The Verdict on SuperHeavy’s New Single “Satyameva Jayathe”
We were quite underwhelmed by cross-continental supergroup SuperHeavy’s debut single “Miracle Worker”. Listeners in India were perhaps most disappointed that A. R. Rahman’s contribution to the track was limited to that of a background singer. The second single, however, released yesterday, has not only been co-written by Rahman but is also sung by him. “Satyameva Jayathe” is for all practical purposes an A. R. Rahman track, and SuperHeavy’s record label is even plugging it as one. A press release from Universal Music describes the song as “A.R. Rahman’s latest offering”, which quite frankly is what it is—a soaring yet foot-tapping anthem, which begins expectedly with a multi-tracked Rahman vocal. He sings a Hindi verse next after which Joss Stone takes the mic to sing a line, and it moves into the two-word chorus followed by a reggae-ish bit from Damian Marley. There’s an Indian sounding sinewy synth line (courtesy Rahman most probably) that goes well with the accompanying Carnatic violin that runs through the mid-tempo, ska-tinged world pop tune. The only thing wrong with the track is hearing Mick Jagger sing in Sanskrit, which is more funny than fun. Since the various components of SuperHeavy seem to be taking turns in the compositional spotlight, maybe it will be Jagger’s turn to strut this stuff in the third single. Until then, his fans can chew on this somewhat NFSW work tribute.
Listen to “Satyameva Jayathe”. The SuperHeavy CD single “Miracle Worker/Satyameva Jayathe” is out today, Wednesday, August 10.