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Music Review: SuperHeavy (2011)

Given the amount of cribbing I’ve done about AR Rahman doling out trashy music for Hindi films for many years now, I don’t blame anyone for expecting me to pan this album. The guy’s made some of the best music ever and he has also disappointed several times, but here’s where AR Rahman totally redeems himself. The songs on SuperHeavy would sound aimless and out of place if you heard one and then another one much later, but as a whole, the album is an amazing mix of sounds and ideas.

With zero display of conventional songwriting, Rahman, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Damian Marley have composed very little that you can sing along with (Satyamev Jayate, an attempt at creating an anthem, being the exception), and there’s nothing here that sounds contrived. The biggest surprise here is that all the members are contributing to the songs only with what they can truly offer and only when they have to; they slip into the background when they’re not supposed to be heard. The songs seem underwhelming when you listen to them as singles, but listening to SuperHeavy as a full album you’ll think it’s so cool they’re not doing over-the-top stuff just because they’re all biggies.

SuperHeavy isn’t a supergroup of superstars collaborating to make foot-tapping chartbusters; it’s a merging of super-talented musicians underplaying their individual genius and creating original music that’s nearly impossible to criticize or complain about. Thumbs up.

RELATED LINKS: AR Rahman & Michael Jackson | A Lost Victory For India

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