Farhan Akhtar impresses as a singer in ‘Rock On’(Music Review)July 18th, 2008 - 9:47 am ICT by IANS
By Meghna Menon
Film: “Rock On”; Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; Lyricist: Javed Akhtar: Singers: Farhan Akhtar, Dominique Cerejo, Caralisa Monteiro, Raman Mahadevan, Suraj Jagan; Rating: **** Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy may hit the bull’s eye with this energetic and spirited album. Comprising nine tracks, the album has wonderful lyrics that have been appropriately composed and incredibly rendered by Farhan Akhtar, marking his debut as a singer.
The title song “Rock on” is one of those blessed by Farhan’s vocals. With a heavy base and electric guitar strumming, the number has been well composed.
Farhan also croons “Pichle saat dinon mein”. The rock number has interesting lyrics. An enjoyable track, it will surely be enjoyed even more on the big screen.
Then, there is an approximately six-and-a-half minute track titled “Sinbad The Sailor” rendered by Raman Mahadevan and Farhan, an enjoyable piece. There’s nothing extraordinary about this track, but it doesn’t fail to impress.
It’s Farhan yet again, and this time with “Socha hai” and he does an impressive job.
Caralisa Monteiro beautifully renders “Phir dekhiye”. The singer has handled the responsibility of a solo singer pretty well and Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are trendy and suit the theme. The song is serenity personified with just a guitar accompanying the singer.
The composers slow down a bit in “Tum ho toh”. Again, with a soft rock base, the track moves at a slower pace, with a romantic and dreamy tinge to it. The lyrics and rendition are credible, like most of the previous songs.
Dominique Cerejo sings “Ye tumhari meri baatein”. What’s most catchy about Cerejo’s rendition is her unusual, contemporary and western voice that suits such a genre. A dawdling number that would find maximum fans among the fairer sex.
Suraj Jagan sings the high-on-rock “Zehreelay”. For the song Javed Akhtar moves on a different route and pens some weird lyrics. Suraj croons like a typical high-on-life rock star, making the track different from the rest of the lot. A fine number!
There are a couple of things that stand out in this album and make the difference - Farhan’s fresh voice, Javed Akhtar’s trendy lyrics and the composers’ innovativeness. The album will set the cash registers ringing for sure.
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