This year has been a dream run for singer/composer duo Vishal-Shekhar. The music albums of I Hate Luv Storys and Anjaana Anjaani were chartbusters and rightly so. With their latest album release Break Ke Baad (for the film directed by Danish Aslam and produced by Kunal Kohli), Vishal-Shekhar deliver yet another winner with plenty of help from lyricist Prasoon Joshi. They have brought western pop rock sounds to Hindi film music in such a way that I wouldn't be surprised if film scripts were being written just for their music!
The album kicks off with Adhoore, which has already been doing the rounds as a promo. Sung by Alyssa Mendonca and Vishal Dadlani, it acts as the title track even though it doesn’t mention the title of the film. Vishal-Shekhar give it an electro-rock touch and Prasoon Joshi gets creative with lines such as: “Mann ke kamron mein woh khole khushbuyon ki sheeshiyan” [“He opens jars of scents in the rooms of my heart”]. It’s a youthful song that fleshes out the two lead characters and their relationship.
The remix version of Adhoore is obviously a faster-paced club tune but is pretty average as far as remixes go.
Ajab Lehar is one of those innocently-in-love numbers that is intended to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s sung playfully by Neeraj Sridhar and accompanied by Vishal Dadlani, Rhys D’Souza and Shekhar Ravjiani. It has a jazz pop feel throughout and is an immensely hummable track. It’s a song that will probably have a montage of sorts in the film showing the cute moments in the relationship between the lead pair. That’s a guess (based on the promo for this song), but a part of me would like to be proved wrong on this, which would save the film from being entirely predictable.
Dhoop Ke Makaan opens with a strumming guitar and sounds oddly similar to Sham from the recent Aisha. However, the similarity ends as soon as the percussion beats kick in. Like the track before, this one too has an ensemble of singers at the helm – Caralisa Monteiro, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shekhar Ravjiani and Mikey Mcclearyu. Shekhar Ravjiani makes his presence felt with another great rendition after the very memorable Tumse Hi Tumse from Anjaana Anjaani. Overall, a melodious tune with mellow yet hopeful lyrics make this one of the better songs in the album.
The acoustic version of Dhoop Ke Makaan feels very raw and is almost more impactful than the original.
Dooriyan Hai Zaroori is a peppy tune with unique lyrics. Sung by Monica Dogra (check out my interview with her here) and joined by Vishal Dadlani, it's perhaps the most upbeat song discussing the importance of space in a relationship you've ever heard. But there is something very infectious about its spirit, and Dogra and Dadlani make a great vocal duet. One of the best tracks in the album, this one has been on repeat for me since I first listened to it.
The last two tracks in the album are bilingual renditions of the same song, one called Main Jiyoonga and its English version Don’t Worry About Me. Main Jiyoonga is crooned by Nikhil D’souza, Gino Banks and Mikey Mcclearyu and is an optimistic screw-the-world-I’m-gonna-be-happy song and the singers do it complete justice. The English version Don’t Worry About Me has Vishal Dadlani going solo and truly making it work with a more somber rendition. First of all, it’s a big relief to hear Hindi film music that doesn’t have embarrassing English lyrics and even more embarrassingly strong accents butchering the effect of the song. This one’s mushy for sure but Dadlani sings it convincingly and evokes the desired sympathy from the listener.
Break Ke Baad makes it a hat-trick for Vishal-Shekhar in 2010 and the year’s not over yet. It’s a youthful album with very hip and appealing music put to creative lyrics. The duo has firmly established their domination over youth-centric albums. I’d be curious to hear more diverse genres of music from them now. But until then, definitely check out this one.