Yuva is the second Hindi film by Mani Ratnam after Dil Se and A.R. Rahman is the obvious choice for its music. Be it the adrenal-pumping bass-heavy "Dhakka Laga Bukka," club dance favorite "Fanaa," or eccentric rap number "Dol Dol," Rahman dedicated Yuva to all the experimentation that he previously denied for half a decade. 2004 especially proved to be a prolific year for Rahman with hits like Swades and Meenaxi, yet the soundtrack of Yuva stands out as an oddball due to its heavy influence of electronica in a compact, watertight, six-track album. His flair for exploiting the best of some of the most unconventional singers in the industry is evident again with Adnan Sami in "Baadal" and Lucky Ali in "Khuda Hafiz." He rendered his own voice to "Fanna" and a beautiful background alaap in "Kabhi Neem Neem." "Kabhi Neem Neem" is the likely female ballad here and instead of using the usual Asha/Lata voice, Rahman employed newcomer Madhushree. And then he worked with a relatively unknown singer, Karthik, for the most important song of the album, "Dhakka Laga Bukka." All this points to Rahman's confidence in his own brilliance; he wrapped these voice with arrangements that can't escape notice even from a casual listener. A commercial success; critics can be cast aside for condemning it as monotonous; Yuva is Rahman at his unconventional best.
AllMusic Review by Bhasker Gupta