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Music Review: Housefull

Composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have an impressive range - from the Sufi songs in My Name Is Khan to energetic numbers in Housefull, they blend their styles according to the requirement of the film.

music Updated: May 16, 2012 14:59 IST

Film: Housefull
Music Directors: Shankar Mahadevan-Ehsaan Noorani-Loy Mendonsa
Lyricists: Sameer and Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Loy, Tarun Sagar, Alyssa Mendonsa, Neeraj Shridhar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Ritu Pathak, Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sajid Khan, Arun Ingle, Shabbir Kumar and Vivinenne Pocha
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Composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have an impressive range - from the Sufi songs in My Name Is Khan to energetic numbers in Housefull, they blend their styles according to the requirement of the film.

In Housefull, directed by Sajid Khan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have done a good job and the soundtrack offers five originals and three remixes. The album also boasts of 1980s flavour as the composers have used an old Amitabh Bachchan song, Apni toh jaise taise, with a makeover. They have also roped in Shabbir Kumar, who was quite popular in the 1980s, to sing a song.

The album opens with Oh girl you are mine. For the love song, Loy Mendonsa and his daughter Alyssa go behind the mike with Tarun Sagar. Musical arrangements consisting of harmonica sounds and soft percussions are in harmony with the romantic mood of the song. It is totally urban and hip in its approach, owing to its addictive beats and fresh vocals.

The song also has a remixed version attached to it, which is apt for the dance floor.

Next is Papa jag jayega crooned by Ritu Pathak, Neeraj Sridhar and Alyssa. The situational number is a mix of English and Hindi lyrics and is aimed at making people laugh with its fun elements. But in spite of foot-tapping beats and strong orchestration, it fails to click with the listener.

The remix version is also average.

Then there is an interesting mix in Aapka kya hoga (dhanno). Sung by Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sajid Khan, the song revisits Amitabh Bachchan's popular track Apni to jaise taise from the 1981 film Lawaaris. The hit number appeals even after a makeover. The composers have retained few original lyrics. The song is a winner all the way and makes one dance.

The next song "I don't know what to do" marks the presence of famous singer Shabbir Kumar after so many years. The singer is given ample support by Sunidhi Chauhan.

The album's association with yesteryear music continues with the song. The track is quite entertaining and something different to look forward to.

The remixed version, however, is better than the original. Faster in pace, more energetic and more entertaining.

Finally, the album comes up with a song called Loser with Vivinenne Pocha and Amitabh Bhattacharya behind the mike. It has a complete western treatment and has a smooth flow.

On the whole, the music of the film brings the feel of the 1980s and offers numbers that have the potential to become chartbusters.