Archive for October, 2009

Harish Raghavendra sounds his usual, predictable best in Mazhai peyyum – the tune is goes through routine melodic motions with not much innovation. Shreya Ghoshal’s Kandaen kanmaniye and its male variant, Vaazhkai yaaridam, by Vijay Yesudas, are sorry tunes – both in terms of their feel and quality. Bombay (Is MNS reading this?) Jayashree’s Vizhigalile […]

Main tera dhadkan is noise aggravation; Hard Kaur’s Follow me, even more so! The noise quotient carries through to Oh by God and Prem ki naiyya too – pointlessly loaded with predictable sounds. Atif’s solo Tu jaane na is oddly underwhelming – the bhajan-like ballad just doesn’t work, even in its other two ambitious versions! […]

Thursday October 8, 2009 21:04

Music review: Fitoor (Indipop – Mohit Chauhan)

With an extremely familiar, but not specifically pinpointable guitar strum – beyond conjuring Dire Straits – the title song, composed by Mohit and Rocky, makes for a rather familiar and friendly listen; simple and extremely hummable. Challeya, Babji, Main hoon badal and Jeene de too carry this nice blend, with a similar guitar base, with […]

Tuesday October 6, 2009 21:45

Music review: Banni (Kannada – Leo)

Roping in classical singer Sangeetha Katti for four short, folk’ish tracks – Panchami habba, Pori ninna, Sampige teniyanta and Tavaroora mane – works beautifully! Tatti tatti’s tune and backgrounds have a unique Ilayaraja flavor to it, while C Ashwath’s rustic vocals add charm to the earthy tune of Banni haadi. Ashwath’s vocals also help the […]

The spoofy Baa bega manmohana merely passes muster, but the sweeping orchestration and tune of Bandaano bandaa is definitely interesting barring the overt reference to Ismail Darbar’s style. Karthik excels in the Hindustani-tinged melody Kanasidu alla, while Rajesh Krishnan and Supriya relish singing for Yaar yaarigu which has distinctly Ilayaraja’ish rhythms. Antaadaru baa’s experimental tune […]

Raising rainbow hardly sounds like Sax (as credited) and has a stark Chinese folk feel to it. Malebille instrumental theme, however, has brilliant sax by Kadri, with excellent background arrangements. With its commercial hip-hop’ish sound, Raghu Dixit’s Sidukabyada panders to the more massy sound, but the composer hits the bulls-eye in the two melodies, Naanu […]

Tuesday October 6, 2009 21:35

Music review: Zamana (Kannada – Karthik Raja)

Happy birthday is a lame reworking of the composer’s Tamil music, while Bandhu bandhu is no better, with its standard kuthu track template. Kunal Ganjawala and Rita’s Mandhumagale showcases Karthik Raja’s composing skills noticeably better – the complex and catchy tune compensates for the lackluster backgrounds. Tanmaya naanu has an old worldly charm in its […]

40+ years after Sadhana lost her jhumka, Sonu Kakkar asserts that there’s more to lose in Bareily ke bazaar, in coarse, item-number style, adding infamy to the much-maligned town. Shamir Tandon’s other contribution, the new-age ‘Ae maalik’ works to some extent, except for rudely bothering the vocal chords of an 80 year old lady. Sharib-Toshi […]

Vaanam pudhidhu has the hallmark of a Vidyasagar melody – from the fabulous vocals to the minimal, nuanced orchestration. Sujatha’s Kaadhal pookkum goes one up on the melody scale, sounding almost like a Ilayaraja number with extra oomph. Kulukki breathlessly races past the attention span, while Kuthu paattu is sans any kuthu. Beyond its Latino […]

Friday October 2, 2009 13:21

Top recent listens! (September 2009)

Kunnathe konnakyum: Pazhassi Raja (Malayalam OST), Ilayaraja Ilayaraja’s score for Pazhassi Raja is stringly reminiscent of his soundtrack for Priyadarshan’s Kaalapani – the canvas is huge and the score is removed from unnecessary modernity, sticking true to the theme and feel. This song by Chithra starts off in a manner that any fan of Raja […]

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