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The ‘90s title Kurbaan may sound unimaginative but the music lives up to expectations. One of the most underrated music duos in our industry, Salim-Sulaiman, delivers a superb soundtrack that showcases their versatility.

The album kickstarts with Shukran allah (Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghosal and Salim Merchant), a wonderful love song that marks the return of Sonu Nigam. Nigam is a delight in this song and is joined midway by Shreya, who is also fine fettle. But it’s the back-up vocals by Salim that hook you instantly to this fab composition. Shukran allah could well be the song of the year!

Salim-Sulaiman blend elements of qawwali and pop to create the next track, Dua, an upbeat fusion number. The track benefits hugely from Kailash Kher and Sukhwinder Singh, who sing it with aplomb. Ali maula (Salim Merchant), in spite of its gloomy feel, is a soulful philosophical song that piques interest special mention here to the lyricist, Irfan Siddiqui.

Rasiya (Shruti Pathak, Kareena Kapoor) is a semi-classical song that haunts you long after you have heard it. Shruti (Mar java of Fashion fame) shows excellent control in her rendition, keeping her voice low and sensuous. The track is interspersed with a dialogue piece by Kareena, which adds just the right touch of drama to this dark, enticing song. Excellent!!

The album closes with the title track, Kurbaan hua, a song that can best be described as ‘Bollywood Rock’. Vishal surprises with his vocals here, exuding pain and conveying the dilemma of the film’s protagonist perfectly.  

Verdict: Recommended ­

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