All expectations are bound to rise with Rock On 2 since it’s a sequel to the super-hit music of Rock On. It piques interest since the music shall be band music and not the conventional studio songs. Let’s have a look if the new album stands up to its earned laurels from its prequel.
To be very true, Farhan Akhtar’s voice can do justice to only one kind of songs. His voice sounded refreshing in Rock On, but it seems more of an obligation and a mere repetition of things with nothing new to look forward to in this new album. The anthem song, Jaago, has a set combination of guitar chords going round and again and besides the chorus where Sidharth Mahadevan (of Zinda fame) shines, there is nothing more to listen to. The lyrics boasts of women empowerment, Riton ke rasm ke aage jhukna nahi, utho or tod dalo zanjeer, but the overall lyrical quality seems average.
You Know What I Mean is a straight cut repetition of the unconventional Pichle Saat Dino Mein and frankly, this one doesn’t work that well. His soft motivational number, Manzar Naya, can be called a fine effort.
The choice of Shradha Kapoor as the other vocal sensation was questionable and well, the question still persists in her singing. Her transitions from low to high pitch, curbed voice is a big turn off in Udja Re and Tera Mera Manzil. One could feel the chord combination of Bleed It Out by Linkin Park running behind in Udja Re, which could have worked with raised tempo. The santoor arrangement in Tera Mera Manzil sounds beautiful.
Tera Mera Dil with its Avenged Sevenfold style of guitar notes falls with bad vocals and the speaking word style of singing.
Hoi Kiw will win your hearts with its lyrics in partly Hindi and Khasi, mixing together folk and rock sung by the powerful voices of Usha Uthup, Kit Shangpliang and Pynsuklin Syiemiong.
Ishq Mastana by Shankar Mahaevan and Digvijay Singh Pariyar with its bhangra beats and use of sudden guitar riffs resonate the inner struggle of the character and is musically strong.
Akhtar doesn’t sound refreshing and well Neha Kakkar/Neeti Mohan could have done undoubtedly a better job than Shradha Kapoor.
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