Don 2 Music Review
Don 2 Music Review

Koimoi rating: 3/5 stars

The OST of Don 2, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, contains only 9 tracks, out of which two tracks are remixes (Hai ye maya by Usha Uthup and Mujhko pehchaanlo, sung by KK). Let me remind you that in the prequel, Don (2006), Mujhko pehchaanlo was sung by Shaan. The Don album, also composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, had a lot of commercial hits, some of which were remixes of songs from the original 1978 Amitabh Bachchan starrer Don.

On the other hand, the Don 2 album has elements of R.D. Burman’s songs, mixed with electronica and generous use of different synths. The good news is that all the songs stick to the identity of the Don franchise. On the whole, the album is a good work by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Don 2 Music Review: Zaraa Dil Ko Thaam Lo

The album starts with Aa raha hu palat ke which is a 30-second dialogue track. The next track is Zaraa dil ko thaam lo which has vocals by Anusha Mani and Vishal Dadlani. This song has a lot of electronic and synth sounds along with filters. In parts, the lead line sounds a little acid. The female vocals by Anusha are airy, breathy and soothing. The chorus is a mild hook and Vishal Dadlani’s vocals have the right style and energy. However, this song will not be a mass hit.

Don 2 Music Review: Hai Ye Maya

Hai ye maya has an electro-jazz kind of a feel with a little bit of funk. The trumpet and other winds add a lot of breath to the song. The vocals rendered by Usha Uthup are warm. The remix of this song is also well done with the vocals are more processed with effects like stutter and auto tune.

Don 2 Music Review: Dushman Mera

Dushman mera is full of R.D. elements mixed with electronic. The track starts off with percussions like congo bongo and djembe. The female vocals by Sunitha Sarathy are peppy and have an element of fun. On the other hand, the male vocalist, Shankar Mahadevan, has tried to sound a little like Kishore Kumar. But Mahadevan is lower in pitch than usual in this track. The sound of the male vocals sounds boxy because of the vocal processing of the song which is almost semi-telephonic. In all, the natural warmth of Kishore Kumar’s voice could not be replicated by Shankar Mahadevan. A good track, but it could have been better.

Don 2 Music Review: Theme Song

The King is back is the theme song of Don 2. It is packed with energy, pump, punch and pace. It is pulsating! It goes melancholic and sad in the middle when the piano takes over along with addition of keys later on and builds up a gradual graph gaining strength as the song progresses.

Don 2 Music Review: The Don Waltz

The Don waltz sounds similar to an old western classical track. It is melodic, smooth, soothing and has a great flow.

Don 2 Music Review: Mujhko Pehchaanlo

Last but not the least, the song which defines Don. Mujhko pehchaanlo has a lot of style and this time is slower and more deliberate. KK has done a very good job. There is also a remix track of this song which is a dance track fully techno-electronic.

Don 2 Music Review: Verdict

Overall, the Don 2 album falls short of expectations. Songs like Zaraa dil ko thaam lo and Hai ye maya show a lot of potential but cannot be termed as great mass hits. All the other songs are good too but, on the whole, they don’t add up to a mass hit.

Vivek V Warrier is a keen listener of music, has worked as a sound recordist and currently writes, acts and sings for the internet comedy show Jay Hind.

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  1. Well after Ra.One, we talk on Don 2, and that too on it’s music, big man, big release, nothing short of excellent is expected. Lately we are seeing not the best of SRK, in terms of acting, movies, music and even the man physically looks exhausted and old within one year. Don 2 and it’s music is worth a listen but there is nothing extra ordinary about it. Don (2006) had a great music, it was catchy and that was one of the reason it clicked. But in Don 2, sadly none of the songs are even close to be called good. The composition and rendition is not good. Maybe Farhan should have considered some one else for the role, some one more talented. After all in India OST of a movie is a key to it’s success. But it seems no attention was paid towards that. Maybe the songs will be situational and will work good in movie, but for listening ears, NOT GOOD. The only pick is 0:48-0:50 in song “Yeh hai maya”. And that also is because of the way it is shot. From my side */*****

  2. s.r.k movies are always known for giving chartbuster songs but am afraid, don 2 songs won’t be able to do so. lets hope don 2 will b remember for its story not for its songs

  3. Music of Don2 ROCKS.
    King is back and how.? In a BIG BIG way. Don2 two looks like a Hollywood movie. The locations, cinematography everything excells. Its going to be treat to watch this SRK movie.

  4. Its very simple, mujhko pehchaanlo is no doubt the best song in the album. It almost saves this album thanks to the most versatile, best kept secret, and low profile KK. Before even the album came, I felt KK should replace shaan’s voice for a song similar to main hoon don since they both have a very similar singing voice but KK has way more power and strength in his vocals. He proved me right. The song is so slick but I just wished the song was longer.

  5. Don2 songs are pathetic. Far below average. not even a single song is worth listening. Such a big banner film ans so low level music…………….hmmm.


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