Rock, desi, depth — musical traits you would presume were mutually exclusive. Well, the Shankar Ehsaan Loy trio have dispelled that myth with “Rock On!!”. While the album works great as a soundtrack, it also shines as a standalone composition.
“Socha Hai” and “Sinbad the Sailor” are your standard enegry-filled rockers. “Pichle Saat Dinon Mein”, as seen in the movie, is pure concert material. Then there are the two beautiful melodies — “Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein” and “Phir Dekhiye”. The title track “Rock On!!” is, quite fittingly, the anthem of the album, and “Tum Ho Toh” perfectly sums up the spirit of the movie and the music in one song. (“Zehreelay” is the thorn of this rose and I wonder what they were smoking when they decided to include it in the ablum.)
The music has a very raw yet satisfying feel to it. It isn’t your perfectly finessed Rahman-esque material, but it’s got that authentic, young feel. Definitely one of my favourite albums of 2008.