ARTISTIC, BRILLIANT, CREATIVE & DEADLY!! (ABCD 2 – Music Review)

Yes I’m late for my ‘ABCD 2’ Music Review, but today, 14th June, is Sachin Sanghvi of Sachin-Jigar’s birthday, so how about posting it as his birthday gift? 😀 So happy birthday, Sachin, and keep providing us with those infectious tunes with Jigar’s help!!


Music Album Details

♪ Music by: Sachin-Jigar
♪ Lyrics by: Mayur Puri, Vishal Dadlani, Priya Saraiya, D. Soldierz, Rimi Nique & Badshah
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 22nd May 2015
♪ Movie Releases On: 18th June 2015

ABCD 2 Album Cover

ABCD 2 Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Hungama CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


ABCD 2 is an upcoming Bollywood dance film, starring Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhudheva in the lead roles, and Dharmesh Yelande, Raghav Juyal (Crockroaxz) and Lauren Gottlieb in supporting roles. The film has been directed by Remo D’Souza, and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur. The film revolves around the struggle of choreographers Suresh (Varun Dhawan) and Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) from Nalasopara, a suburb in Mumbai, who go on to win the World Hip-Hop Dance Championship. The movie is a sequel to the 2013 film ‘ABCD – Any Body Can Dance’, with everything bigger and larger than before. A bigger starcast — what with some youth heartthrobs joining the bandwagon, a bigger budget — it’s shot in Las Vegas. A bigger everything, basically. So it is just natural for us to expect a bigger soundtrack too, in terms of both number of songs and quality and also appeal. The duo who has worked very hard in order to reach this stage in their career, where they’re giving us great album after year album, Sachin-Jigar, for whom the album of the first film was a turning point, return to compose for the album, along with 10 songs!! So I’m gonna dive right into this “expectedly” great album that I expect to be bigger than its prequel! 🙂 Let’s find out what we get!


1. Bezubaan Phir Se
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda & Madhav Krishna, Rap by ~ Vishal Dadlani, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

As it is clear from the title of the song, the makers of the film have decided to remake and represent the most famous song of the first film, the song that got the film a name and an identification of its own, ‘Bezubaan’, and since they’ve made it again (re-made) they add the words ‘Phir Se’ to the title, which don’t actually appear in the song. So, the song starts with that tune which has gotten itself to be recognized as the characteristic tune of ‘ABCD’, much like we had one for the ‘Dhoom’ franchise, the ‘Race’ films and even for ‘Ra.One’. This time, though, it doesn’t take shape with the help of rock guitars, but with the help of ancient Chinese-sounding flutes. And they haunt you, at the same time grabbing your attention and making you crave for more. Also, the original song was so great, that you can just expect something more great in this sequel to that song, which the starting assures you, that you will get. Where the first song was a soulful, soft number sung smoothly and calmly by Mohit Chauhan along with some electrifying English rap portions in the middle and a scintillating hookline by Priya Panchal, this version of it is dynamic all the way! When you have a vocal powerhouse such as Vishal Dadlani onboard, what else would you expect? And Vishal very efficiently carries the song on his two shoulders. Infusing the right amount of energy and enjoyability in the song as is required, and also as much as is possible, he zips through the song like a lightning bolt, spreading the zing as he goes. This time, there is very little English rap, but mostly, a catchy Hindi rap, written and sung by Vishal too, very effectively. Anushka Manchanda has a very brief portion, but she soothes us down in that small portion, before and after which Vishal spreads his enthusiasm again. The disappointing part in the vocals, though, is Madhav Krishna with the hookline, which doesn’t sound properly in place after Vishal’s virally infectious parts. After Vishal builds up the climax, it ends quite abruptly at the hookline, leaving you thinking that something is missing. Sachin-Jigar have wonderfully composed the new parts surrounding the hookline, and those parts are very catchy, but again, the hookline itself seems out-of-place somewhat. Their arrangements do make up for it however. New and cool techno sounds, with those electric guitars, really make your day whenever you hear the song, and may even serve as your daily dose of energy! That tabla in Anushka’s part is hard to make out, but when you do hear it, you’ll get goosebumps — it’s that awesome! Again, the percussion part at the end, this time starting off with African beats, seems very flat in front of what we had got to hear in the first song. And Taufiq Qureshi is there, in this song too! Was expecting a lot more from him but this is satisfactory! If only this wasn’t a remake, I wouldn’t be comparing at all! Mayur Puri’s lyrics are brilliant like they always are, and the inspirational factor in them hasn’t gone anywhere between the first song and this one! 🙂 A bit disappointing when compared to the original, but definitely an enjoyable start to the album! I know it must be challenging to remake one of your own songs, so no problem!!

 

2. Sun Saathiya
Singers ~ Priya Saraiya & Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Priya Saraiya

The next song is another song that we are familiar with, thanks to the first film. However, the makers hadn’t included it in the OST, but had kept it in the film. That was kind of unreasonable, because it was one of the best songs in the film. After that, the makers got a lot of requests from the audience to release the song as a single, and after two years, the audience’s wish comes true in the form of this song. We get a full, proper song with a mukhda and antara, of which only the mukhda was included in the first film. The duo and Priya Panchal Saraiya have developed the song further, resulting in a song to cherish. The ever-reliable piano intro (it always works, no matter how many times you use it) absorbs you into the song right from the moment it starts. Then Priya, with her smooth-flowing vocals, transports us to dreamland, literally, and we forget all the dimensions of time and space, our ears only open to Sachin-Jigar’s melodious composition, and a wonderful combination of Priya and Divya’s voices. Divya carries put his parts wonderfully, not stumbling anywhere while singing that fast-paced sargam, and he shocks us with his classically perfect rendition. His rustic vocals provide a great contrast to Priya’s more fine vocals, and it sounds brilliant when they have been put together. Priya’s lyrics are great as well, romantic and having an easily-memorizable quality to them. But what really stands out are the duo’s arrangements, a fantastic amalgamation of classical instruments like the tablas, and Western instruments like the piano, violins and even a small drum part somewhere! The violin comes in the interlude, and soothes you down a lot, especially because of Divya’s sargam, wonderfully blended with it. Overall, a nice gift to the audience from Sachin-Jigar, Priya and Divya, wherein we had to wait for two years, but the end result is totally worth it!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Chunar
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

As soon as the next song starts, you are reminded of the haunting, but soothing music that you get to hear in a typical Sanjay Leela Bhansali album. But this time, it is relatively younger composers, Sachin-Jigar trying their hand at this genre. And they succeed, everything in the song as perfect as possible. First of all, I would like to praise Arijit, who, after singing many songs of the same type and feel, finally sings a song which nobody can call a ‘typical Arijit Singh song’. His nuances are brilliant, and ultimately, it is his textured voice that makes you fall for the track. Everything else falls in place later on because, it just so happens that the first time you hear the track, you notice nothing but Arijit. In subsequent listens, you start taking in more and more from the track and that’s why, you end up loving it even more after many listens. Sachin-Jigar’s melody, as I said, is perfectly haunting and very, very touching, suitable for Mayur’s even more touching lyrics. While ‘Meri Maa’ (Yaariyan) was the best “Ode-To-Mother” song of last year, this year’s has definitely got to be ‘Chunar’, what with the really heart-touching lyrics by Mayur, and the suitably emotional-izing tune to it. If you think this is too many awesome things in one song, wait till you hear about the arrangements, because I’m yet to tell you about them! It starts off with wonderful, haunting sound of a string instrument (turns out it’s a harp, as Sachin said here when I asked him), which just draws you in, after which you cannot escape until the song is over. It sounds like it’s a classical instrument and that’s why I was really surprised to know it’s a harp!! It’s been given a great classical effect! Kudos to the duo for that! It plays constantly in the background for the whole mukhda, after which comes a stunning interlude, something so cool that you won’t believe your ears! Techno sounds coupled with an electric-sounding sitar, wow!! And those vocals! It makes for a wonderful listen! The beats that accompany Arijit in the parts where the harp is silent, are awesome too! Techno beats in a semi-classical composition, sounds awesome! Heart-touching, emotional, and beautifully written, sung and composed!!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Happy Birthday
Singers ~ Sachin Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya, Varun Dhawan & D. Soldierz, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri, D. Soldierz

In the next song, Sachin-Jigar and Mayur Puri take us one year back, when ‘Johnny Johnny’ had become a rage in the nation. The same insanity, quirkiness, catchiness and infectious nature of that song, returns in this song. While it starts with ignorable dialogues that go away quickly, the parts that follow will have you grooving before you know it! The fact that none of the singers, except Varun Dhawan in some places, are recognizable due to the over-the-top programming done to the voices, can easily be ignored too, because the tune of what they’re singing, is something that is too hard to resist. The composers themselves get behind the mic, and program their own voices so weirdly, that the weirdness starts to sound genius! The various voices they obtained by programming their voices, are really funny and apt for such an energetic and crazy, wacky song. D. Soldierz, a Delhi based Punjabi music duo, has been well utilized in the song, and the line they have sung is what got me to like this song so much, it’s just composed so well by Sachin-Jigar! The beats in the song do resemble those of ‘Johnny Johnny’ a lot, but no complaints! They’re actually really infectious beats! The female voice going “Awww” so many times in the song, sounds so great!! Varun’s rap has been programmed too much as well, and so it sounds very weird when he says some lines after his rap, in his real voice! Mayur’s lyrics here, are quirky and well-suited to the requirements of the song. D. Soldierz have also written a few lines, I guess the ones they sang. 😂😂 I know, I don’t get any prize for guessing that! The duration of the song has been kept really short at just three minutes, which is just right for such a song. An overdose might make all the listeners crazy! (I mean that positively 😂) By now Sachin-Jigar have become experts at giving the public something that they will 100000% love!! This song joins the ranks of ‘Khoon Choos Le’, ‘Johnny Johnny’, ‘Paaji Tussi Such A Pussy Cat’ and ‘G Phaad Ke’! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. If You Hold My Hand
Singer ~ Benny Dayal, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

With each song of the album showing us a different genre, this one comes to the tried-and-tested breezy romance formula, which the ranks of Vishal-Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Pritam have done many, many times in the past. This song too, falls in the category of songs which have a mix of English and Hindi lyrics, but actually make sense, and make you want to snap your fingers along to the catchy hookline. Sachin-Jigar go into typical Vishal-Shekhar’s ‘Anjaana Anjaani’, ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ etc, mode for this one, with the familiar-sounding “Oh-oh-ohhh” chorus, and that peppy tune of the lines “You Calling Out For Me, You Got Me On My Knees”, plus that unmistakably Vishal-Shekhar-ish hookline. Benny the rockstar carries it out with ease, managing both the English and Hindi parts effortlessly. He is back after quite some time, all the way after ‘Bang Bang’, and this is his first Hindi song this year to release! There are female backing vocals to support him, which sound suspiciously enough, like Shefali Alvares. And some more in another place sounding like Priya Saraiya. 😅 Arrangements are nice and relaxing, with all the techno sounds placed in a great, calming way. Mayur’s lyrics are good, and thank God they make sense, because some songs mixing Hindi and English make no sense at all. Yes, there are some place in the beginning where the words don’t rhyme in the line that follows, but the tune and Benny’s vocals covers that part up. Did Sachin-Jigar compose this or Vishal-Shekhar!? 😄 An awesome composition which kind of seems like Sachin-Jigar are paying a tribute to Vishal-Shekhar! Awesome, catchy composition, lyrics that are easy to grasp, and a wonderful and engaging performance by Benny! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Hey Ganaraya
Singer ~ Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

We were treated with a semi-classical ‘Chunar’ earlier in the album, only to be surprised with a full-fledged classical piece later on, in the form of ‘Hey Ganaraya’. The harp is used once again, in a very traditionally Indian way, to start off the song. It is a song overflowing with divinity and devotion, which would surely arouse the faith and bhakti in you. In the first film,,we had two power-packed, dynamic and dhamaakedaar Lord Ganesha songs ‘Shambhu Sutaya’ and ‘Sadda Dil Vi Tu’, but in this film, there is a sole Lord Ganesha song, which is focused in its path, and never diverting from its path. A serious devotional song was definitely not expected, but now that we have got it, I cannot do anything but praise it. Divya Kumar, who was on backing vocals in ‘Shambhu Sutaya’ (identifiable, but uncredited) gets to carry this one solely on his shoulders. Once more, he gets to showcase his versatility and also his effortlessness in performing the sargam. Additional voices supporting him, have done stupendous work, wonderful tabla bols, and an uptempo piece that makes up an interlude, in a pretty Garba-esque style. Sachin-Jigar’s composition is full of the required feel of devotion — that haunting sound, which ironically drives all the fear out of your mind! Their composition is most probably based on a raaga, and makes sure not to steer away from the classical genre even once. Arrangements are unbelievable, as well. The traditional instruments like tablas, dhols and nagada, have been equipped very, very well. The conclusion to the song, has to be paid very close attention to, especially if you are a classical music lover. The tabla solo will just blow you away! Mayur Puri’s lyrics have that ‘pray-and-call-out-to-God-when-in-dilemma’ feel in them, and I think all of us can relate to them in some way or the other. Many of Lord Ganesha’s names have been used, and sound beautiful the way they have been incorporated into the song! A full-fledged classical delight, nothing less!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

7. Happy Hour
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

After the devotional classical song, a mandatory ‘drunkard’ song, which is necessary in all of today’s albums, jumps unto the album. But this one is a bit different from all those irritating songs. This one has a catchy and addictive starting to it, made up of techno sounds and a tune that wouldn’t really make you turn away and skip the song in disgust. Instead, it makes you eager to listen on, to see what is in store for you in the rest of the song. Well, I know not many have liked this song (in fact, I’m probably the only one I know who loves it…) but I don’t know what’s the problem in it. First of all, the slow-paced the which acts as slow poison, gives it the infectious feeling it should have, making it join the ranks of the classic ‘Intehaan Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki’ in terms of tempo, and the composition too seems a bit inspired from that song. A depressed soul, drinking the night away, blurting out his emotions, but no moments which will have you scrunch your face in disgust, no disturbing moments at all. Half of this, thanks to the incredibly humourous lyrics by Mayur Puri, which have been rendered just as comically by Mika. As I said, the composition takes time to grow, and I’m not sure if it will grow or not, either! It has many abrupt twists and turns and tempo changes, which might seem weird at first, but blend in, in no time. But it did on me, so I hope that at least someone else is on my side regarding this song! 😀 Sachin-Jigar’s arrangements are interesting as well, with those weird yet creative sounds starting off the song, and the beats on which the whole song plays. In the hookline, those techno pinball-like sounds are so catchy! And the interlude, with the unexpected dhols, is awesome too, played at a higher tempo. Divya Kumar, identifiable in the backing vocals, does good too. The conclusion to this song is also extraordinary, with the tempo increase and the high-energy arrangements of techno sounds. Something that will grow on you with time; something really enjoyable and catchy! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Naach Meri Jaan
Singers ~ Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Siddharth Basrur & Rimi Nique, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri & Rimi Nique

Here comes another genre, another feel and another sound to the album. This time Sachin-Jigar bring in a perfect Latino-flavoured dance track, with just the right arrangements that help us groove to the beats. The opening techno sounds are just enough to grab your attention, mostly because of their attractive sound and also the catchy tune! After that, Brazilian trumpets and percussion kick in, making the Latino ambience more prominent. Benny Dayal gets his second song in the album, and he starts off with a bang, singing an effective intro to the song. Though Shalmali is part of the song, she has been surprisingly kept in the background, with the main female vocals belonging to Rimi Nique,  of ‘India’s Raw Star’ and ‘The Voice Thailand’ fame, making a powerful and perfect Bollywood singing debut, with an energetic dance number. Her smooth and sugary vocals provide a great contrast between the upbeatness of the song and themselves. She could very well become the new club sensation after Shefali Alvares and Shalmali Kholgade, in the upcoming months. Out of Siddharth Basrur and Shalmali in the background, Shalmali can be heard and identified in her parts, since her voice doesn’t really match with Rimi’s, but I couldn’t identify Siddharth anywhere, because I’ve never really got hold of what he sounds like from his earlier songs. Rimi’s English solo towards the end, is awesome, with those Brazilian beats supporting her. The song makes you feel as if you are in a Carnival in Brazil, itself! Mayur and Rimi work together in writing the song, with Mayur most probably behind the Hindi lyrics and Rimi in charge of the English ones. The lyrics are entertaining, yet nothing out of the box. Though everything falls right into its place, Sachin-Jigar’s composition and arrangements are what makes this a must-listen! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

9. Tattoo
Singer ~ Shefali Alvares, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

The next song starts very, very dynamically and extremely addictively, with the freaky vocals going “Ayy-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ayy”, sounding a lot like they’ve been sung by Hard Kaur, followed by Shefali’s rhythmic lines that build up the suspense up until the very attractive hookline arrives. The uniqueness in Shefali’s voice works in favour of the song once again after her three songs in ‘Bombay Velvet’, and gives it a Western feel, although the lyrics, composition and beats try to keep it as desi as possible. Her rendition is really one of the best in her career in this song, unlike those songs where she gets to be following the footsteps of the male singer, and sing stuff we hardly notice all around the male singer’s lines. Here, she gets the whole song to herself, and doesn’t miss the opportunity to make it as worthwhile as she could. Sachin-Jigar’s addictive tune has to be praised too, of course for this, as it is something, the type of which we haven’t heard for quite some time in Bollywood, a masala-meets-urban type of dance track. Especially the hookline, they have composed really well, and it is something that you can’t just remove from your mind once you’ve heard it! Their beats, too are groovy and foot-tapping, making sure you enjoy yourself all throughout the duration of the song. The various experimentations that have been tried out, also do not fail to impress, and sound really cool. The interludes are mostly made of these weird sounds, that really attract you towards the song. The tune of the line “Ishq insane hai you know” is really catchy as well. Mayur Puri has also written pretty fitting lyrics to the genre of the song, perfectly mixing youth lingo with the desi words. Sensational!! The beats will make you awestruck!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

10. Vande Mataram
Singers ~ Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi, Badshah & Divya Kumar, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri & Badshah

The grand finale to the album starts in a very grand manner, with the youngest singer in the album starting it off, Tanishka Sanghvi, Sachin’s daughter, singing in perfect rhythm! We heard her in Sachin-Jigar’s ‘Coke Studio @ MTV Season 4’ episode in the song ‘Laadki’, and here she debuts in Bollywood, with the perfect song, a patriotic anthem. Daler Mehndi, rarely heard nowadays in Bollywood, backs her up with even more grand lines in his deep and impactful voice, also singing the hookline, a new take on the national song of India, ‘Vande Mataram’, which Sachin-Jigar have woven with genuine and true love for the country, as is evident in the result. Recent so-called patriotic songs in Bollywood like ‘India Waale’ (Happy New Year) haven’t managed to achieve as much emotional connect as this one does. While that one seemed like fake patriotism, this one actually awakens the patriot in you, and gives you a proud feeling to be an Indian. Another great feat that the duo has achieved with this song, is incorporating what might be the best rap ever in Bollywood in recent days, performed by Badshah. Of course, the no-nonsense and meaningful quality of the rap helps the rap to sound so good. It is full-on desh-bhakt rap written and performed wonderfully by Badshah. (Yup, that same guy who did ‘Saturday Saturday’ and ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’ raps.) Isn’t it unbelievable?! The unexpected ‘Chunar’ incorporation into the song also comes as a pleasant surprise, with Divya Kumar getting to do the honours along with Daler paaji. As it concludes with all the more grandeur, you can’t help but let the tears that were, till now, held back, escape. The “Sujalam Suphalam” chants help to conclude the song, with Divya Kumar and Daler Mehndi performing perfect, heart-touching aalaaps, and finally, Tanishka almost ending it all with her rendition of “Shubhra jyotsnaam phulkit yaamini…” before Divya and Dealer come back yet again to provide the perfect, energetic finale to the seven-minute long track. You must’ve noticed I’ve nowhere mentioned about the duration, and that’s just because I wanted to get you acquainted with how worthy the song us of your full-fledged attention for each second of these seven minutes. Sachin-Jigar’s arrangements are mostly dhols and other traditional instruments like manjeeras and a wonderful shehnaai / nadaswaram solo during Badshah’s awesome rap. The energy of the arrangements is so high, that you won’t even notice each of the instruments as an individual, but will remember them as a team. Mayur’s lyrics are full of patriotism, not the fake kind, but this time, true and genuine affection for the homeland. Tanishka with her innocence, Daler with his dynamics, Divya with his heart-toucfing performance, and Badshah with one for the best raps in Bollywood’s history together with Sachin-Jigar’s GENIUS patriotic composition, make this song something to cherish!! A seven-minute-long patriotic treat!! VANDE MATARAM!! #5StarHotelSong!!


As per the huge expectations, ABCD 2 indeed surpasses the sequel in all aspects, musically, and how!! The contrast that each track brings about, is indescribable, and Sachin-Jigar’s successful experimentations in each of them is yet another applaudable thing. They prove their versatility yet again, with an album that contains everything for everyone, from the masses to the classes! Though ‘Bezubaan Phir Se’ does disappoint when compared to the original ‘Bezubaan’, everything else is just spot-on when it comes to the departments of music, composition, lyrics and vocals. The mass appeal of each of the tracks, is also very high! Sachin-Jigar at the peak of innovation and experimentation!! ABCD 2 – Artistic, Brilliant, Creative and Deadly, Too!!

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Chunar > Sun Saathiya > Vande Mataram > Hey Ganaraya > Naach Meri Jaan > Happy Birthday > Happy Hour > If You Hold My Hand > Tattoo > Bezubaan Phir Se

{NOTE: Sorry for the HUGE review once again after ‘Bombay Velvet’, but it was totally worth it!! And the album was long too, standing 10-tracks long! 🙂 }

 

Which is your favourite song from ABCD 2? Please vote for it below!! 🙂

 

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7 thoughts on “ARTISTIC, BRILLIANT, CREATIVE & DEADLY!! (ABCD 2 – Music Review)

  1. Beautiful review of naach meri jaan! Just a correction request- Rimi Nique also sang the English solo at the end, it’s not Shalmali. Rimi personally mentioned this on her page before your article came out. But besides that, great review on all songs!

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