Film: "Anjaana Anjaani"; Music Directors: Vishal Dadlani-Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyricists: Neelesh Misra, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Caralisa Monteiro, Kumaar, Irshad Kamil and Kausar Munir; Singers: Nikhil D'Souza, Monali, Lucky Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shekhar Ravjiani, Caralisa Monteiro, Mohit Chauhan, Shruti Pathak, Vishal Dadlani and Shilpa Rao; Rating: *** 1/2
Music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar hardly go wrong when it comes to judging the pulse of youth and creating music to suit their tastes. After the success of their last venture "I Hate Luv Storys", they are back with their new album "Anjaana Anjaani" that has the potential to rule the charts.
The film offers nine tracks.
It opens with the title track "Anjaana anjaani ki kahani", the one that has already become a favourite at DJ consoles. Crooned by Nikhil DSouza and Monali Thakur, this upbeat and peppy song is entertaining and is a perfect dance number. It gets right for the album.
Next comes an instantly likeable song "Hairat", sung by Lucky Ali. The rock song is full of punch and is highly appealing owing to its interesting composition and Ali's out-of-the-league voice. It will surely become chartbuster.
The album then takes a turn by introducing the soulful voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, singing "Aas pass khuda", a sufi-rock track. The moderately-paced song is pleasing to the ears and strikes a chord with the listener.
The song has a duet version where Shruti Pathak joins Khan. This unplugged version is equally enthralling with light orchestration and brilliant vocals by the singers.
Shekhar and Caralisa Monteiro then enter with the love song "Tumse hi tumse". The happy-go-lucky song has nothing extraordinary, but the acoustic guitar strumming makes it a good hear.
Up next is another impressive song "Tujhe bhula diya". The poignant number first starts with Shruti Pathak adding a touch of folk flavour to it and then Mohit Chauhan enters with his silken voice and takes over. Later Shekhar joins in too. The song is nice and has the potential of becoming a favourite since it grows on you with every hear.
The song also has a remixed version called "The dance to forget" mix.
Then there is "I feel good" with Vishal and Shilpa Rao behind the mike. It is average and entails both Hindi and English lyrics. This too has a slight rock feel to it.
Finally, the other title track of the album makes an appearance. Crooned by Vishal and Shilpa again, it has a heard before feeling, thus taking away the interest from the song.
On the whole the album is a robust mix of songs of different genres. It is entertaining and hummable and will appeal to the younger generation.