You can listen to the songs here.
Tum Hi Ho is as beautifully haunting as a Bhatt-Mithoon product ever gets – soft piano-led arrangement and a soulful rendition from Arijit Singh. Meri Aashiqui converts Tum Hi Ho into a duet with some nicely imagined verses added to it, that Palak Muchhal delivers with finesse. Mithoon’s third and last song too draws from the first, a Love Theme that is a piano-based improvisation around the lead hook. Ankit Tiwari’s melancholic rock piece Sunn Raha Hoon is a tad higher on the repeat feel, and hence a bit less entertaining than the first song. Some neat guitaring in the interludes though. The female version is toned down to suit Shreya Ghoshal’s rendition, and works almost as good as the male version for its use of flute and the singing.
Lead composer Jeet Ganguli then takes over, but the songs still remain safely in the Bhatt soundscape. Arijit Singh and Palak Muchhal return together with Chaahun Main and do their part quite beautifully yet again. The song however is heavy on déjà vu and gets boring very soon. The boringness applies just as much to Hum Mar Jayenge too, where Arijit is joined by Tulsi Kumar. This time it is a 90s template that plays spoilsport. Aasan Nahi Yahan fares better, the composer along with Arijit Singh providing some respite over the hangover-based tune with some interesting touches in their respective roles. Tulsi Kumar sounds better than she did earlier, with KK in Piya Aaye Na, but that’s about it. Once again the tune has nothing new to offer; if it makes for a listen it is for KK’s vocal efforts. Arijit Singh gets a fifth song in the soundtrack, Milne Hai Mujhse Aayi. The arrangement here is quite engaging, particularly for the guitars. But on vocals I would have preferred someone else, here Arijit’s style doesn’t quite work. Bhula Dena is the best (or least tiresome) of Jeet’s offerings, with Mustafa Zahid at the helm. Mustafa is soulful as always, the buildup is nice, and as a result the repetitiveness doesn’t get to you as easily.
Aashiqui vs Aashiqui 2 is a good case of how the Bhatt musical taste has changed over the years. In this case at least, the Bhatts of 90s win hands down.
Music Aloud Rating: 6.5/10
Top Recos: Tum Hi Ho, Bhula Dena, Sunn Raha Hoon