Archive for April, 2007

Saturday April 14, 2007 10:42

Ajantha (Tamil – Ilayaraja)

Does Ilayaraja use a calendar to track existential things like dates/ year? With an overwhelming dose of déjà vu across this soundtrack, it seems to me that he hasn’t crossed the two decades that the rest of world has. Strangely, that’s what holds this soundtrack! Barring Yaarum and Yaarkku yaar the rest of the tunes […]

Wednesday April 11, 2007 21:23

Karen David and the Rahman connection

Karen David’s MySpace page samples 4 tracks – Shillong Shillong, Alive, Carry me home and Save you. According to a fan in the AR Rahman fans YahooGroup, the first three are composed by Rahman! The four have found their way to many sites in the name of Provoked OST! As for the songs, Shillong has […]

Wednesday April 11, 2007 20:31

Good Boy Bad Boy (Hindi – Himesh Reshammiya)

What’s that strange noise? Must be Himesh’s tune bank barrel being scraped in the bottom! The very same hooks, the same highly predictable orchestration, the same ‘ol Himesh vocals – this is pits, really. Meri awargi even gives us a glimpse of Zara jhoom before it branches off tangent. But, as with everything in life […]

Wednesday April 11, 2007 06:05

Naan Avan Illai (Tamil – Vijay Antony)

Then kudicha and Macha kanni are childish and lame in every way. After a spirited start, Kakka kaaka goes completely haywire despite some groovy orchestration. Radha kaadhal is at best a hurried mish mash. En enakku and Nee kavidhai pretty much save the soundtrack from total mediocrity. Both are eminently hummable and very well strung […]

Sunday April 8, 2007 18:59

Mozhi (Tamil film, Dir: Radhamohan)

Mozhi is truly an achievement, for Director Radhamohan. Azhagiya Theeye is definitely not a flash in the pan. There are so many minute flourishes in Mozhi that you wonder if the director was on a roll coming up with all of them at one go – it sure is a creative marathon! Prithviraj seems like […]

Bombay Jayashree’s vocals and Dhina’s minimally inventive orchestration captivates in Uppu kallu. Sangan vaithu takes off from a really popular villu paattu and branches into a trendy rehash. Is Kaadhal enbadhu accomplished classical singer OS Arun’s film debut? I don’t know, but this commonplace pathos track is perhaps not the best way to debut. Oorellaam […]

One of Kannada’s top composers, Gurukiran, enters the Tamil scene in Parattai engira azhagu sundaram, though he has perhaps been forced to reuse the same six tunes as the film’s very successful Kannada original, Jogi. Engeda azhagundhan and Chikku bukku railu are reasonably enjoyable but abound with jarring and meaningless lyrics. SPB’s Aarupadai veedu is […]

Sunday April 8, 2007 08:01

Raqeeb (Hindi – Pritam)

KK pulls off a superbly orchestrated – with amazing pauses – Jaane kaise in an uncharacteristic low pitch while Gayatri Ganjawala has been assigned a very trendy and more than adequately improvised rip-off* of Pashto singer Rahim Shah’s song of the same name, in Channa ve channa. Dushmana’s racy sound camouflages a rather predictable tune […]

Friday April 6, 2007 22:37

Syllable-abuse in southern film music

Former Outlook journalist Krishna Prasad’s rant about Kannada composers using non-Kannada singers seems justified, but as a Tamilian, I’ve been through this phase and somehow managed to extricate myself out of Udit Narayan’s Tamil syllable-abuse. To be fair, Sonu and Sadhna have genuinely improved recently. However, attributing this trend to a possible lack of self-esteem […]

Friday April 6, 2007 22:31

Muchacha Latina (Remo Fernandes)

Muchacha Latina is almost a conventional, catchy Santana song except for inane Hindi lyrics. The cult pub fave Flute Song gets a kick-in-the-butt makeover in Flute Kick Remix, but the techno rhythms just doesn’t fit. Music teacher and Aayiye are noisy and very 90s. Remo shouts his way through Mumbai city and Shambo, but he’s […]

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