Archive for February, 2007

Wednesday February 28, 2007 14:06

Shaka Laka Boom Boom (Hindi – Himesh Reshammiyya)

I’ve never been in such a desperate need for adjectives. Himesh Reshammiyya’s latest is so atrociously and consistently bad that I don’t want to waste perfectly valid alternate words that mean monotonous, predictable or even childish….should be useful for Himesh’s next! Except Rukhsat and Issi ummeed pe, thanks largely to Shaan’s vocals, the rest is […]

Tuesday February 27, 2007 18:48

Kaadhal Valarthen (Tamil – Srinivas)

Are you ready is reasonably catchy – both versions. With a pace reminiscent of Malaysian Tamil pop, Gala gala has Poorani doing a Anuradha Sriram, à la Gemini. Agosh’s Gopal Rao resurfaces along with Suchitra in the buoyant Mutham that has Srinivas’ trademark vocal harmonies. Ni sa has traces of the Bru advert, but is […]

The free flowing Naana resonates eerily with imaginative orchestration even as it ultimately lapses into a predictable rhythm pattern. Aandipatti’s initial fervor is unfortunately not carried throughout the song but Ingivalai is consistently melodic with excellent vocals and canorous interludes. The composer pulls off his vocals again in style, for Indiya idhu, which mixes mod […]

Saturday February 24, 2007 10:11

Chennai 600028 (Tamil – Yuvan Shankar Raja)

This could have been Beverly Hills 90210, but for Tamil lyrics. Even that sounds like Inglipees in this soundtrack that clearly has an overdose of Yuvan’s fetish for R&B/ hip-hop. Un paarvai & the two versions of Yaaro thankfully brings the Yuvan we have come to love, while Jalsa passes muster as the modern-day version […]

Friday February 23, 2007 18:32

Hattrick (Hindi – Pritam)

Ek pal is a zingy track in true style Pritam style, but that na-na hook has a strong heard-before feel. Rajesh Roshan’s Jab chaye gets a groovy reworking while Labh Jajua’s Rabba khair rocks with punchy rhythms. Usha Uthup’s calypso track Wicket bacha is predictable, but makes up by enthusiastically rooting for India. Kahan kho […]

Monday February 19, 2007 11:04

Deepavali (Movie – Ezhil)

Director Ezhil takes the crux of Peter Segal’s 50 First Dates (2004), irons out the implausibility (everyday vs three years!) and dishes out an entertaining masala. Ravi and Bhavana are totally believable, while Yuvan’s tunes pitch in well too, though the background music hams. The only grouse is that Ezhil sticks to a conventional hero-worshipping […]

Friday February 16, 2007 19:06

Ekalavya (Hindi – Shantanu Moitra)

There’s still hope! Close on the heels of Ram Gopal Varma getting on our collective nerves by giving us a so-called soundtrack for Nishabd, with 2 original tracks and a plethora of terribly annoying older tracks from a host of movies, here’s a genuine soundtrack! The main theme, love theme and the Gayatri Mantra theme […]

Thursday February 15, 2007 19:58

Ninaithaale (Tamil – Vijay Antony)

Despite those juvenile lyrics, there’s something strangely catchy about Dingi dingi that you start humming it, right after it ends! Ilayaraja A R Rahman, is a gimmick lyrics-wise, but falls flat since the tune is pedestrian. The traditional Kaakkai siraginiley & Aanandham are treated with adequate respect, while Konji konji and Naandhaana’s simple, hummable tunes […]

Thursday February 8, 2007 14:26

Nishabd (Hindi – Assorted)

Its the same story with Amar Mohile, who composes the only annoying, fresh track (confusing huh? Its fresh as in ‘an original track’ and its annoying!) Take lite, which, even otherwise I’m going to take very litely. Vishal’s Rozana, on the other hand, is as solid as we heard it in the barrage of promos […]

Wednesday February 7, 2007 13:05

Anumaanaspadam (Telugu – Ilayaraja)

Mayanginen’s 2007 version, Pratidinam, Kajuraho kanavilor redux Kuyilalo and that impeccable Hamsanandhi (raagam) in Mallelo (smacks of Raathiriyil Poothirukkum) are what a jaded Raja fan longs for. Ninnu vethiki and Rela rela have everything one expects from Raja – vintage interludes and the bridges before the interlude begins! Sonu Nigam’s husky intones light up Raa […]

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