Will ABCD 2 be more than just a album full of dance numbers? Time to find out...
Remo returns back with the sequel to his successful dance-centric film, this time spearheaded by Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, along with Prabhu Deva. The last ABCD had some good numbers which were completely overshadowed by the eclectic dance moves. Will this time also the soundtrack meet the same fate?
This time, UTV and Remo has retained Sachin-Jigar to work the magic again. The lyrics is handled by Mayur Puri, and the album has ten songs to listen to. Let's see how each song fare...
Chunar: When you listen to an album for a dance-centric film, you would certainly expect it to start off with a dance based number. However, the album surprisingly starts off with this ode to all the mothers. And what a beautiful start it is! Sung by the ever-dependable Arijit Singh, this song can be heard on a loop as many times as you want! The lyrics and the use of classical instruments works well. All in all, a great start!
Sun Saathiya: You have seen Shraddha Kapoor show some amazing moves in the video of this song. Sun Saathiya is a lovely ballad with Priya Saraiya doing a wonderful job carrying the song on her shoulders. Divya Kumar enters the song later and lends her ample support. The song catches up pace in during the interlude, but it doesn't affect the overall impact of the song. Brilliant!
Bezubaan Phir Se: The best song of the original ABCD, Bezubaan, returns here in the form of Bezubaan Phir Se. But this time, it goes one level higher, as it ropes in Vishal Dadlani, who shines in his full-throated rendition, with Madhav Krishna as an added flavor to the male vocals. Anushka Manchanda brings in her ethereal voice in the proceedings as well. In the final portions, the song gets into super-fast mode, which I am sure, is a cue for some amazing dance moves. However the best part of the song is when we hear the strains of the original song. Loved it!
Happy B'Day: Give way to this year's party song, as Happy B'Day is definitely going to rule the discs for months ahead. Varun Dhawan gives the intro to the song, before Sachin-Jigar and D. Soldierz enter the revelry. The best bit was their take on 'Jai Mata Di' chant, where they exchanged those words with Happy B'Day! The lyrics by D. Soldierz may sound totally inane, but do they matter in these kind of songs! Totally rockin'!
If You Hold My Hand: The in-form Benny Dayal enters the scenes with another romantic track. Coming to think, the sequel is harping on a some romantic notes, whereas the original was totally devoid of any love tracks. The song is a mixture of Hindi as well as English lines, and is a pleasant listen! The English lyrics may sound a bit cheesy, but Benny's mellifluous voice saves the day. Good listen!
Hey Ganaraya: Another aspect that comes from the original film's soundtrack is Ganapati Bappa himself! Truth to be said, I have a soft corner for devotional songs with a twist, and ABCD 2 doesn't disappoint me here. Though not exactly outstanding like, say the Ganesha track in the 2005 Viruddh, it is nevertheless an interesting listen. Divya Kumar performs well, especially in the classical portions. Waiting to see how Remo has visualised the song.
Happy Hour: The man behind many blockbuster songs, Mika Singh, is here with happy Hour. Essentially a bewada song, with a lot of scope for some dance moves, there are some innovative beats here that you haven't heard before in a bar song. Mika Singh is at his element here, but the song isn't that impressive when you compare it to the previous one we had heard. But, still a fun listen!
Naach Meri Jaan: Benny Dayal returns in this high-on-beats dance number, and giving him company are Siddharth Basrur, Shalmali Kholgade and Rimi Nique. Though there is a scope to perform some amazing dance moves on screen in here, the song in itself is plain average.
Tattoo: The album picks up momentum with Tattoo, sung impressively by Shefali Alvares. It begins on a plain note, before Shefali's vocals suck you in its vortex, as you can't help but tap your feet with the progress of the song. Sachin-Jigar has experimented a bit with the beats and the pace, and the result is amazing. Along with Happy B'Day, Tattoo is going to rock the dance floors for sure!
Vande Mataram: A dance-based patriotic song that will be played in some crucial portion of the film, maybe the final dance performance. It has more potential to impress on screen than just a normal listen. The song changes track every now and then, jumping from slow to fast and then back to slow. Daler Mehndi, Anishka Sanghvi, Badshah and Divya Kumar are all wonderful and complement each other well.
Verdict: Sachin-Jigar impress yet again after a terrific score in Badlapur earlier this year. Though some of the songs may suit better when we see the film, it scores high over its predecessor in having songs that have a longer shelf-life. It's confirmed - ABCD 2 soundtrack is much better than the original score.
Our Pick: Chunar, Bezubaan Phir Se, Sun Saathiya, Happy B'Day and Tattoo.
4 out of 5
You can listen to all the songs here...
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