Sachin-Jigar have had a good year so far with two of their compositions finding popularity – the party number Chaar baj gaye (F.A.L.T.U.) and the melodic Saibo (Shor In The City). And there has been a tremendous buzz around their music for Hum Tum Shabana, ever since it was speculated that the songs of this comic caper had impressed music giant T-Series so much that it had procured the rights for a tidy sum. Well, it’s time to check if the soundtrack lives up to its hype.
The album kicks off with the super-addictive dance track, Musik bandha na karo (Dr Palash Sen, Anushka Manchanda, Abhishek Nailwal). Sachin-Jigar compose an uncomplicated tune, embellish it with energetic vocals and an infectious beat to deliver a party track that’s instantly catchy. The teens are going to love this one!
Indian-origin Canadian singer Raghav (remember Teri baaton mein and Can’t get enough?) gets a grand opportunity with Hey na na Shabana and he nails it. His smooth vocals are in perfect sync with the R&B/ Hip Hop-inspired tune and Sameer’s words are simple yet romantic. The track is easy to hum, light on the ears and has enough groove to get you swaying.
With Kaari kaari (Tochi Raina), the composers take a Punjabi number and attempt to create a club track by jazzing it up with a heavy electronic bed. The effort doesn’t fully impress and the result is probably the weakest link in the album.
However, Piya kesariyo (Anushka Manchanda, Jigar), a fusion of folk and rock, is a treat. Manchanda displays amazing versatility and voice control by going through both the high and low notes of the composition with great flourish. Part rustic, part urbane, this one’s the highlight track of the album.
The lyrics of Thank you Mr DJ (Mika Singh, Suzanne D’Mello) are so simple that you can actually sing along even when the song plays out. But it’s Mika’s quaint accent and Suzanne’s style that add to the appeal of this infectious dance number.
In spite of only five tracks in the album, Sachin-Jigar’s music for Hum Tum Shabana is vibrant, fun and super-entertaining.
Verdict: Worth a buy!