Magazine article New Internationalist

Echoes

Magazine article New Internationalist

Echoes

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Echoes

by Farhan

(Farhan Music CD and digital) twitter. com/faroutakhtar

Slightly angsty songs recorded in Milan with a big-name producer and a middle-ofthe-road rock band. Farhan Akhtar's debut album, Echoes is a competent mush of an album that is characterized by such a sonic placelessness as to make it quite interesting.

Farhan - his stage name - is a household name in his native India. An actor, a Bollywood star, a TV presenter, a screenwriter, Farhan has now added ear-candy to his considerable resumé. Echoes is well described: it echoes with the strummy guitar, riffs, atmospheres of a thousand soft-rock albums. This is not to say that Farhan, being Indian, should be making albums that shiver with sitars: he can record whatever he wishes, however he wishes. But in musical terms, this album is international mashed potato. Its lyrics are written by a random cliché generator which couples 'fire' with 'burned' and 'fella' with 'umbrella' (although the original context for this last pairing - Irving Berlin's song for the 1948 Fred Astaire/Judy Garland vehicle, Easter Parade - is not acknowledged). …

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