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Exuberant saxophone and trumpet notes set the mood for the high-energy, instantly likeable Badmateez dil (Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares). Bhattacharya’ s nonsensical lyrics coupled with Dayal’s spirited vocals make this retro-style dance track an immediate favorite.

Pritam’s composition is a delightfully massy track that’s going to be blaring out of every disco this season. Balam pichkari is a flirtatious Holi song sung enthusiastically by Vishal Dadlani and Shalmali Kholgade. Pritam brilliantly fuses diverse instruments such as the harmonium and the violin to create a joyful underlay that makes this up-tempo track endearing.

Subhanallah is slightly formulaic in its composition but Sreeram’s perfect rendition makes it a worthwhile listen. Shilpa Rao puts in a cameo in this soft ballad. Pritam’s arrangement in Ilahi uses a strong chorus by kids and some stellar banjo and guitar work. This breezy number has a carefree attitude and Mohit Chauhan nails it with his lively rendition.

The much talked-about Ghagra (Rekha Bhardwaj, Vishal Dadlani) felt tepid before the promos hit the tube. The arrangement by Pritam is traditional overdosing on the harmonium and tabla and in spite of the singers doing a good job, it felt like this item number lacked bite. But that’s till we saw the electric dance moves of Ranbir Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Ghagra now seems destined for popularity.

The rap portions of Dilliwali girlfriend (Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan) throws up memories of Soni di nakhre (Partner). Though Singh and Chauhan infuse solid energy into this dance number, the composition doesn’t offer anything new and, at best, is average.

In Kabira – Reprise (Harshdeep Kaur, Arijit Singh), Pritam uses the dholak, shehnai and tabla to create a somewhat traditional wedding number whose lyrics describe the emotions of a bride. Harshdeep and Arijit are fantastic in their delivery. But it’s the original version by Rekha Bhardwaj and Tochi Raina that stays with you long after you’ve heard it. The gentle melody is wrapped around a rock arrangement and both singers display excellent form. The philosophical lyrics add to the charm of this soulful song. Must listen!

Verdict: Go for it!

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