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For starters, we can heave a sigh of relief because Sophie has decided to spare us those nauseating remixes that we've been accustomed to in her previous albums. “SOS” has nine tracks, some of which are scintillating and pleasing to the ear.

The opening track “Manjave” is an out-and-out dance number, complete with Brit-Asian rapper Mumzy making it the ultimate teeny-bopper special. This apart, Rishi Rich deserves special mention for syncing hip-hop and reggae beats into one number without making it sound like some sort of cacophony.

Then, there's “Pump it up” the refrain of which is a tad too grating. Sophie's vocals through the rest of the song make up for this irritant. “Soni soni” that follows is a peppy song, and would set your feet tapping.

“Mohabbat” is a rock ballad that is a huge variation from all of Sophie's earlier works. Tranquil and melodic, this song is perfect to listen to, either when you're heartbroken or when happily in love. The lyrics of “If I can't have you” are rather corny, but a neat job has been done with the synthesisers. Sophie's wistful crooning is proof that her music has, in fact, evolved.

“Daddy Cool” is quite uncool! It is not a total disappointment, but it is just the average Indipop track. You could fast forward through this, and not worry about missing out on something.

A commendable job, however, has been done on “Tu Nahin,” the Arabic-sounding number recreated by Biddu. Unarguably, Sophie's voice modulation is her signature style through the album.

The eighth track is a remix of “Mohabbat”, and is definitely not as good as the original.

The supposed rock ballad has some extra pulsating beats, and the tempo is accelerated unnecessarily. Thankfully, DJ Suketu has worked on this one; hence it is not a total disaster.

The last track is the radio edit of “Manjave”, and the outcome is decent.

Overall, reports of Sophie giving Himesh Reshammiya a run for his money with her ability to sing in five different voices in one album itself might just be true. “SOS” is surely worth a listen.

NEETI SARKAR

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