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launch Rabbi Shergill's new album, “III”, is a mix of different moods and themes, ranging from social commentary to love's “zero dilemma” phase

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It's seven years since ‘Bulla ki jana' released as part of Rabbi's eponymous debut album. Entirely hinging on the singer's soulful vocals and accompanied by a video of a guitar-wielding Rabbi with life around him going on in fast-forward, ‘Bulla…' became an example of fuss-free talent that could, at the same time, sell. The second album, ‘Avengi Ja Nahin', came out in 2008,

Now, Rabbi Shergill has launched his third album, quite simply called ‘III', released on Universal Music. Work on ‘III' went on over a 20-month period, he tells you. “We started working in January 2009. Mid-2010 we finished recording it. The rest of the time was spent looking for an ideal partner, which finally culminated in finding Universal,” he says.

Comprising nine tracks that have their own “special theme and specific bit”, the album's been mixed in Miami. While ‘Ganga' is about breaking conventions, ‘Cabaret Weimar', he says, is a social comment, “maybe a bit like ‘Jugni' from the first album.” ‘Tu Hi' is steeped in good old Gospel Rock, while ‘Tu hae khubsurat' “basically talks about how we need to find a little love in times of big crises.”

“‘Zero Dubidha' is a love song which talks about how in a every relationship at one point you have zero dilemma — that's exactly where you want to be,” Shergill explains, while ‘Aadhi kranti' is a lament about the loss of momentum that built up after the Mumbai attacks. ‘Song for Picku' is an instrumental one in guitar.

“‘Labhda Eyn Jihnun' is a contemplative, reflective song about questioning all the things that I seek. Finally, there is ‘Labhda Eyn Jihnun', which talks about how it's impossible for me to comply,” he says. The musician whose listening choices range from 80s Pop to Funk, Indian classical and semi-classical, Mehdi Hassan, John Mayer and Lady Gaga, says III “rocks more and is edgier.”

On his evolution as a musician Shergill says, “Your experiences change. To not change would be bizarre.” Isn't there a pressure to keep churning out music to remain in the public memory? “Given the frequency with which I release albums… well. I don't care. I want to do what I want to do. If it takes me some time making it, so be it,” he retorts.

While he's had his foray into film music through Delhi Heights , the “heart and soul” is independent music. Films haven't been ruled out — if he's made an offer he can't refuse. “If something makes me want to wake up in the morning and rush to the studio, I'll do that,” he says.

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