London Dreams: Music review








Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Music release: 17 September 2009

Ok, we know that A.R. Rehman was supposed to compose music for this Ajay Devgan, Salman Khan and Asin starrer…but it was not to be. So, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy do the honours. Be with me to find out whether they do justice to the soundtrack.

The album starts with Barson yaaron, a number that is definitely going to generate excitement amongst the youth because of its rock feel. Agreed Vishal Dadlani (of Vishal-Shekhar and Pentagram fame) is the lead singer. But wait a minute!…what is Roopkumar Rathod doing on this track? I wondered what the Sandese Aatein hain, To Chalun (both Border) and Maula mere (Anwar) singer doing on a rock track! Expectedly so, Vishal has pumped in a lot of zeal into the song. Roopkumar complements him quite well in a ‘fusion’ of desi lyrics in the ‘rock’ number. There also sounds like an effortless transition from Vishal to Roopkumar…quite good to hear. To me, Roopkumar is a treat to hear in a new avatar. The sound of his breath coming on the soundtrack (a la Border songs) is nowhere to be seen as well. Keep going dude!

Man ko Ati Bhavey is the next track sung by Shankar Mahadevan. Although he has sung it well, the composition itself does not evoke the energy or enthusiasm of the previous track. It is a hummable track through. Prasoon Joshi, for some reason, sticks to the use of ‘proper’ hindi words like pushp, surya, naman, upwan, gagariya, pran, saunpa! Why? May be Vipul Shah can answer that question for us.

Feroz Khan (a Punjabi bhangra singer I am told) sings the next one…called Tapkey Masti and one suddenly starts comparing him with Sukhwinder Singh…well almost. Feroz‘s voice is in this song is quite similar to Sukhwinder. Somehow, after listening to this track you realize that you might be going on a rudderless boat. There does not seem to be any harmony with any of the other numbers in this score.

Khanabadosh (actually the title song) is sung be another newbie called Mohan. Another talented artist though. I like the choice of words used by Prasoon here…Aa zamaane aa, Aazmaane aa…takes me back to one of the hindi classes on alankaars.

Finally, I get a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan number in the album. He has sung it with Shankar Mahadevan. That’s all that is exciting about this number…otherwise, it disappoints…big time! It just meanders along up and down (especially the antara) without providing any sweet somethings to a music lover.

Yaari bina has funny lyrics (Yaari bina hai besuri meri zindagi). I am tempted to say AR Rahman bina besura hai yeh score.

Abhijeet Ghoshal adds some novelty to the Sufi-esqe Jashn hai jeet ka. The male chorus fits perfectly throughout the song. Guess what: the score is coming back on track a little.

Shola Shola is like a whiff of fresh air to the score. Zubeen Garg (Ya Ali fame) does complete justice to the wonderful composition. To be honest, I have not heard better use of male vocals in the chorus. Prasoon’s meaningful lyrics give you a reason to go back and play the song again and again. Even the preludes sound as fresh as morning dew!

DJ A-Myth seems to have remixed Khanabadosh, Man ko Ati Bhavey and Tapkey Masti to make them sound more acceptable to the youth. These version sound awkwardly funny in parts due to a combination of pure hindi lyrics and (seemingly) force-fitted beats

Final verdict: If I look back, I find this score good only in parts. I find myself humming Shola Shola would like to lend my ear to that vs. the others. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy need to pull up and be more consistent.

My rating: 6/10

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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1 Response to London Dreams: Music review

  1. Gaurav Sawhney says:

    I agree with you on the “Tum Mile” rating.

    Regarding London Dreams, the title of the movie and the feel shown in movie teasers, it seems like a movie about a few wannabes who want to achieve big in music and someday want to perform in Wembley arena in London (90,000 capacity, second largest in Europe), taken, but the movie’s soul “music” is missing bigtime.

    I mean, including Hanuman Chalisa in a rock number, and other ignorable numbers doesn’t seem to do justice to “London Dreams”.

    Bottom line, i will “never” buy a ticket to see/hear “London Dreams” songs being played/performed in Wembley Stadium period

    My Rating 3/10 (Only because Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s name)


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