Aaja Nachle is bollywood’s heartthrob, actress Madhuri Dixit’s comeback film and hence one has a lot of expectations. The film is being produced by Yash Raj films which also maintain high quality in music appeal. The film is a musical and hence the songs are supposed to make people want to get up and dance. The music has been composed by Salim-Sulaiman and the lyrics have been penned by Piyush Mishra, Jaideep Sahani and Asif Ali Beg. Singers like Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Richa Sharma, Kailash Kher, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan etc. Madhuri has also lent her voice for a small part.
‘Aaja Nachle’- This is the title song sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, its vibrant and peppy. A traditional feel with Indian appeal but one that allows to gyrate to its peppy beats. Sunidhi Chauhan’s rendition is also good and she has the punch and pep that suits Madhuri’s graceful traditional moves. The musical arrangements have Indian instruments and even the rhythm and melody have a classical appeal. There is one more version ‘reprise version’ which is also a fine dance number. Aaja Nachle is an upbeat, Indian dance track.
'Ishq Hua' – A romantic track sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. A soft song which has a dose of poetry. A typical Yash Raj song that incorporates soft musical arrangements with soulful lyrics. The beats are slow and the melody is soothing. A soft romantic song that makes you hum along.
'Show Me Your Jalwa' – Richa Sharma begins the song on an upbeat note, it has a catchy chorus which is in English. The rhythm and feel of the song is lively and enthusiastic. Musical arrangements are a mixed bag but lyrics are just average. Kailash Kher and Salim Merchant join Richa Sharma adding spark to the rendition. The song has a rural, interiors appeal and will be liked by the small towns. It has an earthy and rustic feel. ‘Show Me Your Jalwa’ may not have high musical value, but is a catchy time pass number.
'O Re Piya' – This number has a slight ‘qawalli’ fell and is rendered by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. It is interesting in bits and pieces and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice gives it a lift. The number is not catchy but perhaps the picturisation will enhance it. Musical arrangements are fine and melody is average. Lyrics are nice. Overall an average number that makes for decent listening.
'Soniye Mil Ja' – Madhuri Dixit adds a sweet touch with her singing and she is joined by Sunidhi Chauhan. An earthy song which has decent musical arrangements and is a dance track. It is has a rustic interiors feel once again. The song is a loud celebration song which is a dance track once again. Lyrics are more sedate and basic. A fare song that may gradually catch on.
'Is Pal' – A romantic duet sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. A soft romantic track with slow beats and soothing melody. Musical arrangements are fine and it is a feel good number. The duo renders the song with grace.
'Koi Patthar Se Na Maare' – This song has once again been sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, but it is more of a situational track. With preachy poetic lyrics, the track is not very engaging. In fact it turns out to be long drawn and boring. A track that does not offer much in terms of melody and music.
'Dance with Me' – An average Hinglish dance track sung by Sonia Saigal, peppy beats with loud celebratory musical arrangments etc. A disco feel to the song which has average lyrics. Overall an average number.
Aaja Nachle is a mixed album and has few good dance tracks and few good love songs. Some of the dance tracks have catchy tunes and the love songs are melodious. However a few numbers are just average and overall the album lacks the trendy, popular pep of today’s times. Nonetheless the album is above average and can make for good listening.