Jazzy B Rambo Review

Album. Released 2008.  

BBC Review

Does the album really live up to its reputation? Short answer: not really.

Tajpal Rathore 2008

Jazzy B and Sukshinder Shinda are prominent Punjabi names in their own right. So when these two giant artists decide to team up, its bound to create a stir – and it has… but does the album really live up to its reputation? Short answer: not really. It misses the eclectic mark that should be expected from a musical co-production of its kind, and its noticeably limited nature places the album firmly in the 'not so interesting' pile. There are some tracks that are noteworthy, but ultimately there isn't enough diversity to warrant the champ status suggested by the title.

Apart from the uninspiring one-word titles for the songs, the album opens in a novel way. A little recitation sets the impending show up. But, alas, it won't be a pleasing one.

It’s not to say that there isn't any great melody here. Jatt, Gaddi and the title song are all worthy of notice, but it’s Dilbar Jani that really plucks at the heartstrings. Its spiritual feel is a breath of fresh air from an otherwise strenuous listen.

Some may find Jazzy B's voice too overpowering for the ears. But the album manages to blend his voice with the styles on offer here. I Love You, Jawani and Jadu are all good examples of this in action, while Dilla Nu showcases Jazzy B voice at his finest: soulful and heartfelt.

Glassy will be a huge chartbuster on the party dance-floors with its traditional dhol-and-tumbi fusion – a generic format for many a Bhangra song – while Rambo lacks any kind of finesse with its unashamedly comical chorus topped with an average tune. Finally, Ashiq saves the day, leaving you with a memorable song to take with you.

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