4 Very Good

Om Shanti Om

This is one of the best albums this year. Probably, Vishal - Shekhar are going to get their due blockbuster this year (Ta Ra Rum Pum & Cash were not as big hits as were their earlier Dus or Bluff Master). Coming back to the album. I feel Vishal - Shekhar won the battle in the first half of the album only. The first five tracks - Ajab Si (I don't know, why indiafm credits it as Aankhon Mein Teri;)), Dard-E-Disco, Deewangi Deewangi, Agar Main Kahoon & Jag Soona Soona Lage are all winning compositions.
Hats off to K K to come up with another great number this year. Ajab Si is a must hear for all Indian film music fans. Vishal's lyrics are poetic yet simple. Sukhvinder Singh delivers big time in Dard-E-Disco. Another great performance after Chak De India. Deewangi Deewangi is a celebration track and the track with 40 odd stars. Should be promoted well. Udit Narayan seems to be in form after a while. Rahul Saxena is there in this song for some moments, and delivers a standard performance. Others are good. Agar Main Kahoon is one of the tracks, which anyone would wish to sing and become legendary. Sonu Nigam does very well to carry this number along with Shreya Ghosal. Shreya Ghosal is growing with every album. Nice tune, great lyrics, the song can be the next big love ballad. Jag Soona Soona Lage is a very good track, to be listened with lights shut off. Richa Sharma is a treat here, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is as steady as ever.
I would expect the album to end here with a remix version of Dard-E-Disco. But, the album drags thereafter. The rest of the tracks include Dhoom Taana, Dastaan-E-OSO and remixes. Dhoom Taana is a real wastage as a musical effort. May be it is a situational number. The 70s feel in this song simply bores a big time. I would like to see how Farah Khan carries this number, as musically it is the most lukewarm track of the album. Dastan-E-OSO takes the route of Ek Hasina Thi from Karz (1980). It is a good number no doubt, but its length might be a put-off. It was not essential. The remixes are okay-ish and none of them can pull you to the dance floor if you didn't dance to the original ones. Specially, Dastan (The Dark Side Mix) is a totally unwanted disaster. The album ends with a <1 min musical theme of Om Shanti Om. It is pretty nice. Overall, I feel, this is a great album, but would have been better if the number of songs were cut short to 6-7. Maybe, I am an old-fashioned listener in this '1 remix for 1 song' format, but why dilute the effects of GREAT songs with dragging remixes?