Music Review: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom


Film: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Director: Shaad Ali Saghal

Music Director: Shankar,Ehsan,Loy

Lyrics: Gulzar

Rating: 3.5/5

After composing the music for Shaad Ali’s Bunty aur Babli, the musical trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy has provided the music for Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. The album is fun, power packed with hum worthy, foot tapping numbers.

The album hits the right note from the start. Jhoom by Shankar Mahadevan is foot tapping and haunting. Mahadevan, in his true blue style, makes this a song a sensational track. The lyrics are brilliant as well; the simplicity of it is what is most remarkable. The alternating sound is unique and adds the zing. This one is a must hear and a ‘must dance to’ number as well!

Neeraj Shridhar and Alisha Chinai croon Ticket to Hollywood. This track sounds like one composed for a Broadway musical, with dialogue style vocals and a build up into a chorus. The four and half minutes it lasts seem short and have you longing for more. Both Chinai and Sridhar do a great job at the vocals and they sing with flair. This one is yet another hit track that will have all the radio stations playing it non stop.

JBJ is without a doubt a great listen; however, it is not one you can boogie hard to. With Zubeen, Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan at the vocals this one is untainted fun. However beyond a minute into the song, it seems overcrowded with many more elements including a rap portion. Additionally, it is the overdose of the word ‘Jhoom’ that gets to you at this point.

There is profundity and a poetic essence in Bol na halke halke rendered by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Mahalaxmi Iyer. This one is a complete track wherein all the elements merge to create what is positively the best track in the entire album. The lyrics are full of feeling and emotion. The clarity of the instruments and vocals are praiseworthy and they certainly have you take notice. Simply lie back and let this track do wonders.

It’s back to jumping and boogieing with Kiss of love; while Vishal Dadlani is the male vocalist, he is joined by Vasundhara Das as the female vocalist. This one is pumped up energy and you better be too, to do justice to this song on the dance floor. More than the words or the vocals, it is the beats of the song that are most enjoyed.

Just when you thought your legs will begin to hurt with all the grooving, comes Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. At the vocals are KK, Sukhvinder Singh, Mhalaxmi Iyer and Shankar Mahadevan. The blend of the dhol and a host of other instruments result in a good track. However it is the electronic flange provided to certain vocals that seem perplexing and additionally the track lasting a bit over seven minutes makes it seem neverending. Thankfully, there isn’t a remix for any of the tracks and you have yourself grooving to the original.

The final piece in this fun filled album comes in the form of an instrumental called Jhoom Jam. Everything from the mandolin to the dhol is remarkably audible and blends in harmony to create three minutes and fifty seconds of great hearing.

The album of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is positively a must buy. Each track is powered by passion and backed by great beats, lyrics and vocals. Turn the volume up and jiggy… Jhoom barabar jhoom all the way.