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Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Housefull Review

Soundtrack. Released 2010.  

BBC Review

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have clearly set out to make a fun album.

Steve Chatha 2010

Director Sajid Khan's second feature film has a soundtrack which is leaps ahead of his first. Heyy Babyy, barring its exceptional title-track, didn't have the tunes to work as a standalone album. But things have changed with this latest offering: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have clearly set out to make a fun album, which has exceeded expectations.

What begins as an attractive fairground-vibed theme, replete with an accordion intro, soon gives way to becoming one of the catchiest tracks of 2010. Oh Girl You’re Mine… impresses immediately with its simple tune and gentle beats.

An Arabic twist intro leads the record into another catchy, chilled, lyrically amusing track, Papa Jag Jayega. Alyssa Mendonsa, daughter of Loy, lends the track some refreshing vocals, which are entirely apt for such a number.

I Don’t Know What to Do brings 80s sensation Shabbir Kumar back into the limelight.
Interestingly, his previous tracks in two Akshay Kumar films (Aan and Awara Paagal Deewana) went unnoticed. However, this one won't suffer a similar fate as it’s both amusing and hummable.

The 80s feel continues with Big B's Apni Toh Jaise Taise reworked as Aapka Kya Hoga (Dhanno). Mika Singh's vocals take some getting used to, as Kishore Kumar's deep voice immortalised the track on 1981’s Laawaris. But it’s no bad effort, and probably represents the best cover version that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have produced.

Before the CD ends with the compulsory remix assault, the track Loser makes an impression. The lyrics might seem a little off the mark, but vocalist Vivinenne Pocha sings with attitude and charm and is complemented by a brilliant musical arrangement. All told, this house will definitely be full if the soundtrack is anything to go by.

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