One expects an out and out commercial score by composers Ajay-Atul and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya for Brothers. After all, for a packaged affair like this which has a major producer (Kabir Khan) at the helm of affairs, a hit director (Karan Malhotra - Agneepath), a superstar (Akshay Kumar) and an emergin star (Sidharth Malhotra) coming together, the stakes are of course high.
The album starts on a thumping note with 'Brothers Anthem' making a major impression right from the word 'go'. All credit to Ajay-Atul and their team of musicians who come up with such a massive sound for the piece that you can almost feel the adrenalin flowing. Rest is taken care of by Vishal Dadlani who is clearly enjoying the best times amongst the singers, despite being a composer by profession. He is somehow getting best of the songs by various composers and is clearly enjoying his time behind the mike, something which reflects quite well in 'Brothers Anthem' as well. A very well structured piece!
The sound of 'Brothers Anthem' haunts you right through the album, what with the two versions of 'Gaaye Jaa' pretty much based on the same hook. First to arrive is a Shreya Ghoshal version which amalgamates a family theme well with the choir treatment that instantly takes you to the Church in the way the whole number is orchestrated. Yes, it takes time to settle down. In fact, in very first hearing you wonder if it is way too slow and a tad depressing too. However, it gets on its own as a situational theme number even though the male version by Mohammed Irfan doesn't carry the same spark.
Ajay - Atul keep the melody flowing with 'Sapna Jahan' which makes an instant impression, especially if you like slow romantic base for your songs. If you loved 'Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin' [Agneepath] then you would at least like 'Sapna Jahan' as it carries a similar melodic base to it with Sonu Nigam and Neeti Mohan pairing up quite well to bring on a sound that calls for love. While the 'mukhda' starts off pretty well, the way it reaches crescendo is what warms your heart all the more. Moreover, since you start getting a hang of it as it plays, the near six minute duration only helps you enjoy it further as it nears its culmination.
The one that turns out to be an interruption of sorts though is Chinmayi Sripada's 'Mera Naam Mary'. Let's not even bring 'Chikni Chameli' into the conversation here since it was in a different league altogether. However, as a standalone number too, it just about sounds okay. More so as it reminds you of Priyanka Chopra's 'Pinky' that was heard in Zanjeer. It is not bad; it is just not as good as 'THE item number' that one expects in a biggie like this with none less than Kareena Kapoor Khan roped in for a special appearance.
The music of Brothers doesn't really go all the way when it comes to good expectations that came from it being a big chartbuster album in the making. However, from situational numbers perspective, it does well to keep you engaged for most part of it. Expect the 'Brothers Anthem' to haunt you all the more once you are through experiencing it with the film.
'Brothers Anthem', 'Sapna Jahan', 'Gaaye Jaa' (Female version)