The album starts on a rocking note with Dil dhadakne do. The focal point of the title track is the vocals of one of the film’s lead pair Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra. After her international stint, this is the first time Chopra has sung for a Bollywood film. Although her international numbers weren’t really impressive, the actress has definitely shone with this track. Chopra’s singing is far more confident and crisp, and perfectly balances Akhtar’s strained vocals. Musically, she outshines Akhtar, who has been part of several Bollywood projects. The track is laden with synthrock sound and pulsating beats. It maintains a perfect balance between music and vocals. The title hook is catchy and makes for a good dance number.
Shankar Ehsaan Loy (SEL) brings in their signature composition with Pehli baar, a duet by Siddharth Mahadevan and Sukriti Kakkar. Although, it’s a classic SEL, the composition is fresh and lively. It’s a perfect mix of new-and old-style singing and the melody is hummable. The classic rock-fashioned music works as a good extension of its earlier number, keeping the pace of the album steady.
The rock sound of the album takes a sudden turn into a desi dance number with Gallan goodiyan. The track features a myriad singers – Yashita Sharma, Manish Kumar, Sukhwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan and Farhan Akhtar. The voice of Sharma goes well with Punjabi upbeat tunes and compliments the highly energised singing of Singh. Mahadevan and Akhtar pitch in towards the bridge of the song, making it catchy. The interlude vocals of Kumar are disturbing and break the continuity. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen at regular intervals. The song might take its time to grow but it’s fun, easy on the ears and a likeable track.
With Girls like to swing, the composers swing it with ’50 and ’60s music. One can immediately envision girls dressed in polka dots grooving and swaying to this fun track. The music is fast-paced and keeps up with the feel of a cruise carnival. Sunidhi Chauhan is at her best in this lively jazz number, which is filled with orchestrated drum and the sounds of the trumpet and trombone.
Phir bhi yeh zindagi is the only contemplative track of the album, probably featured on the lives of the protagonist. This situational number featuring a slew of singers – Vishal Dadlani, Alyssa Mendonsa, Sapna Pathak, Farhan Akhtar and Divya Kumar – highlights different characters. The poignant musical treatment of the song beautifully accentuates the lyrics. This situational number and classic SEL-style number ends the album on a contradictory note, lending the album a sentimental touch.
Verdict: A flavourful album that seamlessly encapsulates the film’s plot