Sound Check: ABCD2

Rating: ★★
Verdict: A dance album that occasionally packs a punch.

Music directors Sachin and Jigar have proved their mettle in recent past with albums like Happy Ending and Badlapur. However with ABCD 2, the attempt at fusing pump beats and funky lyrics end up in more mess and less music. 

Four out of ten songs moderately manage to echo the spirit of ABCD; one out of which is a reworked version of Bezubaan from the prequel. Naach meri jaan is a fast paced dance track in the voices of Benny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Siddharth Basrur and Rimi Nique. The songs from this album have lyrics that get more ridiculous with every passing beat. Sun Saathiya makes up for the commotion filled dance album that lacks structure. Divya Kumar’s style of singing adds texture to the song. Priya Saraiya couples up with Divya Kumar for this romantic track making Sun Sathiya an impressive listen. If you hold my hand, a contemporary romantic song is the fourth track that the listeners can bank on in the name of music. Benny Dayal’s energy makes the song worth listening.

The remainder of ABCD 2 is a deep fall in the pit. Arijit Singh’s talent is wasted in Chunar. A devotional song Hey Ganaraya and patriotism in Vande Mataram in the hope of diversifying the scope of this album only end up piling on. The lyrics of Happy Birthday raise the bar of absurd writing to its precipice. The singers go on to sing, ‘Birthday hai bhai birthday hai, Aaj terey bhai ka birthday hai, Oo candles bujh gayi, Ab sab mein cake batte hai. Chicks saari hot yahaan pe, Can saarey thandey hain. Test khel liya pure saal, Aaj toh mera One-Day hai.’

Happy Hour and Tattoo by Mika and Shefali Mehta respectively leave no sustaining impression even after repeated listening. The album is lost and does not live up to the expectations that one has from a dance album. For a strike rate of four on ten, ABCD 2 is unreasonably high priced at Rs.175.

By Soham Bhattacharyya