The opening track One two three four (Vishal Dadlani, Hamsika Iyer) is a delightful, thumping dance number that grabs you right away. Vishal-Shekhar take the popular Tamil dance (Kuthu) template, give it a modern twist, and pack in heavy percussion and a fun chorus in Tamil. The easy, sing-along lyrics are sung with abandon by Iyer and Dadlani, and the result is a delicious foot-tapping riot!
Titli is an exquisitely composed ballad. Using minimal arrangements and a pleasant melody, Vishal-Shekhar craft a breathtakingly serene number that’s the high point of this album. Chinmayi and Gopi Sundar add dollops of freshness to this romantic number with their marvelous vocals. The other romantic track Tera rastaa chhodoon na (Amitabh Bhattacharya, Anusha Mani) is breezy and easy on the ears but doesn’t quite stay with you.
The swift pace and the rhythmic bed work for Kashmir main, tu Kanyakumari (Sunidhi Chauhan, Neeti Mohan, Arijit Singh) – an otherwise routine composition that is only good till it lasts. Although Singh is in fine form, Chauhan and Mohan barely make any impact. Ready steady po (Vishal Dadlani, Brodha V, Smokey, Natalie Di Luccio, Enkore) is an outright disappointment. The excessively auto-tuned vocals and chaotic arrangements make this an unbearable listen.
In the title track Chennai express, SP Balasubramaniam is spoofing himself and is clearly having fun doing it. The Hinglish lyrics are ridiculous and the composers totally overdose on the techno sound. But the song is whacky and exuberant. The ‘Get on the train’ hook sticks in your head and you will be humming it.
Verdict: Part functional and part fun!