Rock On 2 (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy

You know what I mean is a perfect sequel to Socha hai and Pichle saat dinon mein. Farhan’s gruffy vocals is almost manageable and those energetic guitars rule. In a more indulgent melody like Manzar naya, Farhan’s voice seems woefully inadequate, though the trio’s tune sails through effortlessly. Jaago, a soul-sister to Rock On’s title song, pales in comparison, but Sheldon D’Silva’s bass and the drums make it tolerable. Shraddha Kapoor has a superb run through the soundtrack! Udja re is a stunning, U2-style rock melody, with Shraddha admirably handling the rock shenanigans. Tere mere dil is even better, the trio’s mellow start beautifully soaring with Shraddha’s vocals along and the vibrant musicscape. Oddly enough, Woh jahaan, where Shraddha joins Farhan, is the one where she—and he, of course—sounds most tentative, though the composers have a fantastic tune playing confidently. Ishq mastana is Mirzya-style, with a hypnotic Ahir Bhairav’ish tune that Shankar and Digvijay Singh Pariyar handle brilliantly. Hio kiw (Chalo chalo), the Khasi-Hindi song that closes the soundtrack is a pulsating package, with superb vocals by Usha Uthup, Kit Shangpliang and Pynsuklin Syiemiong, with brilliant guitaring all through. Despite Farhan’ish vocal shortcomings, the trio keeps Rock On 2 rocking.

Keywords: Rock On 2, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, 200, #200

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