You can listen to the soundtrack here.
Himesh Reshammiya’s guest composition Gore Mukhde Pe has a likeability about it despite the heard before-ness of the Punjabi arrangement. And a lot of that likeability is owing to the singing by Aman Trikha, Shreya Ghoshal and Shadab Sabri. Pretty much the same thing applies to lead composer MM Kreem’s Dharpakad. Whatever enjoyability the song has, comes from Bappi Lahiri’s singing. However, the very 90s pieceTujh Sang does not work much even with the spirited singing by KK and Kreem. Loved the sarangi and harmonium in the background though, if I must pick high points. Where the composer really hits the right notes is in the five versions of the last two songs. Mujhme Tu has a lovely synth-strings combo backing Keerti Sagathia’s soulful rendition. The alternate version is sung by the composer himself and he does a pretty neat job at that. But what makes that version win is the acoustic guitar in the background. And then there is the song of the soundtrack – Kaun Mera. Coming in three versions, the song sees a fabulous combination of winning arrangement and top class rendition in each of those – Chaitra Ambadipudi, Sunidhi Chauhan and Papon being the respective singers.
A Hindi soundtrack from MM Kreem after a nearly three year-long gap (I am discounting the dubbed Makkhi), Special 26 is another proof why we must hear much more of the man in Hindi.
Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10
Top Recos: Kaun Mera (all versions), Mujhme Tu (version 2), Gore Mukhde Pe