You can listen to the soundtrack here.
The less-than-perfect vocals of the three lead actors of the movie Farhan Akhtar, Hritik Roshan and Abhay Deol work nicely with that of Maria’s in the very singalong-ish Spanish track Senorita set to the La Tomatina festival as seen in the recently launched video. So visually and aurally a very fun song, though nothing very spectacular. The spruced up remix is also equally engaging thanks to the minimal usage of electronic elements. Dil Dhadakne Do is entertaining but sounds a lot like a Wake Up Sid-reject. Even Shankar Mahadevan’s Der Lagi Lekin, despite its heart-warmingness, evokes strong memories of the older philosophically-oriented SEL songs. The Farhan Akhtar-rendered Toh Zinda Ho Tum is for the people who like poetry, on the musical front it is too short to make an impact.
It is in the rest of the soundtrack that the composer trio really gets going. Ik Junoon (Paint It Red) is spectacularly addictive with its breezy arrangements and the singing by Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan, Gulraj and Alyssa Mendonsa. The remix has a Robert Miles-ish twist given to the arrangement which works quite well for the kind of song it is. Mohit Chauhan’s debut song for SEL, Khaabon Ke Parinday, sees him play second fiddle to an ethereal-sounding Alyssa Mendonsa. Belonging to the league of SEL’s classy works like Phir Dekhiye, the song is undoubtedly the pick of the soundtrack. And finally there is Sooraj Ki Baahon Mein sung by the Cerejos and Loy in which the composers incorporate a retro disco/pop feel in the arrangement to very good effect.
There is something about Farhan Akhtar’s involvement in a project that always brings out the best in Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The hypothesis doesn’t go very wrong with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara either.
Music Aloud Rating — 7.25/10
Top recommends — Khaabon Ke Parindey, Ik Junoon, Sooraj Ki Baahon Mein