When the name of a film is Let's Dance, it is but natural to expect the album to be comprising of quite a few dance numbers. Well, there is that and a lot more to offer if one looks at the album cover since Let's Dance boasts of as many as 16 tracks (including a couple of remixes and extended versions). The film primarily features newcomers but one does expect a surprise or two in store from this album that has music by Vipin Mishra and lyrics by Prateek Bhardwaj, Ashish Khazanchi, Vipin Dhyani and Vipin Mishra.
First to arrive is the title song 'Let's Dance' which is written by Prateek Bharadwaj and has an early 80s disco feel to it (remember songs from films like Star etc.?) A Sunidhi Chauhan number that has Kirti Sagathia joining her towards the end (and change the dimension of the song with his rustic singing); 'Let's Dance' is a stage/rehearsal number that marks a good beginning to the album. Since it is the flagship song of the album, 'Let's Dance' appears in two more remix versions by Suzie Q and DJ Kunaal Sharma.
There is a pleasant surprise in store with Sunidhi coming up with 'Taare Todh Ke La'. An Ashish Khazanchi written number with melody at the heart of affairs, the song is escalated with Western arrangements that add to the flow rather than hampering it. A slow moving track which has composer Vipin Mishra also coming along with Sunidhi behind the mike, 'Taare Todh Ke La' reminds of the kind of tracks that were once rendered by Falguni Pathak in dozens.
Sunidhi Chauhan makes it three in a row with 'Sansanati' that comes with loads of attitude to it. An out and out Western track, it would have scaled the charts by now had it been picturised for a big banner film. Written by Vipin Dhyani, 'Sansanati' goes with the mood of the album and just like the songs preceding it doesn't break the flow of songs at all. Written by Vipin Dhyani with Pervez Quadir as the supporting vocalist, 'Sansanati' is yet another situational number that should add value to the film.
For the first time in the album, a male voice holds prominence in a track. Kirti Sagathia is the man in question who comes up with a love song 'Tumse Iqraar', which in spite of having a Western setting to it, has Indian melody at its heart. Written by Vipin Mishra, 'Tumse Iqraar' is the one for a coffee with your loved one on a rainy evening!
Mohit Chauhan arrives on the scene with 'Jaana Hai' that is written by Vipin Dhyani. One of the longest songs (lasting over 6 minutes) in the album, 'Jaana Hai' is a number for a situation where the protagonists are looking at breaking all barriers and reaching up to the skies. A slow moving number which yet again has a situational appeal to it, it surprisingly has sad undertones to it (in its music and the way of rendition) for a number that looks at better things in life. Clearly, the choice of singer should have been different in case of 'Jaana Hai'.
Last to come is Virag Mishra written 'Koshish Koshish' that has Krishna coming up with full throated 'sufi' rendition. One of the better tracks in the album that could well be placed around the film's pre-climax, 'Koshish Koshish' should do well as a part of the film's background score as the protagonists pull themselves up for the big occasion.
Lastly, there are 8 background pieces (lasting close to 15 minutes in total) which form a part of the album. 'Dance Class' is the one for the namesake situation and makes an instant impression. It should set the feet tapping as it plays during the film. 'Audition' is a fusion of Indian classical and Western base and should be interesting to watch. There is an extended version of the same track which appears later in the album.
'Aftab-Suhani Competition' makes for a better listening which is an engaging 100 seconds piece. It would be interesting though to see how 'Suhani Madness' (which appears in two parts) is brought on screen. One expected a 'maddening' outing here but surprisingly that's not really the case. The pace picks up after a minute though and does justify the title of the track. Rap-n-reggae is followed by Indian classical for 'Kids' Audition' and 'Kids Performance' which, just like all the background pieces, is only 100 seconds duration each.
Let's Dance is a kind of album that works mainly if the film works. While none of the tracks in Let's Dance is a bad hear per se, there isn't any number that has in it to become a chartbuster on it's own. Makers would have to keep their fingers crossed for the film to do well so that the music is noticed as well.
Taare Todh Ke La, Sansanati, Let's Dance