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With the audience being all set for Welcome Back, the sequel to the 2007 hit Welcome, anticipation is definitely high. Sequels are always said to be tough to handle when it comes to content as well as music, as one has to exceed the expectations built by the earlier part, and things are no different this time. To recreate the appeal of Honth rasiley and Welcomefrom the earlier film, producer Firoz Nadiadwallah and director Anees Bazmee have brought on board an assorted team of composers and lyricists. Complementing the essence of the film, the album is filled with 10 entertaining numbers.

The album starts with Meet Bros Anjjan’s signature party number Tutti bole wedding di. A Punjabi number filled with addictive tunes, high tempo and heavy beats. Excessive use of the trumpet helps bring out the wedding essence. The vocals of Meet Bros and Shipra Goyal, Ambresh, Ved, Ashish, Ruchir and Bipin work well with the flamboyant musical arrangements. It just might be the wedding song of the year.

Up next is an item number, 20-20. Anu Malik takes the reins of this song with Mamta Sharma belting out her Munni badnam hui magic once again. Malik and Shadaab further support Sharma’s singing. There is no new musical arrangement here but the lyricists have gone wild with their imagination. Manoj Muntashir and Shabbir Ahmed have actually ended up comparing the 20-20 cricket match with love affairs!

The title track encompasses the latest sound, keeping in mind the crux of the original. The addition of club sounds and a high-beat tempo make the song addictive. Music Mg has taken the responsibility of recomposing this song and has also penned the lyrics. A newcomer on the Bollywood front, Music Mg has also crooned the track along with Mika Singh and Geeta Jhala.

The title track also comes in a Beat mix version that is different from both the previous versions. While the Welcome back original has some similarities with Sajid-Wajid’s 2007 composition, the Beat mix brings in its own flavor. The revised version has a very international techno, electronica mix feel to it and the English verses further enhance its zesty mood.

Then comes the quirky song Meet me daily baby, which is on the lines of Kiya kiya. The song is composed and sung by Siddhant Madhav, who has collaborated with newcomer Ankita Srivastava for this quirky romantic duet. It’s an average song with the regular electronic and club beats which has by now become the basic sound palette of the album. Madhav has tried his own style at singing while Srivastava has done a commendable job. This song is also remixed in the album, the only difference being that it is sung by Harshit Saxena.

After the long list of club and party numbers, the album packs a surprise with Time lagaye kaiko. After the smash hit numbers Aati kya Khandala (Ghulam) and Apun bola (Josh), Anu Malik has brought back the lyricist of these famous tracks Nitin Raikwar for Time lagaye kaiko. Raikwar has once again nailed the song with his peculiar lyrics. This song marks the debut of John Abraham as singer, and he has stayed true to the spirit of the song. Abraham has received good support from Anmol Malik for this duet. This song is the highlight of the album.

The rhythm of the album plummets once again with Nas nas mein. It is a yet another party number composed by Meet Bros Anjjan. With nothing new to offer, the number is bland and mediocre. Although Shabab Sabri tries to bring in the much needed energy, it doesn’t lift the song.

The album ends with the folk tune Damaa dam mast kalandar sung by Mika Singh and Yo Yo Honey Singh, who is the surprise element of this number. It is refreshing to listen to Honey Singh in this new avatar.

Verdict: This party album has its hits and misses.

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