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With a film like Aladdin, the soundtrack is meant to be fresh and commercially appealing to teenagers.
When singers like Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan team up for a song, you expect fireworks! 'Bachke O Bachke' has its moments as a foot tapping number which relies heavily on the vocals of the mentioned singers. The male singers are more impressive. Don't expect a chartbuster, but its not a bad track to get into the groove.
'Genie Rap' by Amitabh Bachchan and Anushka Manchandani is another groovy track aimed at the youth. Amitabh, at 65, is a revelation singing such a song. But once you take that out of the equation, the song is another ordinary track in terms of its lyrics, composition and tune.
'Giri Giri' brings in Sanjay Dutt himself to sing as the ringmaster of Aladdin. As scary as he tries to sound, the song falls short in terms of its composition and sounds repetitive halfway through it. Dutt is out of sync, and the lyrics are pretty meaningless. Could have been better!
Rarely does Shankar Mahadevan become irritating but unfortunately that is the case with 'Tak Dhina Dhin' . With Shaan accompanying him, the song is another huge canvas full on song but which falls flat in terms of its quality. Plain average!
When you see Vishal Dadhlani's name as the singer you are expecting a hard rock track but you will be surprised with 'You are the one'- a soft,cute romantic track that is impressive in terms of its treatment. The lyrics are simple, conventional but somehow connect with the listener. The composition is a feat and something completely new in Indian films. Two thumbs up for this track
Aladdin is a mixed bag where the sole standout song turns out to be the last in the album.