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Student Of The Year

Radha is the quintessential Karan Johar chartbuster along the lines of Maahi ve (Kal Ho Naa Ho)and Shava shava (Kabhi Khushi KabhieGham… ). It’s a high-energy desi dance track designed to charm the listener.The song kicks off with a short alaap by Shreya Ghoshal and quickly becomes a sparkling, foot-tapping number, where desi sounds fuse with Western beats. A brief cameo by Udit Narayan and the catchy chorus are the other highlights of this spirited track.

Ishq wala love works like a dream. The composers use minimal instruments and an amazing ensemble of singers – Shekar Ravjiani, Salim Merchant and Neeti Mohan – to create a wonderfully tender romantic ballad. It’s the best track in the album and deserves repeated listens. Vishal-Shekar recycle Nazia Hassan’s evergreen disco anthem and use the late singer’s voice as the base for their sensational version, The Disco Song. The composers fuse two genres – disco and hip-hop, and rope in Benny Dayal and Sunidhi Chauhan, whose stylish vocals add zing to this pulsating track.

For a song about the pressures of exams and the art of mugging, Ratta maar (Vishal Dadlani, Shefali Alvares) is surprisingly tepid. Instead of an angst-ridden anthem, Vishal and Shekar compose a sweet, sing-along track that’s breezy in most parts but overall doesn’t quite excite. Kukkad (Shahid Mallya) is a trendy Punjabi techno number with a fairly addictive hook. Engaging but nothing that you haven’t heard before.

Quirky lyrics, and Vishal and Shekar’s vocal chemistry make Vele a decent dance track that’s likely to have the youngsters grooving. The composers use splashes of dub-step and electronic beats to stylise this Punjabi hip-hop number, almost making it seem like the Bhangra club tracks from London. Mashup Of The Year mixed by Kiran Kamath is a rocking medley of all the tracks in the album!

Verdict: Frothy and fun!

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