Talk about Vishal-Shekhar being on a roll is some kind of understatement. Doesn’t it? Break Ke Baad is Anjaana Anjaani Part 2 – The Soundtrack, minus Lucky Ali, Mohit Chauhan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan! Does it get better? Well…
Adhoore Tum Adhoore Hum is the epitome of freshness, with Vishal Dadlani and Alyssa Mendonsa, hinting to music lovers, that they form a duet ready to tackle romantic duets for the coming decade. It has a friendly and pleasing tune, which is magnified by both singers’ apt performance. Alyssa Mendonsa (daughter of Loy Mendonsa of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy fame), who was also revealing in ‘Uff Teri Adaa’ (Karthik Calling Karthik) and ‘Oh! Girl You’re Mine’ (Housefull) explores new vocal ranges and makes an impression! Music wise, you know you are in Vishal-Shekhar music territory! Need say more? Adhoore Tum Adhoore Hum (Remix) by Abhijit Vaghani is a passable remix.
The next light piece comes in the form of Ajab Leher Hai Meri which brings Neeraj Sridhar in the pop mood; breaking the mould with a song which is not too conventional to his usual hit style. He delivers effortlessly and this is another soft and light tune coming from the Vishal-Shekhar stable. The freshness is highly appreciated and Shekhar Ravjiani, Vishal Dadlani and Rhys D'Souza keep the background vocals interesting. Check out how the saxophone and a variety of instruments are used to create a 70’s retro styled background music! Still, one craves for that hit style of Neeraj Sridhar, which becomes highly addictive after a few listens. This one achieves more than half of that and that’s it!
The best track on the soundtrack is Dhoop Ke Makaan by Shekhar Ravjiani and Sunidhi Chauhan. You can’t ask more from a fresh song with this romantic touch and this is one of the finest tracks coming from the music duo this year. The slow-paced song picks up to reach higher notes and then settles down on its laid-back nature. The beautiful accompaniments like the piano, the acoustic guitars, the rock soft-rock guitar (yes!) and a cute youthful chorus make it a must-listen.
Dhoop Ke Makaan (Acoustic) by Shekhar Ravjiani driven by the acoustic guitar, is played so skillfully that it has given the tune a new life! It is simply so well arranged and sung that it strikes the emotional quotient in you!
Exploring the situational gennre is next with Nikhil D'Souza’s Main Jiyoonga Main Jiyoonga, heading straight to the Gen Y type of songs with lots of cool vibes and freshness. Supporting vocals by Mikey McCleary and Gino Banks are adequate and the song sticks to the theme. The song reflects the revamped and highly ever-changing face of Bollywood music, which is not at all formulaic, and represents the Amit Trivedi style of composing. Nikhil D'Souza, also heard in ‘Mere Bina’ (Crook), ‘Anjaana Anjaani Ki Kahani’ (Anjaana Anjaani) and ‘Sham’ (Aisha), has one of these voices which can make any song sound so light, that you’ll just need to sit back and let the voice do the magic in your mind.
Don’t Worry About Me is the English Version of ‘Main Jiyoonga Main Jiyoonga’ and showcases the multi-skills of Vishal Dadlani (composing, singing and writing). The track incorporates the rather new Vishal-Shekhar sound with a eclectic percussive beat. The revealing component of the song is the English lyrics and the flow of the piano in the background.
Break Ke Baad is refreshing; very light, very easy to the ears and represents a higher ratio of masculinity against femininity in the voices. The choice of the singers has made the soundtrack really upbeat; the singers have shown that a trained voice makes a distinction to a song. As far as the tunes go, well, it is lighter in terms of content, but still manages to meet the audiences’ expectations.
The soundtrack is also a proof that Vishal-Shekhar hasn’t abandoned their rhythms and has incorporated some cool sounds and fresh voices along with new tunes which translate into a fresh appeal. Songs like ‘Adhoore Tum Adhoore Hum’ and ‘Dhoop Ke Makaan’ click instantly, as they belong to a category which is still being explored in Bollywood - the fresh breeze of romantic duets with lots of programming. Quality wise, it is good, but it could have been much better, considering the experience of both Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani. One thing is sure is that the duo has carved out a niche in the market which represents fresh music, funky, meaningful and well programmed tracks (thanks to Mikey McCleary, Abhijit Nalani, Calvin Vaz, Hitesh Sonik for this soundtrack). With both Vishal and Shekhar singing their own songs, they can’t get it wrong! Cool!