ALL IS NOT WELL!! (ALL IS WELL – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music By: Amaal Mallik, Himesh Reshammiya, Meet Brothers, Mithoon & Anand-Milind
♪ Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed, Badshah, Mayur Puri, Kumaar, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Amitabh Verma & Fateh
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 20th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 21st August 2015

All Is Well Album Cover

All Is Well Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


All Is Well is a Bollywood rom-com/drama film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak in lead roles, and also featuring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The film, which received mostly negative reviews from the audience as well as critics, is directed by ‘OMG! Oh My God!’ fame Umesh Shukla, and produced by Shyam Bajaj, Varun Bajaj, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar. The film is about a road trip during which the Bhalla family, sorts out their differences and misunderstandings, also accompanied by the protagonist’s (played by Abhishek) love interest, played by Asin. Since there’s no use talking about the film anymore, I’ll jump directly to its music. When a film has been produced by T-Series, that feeling of hope remains alive inside you that there are chances for it to be good, if not great. Here too, the names of the composers do excite when we first read them. T-Series’ new hot favourite, Amaal Mallik, their reliable party-track providers Meet Bros. (note the absence of Anjjan!), come together in yet another of their albums after ‘Roy’ and ‘Ek Paheli Leela’. But this time, the accompanying composers are T-Series’ old favourite, Himesh Reshammiya, and the one who shot to overnight fame and success because of them, Mithoon. Together, they promise a soundtrack with good repeat value. Himesh with three songs can get a chance to cover up the flaws he left behind with ‘Action Jackson’, while the others can just continue to give those chartbusters like always. Expectations on a high, let’s jump into this album before you yawn and doze off!! 😀


 

1. Chaar Shanivaar
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik & Badshah, Music by ~ Amaal Mallik, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed & Badshah

A really catchy, quirky tune on the electric guitar opens the first song on this album, screaming dappankuthu all the way. Synthesizer joins in later, and spruces it up a bit, after which the vocal powerhouse Vishal Dadlani starts with his ever-energetic, cheerful and dynamic voice! And what he sings is bound to make you get up and dance to the wonderfully catchy rhythm set by Amaal. Amaal, who has proved himself in various genres like romantic songs, club tracks, wedding tracks, now gets a chance to compose an out-and-out massy track on the 6/8 rhythm, and boy, does he succeed!! With the never-exhaustible Vishal Dadlani on board, any music composer can rest assured that their song is gonna be a chartbuster right from the first day of its release. Armaan joins in for backing vocals, and isn’t really recognizable. However much you try to strain your ears trying to find him, chances are you’ll have been reborn by the time you find him finally. We have Amaal Mallik handing over the rap portions very gratuitously to Badshah, a man who’s really gaining popularity fast, and he deserves it, too! The rap he’s put into this song gels in with it very well, and compared to other faltu bakwaas raps of Bollywood, well, all is well in this rap!! 😀 Lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed are, for once, something I agree with. Hafte mein chaar shanivaar hone chahiye. (There should be four Saturdays in a week) I totally agree. And the whole song adds on to this basic theme, giving some really interesting and entertaining lines to listen to. The tune is also really hooking, and instantly infects you. Later on, though it might get reallllllyyyyy annoying after hearing it everywhere and forever, you will still find yourself dancing and humming to it! 😛 😀 That tells how catchy the tune is! Arrangements are what Amaal is best at, mostly EDM with dhinchak dappankuthu percussion beats. Guitars have been used well too, and those backing vocals screaming weird stuff, start working their magic on you. 😀 There are people saying Four, four chaar chaar… after each time the hookline is repeated, and other times, someone says shanivaar bole toh Saturday, woh bhi chaar chaar! It sounds insane!!! Something insane, crazy, and having the potential to make you crazy for it too!! Great massy stuff from Amaal! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Baaton Ko Teri
Singer ~ Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Shabbir Ahmed

The soft and calming sound of guitars (played on the synthesizer, most probably) balances out the insane atmosphere that the first song had left behind, and makes way for the next song, a sad love song. Right from the moment it starts, two names pop into your head — First of all, Mithoon, and then subsequently, Himesh. Everything about the song has both these names written all over it. And not so surprisingly, when you check the credits, and see that you’re right (at least part of it), you don’t really exclaim in victory as it is something that anyone with the basic Bollywood knowledge could guess. Himesh has composed the song in his oh-so-recognizable style, which after ‘Tum Hi Ho’ (Aashiqui 2), Mithoon had taken up as his own! Interestingly, the song takes form as the first song Arijit has sung for Himesh Reshammiya, and he gets to tick off yet another composer on his checklist. 😛 How early he worked with him! 😀 He sings in his trademark style, shouting and screaming in the high parts and droning in the low parts. However, some parts when he brought variation to the lines ‘bhulaaaa na sake‘ or ‘mitaaaa na sake’, is really applause-worthy! About the song, that trademark Himesh style makes it really predictable, and it is bound to be compared to ‘Dard Dilo Ke’ (The Xposé), which personally, I found better than this. The synthesizer tune which plays before Arijit starts off the song bears a very, very strong resemblance to the tune from ‘Dard Dilo Ke’, and I wonder how the makers thought it proper to add it here when the former song was so popular! The composition is not too catchy either, but the way Arijit sings it will definitely attract everyone, right from young people to old ones, to the flies that sit on their food. 😅 Interludes are also not very smartly crafted, and have the same tune as the prelude, so it sounds like the song is starting all over again. The very short antaras are lovable, but again, their abrupt end feels pretty weird to the ears. There is one short follow-up to the mukhda which at first seems like an antara, but later, the actual two antaras come, and then that part seems to be like a bridge between the mukhda and first antara. Not that it does a good job in bridging the two, though! The lyrics sound like Shabbir has picked up lines from all the judaai-bichhdann songs of Bollywood and put them together in the song — not really impressive and totally not anything innovative. The recording gives some respite in that it makes the song tolerable, otherwise the song is strictly for the staunch Arijit and Himesh blind followers! A typpppppical Himesh Reshammiya affair, tailor-made for Arijit!

 

3. Nachan Farrate
Singers ~ Meet Brothers & Kanika Kapoor, Music by ~ Meet Brothers, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar

The Meet Brothers are back and this time, without the third member of their group, Anjjan. After their split, it is their first song to release, even though some of their songs as a trio are yet to release. Anyways, for their debut as a duo, they get this T-Series production to prove their talent with in a desi dance track. They rope in Kanika to do the female singing honours, and save loads of money by singing the mle parts themselves, instead of calling Mika to do what he is (apparently) best at. However, there are no complaints from my side against them singing, because they have autotuned their voices so well that no disturbance whatsoever is felt. I think Mika would’ve caused more disturbance. Harmeet and Manmeet really have clear voices and sound great in the song, whereas Kanika uses her characteristic knife-sharp vocals to enchant listeners. The song has a kind of sinister, villainous feel to it, which makes it sound even more enchanting. First of all, Meet Bros’ composition is the kind that you instantly get hooked to, and even though you might have gotten bored of Meet Bros’ usual stuff, this one has a lot of new and innovative things to offer, right from the tune to the crazy arrangements! Right from the beginning, weird computerized sounds entrap you and make you want to keep listening forever! Those sound effects that sound a lot like spoons and dishes, give a really earthy feel to the song, and the other techno arrangements scattered all throughout the song behind the singers’ voices have it in them to surprise and please you. Interludes have been wonderfully and creatively crafted by the two brothers, and those awesome techno sounds make it all the more fun to hear. Kumaar has written lyrics that are worth paying a lot of attention to — if you noticed, he very smartly has woven Meet Brothers’ and his own name into the lyrics; you just have to listen carefully, show interest and not predetermine that you won’t understand anything just because it’s Punjabi. 😂 At the end, crazy pop sounds close the song leaving you craving for more. Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention are the wonderful flutes used in the beginning of the song… Wow! After saying all this, I would just like to spoil it just a little bit for you guys by telling you that it does very, very strongly resemble Anu Malik’s ‘Mehboob Mere’ (Fiza)… Doesn’t it? Especially in the second interlude, it gets reaaaaaallllyyy close to that song! 😛 Anyways, enjoy the song if you can even after I told you this. 😂 All I care about ultimately, is that it sounds great, is catchy, groovy and has everything that is needed in a desi dance track! Nice, creative work from Meet Bros without Anjjan! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Mere Humsafar
Singers ~ Mithoon & Tulsi Kumar, Original Composition by ~ Anand-Milind, Recreated by ~ Mithoon, Original Lyrics by ~ Majrooh Sultanpuri, Additional Lyrics by ~ Amitabh Verma

And in steps Mithoon for his only song in the film. Usually, I’m happy when I see Mithoon’s name in such films, because a) he brings newness to the otherwise stale album with his captivating composition or b) his song surpasses all the songs in terms of quality, no matter how good tee others are. Here, I was hoping for option ‘b’ to hold true, as there are already two awesome songs in the album till now, but imagine how disappointed I was when I found out that he was doing a remake! It brought the excitement level down manifold. Okay, so at least he was remaking a great song — ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’ from the 1988 movie ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. So there were still hopes. Then I read the singers’ names and my hopes shattered. Mithoon himself was singing — OK, no problem, because I quite enjoyed his autotuned voice in ‘Mehboob Ki’ (Creature 3D) but guess who’s accompanying him, replacing the oh-so-talented Alka Yagnik? Yup, T-Series’ head’s pyaari chhoti behena, Tulsi! And then my hopes fell on the ground and shattered to so many pieces, that I couldn’t even sweep them aside and clean the place! 😢😂 I played the song and then what did I discover? Mithoon has changed the whole feel of the song from a happy romantic duet, to a sad, melancholic romantic duet and the beats he placed in it are the same as those that he used in ‘Tum Hi Ho’ and all. By singing the song, he committed a pretty bad mistake. First of all, he didn’t autotune, so his voice is totally exposed in its true form — it doesn’t sound good! It sounds as if Arijit has a throat infection! He should have made Arijit sing it, because he hasn’t done that good. And actually, Tulsi sounded better! I found myself enjoying her parts more! One more disappointment (actually, it’s an annoyance) is that Mithoon has slowed down the pace of the song so much, that it makes you wait a long time till they say anything else and you literally start getting bored of waiting so much! Amitabh Verma has added some different lyrics here and there, but the tune has been retained, so for all three paragraphs to get over, it takes a lottttt of time. They should have just added the original song in the album as it was, without touching it, because they just wasted the opportunity of having a great emotional song by hiring Mithoon and telling him to remake an old classic, at which he failed! Better hear the original instead!

 

5. Tu Milade
Singer ~ Ankit Tiwari, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Lyrics by ~ Mayur Puri

When the lead character in a film is a rockstar, just as Abhishek’s character in the film is one, it is a rule written in the Bollywood filmmaking textbook, that there should be a mandatory song, which the rockstar would sing every time he’s shown performing on stage. Out of this rule, comes the birth of this song, which has been assigned to Himesh Reshammiya. Since Ankit Tiwari got overnight fame because of his song which he had composed for a character of a rockstar (“Sunn Raha Hai” from ‘Aashiqui 2’) , who better than him to sing this song? So Himesh uses the tried and tested formulae and gives us a song, which surprisingly, turns out to be really good! Himesh composes in his trademark style which he used to compose in, about six-seven years ago, and the stuff that used to sell rapidly then, comes back now and has the same effect on the public. Okay, the song didn’t get popular, but that’s probably because of less promotion. Otherwise, it had the potential in it to become a chartbuster. A calm and soothing composition put to an awesome rock rhythm played on drums and electric guitars, it provides both a calming effect and an energetic feeling. Ankit sings way better than he does in his own compositions (I’ve noticed he sounds way better singing for Reshammiya than for anybody else, including himself). And the tune is literally tailor-made for him — errrrr, okay, after Himesh, the first choice would be Ankit for this song. Had Himesh sung it, I think it would have revived his lost hit status. The composition is good, but one problem I have with it is the opening line of the antara, copy-pasted directly from Himesh’s 2012 hit, ‘Naina Re Tu Hi’ (Dangerous Ishhq), but he fortunately diverts from that path quick enough for it to get too suspicious. Arrangements and recording have been done wonderfully. It has been given an effect which actually makes listeners feel as though they are sitting in a concert hall! Mayur Puri’s lyrics are heard-before, but fit into the composition well, so don’t really affect the goodness of the song in a negative way. Ankit singing the “Oh-oh-oh” loop is just awesome and that tune is really very catchy! In my opinion, the best song of the album!! Great in every way and should’ve been promoted way more than it has been! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Yolo
Singers ~ Sreeram Chandra & Fateh, Music by ~ Himesh Reshammiya, Music Produced By ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar & Fateh

Weird techno beats start off the last sing in the album, and you actually start to believe that it’s going to be a really great grand finale to the album. But then something comes that spoils everything! It is that familiar sound of glass cups shattering, and ladies saying yeaaaaahhh. If it sounds familiar to you, it probably means you’ve heard ‘Lovely’ (Happy New Year) and ‘Desi Look’ (Ek Paheli Leela) many times. It also means that someone called Dr. Zeus is back. But when you see who the music composer is, you see that it is Himesh! Then what is Dr. Zeus’ style doing in the song? Well, he’s apparently produced and programmed the song, and in the process added all his idiotic gimmicks, including an irritating rap by Fateh. But that doesn’t mean that whatever Himesh has done (maybe only the composition) is excellent. The composition is really boring, repetitive and on top of that, the unbearable programming by Dr. Zeus makes things worse. Sreeram’s voice is the only good thing in the song! Dr. Zeus’ arrangements are limited only to the shattering glass, the ladies going “yeaaaahh” and Punjabi dhols. How innovative! :/ Kumaar’s lyrics are nothing fantastic. In fact, they are even below the bad mark. :/ Sometimes he writes awesome and crazy lyrics and other times, cheap to the core. He seems to have written everything only to teach the Bollywood audience what YOLO means — You Only Live Once. Everything else is irrelevant and doesn’t even seem like a wedding song, thanks to the oh-so-slow and boring pace with the repetitive composition. A song which fits nowhere!! I’ve still not understood what its genre is!! YOLO = You Only Listen Once!


All Is Well is not one of T-Series’ best albums. Keeping the film’s fate aside, even just the album, though being one full of variety and mass appeal, it doesn’t have too many great songs. Amaal performs well in his sole composition, and so do Meet Bros in their first venture without Anjjan. Himesh, who had the most songs in the album, only manages to score excellently in one of them, moderately good in one, and very bad in the last. Mithoon, from whom everyone expects so much each time, didn’t perform at all, to be frank. The three great songs will be remembered by masses, but not for a long time, either. By next year, they will probably be wiped out from our heads — barring ‘Chaar Shanivaar’, if repeatedly played on TV and radio (which it surely will :P). All was supposed to be well with everything related to the film and album, but I don’t really think that holds true anymore!!!

 

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

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

Recommended Listening Order: Tu Milade > Chaar Shanivaar > Nachan Farrate > Baaton Ko Teri > Mere Humsafar > Yolo (this one, better leave it unheard! 😝 )

 

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KHAN-daani DANCE ALBUM! (HAPPY NEW YEAR – Music Review)

Music Album Details:-
♪ Music by:- Vishal-Shekhar, Dr. Zeus, Manj Musik & John Stewart Eduri
♪ Lyrics by:- Irshad Kamil, Jiwan Mann, Kumaar, Farah Khan, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani
♪ Music Label:- T-Series
♪ Music Released On:- 15th September 2014
♪ Movie Releases On:- 24th October 2014

Happy New Year Album Cover

Happy New Year Album Cover

 

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

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Happy New Year is an upcoming comedy film directed by Farah Khan, and starring Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. The story is about six losers, who compete in a ‘World Dance Championship’ and end up on a quest to pull of the biggest diamond heist ever. So, that story doesn’t seem all that new and fresh, but I’m sure Farah has something in mind to make it interesting and intriguing. Anyways, the Shahrukh-Deepika-Farah trio is back together after ‘Om Shanti Om’, and the same magic that was created that time is expected to be created once again now, so let’s just cross our fingers and hope Farah doesn’t go her brother’s way, by putting in too much (and by too much, I mean TOO MUCH) of cheap slapstick humour, and instead gives us a cute little comedy, which could be watched again and again. 🙂 Talking about the music, we have Vishal-Shekhar in charge of the majority of the album, with Dr. Zeus collaborating with them for one song and composing another song by himself. Manj Musik has also collaborated with Vishal-Shekhar for another song. John Stewart Eduri composing an instrumental track. What’s more, the total number of tracks is eleven! Hopes were naturally high, as they always are for a Shahrukh Khan film, and with Vishal-Shekhar working with Farah, then the hopes become tripled, and so the resulting expectations are pretty humongous! Let’s see whether they have met those expectations, exceeded them, or let us down!


1. India Waale / India Waale (Electronic)
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, K.K., Shankar Mahadevan & Neeti Mohan (Both Versions), Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The song which we had heard in the trailer, and on which many people were placing bets that it would be the best track of the album, and it would be a mind-blowing, super hot, superhit track, opens up this massive album. Imagine this: you keep on waiting for your birthday, or any special day, for that matter, and when that day comes, you find yourself getting very bored, as your expectations haven’t quite been satisfied. Either whatever you wished to happen hadn’t happened, or whatever you wanted to do, you couldn’t. You must have felt like this at least once in your lifetime? Well, recall that feeling you felt, and now read the review for this song. It came across as a very, very ordinary song, because a) these kind of songs have been heard innumerable times from Vishal-Shekhar, b) The audience was expecting something new, innovative and brilliant from the song, which would surpass the craziness of ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ from ‘Om Shanti Om’, and c) Even such an awesome lineup of singers has failed to save the song from its fate. Unfortunately, what we have got is something less than a chartbuster, and it can never surpass ‘Deewangi Deewangi’ ever in its life (playlist life), and, well, it’s just too heard-before! They had promised something BIG by saying Indiawaale aa rahe hain… But actually nothing came, neither interest to hear the song on repeat, nor a feeling from the heart saying, Waah! Kya khoob gaana banaaya hai! 😛 Instead, I felt like the song is full of fake desh-prem. :/ Not so impressive! By now, you must have got that the tune is ordinary, so get this, too: the lyrics are nothing special either, and the only elements left are vocals and arrangements. Arrangements, thankfully, have been done very well, and the techno sounds have been used efficiently. The arrangements sound like 80s disco songs, and what Vishal-Shekhar did in ‘The Dirty Picture’ songs. The vocals are also powerful, and Neeti Mohan stands out in her part, and she also sounds beautiful when she sings behind the three male singers. Vishal also stands out, whereas Shankar and K.K. are mostly singing in the chorus, so they don’t have much scope to stand out as such. The electronic version is the same ordinary composition on different arrangements. Those are not of the must-listen types, but there is certainly no harm to hear it, as you’re going to hear this song all throughout Diwali. 😛 Ordinary stuff from Vishal-Shekhar and Irshad Kamil. They say old is gold, but this one is already sold!

 

2. Manwa Laage
Singers ~ Shreya Ghoshal & Arijit Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

When I heard ‘India Waale’, I was ready for the second song to be a just as ordinary, just as heard-before, just as disappointing one, but oh, was I wrong! The second song turned out to be a soulful, cute and melodious romantic song, sung by two ever-so-wonderful and talented artists, Shreya Ghoshal, and Arijit Singh. Vishal-Shekhar have woven together a beautiful melody, with hints of the 90s, and have managed to create a tune that will make sure your attention doesn’t go haywire while listening to the song. Instead, the magic of the song will grasp you and your attention, and it will make you start dol-ing to the beats. The enticing accordion tune will be the first thing to grab your attention. After that, comes the even more beautiful dafli beats, providing the catchiness and beat for you to dol as well! 😀 I guarantee that you would dol after hearing them, they are so attractive and catchy! Shreya is awesome as always, but sorry guys, this time Arijit simply stole the show! He has given his career best performance in this song. His voice never appealed to me as much as it did in this song! So it turns out that Vishal-Shekhar have finally given Arijit a filmi and a fully commercial romantic duet, whereas his other romantic duets were probably not as filmi as this, and if you do find one, by any chance, then it would surely not be as beautiful as this! The tune of his lines also attracts you so much, that it instantly becomes your favourite part in the song. Plus, the arrangements in his parts are spellbinding, and it leaves you wanting more and more each time it comes. For that matter, I would have no problem at all, if they made a separate male version of this song, just for the Arijit fans. 😀 (Which I’m not, by the way, nor his hater) Enough of Arijit, let’s move on to Irshad Kamil. He has written such beautiful and innocent lyrics here, that I can’t help but forgive him for what he wrote in ‘India Waale’. Take this line: ‘Musafir hoon main door ka, Deewana hoon main dhoop ka, mujhe na bhaaye, na bhaaye, na bhaaye, chhaanv re!’ Such beauty lies in the lines. Another one: ‘Ho.. Kisika toh hoga hi tu, kyun na tujhe main hee jeetun?’ The sheer innocence which lies in the line! Beautiful! Vishal-Shekhar, as I have said many times, have composed a very, very divine tune, which immediately sets on your tongue and literally becomes a part of your tongue, what I mean to say is that you will always have this song on the tip of your tongue, it is that beautiful! Anyways, there are many more songs, so I’ll wrap up with this song’s infinite praise now, saying Definitely one of the best songs of the year, and it easily joins the list of Vishal-Shekhar’s best romantic melodies! A must-listen and an undoubted #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Satakli
Singers ~ Sukhwinder Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The team who had given us the big hit, ‘Dard-e-Disco’ is back, with just the lyricist replaced. Another huge hit was expected, but sadly, this one too, falls way below expectations. It starts with some Sajid-Wajid type music, then comes the ‘Radhe Radhe bolo jai Kanhaiyalal ki’ part which was heard in the trailer. That part excels, but unfortunately, it is the only gripping part of the song. The rest is just something which has been composed by the confused Vishal & Shekhar. Confused because, they have placed the right groovy beats required for such a song, but the tune lacks any appeal! It doesn’t stand out and make you want to hear it again and again, because it is (very frankly) NOT CATCHY! The lyrics are nothing great, either, so the only saviour for the track is Sukhwinder Singh’s unique voice texture and energy and the great arrangements. The tabla and dholak beats which come in between, sound awesome. The track proves as a great dance track or festival-type track, but it does not prove its worth as a song which you can repeatedly listen to, or even listen to many times — not in loop, because you will get bored after a while. So, a track with perfect groovy beats, and a singer with immense talent and energy, has been degraded in quality because of the ordinary composition which it is. The hookline might come across as catchy for some, but for me it is also heard many times before from Vishal-Shekhar. An ordinary composition can spoil everything no matter how good the arrangements or the vocals are! Good for dancing and festivals, though!

 

4. Lovely
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Fateh & Miraya Varma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus with Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Kumaar, Additional Lyrics by ~ Jiwan Mann

This can probably be the most meaningless song in the world (I mean, what can this even mean:- Main lovely ho gayiaan naam tera padhke?) It makes no sense at all. Yet, it might also be the first song which makes no sense lyrically, but which I have liked so much musically! Kanika Kapoor is back with her unique and addictive voice after making the whole country crazy with ‘Baby Doll’, and she does the same magic in this song as well! Her voice is so different but awesome, that it instantly makes your ears go in attention mode. Then whatever be the words, whatever be the tune, whatever be the arrangements, the song will still sound great. Singing for a Shahrukh Khan movie in just her second song, is a huge accomplishment for her! She has taken full advantage of the wonderful opportunity and sings well. The composition is a collaboration between Dr. Zeus and Vishal-Shekhar. They have recreated a Punjabi folk tune (and also somewhat made a darker and sultrier sequel to ‘Baby Doll’ 😛 ) very well! The beats are the exact same as ‘Baby Doll’, so the composers lose some points there, but the tune is very addictive and attractive as well. The other singers don’t have much work, but Miraya sounds good in her Arabic parts, Habibi, aashiqui, hayati, asibi. The song overall is a great item song, with something other than the typical Desi rhythm of Bollywood item songs. The upbeat portion towards the end with the dhols and percussion is awesome! The tempo shift makes the climax interesting. Doesn’t make sense, but makes for a very fun and addictive listen! Great collaboration by Dr. Zeus and Vishal-Shekhar! Since I enjoyed it, it’s a #5StarHotelSong!

 

5. World Dance Medley
Singers ~ Vishal Dadlani, Neeti Mohan, Sukhwinder Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, K.K. , Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

This song is just what it says it is, the title is self-explanatory. They have made a medley by playing the first three songs (the ones by Vishal-Shekhar). Neeti opens with a brilliant rendition on ‘Manwa Laage’, with awesome variation, followed by Sukhwinder, who comes in to sing his energetic song, ‘Satakli’, after which the Badshah Shahrukh himself comes to say a few lines about the patriotism in every Indian’s heart (Really, SRK? Was this needed? Well maybe it was for their Dance competition, so let’s let it be. 😛 ) Vishal-Shekhar cannot get through a song without putting in some or the other surprise element, so here comes Vishal with some amazing patriotic lines, which he sings just as awesomely. Then the India Waale return, to sing ‘India Waale’, and thankfully, wrap up this summarizing song (because it has a summary of all the comparatively better songs by Vishal-Shekhar in the album. Believe me, the worst are yet to come! With some exceptions, of course.) This song is perfect for the situation, the dance competition, so all the better songs of the album are placed here, and I would suggest only to listen to the album up till this medley and not to forget one song which I have liked which is unfortunately after the medley, (and I think the makers had also sensed this, because usually medleys are kept at the end, so they’re seemingly giving a warning — DANGER LIETH AHEAD! 😛 But they have very smartly placed a good song in between the bad songs, so as to make us hear everything at least the first time we hear the album 😛 ) And you’ll get to know which that good song is later. First you have to read about the bad song which comes next! What lies ahead might make you go loony. 😛 Anyways, this track is perfect for school annual functions which have a theme of ‘OUR GREAT COUNTRY: INDIA’! 😀

 

6. Nonsense Ki Night
Singer ~ Mika Singh, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Farah Khan, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani

Mika is up to no good these days, singing cheap and irritating songs, so when I heard this song in the trailer, the first thought that came to my mind was, “When will this guy understand?! Why doesn’t he sing something good for once?” However, I still had at least some hopes from the full song, because I do appreciate Vishal-Shekhar’s works. Then the whole song released and I felt as if Vishal-Shekhar have betrayed me by giving me some boring, uninteresting and utterly NONSENSE composition. Then I realized that I must not be the only one thinking this way, and more people must be feeling betrayed by Vishal-Shekhar and Farah Khan because and JUST BECAUSE the lyrics of the song are horrible. They must be thinking “Oh it’ll be awesome if we literally translate Hindi Proverbs into English”. But it turned out to spoil the whole song. It starts with weird noises and what follows is even worse and weirder. The techno sounds are used good, and the dafli sounds awesome. The antaras have been composed very, very amateurishly and I really can’t believe that Vishal-Shekhar have made them. The tune is something I wouldn’t even call a tune! The beats might be catchy like ‘Satakli’ but the cheapness of the lyrics just spoils it all. Mika and his illiterate rendition makes it sound even cheaper. Height of cheapness! Now decide for yourself whether you want to listen to it or not! And if you choose to hear it, decide for yourself whether you like it or not! One of the worst works of Vishal-Shekhar!

 

7. Dance Like A Chammiya
Singers ~ Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani, Music by ~ Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by ~ Irshad Kamil

The groovy tune and beats at the starting played, and I instantly got hooked to this song. After that BAD song, this one is a great refreshment! Sunidhi, unlike Mika, is just singing better and better songs nowadays. As if she’s challenging him, “Hey Mikkka paaji, I bet you can’t give so many back to back hits like me!” Well, he has given back to back hits many times in the past, but now I’m fed up of him. Back to the song, it is a typical Vishal-Shekhar item-ish song, and it instantly reminded me of ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ from ‘Tees Maar Khan’ and ‘Chhaliya’ from ‘Tashan’. The music and the composition is for a similar type, and Vishal-Shekhar have rocked it, even though it is a very heard-before composition. So, where they lost their points in ‘India Waale’, they have recovered them with this song. Sunidhi is the undoubted queen of such energetic and naughty songs, and she proves it once again, with her flawless rendition. Again, she sounds angelic like she did in ‘Daawat-e-Ishq Title Track’, in the line ‘subah subah dardon se baaton ho badan ki’ . It is composed awesomely, and Sunidhi makes it sound even better! Vishal’s energetic interruptions are worth hearing as well. The arrangements are awesome and groovy as well, especially those tabla beats that are placed so wonderfully throughout the song. Lyrics are nothing to pay attention to, this one is just for dancing!! Overall, a superhit and super hot dance track!! Not boring at all even though it is the same old typical Vishal-Shekhar composition! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

8. Sharabi
Singers ~ Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani, Music by ~ Manj Musik with Vishal-Shekhar, Lyrics by Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani

The previous song was just a temporary painkiller. 😛 The atrocity of the album has returned in the form of this song, which just seems like a mishmash of Punjabi words and techno beats, but no strong base, and so it fails to impress. The singers are Manjeet and Nindy, so one would think that the song is composed by Manj only, and not a collboration between Manj and Vishal-Shekhar. Seems that Vishal-Shekhar haven’t tried to take any step forward to improve Manj’s composition, so i dont know why they have been credited! The so-called addictive song has nothing addictive whatsoever to it, and it just barely succeeds in giving a little (very little) comic effect, so it has to be placed at the right place in the movie, so as to make it famous. Or else, they can just leave it as a promotional song, and keep it at the end of the movie when the credits roll — that would be better. Lyrics by Kumaar and Vishal-Shekhar are again, not that impressive. The voices of the lead singers have been altered a lot, and Nindy’s is as annoying as always, but a bit more annoying than that. Manj sounds okay. The beats are mostly techno Punjabi beats and don’t impress at all. While the collaboration with Dr. Zeus impressed, this one with Manj Musik is a plain bore!

 

9. The Heist (Instrumental)
Instrumental by John Stewart Eduri

John Stewart Eduri, who has done the background score of the film, gets a compulsory but unwanted instrumental track in the album, and he creates a two-minute-long track which lacks any sort of punch whatsoever. It has tried to be a thriller background piece, but interest in it is lost in a very short time. The guitars are played energetically but still don’t manage to hook you to this instrumental track. One-time listen! John has not quite made great use of the opportunity of composing background music for a Shahrukh Khan film! Amateur attempt!

 

10. Kamlee
Singers ~ Kanika Kapoor, Ravindra Upadhyay, Fateh & Miraya Varma, Music by ~ Dr. Zeus, Lyrics by ~ Jiwan Mann

This song is like a reprise version of ‘Lovely’ but it has been composed solely by Dr. Zeus. So, naturally, the antaras, which were my favourite parts of ‘Lovely’ are different. This time, they aren’t interesting and catchy and I didn’t like them as much. Kanika has also sung this version as if she had a fever while singing it, very slowly and a bit stretchedly. The way she says ‘Naam tera padhke’ sounds as if she thinks that shes doing a favour on us by singing the song again. 😀 The arrangements are mostly the same, but this one has more of those female ghost sounds. Also, some string arrangements have been added. Many lines have been added like those in the interlude — ‘Akhiyaan vichcho…’ and the antaras as I said before. This version has more rap, as well. All this, but it doesn’t fare as well as its other version. Not as addictive as ‘Lovely’, but if you liked ‘Lovely’, you might like this one as well.


Happy New Year — Okay, I won’t bore you any further, because I’m sure you must be already knowing what I think of the album, by now. I would just want to say that Farah Khan might have had hopes of repeating the success of the ‘Om Shanti Om’, and even we did, but unfortunately, this album misses by a long distance! Vishal-Shekhar have tried their best, but haven’t performed as good as they did with their other two albums this year. The album isn’t bad, but definitely not very good either. I would call it above average, hence the rating. However, the songs are perfect for dancing, and functions and since it’s always important to enjoy whatever you hear, the album gets more marks there too. 😀 But most of the songs are strictly NOT for music lovers like me. For Farah — Quality is always better than Quantity! 

 

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

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

 

Which is your favourite song from Happy New Year? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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