You can listen to the songs at the end of the review (link via @Prakshid)
Shankar Ehsaan Loy are no strangers to boisterous dance tracks, they have done a lot of those in the past (thanks mainly to Karan Johar). In Dil Dhadakne Do they get to do three of that kind. Barring the blip that is Farhan Akhtar’s singing, the title song is fun and engaging riding on some fab guitars and brass. Priyanka Chopra does a pretty good job at her end of the vocals, and it also helps that the song came out with a well-shot video. Gallan Goodiyaan isn’t as effective coming with a strong heard before feel (especially when the Punjabi bit kicks in). Some good singing though, especially from Sukhwinder Singh and Shankar Mahadevan (Yashita Sharma, Manish Tipu, Farhan Akhtar the other singers). The third dance track is the one that impresses the most among the three, with its electro-swing base that the composers pull off brilliantly (to pick up a current reference point fresh in my head, mind went back to Alley Cat by Madboy/Mink). The choice of Sunidhi Chauhan as vocalist for Girls Like To Swing works very well, she produces an exuberant rendition, as do her backing singers (T Series hasn’t credited them, sadly).
The pathos bit that kicks off Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi invokes a déjà vu feel, but is delivered soulfully by Divya Kumar, before the song takes on a sleeker, pensive tone and a new set of singers (Alyssa Mendonsa, Vishal Dadlani, Sapna Pathak, Farhan Akhtar). Nice, laidback listen this one. The soundtrack’s best goes to the younger generation singers – Siddharth Mahadevan and Sukriti Kakar, both of whom sound fabulous in Pehli Baar. The arrangement too is breezy, composers building on a trippy rock base like they always have.
Dil Dhadakne Do. Excel Entertainment-Shankar Ehsaan Loy combination has seen better days, but this is an entertaining soundtrack from the composer trio.
Music Aloud Rating: 7.5/10
Top Recos: Pehli Baar, Girls Like To Swing, Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi