Archive for March, 2008

Sunday March 30, 2008 16:25

SMS (Malayalam – Ilayaraja)

Kadapurathoru sounds rhythmically good, but is terribly predictable – everything after the first line is so obvious – worse, the anupallavi is teeming with that damn synth. Marachonnu is embarrassing, that aanum-pennum chorus is cringe-worthy. Ponathevide, thankfully, is rendered by Raja himself and that makes all the difference. Shuba niyogamalle is the pick of the […]

Kastoori pottum has everything you expect out of a Raja song, Vijay Yesudas’ vocals moving through every direction the composer has conjured up in the tune…heck it even has a come-sing-along-with-me cue and a kid joins in chorus. Sreekumar’s Kando kando is yet another example – a combination of 80s Raja’s tune and the 90s […]

Sunday March 30, 2008 11:57

Top 10 recent picks (March, 2008)

Zara si & Haan tu hai – Jannat (Pritam, Hindi) Jannat is one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in recent times. And it’s pretty difficult for me to pick tracks out of it. I love all the four main tracks barring Jannat jahan, which has refused to grow on me. While Door na jaa […]

Saturday March 29, 2008 10:44

Tashan (Hindi – Vishal Shekhar)

The first thing that stands out in this Hinterland-punk is Vishal Shekhar’s sound. The powerful vocal effects in Dil haara’s prelude; pulsating – albeit routine – backgrounds in Chhaliya; vibrant arrangements of Dil dance maare and the funky fusion of Tashan mein…it’s a mesmerizing range. Sukhwinder and Sunidhi’s renditions enormously help the larger-than-life Dil haara […]

Tuesday March 25, 2008 16:09

Aramane (Kannada – Gurukiran)

The sufi mix in Kolle is not bad at all – Guru carries the song well on his vocals, while Nanagu is a standard melody, heavily dependent on Kunal’s voice. Nagu nagu has a nursery rhyme-like structure and is easy on the ears – Rajesh Krishnan working his vocal magic on the track with Ganesh […]

Adada is pedestrian. Ditto for America endralum – painfully banal, while Kaadhalukku, while being somewhat rhythmic, is again rather mundane. Senthamizh pesum is appallingly silly – in the name of coolness all we get is utter nonsense. Thankfully, Devi’s melodic streak gets the better of him in Uyire uyire – Sagar carrying this simple, mellow […]

Sunday March 23, 2008 10:49

Meri Kahani (Atif Aslam)

Meri kahani is lively, lilting with clichéd lyrics, while Kinara works with better, existential lyrics. The album’s picks include Humrahi, for its Bengali-inspired 70s Hindi song sound; Rabba sacheya, for Atif’s fantastic singing and an alluring blend of folk and rock; Joug, for its inebriated, moody disposition; Kaun tha, the soft duet with SKJ, Mai […]

Friday March 21, 2008 09:58

Mulla (Malayalam – Vidyasagar)

Rimi Tomy’s sparkling vocals add immense value to the traditional Murugan song, Aarumugan munnil, while Ee raavil is a delightful potpourri of a weird prelude, techno backgrounds and a hint of Nordic/ Scandinavian folk! Kanalugal is comparatively routine, though very pleasant, but Kannin vaadhil is a scintillating 80s Ilayaraja-styled lullaby with nuanced mod additions – […]

Friday March 21, 2008 09:57

Raghu Dixit (Raghu Dixit)

It’s a curious blend of Colonial Cousins, Euphoria and Rabbi – predominantly folk and very rock’ish. The best tracks are in Kannada – Shishunala’s Gudugudiya and the bluesy Sorutihudu, the tuneful former is my personal fave! The folk-reggae combo works great in Hey bhagwan while the very-Euphoria’ish Mysore se has an earnest, earthy charm. No […]

Wednesday March 19, 2008 20:57

Journey (Indipop – Fuzon)

Fuzon’s sound has become more like an Indipop group than a Pakistani group, in Journey. The mellow Abhi hum and Tu kahan, the ballad’ish Jo dil ne, the semi-classical styled Suna suna and the stunningly beautiful Neend na aaye impress the most. These tracks are easy on the ears with simple, recall-worthy tunes. Dholna too […]

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