Fuzön – Journey Review

Fuzön (pronounced Fusion) comprised of vocalist Rameez Mukhtar, Guitarist Shallum Xavier and Keyboardist Emu, is one of the biggest bands from across the border.
In their first album sans ex-lead singer Shafqat Amanat Ali (of Mitwaa fame), the band delivers yet another solid performance, only this time with Rameez Mukhtar as their lead singer. Already Journey is being compared with Saagar and Rameez with Shafqat, but from an unbiased point of view, both are commendable albums. Neend Na Aaye, the first single from Journey is one of Fuzön’s most popular and beautiful compositions on which Rameez Mukhtar displays his firm rooting in classical music. Lead guitarist, Shallum Xavier delivers a tasteful guitar solo while keyboard player Emu delivers a fine performance as well. Tracks such as Suna Suna, Abhi Hum Kahaan Hain, Jo Dil Ne Kaha have a Bollywood-esque, easy listening feel to them which Indian fans will find easy to relate to. The highlight of the album in my opinion however is Tu Kahan which is brilliant in all departments especially lyrically and vocally. Upbeat numbers such as Dholna and Teri Yaadan will please Punjabi pop fans. Paree, another re-recording which is already popular in Pakistan will help the band retain their existent fan-base. Finally, Choo Lo is an uplifting anthem which I can easily see being used for a sporting event or the likes.
Over all Journey is a mixed offering which is brilliant on certain tracks and a tad passé on a few others.
Top Tracks: Tu Kahan, Neend Na Aaye, Suna Suna, Abhi Hum Kahaan Hain, Jo Dil Ne Kaha.

Overall rating: 7/10