The album starts out with Socha Hai? (have you thought?). Besides being a song I'll have fond memories of for a while (it played in the theatrical trailer accompanying Jaane Tu...), it is a good song that offers some thought-provoking material. Although the way in which lyrics are integrated is typical of S-E-L and starting to get redundant (it worked wonders in Taare Zameen Par, not so in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, but slightly better than TPTM here), the track works, primarily because of the music and vocals. That is the story of this album.
Meri laundry ka ek bill, Ek aadhi padhi novel.
My laundry bill, And a half-read novel.
These lyrics kick off Pichle Saat Dinon Mein (in the past seven days) sung by Farhan Akhtar and offer a good example of how English words can work rather well in a Hindi song! The guitar makes an extended appearance toward the middle of this song, and is used to good effect. This song appears in a live version later in the album, and is equally fun.
Dominique Cerejo sounds very pleasant in Yeh Tumhari Meri Baatein (our discussions). You might recall that she was outstanding in the Taare Zameen Par title track. She is in good form in a song that seems to be a situational track. This is the kind of song you want to play on a weekend, by the bar. Much like Tum Ho To (if you are here) by Farhan Akhtar, which belongs to the same category.
Zehreelay Zehreelay (poisonous) by Suraj Jaggan sounds too much like something from a Linkin' Park product for me to like it. One of my least favorite tracks from the album, if only for the ease with which this song managed to give me a headache each time I listened to it (or tried to) in its entirety.
The first time I listened to Sinbad the Sailor, I rewound a few seconds to be certain I heard right. Yes, here is a ballad on good ole Sinbad the Sailor! It is a surprisingly creative track, and nothing prepared me for the huh-ooo toward the end of each paragraph. Some good music (electronic guitar included) and vocals by Farhan Akhtar and Shankar Mahadevan make this good.
And finally, Phir Dekhiye draws the album to a close. This is one of my favorite songs from the album for it gives me hope for contemporary vocalists other than Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghosal. Here is a post dedicated to the song, where you can listen to the song, sing along with my transcription, and check out my translation.
Overall, a rather good album. The sincerity in the effort is evident. I have listened to it a few times since its release, and it sounds good while working, in the car, cleaning a bedroom, and taking a billiards break on a Saturday afternoon. Some of the tracks sound great in the gym too. If you enjoy rock (I do), this should be a complement to your music collection. It is undoubtedly an innovative approach to music in Hindi cinema.
If you are not enthusiastic about the genre, stay away.
Rating: 3/5 (Good!)