Saturday September 19, 2009

Music review: London Dreams (Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy)

Posted by Karthik

Barson yaaron is a full-throated, rock anthem with brilliant pauses (Laakh take da) and a mesmerizing finale invoking Lord Hanuman! The choice of vocals – Vishal Dadlani and Roop Kumar Rathod – is a masterstroke. Despite the mild ennui caused by the Salaam-e-ishq’ish sound, Man ko ati bhavey is damn good fun, but Feroz Khan’s Tapkey masti pushes the luck a bit too far and is, beyond all the snazzy arrangements, largely tepid. Even as one soaks into the gorgeous Khanabadosh, the two questions are, ‘What is Khanabadosh?’ and ‘Who is this Mohan?’ โ€“ but, this is one of the year’s most addictive songs yet! Khwab jo is a decent enough composition, but an unfortunate combination of already familiar sounds and Shankar’s vocals pull it down, while Yaari bina scores well on its lively, folk sound, blended mighty well with Prasoon’s sentimental lyrics. Jashn hai jeet ka sounds almost like a prayer – a hypnotic and mildly mellow tune sung incredibly by Abhijeet Ghoshal and supported even more beautifully by the chorus. Shola shola’s techno-sound stands out from the rest of this soundtrack, but it has that dependably likeable trio sound! Shankar Ehsaan Loy deliver stadium-sized musical goodness in London Dreams!

Keywords: Ajay Devgan, Ajay Devgn, with the missing ‘a’!, Salman Khan, Asin, Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Note 1: The delay in the London Dreams review was intentional and I consider like a social experiment โ€“ given the constant complaint that I do not listen to a soundtrack enough (Blue, was one!) and the fact that I perhaps seem to sway other reviewersโ€™ opinions towards a direction with my breaking-reviews (Blue, again!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Note 2: Prasoon Joshi might well be writing โ€˜joshโ€™ filled sentences, but that doesnโ€™t mean T-series can spell his surname as โ€˜Joshโ€™ in the London Dreams CD sleeve. One rap in the knuckle for the record label.



  • Arun

    Hooked to Khanabadosh (the ‘Aa Zamane Aa’ refrain is super-addictive) and Mann Ko Ati Bhavey!

  • I just checked with my friend; Khanabadosh means nomad ! But I would need to reconfirm !! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  • tejas

    I didn’t like the album the first time I heard it. May be I will revisit after reading this. The only song that appealed was Mann ko Ati Bhave.

  • Nick88

    Average album!!

  • shoaibmdz

    the album has similar sort of songs… when i first heard of the credits… S-E-L and Prasoon Joshi… a deadly combo… i thought it would be one heck of an album… but it turned out to be average… atleast for a couple of hearings… Khwab Jo, Khanabadosh and Man Ko Ati would be my picks from the album…. ๐Ÿ™‚
    n yea Karthik why don’t you review The Great Indian Butterfly…. it has got some really good english and hindi tracks… chk ’em out… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • msrikantt

    It’s probably a good thing that you reviewed it after multiple listens for even I found the OST to be pretty average on the first listen.Despite that some of them fail to grow.
    And my! 200 words is certainly an exaggeration or am I missing something?
    My take here..

  • prasanth

    Khanabadosh starting. that music in the begining that overlaps after the singing starts.I find it similar to rang de basanti – paatshala begining. Just a small similarity

  • Karthik

    I understand the murmurs about this soundtrack getting a 200 from me but the point is, out of 11 tracks, there are at least 4 (Barson yaaron, Khanabadosh, Jash hai jeet ka and Man ko ati bhavey) that are on endless loop in my assorted music players. The rest, I agree, are not so happening – but the goodness of these 4 outnumber the rest by a mile…enough to warrant a 200!

  • tejas

    I saw Mann Ko Ati Bhavey song on TV, and I am sure the soul of Dan Brown is squirming right now.

  • jaydeep


    Haven’t heard complete OST yet but saw Mann Ko ati bhave video…Dan brown said he has 12 more book ideas on similar lines…I am sure if he sees this video…he’ll conceive 13th idea

  • jaydeep

    Listened to this one a few times this week. I agree with Karthik here, though its a mixed bag, the good ones are extremley good.
    Barso re, khanabadosh, Jashn & Mann ko ati bhave are mind blowing. One can see SEL’s genius in those four tracks. Khwab jo & Shola (Zubin after a long gap..welcome back) take time to register but are very likable.
    Other tracks are just passable.

  • shoaibmdz

    well u wantd to noe abt Mohan ryt…. he’s d lead singer of band Agnee…. he has an amazing voice…. given hits like Sadho Re, Shaam Tanha & more recent Splitsvilla theme for MTV…..

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