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Pentagram: It’s Ok, It’s All Good

By Sohail Arora | April 3, 2007

Split Magazine: Pentagram - It's Ok, It's All GoodPentagram has definitely been one of the most controversial bands in the Indian rock scene. Their sound has never been dictated by any rules or regulations, and they have achieved a fair amount of success in the process. ‘It’s Ok, It’s All Good’ just reaffirms their unique sound and takes them one step ahead. One of the reasons for that is the album’s top notch production., thanks to Randolph Correia (guitars), who has not only released some of the best drum ‘n’ bass and electronica albums in India, but has also constantly tried something new and experimental in every project.

An interesting observation about the album is that the lyrics are very simple and conducive to singing along, and you’ll find yourself doing that on your second listen itself. “Today” is the opening track and is a very strong start to the album. It speaks about positivity even in the face of stark cynicism. “Electric” is the second song on the album and is all set to be the second music video release from the album. For some reason, the song doesn’t appeal to me as much as the others do, though this song has gained popularity amongst early listeners. By now, you also realise that vocals have been processed quite a bit on every song using various filters, which in fact goes really well with the whole electronica feel. “Rude” is the third song on the album and this song just goes to show how much Vishal Dadlani has improved as a vocalist. He is definitely among the best in the Indian circuit.

Other songs that just stand out after your first few listens would be “Animal”,”Rock N Roll”, “Back To Zion”, “This Is For My People” and “Voice”. “Voice”, the first single from the album, is a straight-up, big-hook, feel-good song and definitely the catchiest of the album. Don’t be surprised if you see your folks singing along to this one! The song also features the first music video release from the album, and also the first time in the history of the Indian music industry that a music video will be created using video clips sent in by fans.

All in all, ‘It’s Ok, It’s All Good’ is quite brilliant and produced rather well. The vocals are outstanding, and the lyrics are simple and interesting. I see this album doing well internationally if marketed properly, and could be the next big thing for Pentagram who have pretty much achieved everything in India. The album is released through Counter Culture Records and will be available in music stores nationwide.

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  1. April 5, 2007, 12:52 pm Prashant Mehta

    Pentagram are just over -rated and i dunno from where they have the b*lls to claim they area “rock” band (sic).

  2. April 10, 2007, 8:01 pm 600WPMPO

    cons:
    “Dont break my beat” is a poor imitation of Filter’s “(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do”
    lyrically weak (rhyme “rude” with “truth”, “madman” & “sadman”),
    vocally weak (just listen to “the jungle” or “this world is mine”),
    musically weak (or is it music at all ??…… )
    poor sound production (sorry sohail, but i’v heard better)

    pros:
    excellent composition on “Back to Zion” (but again “zion” & “lion”..!!!!)
    very clever & interesting “Animal”…. almost perfect..!!
    A relatively better CD cover..

    overall:
    sometimes reminds you of “Orgy” or “Filter” …. can’t help it
    dont waste your time on this….. go listen to “Year Zero” by NIN or “Title Of The Record” by Filter instead…….. even better will be OST-Spawn…..

    verdict: **
    strictly over-rated
    (rating out of *****)

  3. April 12, 2007, 1:29 pm Realist

    I think the Indian Rock Scene has reached a stage where we just want to laud someone who has come out with a nationwide album – simply because no one seems to be doing it. Our stalwarts like Parikrama and Zero have fallen by the wayside and I think we’ve reached a stage that we would clap with glee even if Pentagram’s album was called, ‘Its OK, Its Overrated’.

    We just wanna Mosh, so what if the music is Hogwash.

    About the album, Have to agree with Mr. PMPO above me. Sound quality is average, And (with the exception of a couple), most of the ‘songs’ give you a splitting headache. Orgy or NIN do this much better and whether you like this music or not – they won’t leave you with a headache.

    Animals, Voice, and This is For my People have good hooks, and therefore you can get away with the weak lyrics. Everything else is jarring and insults the intelligence of the listener.

    Beatles songs had more chords, than words in Pentagram songs.

    ‘Bad Man’ – “take off your sunglasses X2, see the sun X10″, Now it could be argued that there are deep metaphors at play, but c’mon… Annoying, especially the intro.
    ‘Rude’ – “They say i’m rude”… Dont think i’ve heard more annoying lines in music ever. (except for Oh Mickey you are so fine, ur so fine you blow my mind)

    But enough of throwing mud. Voice is clearly meant to be Radio friendly, and is a great song at that. But Animal completely kicks ass. The intro is one the few which dont assault your ear drums, and 30 seconds into the song it completely takes you in. The head starts to rock by itself and you find yourself going ‘Whoa’.
    ‘This is for my people’ ain’t bad either.

    Overall, I’d say the album is not pointless. It points (and with some authority) towards a new musical direction, but it remains pretentious at best.

    ** out of *****.

    (ps. I didnt like zion at all)

  4. June 13, 2007, 8:41 am steve staples

    Well I just heard Voice for the first time and I absolutely love it. What is the big deal and where is the need to over analyze the music. It’s a fun song. I want to buy it but cannot find it anywhere on the internet to download or buy.

    Sorry you guys don’t really like it but so what. I like it. I am a musician and to me it is good stuff.

  5. June 22, 2007, 12:12 pm go(ld)phish

    Ah well, check out album review at firstcitydelhi.blogspot.com. Along with Randolph’s words to the wise about the album.

  6. June 27, 2007, 11:40 pm Anirudh

    I have no opinion on the album since the only song I’ve heard is Electric which was catchy but quite ordinary. But I am saddened by how carelessly this review has been written and the fact that Split, whose reviews were often insightful and at least reasonably written (unlike RSJ’s and Gigpad’s), published it.

  7. January 30, 2008, 6:38 am r

    and madman has no influential side from climbing on the walls ?

    “Is it the other way around” should be the album name everyone talks about voice … I think it is very sarcastical album .. simply portrays way the Indian scene is unable to appreciate it.

    I think pentagram has evolved in the right direction since 94 and mostly in their direction, which makes this album very personal… the problem is the scene has been stagnant.. there is no evolution cause there is always cycle of people who stay in the scene and then they move on and next bunch on people come in…. so thinking about past looking at the scene under a differently light I can see how comments above have been made… but not the defend this album… but seriously you guys need to take off your sunglasses

  8. April 20, 2008, 10:15 am Gurupanguji

    I guess I am late into the scene, however, I believe what really sets apart Pentagram is the unique tie-in of Indian melody in their songs. For e.g. Rude and Animal have that sharp “dappan kuthu” tie-ins and makes it really enjoyable for a quick-listen :-)!

  9. July 6, 2008, 10:21 pm Jared Creado

    *Pentagram’s new album doesn’t belong in India cause these useless headbanging wannabe losers can’t appreciate music.

    * I seriously think pentagram is the next best thing to Prodigy,Chemical Brothers,Skazi etc.

    *And quite frankly they hav done more than enough to show the world that there is a Rock scene happening in India & these metalheads are not even grateful for that!!

  10. March 20, 2009, 2:31 pm DEEPANKAR

    where can i find ur lyrics

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