Jhoom (Music review), Pakistani/Indi Pop – Ali Zafar

Of the 4 tracks composed by Zafar, Jhoom reverberates like Euphoria’s material, and is beautifully arranged. The country’ish Jab say dekha and the non-descript Nahin ray fall flat, but Mirza Ghalib’s ever-familiar verses save Zafar’s version of Jee dhoondta. Yousaf Sallauddin’s tracks Tu jaanay and Koi umeed pull the album down along with Nisar Bazmi’s tepid contribution, Jaan-e-man. Zafar’s Coke Studio tracks – Yar dhadhi and Dastan-e-ishq continue to enthrall, much like Rohail Hyatt-produced Allah hu. Finally, Jhoom’s R&B version is representative of everything that’s wrong with Indian record labels producing Pakistani artists’ albums – continues to be a bad idea.

Keywords: Ali Zafar, Yousaf Sallauddin, Nisar Bazmi, Coke Studio, Rohail Hyatt, Jhoom