Vishesh Films, Emraan Hashmi and Pritam has always guaranteed a hit score, so when the music album of their latest movie ‘Crook’ was released I was very curious to find out how the music had come up.

Pritam gave his career best with the Bhatts with films like Gangster, Kalyug, Woh Lamhe, Zeher, Jannat, Awarapan and Tum Mile. Crook unlike their earlier ventures doesn’t boast about romantic songs here. The first song is a Punjabi folk number “Challa” sung by Babbu Mann, a top name in Punjabi film and music industry, who keeps the fun going. Suzanne D’mello, the only female singer in the entire album, gets to croon a few interspersing lines in English but it is the ‘desi’ rhythm fused with Western arrangements that make ‘Challa’ – also arriving later in a ‘remix version’ – a track that should find good acceptance, especially up North.

The second song in the album sung by Nikhil D’Souza titled “Mere Bina” is a very soulful song with a light rock base to it. Nikhil is an upcoming singer who has delivered few hits in the recent movies like Aisha, Anjana Anjaani and Udaan.

The third song ‘Tujhko jo Paaya’ sung by Mohit Chauhan with just a guitar playing in the background. An interesting song in the typical Mohit Chauhan style.

Pritam’s favourite singer Neeraj Shridhar gets to sing the fourth song titled ‘Kya’ which is a fun song. A number where one can well imagine Neeraj to be smiling while crooning this one and a feel good appeal via visuals on screens as well; ‘Kya’ should find it’s way into the charts.

The last song ‘Tujhi Mein’ carries the kind of sound that Bhatts have pretty much patented over the last couple of decades and one is only thrilled to hear it all over again. KK does a very good job and this song would be another chartbuster for the singer.

Overall a very good album which would need few listenings before it catches onto your lips

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