with musical arrangements. The orchestration twined with soft and hard-hitting beats accentuates the harmonious effects of the song.

The lullaby Gaaye jaa is composed in two versions – male and female. While the female version is sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Mohammed Irfan goes behind the mic for the male version. Considering it is a serenading song, the captivating voice of Ghoshal enchants, while Irfan’s version falls a little short. The musical arrangements are quite similar for both versions. The tune is simple but elaborate.

Verdict: Ajay-Atul hits the bull’s eye with this musically rich soundtrack

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