There are good expectations from the music of 1920 London. After all, the franchise has seen some good music, especially in the last outing 1920 - The Evil Returns. With Vikram Bhatt's name associated with the third in the franchise as well, you look forward to some good melodic music with a haunting sound to it. Sharib Sabri is the composer with multiple lyricists coming together to contribute.
Together, Toshi-Sharib had come up with a fantastic chartbuster 'Maahi' in Raaz - The Mystery Continues. Now Sharib comes up with 'Aaj Ro Len De' which has been structured on the same lines. He brings himself up as a composer, singer and lyricist (along with Toshi Sabri and Kalim Shaikh) and spins a pathos filled tale in this song that follows the template of haunting numbers that are heard in Bhatt films.
Azeem Shirazi is roped in as the lyricist for 'Rootha Kyun' which starts with the sound of a piano, something that is the hallmark of music that is heard in Vikram Bhatt films. Mohit Chauhan is the singer and his class is apparent all over again in this number that has Sharib and Toshi chipping in as well. It is in fact an even better song than 'Aaj Ro Len De' and one wonders why it hadn't appeared first in the album. Newcomer Payal Dev is the female voice for the song and her icy cold rendition is just apt for the kind of stage and setting that the song boasts of. This one deserves to be heard.
Next to arrive is 'Tujhko Mein' which again has the team of Sharib and Azeem coming together. Shaan sings this one and somehow the effect is lost in this four and a half minute piece that lacks energy. Composed as an old school number, even the lovey-dovey feel isn't conveyed to a good extent in this simple sounding number that just fills in the space, but that's about it.
Last to arrive is 'Aafreen' which is put together by guest composers Kaushik-Akash for J.A.M. and lyricist Prashant Ingole. This one concludes the album on a high as it is quintessentially Bollywood and has the right notes in place, courtesy KK and Antara Mitra who get it right as the vocalists behind the mike. Not that this one is going to smash it out of the park but in the context of the film's narrative, it does well.
Music of 1920 London has a good sound to it and delivers a little better than what was expected from it in the first place.
'Rootha Kyun', 'Aaj Ro Len De', 'Aafreen'