MUSIC From hereon, the album starts sticking to it’s core theme with Dev Shikandar composed ‘Jee Le’ being the first to arrive. Dev writes as well as sings this song (along with Payal) which was always expected from a soundtrack like Payback. An item number with a touch of philosophy to it (about living life, taking a stance, the works), ‘Jee Le’ is as 80s as it gets and doesn’t bring in anything new whatsoever. Barely passable while following the template of dozens of such songs that have been composed for movies of this genre and scale, ‘Jee Le’ also sees a ‘remix version’ for itself. Kukku Prabhas writes ‘Taqdeer Ki Sadak Pe’ which has Kunal Ganjawala at the helm of affairs. It’s beginning in fact reminds one of ‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ [Gangster] and if one hears it closely, one can well sense a Bhatt influence to it, whether musically, lyrically or rendition wise. Yet another track with philosophical undertones, this composition by Vijay Narayan should manage to keep the audience engaged as it plays as a part of the background score of the film.What follows next turns out to be a ho-hum affair yet again with Suraj Jagan coming up with ‘Road Pe’. The song instantly reminds one of the title track of Vivek Oberoi starrer Road which was a far better and ferocious composition. This one with music and lyrics by Dev Shikandar is hardly exciting despite a ‘remix version’ for itself and makes one move on to check out the last song in the album. It’s a two minute ‘Playback – Theme’ piece that brings the album to a close. With a haunting feel to it, it is a well laid out piece that should add value in the film’s background to bring on an element of mystery and intrigue to the narrative.
OVERALL Since Payback didn’t come with any expectation, a couple of decent tracks like ‘Jane Kab’ and ‘Taqdeer Ki Sadak Pe’ turn out to be fair deals after all. However, lack of awareness around the overall product means that there are near to negligible chances of these songs too managing to make their presence felt. OUR PICK(S) ‘Jane Kab’