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Rock On Socha Hai Karaoke

It was pure cacophony as they 'rocked' songs like Dil chahta hai [Images] and Main hoon Don, frequently stopping the song to regroup and reestablish the beat with a hurried 'one-two-three-four.' All I can say is that they made me leave the mall way earlier than planned, and that if they had been on a stage on campus anywhere, they would have been booed off.

Rock On Socha Hai Karaoke

Socha hai opens with a distorted guitar wail, clearly inspired by the iconic beginning to Jimi Hendrix' take on The Star Spangled Banner. The track itself is a basic rock song with the kind of wannabe lyrics -- 'duniya mein hain jung kyon? Behta laal rang kyon?' -- straight out of a bad college band. Farhan's voice is 'different', putting it politely, but it remains to be seen if he has actual range. And that 'yowza' tacked on to the end of the vocals is seriously a bit much.

With Rock On!, you kinda begin to get this vague Bollywood-rock genre. It's constructed like a standard Hindi movie song, but a few hyperactive guitars are thrown into the mix. I mean, you could take them out of this song and it would still work just the same. Akhtar gets ambitious with the vocals this time, and by now, you don't mind his voice as much. Hmm.

Oh lord. If that was refreshing, Zehreelay isn't. Suraj Jaggan weilds the mic with righteous anger, but the Rage Against The Movies feel is way too pronounced in this song that really really wants to sound furious. The words about snakes are vaguely interesting but Jaggan's too mad to actually enjoy them, and this attempt just shows you can't synthesize hard rock, not to speak of making it Bollywood-friendly.

Tum [Images] Ho Toh is Farhan's turn at balladeering, and it's a blatantly mush-ridden song. I mean, what rocker worth his guitarstrap would sing 'if you're there the air is the colour of love'? Urk. Far too maudlin for this album, but one expects the film to provide this song with sufficient framing, cutting from one dejected rocker to another as we are told we should be sad.

Sinbad the sailor is the most interesting track on the CD. Sung by Farhan and Raman Mahadevan, it shares the same vibe from the earlier 'rock' tracks but the vocals work well together, especially just before the chorus. And the lyrics finally seem genuinely fun.

The single warm strings of one acoustic guitar accompany Caralisa Monteiro in Phir Dekhiye as she makes sweet love to the simple words. Monteiro is a very talented singer, and while this song is a well-plucked piece of anonymity, she rocks the vocals quite constantly and the words work wonders for it.

All in all, this is a nothing album. The 'rock' tracks don't have the words or a true-blue feel, while the ballads don't seem like they belong on the same disc at all. The lyrics are pedestrian, and the only thing this album does is make you feel jealous of Farhan Akhtar.

"Don't Stop Believin'" is a song by American rock band Journey. It was released in October 1981 as the second single from the group's seventh studio album, Escape (1981), released through Columbia Records. "Don't Stop Believin'" shares writing credits between the band's vocalist Steve Perry, guitarist Neal Schon, and keyboardist Jonathan Cain. A mid-tempo rock anthem, "Don't Stop Believin'" is memorable for its distinctive opening keyboard riff.

At the dawn of the 1980s, Journey was becoming one of the most successful rock acts of the era. The band added Cain on keyboards before entering the studio to record Escape. Cain had kept the song title from encouragement his father gave him as a struggling musician living on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard. The song is unusual in that its chorus does not arrive until the song is nearly finished; its structure consists of two pre-choruses and three verses before it arrives at its central hook. The band recorded the song in one take at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

By 1980, the Californian rock outfit Journey was on its way to becoming one of the most successful acts of the era. After discarding its roots in progressive rock, the group hired vocalist Steve Perry and smoothed out its sound. The band had notched several domestic top-25 hits with "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" and "Any Way You Want It". Original keyboardist Gregg Rolie, with the group since its progressive days, amicably departed in 1980, leaving the foursome without one of its signature elements. Rolie recommended the band invite Jonathan Cain of British rockers the Babys to be his permanent replacement, who accepted and joined the band as they prepared to record its next album, Escape (1981).

To prepare for writing its next effort, Journey rented a warehouse in Oakland, California, where they worked daily to complete arrangements and develop new ideas. Cain came up with the song's title and hook; it stemmed from something his father frequently told him when he was a struggling musician living on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard. Cain was unsuccessful and ready to give up, and each time he would call home in despair, his father would tell him, "Don't stop believing or you're done, dude."[3] Guitarist Neil Schon invented the song's distinctive bass line, and Perry suggested Cain write a driving synthesizer piece to complement that bass line. Drummer Steve Smith added atop that with a standard rock backbeat, and instructed Schon to play 16th note arpeggios over the rest of the instrumentation, as though he were a "train" guiding the song in its direction.[4]

Billboard called it an "uptempo, melodic track" and praised the "fluid guitar and vocal."[8] Mike DeGagne of AllMusic has described "Don't Stop Believin'" as a "perfect rock song"[9] and an "anthem", featuring "one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock."[10] It was ranked #133 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[11] It is the best-selling digital track from the 20th century, with over seven million copies sold in the United States.[12][13]

The song reached number eight on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, and number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold over a million copies in vinyl.[25] It is the number one paid digital download song originally released in the 20th century,[26] and was also the 72nd most downloaded song of 2008, and 84th most downloaded song of 2009 in the store, over 27 years after its release. On August 31, 2009 the song topped the 3 million mark in paid downloads.[27] It is the best-selling digital song from a pre-digital-era,[28] and it was also the best-selling rock song in digital history until it was overtaken by Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" in January 2014.[25] It was placed just outside the top twenty best selling digital songs of all time in September 2010.[29] It has sold over 7 million digital units in the US as of July 2017.[12]

This is by far the best sing-along rock song that mainstream Indian music has ever seen! With its extraordinarily cool lyrics and easy tune, this song became a youth anthem. An over-excited Farhan Akhtar jumping around the stage, while the crowd bursts into na na na na, this song became goals for every aspiring college rock band!

The perfect ending to a perfect story, Phir Dekhiye was all about the feels. In spite of breaking away from the genre of rock, this song beautifully summed up the story of Magik for us. Or should we say, that it kept the Magik alive!


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