Salim Merchant begins with the first track ‘Aye Khuda’ which is an out and out soothing soft number. This track is one of those which would catch on to you from the very first hearing itself. A totally youthful track it is, ‘Aye Khuda’ begins with the guitar strumming and holds on to it throughtout its duration. Salim seems totally apt for the track, as it gets melodious as it progresses. The lyrics could have been better, yet you don’t mind it.
‘Aye Khuda’ is also heard in a remix version, which seems promising as it begins but eventually loses out as it progresses. Though not a usual disastrous remix, ‘Aye Khuda’ could have been spared off its remix version.
‘Paathshaala (Khushnuma)’ arrives next, which has influences of hip hop and a bit of rock flavour mixed together. Vishal Dadlani gets into an effective mood for this youth targeted track, but unfortunately it’s the composition that doesn’t let it go any high. Forgettable to say the least.
After a long gap, you get to listen to hear Lucky Ali in this another youthful outing ‘Bekarar’ , which is another of the track that catches on to you instantly. Beginning with a melodious rhythmic tune, ‘Bekarar’ actually gets into the mood once Lucky Ali takes off the proceedings. ‘Bekarar’ is a full on energy track especially when it comes to its title line, which undoubtedly is the life of the track.
‘Bekarar (remix)’ is just like the usual remixes you listen every now and then. It doesn’t make up for any exciting hearing. Passable!
Romance is also in the offering with 'Mujhe Teri', which is rendered by Tulsi Kumar, Akanksha and Hanif Sheikh himself. ‘Mujhe Teri’ doesn’t go the usual bollywood romantic route, but instead stays onto a low octave which is what appeals the most despite some done to death lyrics. However, the cleverest part that Hanif does is to get the newbie Akanksha render the high ranged words, which probably would have been spoiled by Tulsi Kumar. ‘Mujhe Teri’ has a sweet feel to it and manages to be a worth listening fare.
The remix version is passable, as it is loaded with some usual beats and kills the feel of the original. Also, it goes further slow, which doesn’t make an impact as was made by the original.
A flute marks off ‘Teri Marzi (Aye Khuda)’ which is a pensive outing rendered by the master in such songs, Kailash Kher. The track has a sort of devotional feel to it and makes out for a decent hearing.
Surprisingly enough, this one too is brought into a remix version, which should have been avoided. Anyhow, it seems a lot inappropriate.
Finally arrives,‘Paathshaala Theme' which begins with an instrumental version of the track ‘Aye Khuda’ but soon changes its route, with a horde of children coming round voicing out their joy for attending the school. A fun track at heart, this one is probably a background track and makes up for a decent hearing.
On the whole, Paathshaala, is a youthful album at heart, which has its range of brilliant to decent tracks. Aye Khuda and Bekaraar should be a rich favourite especially.