Archive for October, 2009

Beyond the cool and impressive soundscape, Money money is predominantly drab while Bhagyaraj’s own raunchy mess of a song, Naan aalaana thaamara gets a pointlessly bizarre remix. Yuvan’s surprise vocals, along with Chinmayi, is the clear highlight of the Yuvan’isn melody, Poove poove; its remix packs in better oomph, incidentally! Gundu chattikulle’s only redeeming point […]

Ankur’s own Let’s Enjoy track by Mohit Chauhan, Sabse peeche, makes a lovely comeback with Kunal Ganjawala’s vocals – light, breezy and hummable number. Much like Ankur’s collaboration with Mikey McCleary, Tum mere ho – retro-styled and very dreamy, going with the film’s premise. The duo’s other track, Sab yahaan hai, while being adequately playful, […]

Monday October 26, 2009 15:36

Music review: Appavi (Tamil – Joshua Sridhar)

Vaada vinmele is just the kind of brisk, rabble-rousing intro song any young Tamil hero would want – catchy to the hilt, particularly that ‘Netru enbadhoru’ phrase. The composer promptly falters with a rather sedentary Eechalakka and a noisy Edu edu vaalai. Some semblance of music returns with Krish’s Yaaro, with generous traces of Joshua’s […]

Sunday October 25, 2009 08:38

The four constituents in music

I was watching the Maniratnam produced Tamil film, Dasaradhan, yesterday. It had music by violin maestro L Vaidyanathan, who has composed music for a few earlier films like Ezhavadhu Manidhan (Tamil). The background music and the songs in Dasaradhan were extremely embarrassing, to say the least. It had me thinking on the relative positions of […]

Saturday October 24, 2009 16:16

Music review: Mathiya Chennai (Tamil – Ilayaraja)

If any other composer did so many insignificant, commercially unsuccessful films in any language, his career would have died a natural death, by now. But Raja, prods on, thanks to his illustrious past. Tune-wise, the street-smart catchiness of Sullikuppam, naughty, almost rowdy’ish outlook of Ilavayasu and the ambient, harmonious melodies in Unnai patri and Un […]

Thursday October 22, 2009 21:57

Music awareness

I still remember this instance vividly. It was during the times of ‘The World This Week’. The program, on Doordarshan, used to be my window to international news, with the occasional music and movie related news towards the end. Flying Machine (the clothing brand) ran a contest, in the program, once. It asked viewers to […]

Wednesday October 14, 2009 10:53

What’s your Rahman Realization Point?

The 2 composers about whom I’ve gushed generously in this blog are Ilayaraja and A R Rahman. I still find my life’s choicest moments unfolding within my brain whenever I see Ilayaraja. With Rahman, its a bit different – its perhaps sheer admiration for the way he has changed film music in the country. But, […]

Tuesday October 13, 2009 22:26

Music review: Kurbaan (Hindi – Salim-Sulaiman)

Shukran Allah is predictably and genuinely pleasing, particularly, the prominent title phrase rings long after the song is over. Sukhwinder and Kailash Kher have a really harmonious session in Dua, while Salim excels in the Ali maula, a phrase that has been over-used, but transforms into a haunting track here. Shruti Pathak’s Rasiya is breathtakingly […]

Doobu daba starts interestingly but gets into a rather silly medley mode and loses track completely. Nee yennai ninaithai is generously inspired by Harris Jeyaraj’s style and the debutant composer does a good job, with interesting add-ons in the guitar-loaded arrangements, while Shankar Mahadevan’s stage-rock Kanaakkalin is an experiment that works pretty well! Yennavo siathai […]

Monday October 12, 2009 21:53

Music review: Jayeebhava (Telugu – Thaman S)

Kanti chooputho, beyond its middling tune has something appealing – the chant-like phrase is quite repetitive of 80s Ilayaraja and helps this track considerably. Okkasari wins round one for the voices chosen – Karthik and Shreya Ghoshal. Round two is a semi victory – a reasonably likeable and catchy tune. Telupu rang’s techno sound morphing […]

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