Archive for October, 2008

Friday October 24, 2008 12:25

Music review: Laadam (Tamil – Dharan)

Siru thodudhalile is pure, Dharan-style, free flowing goodness – a lovely melody with an unconventional structure and splendid vocals by Bombay Jayashree and Haricharan. Suchitra’s Atlantic oceanukku has absurd Tanglish, but the techno tune is neat. Gangster is hardcore, full-on rap and hip-hop with interesting interference in local Tamil – a bit too alien in […]

The trio, Kailash Kher, Naresh and Paresh Kamath score just three tracks in Dasvidaniya – but the songs resonate with such incredible imagination and variety that a mere 3-song soundtrack sounds abrupt and unfair! Mumma, sung extremely appropriately by Kailash Kher himself, has resonant lyrics eulogizing a mother, in a captivatingly simple tune. Alvida has […]

The passable title song is reminiscent of the director’s earlier, Chak de phattey, not in its tune, but in its relentless dependence on the hook. Jugni, by Des Raj Lachkani and party starts off predictably but Sneha’s orchestration is mighty funky, much like Master Mahaveer Chopra’s Tu raja ki that shines with cool reggae backgrounds. […]

With a breezy, instantly engaging tune, Kallil aadum is a complete winner – Benny and Shwetha sound awesome. Megam pola’s gloomy outlook is new to Tamil films, but within the Rahman school of music – Shankar Mahadevan’s outstanding rendition adds strength to this evocative number. Kanaa kaangiren is nothing short of an achievement – a […]

Nalandhaana’s kuthu-style retuned, bawdily rewritten version is just incredibly atrocious – Simbu’s vocals adding considerably to the annoyance. But, despite Ilayaraja’s strained singing, Machan machan is endearing in its simple melody, trendy backgrounds and that surprisingly free-flowing pallavi. Vechukkava nejukulla’s pointless remix stays true to the original’s raucous appeal with very limited innovation to distinguish […]

Monday October 20, 2008 09:30

Interview: Michael Cretu, Enigma

Abridged version of this interview was first published in Bangalore Mirror (October 18, 2008) The Romanian musician, best known as the creator of the Enigma project, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Karthik S speaks to the mysterious artist about his musical preferences and his just-launched seventh studio album, Seven Lives Many Faces. […]

Monday October 20, 2008 09:29

Music review: Seven Lives Many Faces (Enigma)

Seven lives is perhaps the most notable track in Enigma’s 7th album – a turntable scratching, hip-hop-laden track that is a welcome departure from their regular sound. Sebastian and Nikita Cretu, featured in the drum-ridden Same parents; the violin-bass-guitar combo of Touchness; Margarita Roig’s powerful, but unfathomable vocals in La puerta del cielo and Between […]

Thursday October 16, 2008 08:39

Music review: Yuvvraaj (Hindi – A R Rahman)

Benny’s fabulous in the pensive melody, Tu meri dost; the contoured tune and nuanced orchestration works well. Beyond the instantly catchy facade, Shano is simplistically pop, while the lilting Tu muskura has wonderful vocals from Alka, and particularly Javed Ali. Mastam is at best a non-starter medley even as Zindagi, the Srinivas-solo, takes off from […]

Sunday October 12, 2008 20:31

Music review: A Aa E Ee (Tamil – Vijay Antony)

Echoing Thozhiya from Kaadhalil Vizhundhen, the pleasant title song is impressive and sing-along’ish while Natta nadu is a trademark Vijay Antony number – interesting thavil-based backgrounds, simple tune and good vocals. Kanni vedi is passable, with some groovy orchestration while the funnily titled Dingi tappu is plain annoying. Tappo tappo has some atrocious Tamil pronunciation […]

Veerudena has Shreya sounding like a diva, given the scope of this western-tinged melody while in Adigadigo, besides Karthik’s awesome vocals, Manikanth’s backgrounds strikingly soar midway to a grand scale. Maamidi kommaki has an absorbing Andhra folk tune spoilt only by the jarring backgrounds, but the raucous Chindesi chinna pedda is unabashedly massy and thoroughly […]

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