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Karan Johar’s upcoming release Shaandaar has already succeeded in attracting viewers with its grand appearance. When it comes to Dharma films, songs have always been one of the primary attractions, whether it is Student Of The Year, My Name Is Khan, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaniand many others. In order to replicate the young and vibrant flavour of the film, Johar brought Amit Trivedi on board to compose the entire soundtrack.

This will be Trivedi’s third release this year. While Bombay Velvetcatered to a niche audience, Guddu Rangeela was an outright commercial fare.

The composer has clearly succeeded with the first single Gulaabo, which is already topping the charts. Sticking to his signature style, Trivedi has started with a fusion track, Shaam shaandaar. This time around, he has played with Punjabi folk sounds and has blended them with EDM club tunes. The blend is seamless, which goes well with Trivedi’s compelling vocals, bringing out the ‘Shaandaar’ feel in the title track. However, the way the song begins might evoke a feeling of déjà vu as it reminds one of the composer’s earlier hit track Badra bahaar from Queen.

Currently trending, Gulaabo is a refreshing party number straying from EDM or club tunes. Trivedi has induced a retro-pop texture to the song, filling it with keyboard tunes and adding vigour with the trumpet. The flavour of the song is further escalated with the energetic rock vocals of Vishal Dadlani, who clearly is in his comfort zone. Singer Anusha Mani is equally impressive, matching the dynamism of Dadlani with her naughty rendition of ‘zara gandh phela do’. Anvita Dutta’s lyrics also shine, especially the rap portion, which is equal parts quirky and entertaining.

Nazdeekiyaan changes the tone of the album, where heavy party sounds mellow to a soft and melodious ballad. The opening of the song seems like the opening of a Disney movie due to its dreamy, orchestrated music treatment, which rises in scale towards the end. The situational track doesn’t impress with lyrics but Neeti Mohan does her best to sound pitch-perfect. On the other hand, Nikhil Paul George’s vocals are obscured.

When it comes to quirky lyrics, who better than Amitabh Bhattacharya, who once again proves this point with the track Senti wali mental and Raitaa phail gaya. Arijit Singh shows off his quirky side in the track Senti wali mental, which has qawwali-style musical treatment. Neeti Mohan has picked up a Bihari tone for the song, and impressively supports Singh. The song also receives vocal support from Swanand Kirkire and Trivedi, who are equally impressive.

For the last song, Raitaa phail gaya, Divya Kumar goes behing the mic, belting out the perfect Punjabi number. The composition features techno-Punjabi tunes, making it a catchy and fun situational song.

Verdict: Amit Trivedi wins hearts with this album.

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