There were huge expectations from the soundtrack of London Dreams! Vipul Shah, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Prasoon Joshi were teaming up for the first time! The film had big stars like Salman Khan, Asin and Ajay Devgn in the cast. And it was touted to be the next big musical album! Does the soundtrack live up to its hype?
The album opens with Barso re (Vishal Dadlani/Roop Kumar Rathod), a power packed high energy song. Vishal begins this contemporary rock number with his trademark energetic vocals. The track mellows a bit with Rathod’s entry but gains momentum and
culminates with the rock version of Hanuman Chalisa! Brilliant!
Man ko ati bhavey (Shankar Mahadevan) gets you tapping your feet instantly! It’s an interesting fusion of rustic lyrics and western beats. And Shankar is clearly enjoying this song! Tapkey masti (Feroz Khan) starts off well but changes gear midway to become a regular Punjabi song! Disappoints!
Up next is the title track, interestingly titled Khanabadosh (Mohan), may not appeal right away, but the more you listen to it, the song grows on you! Yaari bina (Roop Kumar Rathod/Milind) is a tribute to friendship. Though both the singers excel in this ‘rock qawalli’, it falls short of its promise!
Khwab jo (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan/ Shankar Mahadevan) is a pleasing composition, the kind Shankar Ehsaan Loy excel in! A mix of Indian classical and soft rock, the songs gains immensely by Prasoon’s compelling lyrics! Abhijeet Ghoshal’s solo Jashn hai jeet ka, a rock number with Arabic and Indian influences and Zubeen Garg’s Shola shola are strictly average! After Tum Mile, London Dreams is another album in recent times that doesn’t feature any female singer!
Verdict: The heavy rock influence may restrict its appeal – a mixed bag!