Adnan Sami returns after a gap to compose the soundtrack for Manoj Tyagi's 'Mumbai Salsa' wherein a horde of youngsters make their debut. The singer-composer keeps Salsa as the main theme of the album.
We first have Shaan crooning to 'Akeli zindagi' - it is an attempt to fuse Latin music with Indian. Shaan is able to render well but as a whole, the song doesn't make a mark and may fade away without being acknowledged.
Adnan's sensuous voice makes its presence felt in the slow and emotional song 'Choti si'. His rendition reminds one of his earlier compositions.
Next is 'Friday'. It is an average composition that wouldn't impress anyone.
Sami fails to turn 'Mumbai Salsa' into a dance number. Even though he and Alisha Chinoy make a perfect pair for a salsa rendition, the composition is where the track fails primarily. However, when Alisha goes solo in the second version of 'Mumbai Salsa', it turns out to be better than the original.
A romantic duet comes in the form of 'Pyar se'. With the orchestra in full bloom, the salsa element is quite prominent in the song. Amit Kumar takes on the second version of 'Pyar se' where he does justice to the track by emoting sensuality and passion through his singing.
After infusing salsa into every song of the album, Adnan composes an instrumental track titled 'Salsa' which is dedicated entirely to Latin music. Though one of the better tracks, 'Salsa' doesn't belong to the category of those that would leave an impression and deserve a second hear.
The problem with 'Mumbai Salsa' is with its finesse. The album lacks the spark that would have taken it to a more noticeable level. Now whether one blames the film's promotion or the lack of a spark in its music, 'Mumbai Salsa' will disappear into the thin air in no time.ALSO READ: Kumar Sanu: 'Music is now a secondary concern when it was once a top one'ALSO READ: My journey from being a contestant to now judging Indian Idol has been hard yet rewarding: Shreya Ghoshal