Music in an urban action film guarantees one thing - it would be fast paced and edgy. Even though Knock Out has an unusual cast of Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan and Kangana with not much scope of music due to its plot based setting, one looks forward to what composer Gourov Dg [Gourov Dasgupta] has to offer. Panchhi Jalonvi is the prime lyricist with Vishal Dadlani and Shellee also contributing with a song apiece.
Sanjay Dutt and Kangana turn rock stars for the title song 'Knock Out' that is obviously made for end credits title roll sequence. A high energy track with Vishal Dadlani playing the role of a singer as well as lyricist, 'Knock Out' has Ashe contributing with the English rap. 'Knock Out' may not be the next chartbuster in the offing here since it has more of a concert appeal than being the kind which one associates with a film, it is a still a decent start nevertheless.
The album takes a completely different route with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan coming up with a soft number 'Khushnuma Sa Ye Roshan Ho'. A Panchhi Jalonvi written track which carries a theme of world being a better place to live, 'Khushnuma' moves at a slow pace and even though the beginning is okay, the later portions just turn out to be average. In fact one gets a jingle feel and despite the presence of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the results aren't optimal here. Though the song is about hope, there is a sad feel to it which only makes one look forward to what next is in the offing. Another version of the same song appears as 'Khushnuma Sa Woh Mausam' (with Shellee as the lyricist) and this time around the singer at the helm of affairs is Krishna. The overall mood still stays on to be sombre though.
Fun returns to the scene with Sunidhi Chauhan bringing on the exuberance with 'Jab Jab Dil Mile'. Okay, so the fact is that the song reminds one of many a Pritam song from the past but still it is good enough to lend a foot tapping appeal to the album. Though not extraordinary and a chartbuster that would live on for a year to come, it still is energetic enough to ensure some good visuals complimenting the fast paced mood of the film. Panchhi Jalonvi's lyrics aren't anything great to write home about but then if at all there is some scope for the album to find inroads amongst the audience; 'Jab Jab Dil Mile' is the one that should be played on most. No wonder, there is a 'remix version' included as well.
Then arrives 'Tuhi Mere Hum Navaa' which is a KK solo. A predictable track that enters into the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy zone and musically reminds one of their compositions like 'Mitwa' [Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna] and 'Sajda' [My Name Is Khan], 'Tuhi Mera...' by Panchhi Jalonvi makes for a comfortable hearing. In fact at places where a line leads to a pause, one is also reminded of Pritam's 'Teri Ore' [Singh Is Kinng]. Due to its heard before feel, 'Tuhi Mera..' doesn't carry a promise to make any inroads into the charts.
Last song to come is 'Gangubai Pe Aai Jawani', which is seemingly an afterthought, considering the 'Munni Badnaam' wave and also some reasonable attention that 'Issak Se Meetha' [Aakrosh] is enjoying. Belonging to the same genre as the aforementioned tracks, this Sunidhi Chauhan number carries an altogether different mood when compared to the rest of the album. A standard item song with an earthy feel to it, it follows a template approach and turns out to be an ordinary affair.
Knock Out is a passable score though one would have expected better results. Even after one is through hearing the album a few times, there isn't much recall value that makes one look forward to hearing it all over again. Barely okay.
Jab Jab Dil Mile, Knock Out