Marketed as an album featuring many indie artistes, we were curious to see what the soundtrack of Rise Of The Zombie had to offer. The first song, ‘Aao na pyar karein’ somehow doesn’t make a fitting beginning. The heavily processed vocals and the oft-repeated chorus line of this electronica track make the song sound very wannabe.
The album makes a sudden switch with ‘All alone’. Singer CaraLisa Monteiro sounds angelic in this ballad. Rock lovers might like ‘Jaag uthi hai yeh raat’, a dark and arresting number sung by Suraj Jagan of ‘Give me some sunshine’ (3 Idiots, 2009) fame. Oddly, this song is immediately followed by its English version. And if your eyes aren’t on your playlist, it sounds like there is one long song going on. Bad track listing, we say.
The album continues to surprise. The next song is, lo and behold, a Swedish folk track! The makers certainly take the concept of ‘bending genre’ to a whole new level. Titled ‘Arvaas’, the song is sung by Sofia Jannok, is quite a gem. It is nice to hear Jannok, who specialises in performing joiks or song-chants, which are part of Sami music from the Tundra region.
The soundtrack succeeds to get its ‘dark’ vibe with ‘Tanhayee’. Singer Aditi Singh Sharma, as always, is edgy. We also loved ‘Home’ by Mizoram-based band Boomerang. The uplifting rock number might sound like a bit of Coldplay here and bit of U2 there, but it holds its own beautifully.
The title track, ‘Zombie’ sung by Luke Kenny sounds very juvenile. Sadly, even the very in dubstep elements are unable to salvage the song with lyrics like ‘zombie, zombie, mujhko tu paas na aane de’.
‘Blackbird’ has a very The Beatles feel to it, while ‘Tripwire’ jolts you with its amateurish-garage-band like music patterns. The album ends with ‘Dil pukaare’, a lifting ballad that makes for a good listen. Rise Of The Zombie’s soundtrack is both enchanting and annoying. It’s a bumpy ride. So wear your seatbelts and avoid the potholes as they come along.
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