Within days of the Tum Hi Ho Bandhu music video launch, the song had assumed anthem-status. Going by that welcome, Cocktail’s soundtrack seemed promising from the word go. Singers Neeraj Shridhar and Kavita Seth’s vocals have already produced a hit with this track.
Daaru Desi is a gem and deserves full points. It is a perfect mix of a good melody and intelligent arrangement. Singers Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade bring to the song a unique freshness.
Among the two versions of Yaariyan, the acoustic one, sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Arijit Singh, is more enchanting. Punjabi singer Miss Pooja’s vocals in Second Hand Jawaani hook you.
The club number, Tera Naam Japdi Fira follows the safe, yet tried and tested English-Punjabi-lyrics-meet-techno-beats formula. It doesn’t do justice to Shefali Alvares’s voice.
Luttna didn’t need to overdose on electronica. However, a pleasant addition is Jugni, the track from Coke Studio Pakistan 2010 that was sung by Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi. This version, which boasts of a beautiful piano interlude, sees Arif team up with Harshdeep Kaur. The other versions of Luttna and Tera Naam Japdi Fira fail to leave a mark.
The album, as a whole, lacks variety. Most tracks overdose on electronica. But it’s definitely worth a listen for the first four tracks on the album — they make up for what the compilation seems to lack in its entirety.
What we like: Fresh, dancing sound
What we don’t like: Lack of variety