Salman Khan is back as Prem under the direction of Sooraj Barjatya. The music composed by Himmesh Reshammiya is melodious but lacklustre as it presents a very 90s theme to a film that is about to release in 2015. But, the film is a reminder of the Prem era and Sooraj Barjatya’s family drama era set in the 90s so it makes sense if you listen to the soundtracks with that perspective.

The tracks are aimed only for the family audiences. There’s no feet-tapping music, just a collection of songs best enjoyed while bobbing your head from side to side really fast at times. Remember the same tune running through the film be it a romantic scene or a scene where the entire family is elated with good news or a sad scene from Sooraj Barjatya‘s Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, we can expect similar things during the film from listening to the nine-song album.

The thing about that irritating tune is that despite some rather enjoyable scenes, the over use of the same tune with varying volumes is that it didn’t work back then so trying a failed attempt all over again makes no sense at all. There is more than generous usage of dhols and brass instruments making for cluttered music at times. It is surprising that Himmesh Reshammiya, who despite his singing has given really good music in the past but came up with this album. We suspect he was not allowed to do his work without the interference of the Barjatya factor and that may have spoiled what could have been the festive album of the year.

Prem Leela is OK at best but the title track has very nagging undertones to the song and the video with the excessive dancers behind Sonam Kapoor doesn’t warm our heart to the music either. Jalte Diye is probably the best song in the album with the simple music and the heart touching voice of Harshdeep Kaur. Anwesha Gupta adds a good feel to the album. Unfortunately the entire album is not expected to do well without a lot of marketing. We give the Prem Ratan Dhan Payo album a 2 star rating.