Farhan Akhtar’s Rock On 2 is releasing this Friday. The sequel to 2008 hit film Rock On, the second part has two new members, Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora.
Rock On 2’s music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who recently gave us the soulful musical album Mirzya.
Here’s our music review of Rock On 2:
Rating: 2/5 stars
Jaago intends to be a rebellious and inspiring song but it doesn’t succeed. It has a mundane music and ineffective high pitched singing which destroy the song. Moreover, Jaago needed to be sung by 2-3 singers together; not just Farhan Akhtar alone and some chorus in the background. The song’s theme is about waking up and defying the traditions, so a unified voice from multiple singers could have made a better impact. The lyrics and background score of Jaago are easily forgettable.
It is difficult to understand how the musical maestro Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy decided to let Shraddha Kapoor sing this song. Shraddha is a decent singer but her voice is suitable for soft and melodious tracks; not for hard and high pitched songs like Udja Re. Shraddha’s singing was monotonous and linear. It should have been more energetic and this song demanded a variety in crooning which she couldn’t provide. Udja Re has a good background score throughout. A powerful singer would have made a huge difference.
You Know What I Mean is a happy and elegant song. The song boasts of nothing special but it is well balanced, spontaneous and Farhan’s voice is pleasurable to listen. This is a song that at least gives a feel of Rock On 2’s theme.
Manzar Naya had every ingredient to make it a special song but somehow it ends up being an ordinary one. An acoustic guitar and Farhan’s voice create a good musical environment but it doesn’t touch the heart. As the song progresses, it becomes dull and lacks the serenity that these kind of songs usually have. It might have a good value with the film’s narrative but as a single track, it doesn’t have much shelf life.
Tere Mere Dil at least reaches a musical threshold that was absent in almost every Rock On 2 song mentioned above. This is a kind of song Shraddha Kapoor can sing elegantly and her voice gives a soft touch to the track, especially when she sings.”Goomsum hai tu, goomsum hu main”. Tere Mere Dil also has a beautifully flowing background music, so overall, this is a pleasant and fresh song.
Woh Jahan is another disappointing track. There is absolutely no emotion and passion in Shraddha and Farhan’s voice and narration in between was dull. Actually narration should add good weight to the song but in this case, it fails. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy gave us a song which doesn’t have any variety that we expect from them. Low beats and sluggish music destroy any hopes to make Woh Jahan a good listen.
This is undoubtedly the best song of the album. Out of the box from Rock On 2’s album, Hoi Kiw is an entirely different song and Usha Utup’s engaging and powerful singing inspires and induces you to clap to its beats. This is an ideal example of what happens when all the musical departments give their best shot. Hoi Kiw is unpredictable and joyful.
Ishq Mastana is a painful romantic song which starts off well but then loses its track with too much background score fed into it. Digvijay Singh has a good heavy voice but the music doesn’t help much. Moreover, the musical approach seemed confused wherein the singing hints a painful song and music states overly energetic for a sad song.
Rock On 2 music album is a failure in every aspect. It is hard to believe that this is a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy product, when they recently gave us one of the best music albums in the form of Mirzya. Rock On 2 doesn’t even come close to live upto the reputation of its predecessor Rock On. This is a completely avoidable affair.