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LONDON DREAMS MUSIC REVIEW
Review by : Gayathri Sarangarajan

Music Director : Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonca
Vocals : Vishal Dadlani, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan, Feroz Khan, Mohan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Abhijit Ghoshal, Zubeen Garg
Lyrics : Prasoon Joshi

Their last venture Wake up Sid was a success and now their next one is London Dreams. The trios Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have come together again for the Salman Khan, Ajay Devagan and Asin starrer. Prasoon Joshi writes the lyric which means you can expect a few poetic ones. And when combined with the music of the trio one can surely say that the music is bound to be good. There are 8 original songs and 3 remixes in this album.

Barso Yaaro...
Vocals: Vishal Dadlani and Roop Kumar Rathod

This song begins with a bang. A fast peppy number that will surely have you on your feet… A fully rock-on type song to which Vishal has added the right feel with emoting the song right. This song will surely burn the chartbusters this year. It actually reminds you of Koi Kahe in Dil Chahta Hai. After a long time, this team has brought such energetic and refreshing music and one that would surely be a hit on the dance floors. The first bit sung by Vishal completely rocks and the parts sung by Roop Kumar Rathod is more Indian - a good mix which has blended well. The electric guitar adds energy to the song.
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The surprising element in the song was the Hanuman Chalisa in the end. Sung like the breathless with pure rock beats was actually amazing.


Man ko ati bhavey...
Vocals: Shankar Mahadevan

A very typical Salman song… although it is fast it doesn’t impress you half as the first one did. Shankar, like his usual self, has sung with the right modulations, feel trying to set the mood. However the tune which is a mixture of western notes with Indian vocal is not so great. In fact the song reminds you of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. There are certain songs that you will start to like only after listening to it a few times. I guess this is one of those songs.

Tapkey masti...

Vocals: Feroz Khan

Normally there would be one song in most of Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy compositions that has a Punjabi tint to it. Here it is Tapkey Masti. But the difference is that this song also has a little bit of rock music in its background. In fact that was present even in the last song. So may be that’s something the team has followed for this movie. Feroz has sung the song well.

Khanabadosh...

Vocals: Mohan

The title song of the movie, Khanabadosh, begins slowly but picks up pace later. A very unconventional tune that also has rock music in the background. Mohan is a debutant but has performed well. The arrangements are different and the lyrics a little difficult to understand in the beginning, but I guess this song will also grow on you.


Khwab Jo...
Vocals:
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Mahadevan

This song begins very slowly and later comes in the rock part to add lit bit of energy. A very soft melodious number that will surely be a hit. The poet in the lyricist comes out in this song. But there is something very, very familiar with the way Shankar sings the song. It sounds like a tune that one has surely heard, especially the first few lines sung by him. In fact it sounds very Carnatic the way he pulls the words. Rahat has song well - a very typical music of the trio. You can always find one song in the movie that’s on these lines like Kaisi Hai of DCH.


Yaari bina...
Vocals:
Roop Kumar Rathod

Yaari bina begins with a sufi Qawali music. A song based on friendship with good lyrics. The song is quite impressive as the electronic rock music blends with the traditional music. There is a part in between at the third minute that’s good. Rathod has performed well especially in the high pitched notes. Here again the electronic bass guitar although only in the background is quite energetic.


Jashn jeet ka ...
Vocals:
Abhijit Ghoshal

Another unconventional song where soft rock is mixed with a little bit of Arabic tunes. The lyrics are about a person surging ahead in life alone without any support. So you wonder for whom this song has been written. Would it be for Salman or Ajay? Jash jeet ka also reminds of you of 70’s and 80’s music but for the chorus where there is more of rock. Abhijit Ghoshal’s voice adds a good ring to the song.

Shola shola...
Vocals: Zubeen Garg

Shola Shola is the last original song in the album rendered by Zubeen Garg. Another song which has rock mixed with Indian tunes. However this song also has a little bit of adventure, intrigue and indicates some action that can be expected in the movie. In the beginning somehow Zubeen’s voice sounds like Himesh’s later it soothes out.


Verdict:

The last three songs in the album are remix versions - Khanabadosh, Man ko ati bhavey and Tapkey masti. All the three are fast paced mixed with more beats and bangs. In fact these versions will be a hit when compared to the original versions only because they are a little faster and suit the taste of today’s audience. But when one looks at it from the music’s perspective, the original versions are to be lauded.

A very different effort of the Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy team and a little refreshing from their usual tunes. Mostly because in most of the songs they have different tunes blending together, sufi with rock, Arabic with rock, Indian with rock. Most of the songs have a very strong underlining rock backing to it. A very novel experience which will surely bring in laurels to the team. One can say they are climbing up the ladder by trying to give different kind of music instead of the routine ones. However this means that people will like the songs only after they listen to it more than once or twice. It will take a while for the audience to understand the music but once they do, the tracks will surely be a hit.

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