There aren't many expectations from the music of Ek Adhbut Dakshina... Guru Dakshina. First and foremost the film's promo, despite interesting and different, hardly throws light on what it is all about. It is understandable if a film is offbeat but lack of idea about its true essence is what leads to confusion. Hence, one just plays on this soundtrack with no real expectation of what would eventually unfold.
The album does get a pleasant start with a soft romantic number 'Zara Zara' which has an old school charm to it. Somewhere one does get a hint of 'Mera Mann Kehne Laga' [Nautanki Saala] since the pace, styling and mood is on the same lines. With Shaan behind the mike, one does expect a silky outing and this is exactly what one gets, what with mush filled lyrics only rounding up the overall effort.
Anweshaa Dutta Gupta, who has sung for Ismail Darbar earlier in Kaanchi ['Tu Sab Kuch Re'], gets to hear a similar song in the form of 'Jo Hota Hai'. A sad track which has a haunting flavour to it, this one moves on at a slow pace and actually makes one quickly move on to the next number. It is one of those typical tracks that slow down the narrative of a film and the repeat version, this time with Rajeev Chamba bringing himself on as a male vocalist, doesn't help the cause.
Vivek Hariharan is brought on board for 'Baak Ek Hai', which is a classical number which has an even slower pace than 'Jo Hota Hai'. One of those numbers that are set in a period era, this one stays true to the genre but doesn't have much to offer for listeners of the current generation. Though makers try to bring this one closer to the audience by bringing on two more versions, one of them with Sawani Mudgal as the female vocalist, there isn't much to cheer about.
The way trumpets are blown at the beginning of 'Jhoot Kapat', one gets an impression of a 'raja maharaja' outing in the offering. Soon enough, Sukhwinder Singh's voice is heard and while as a singer he seems to be enjoying his rendition of yet another classical rendition, same cannot be said for a listener who is left wondering if this one has any potential whatsoever to make it to the playlist.
There is hardly anything to pick from here. Perhaps a song or two may go with the film's situation but as a soundtrack, this doesn't entice you give it a repeat hearing.