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Taz Jawani On The Rocks Review

Album. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

You'd be hard pushed not to relive your Jawani (youth) by bopping along to this gem...

Jaspreet Pandohar 2008

The British prince of Indian pop, Tarseme Singh has strived to change with the times. From his early days as bhangra sensation, Johnny Zee, to his reinvention as fusion artist Taz from Stereo Nation, he continues to create music that appeals to the masses.

Equally popular in India as he is in the UK, the Midlands-based singer/songwriter hits all the right notes with Jawani On The Rocks. With something for everyone, this catchy blend of Indian pop, Punjabi folk, RnB and Hip Hop tunes sounds just as at home played in the car as they would in a nightclub or iPod.

Featuring his characteristic mixture of Hindi, Punjabi and English lyrics, this time we also get a bit of Spanish thrown in for good measure in the title track Jawani. Accompanied by South American rapper, Don Minicano, Taz creates the kind of cracking song that has radio airplay written all over it. Showing off Taz's vocal dexterity and range, it's a winner from beginning to end.

Just as catchy is Hilgaya which features Shibani Kashyup. Beginning with a remixed sample of Taal Se Taal from the Hindi film, Taal, the song quickly transforms into a thumping dance number. Illustrating Taz's superior skills in singing Hindi, it's a wonder why Bollywood hasn't utilised his talents more often.

Sticking out among the compilation like a bit of a sore thumb is the Punjabi number, Boli Pa Mitran featuring Sarbjit Kaur. Its traditional flavour doesn't gel with the contemporary flavour of the rest of the album. The same could be said of the unnecessary updated version of the celebratory wedding classic, Aaj Meri Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.

Recorded in the UK and Mumbai, the album boasts good production values and a smooth international sound that highlights Taz's crooning ability. You'd be hard pushed not to relive your Jawani (youth) by bopping along to this gem of an album.

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