Archive for November, 2009

Sunday November 29, 2009 21:13

Music review: Suryakaanti (Kannada – Ilayaraja)

Chan chanare is embarassingly pedestrian – haven’t we heard these tunes already in the 90s more than adequately? Swalpa soundu too is in similar territory, barring the spunk in the arrangements that Raja smartly conjures up. But, Jaikara haakkona nails that 90s feeling beyond description – it is so incredibly dated! Edeya baagilu and Mauni […]

Sunday November 29, 2009 10:46

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Monday November 23, 2009 18:36

Music review: Leader (Telugu – Mickey J Meyer)

Maa Telugu talliki scores big time with its atmospherically inspiring orchestration, even as it expertly intersperses Sri Tanguturi Surya Kumari’s ubiquitous and evergreen original brilliantly! Despite the predictably familiar rhythm, Aunana kaadana is pleasant and serene – Naresh Iyer and Shweta Pandit rendering their lines really well. Nakash Aziz, sounding a bit like Rahman, is […]

Yuvan tries his Sandakozhi-sound again in Adada mazhaida, besides inserting his favorite folk bit he has already overused in Where is the party – unnecessarily. Despite the punchy rhythm, Suthudhe’s tune is a complete letdown, but Poongatre works pretty well, with a catchy tune reminiscent of Jeniffer Lopez’s Waiting for tonight. The composer truly scores […]

Yenu helabeku is constructed like a Hindi song, and Sonu makes it work quite well. However, Sonu’s best in the soundtrack is Nee sanihake bandare; mildly reminiscent of Rahman’s Tu hi meri dost, but Harikrishna builds on the simple, endearing tune well. The title song passes muster, as does Yaara ninna mummy, overdosing on a […]

Saturday November 21, 2009 11:56

Music review: Kandha Kottai (Tamil – Dhina)

Dishyum didhyum is annoyingly silly at many levels – lyrics, tune and some made-up attitude. Nagulan, the film’s hero surprises with his fantastic rendition of a Bharadwaj-styled melody in Eppadi ennul kaadhal vandhadhu. Kaadhal paambu is humdrum, with all elements working towards making a song that is completely predictable. Tippu should refuse to sing songs […]

Tring tring is a stale carry-over from Vijay Antony’s earlier body of work – cringe-worthy and nursery rhyme like! Indha kaadhal has a fairly likeable melody, wrapped in ambient orchestration very reminiscent of early Rahman, but the predominant rhythm of Suthugira bhoomi is musty stock recycled and it manages to spoil even the decent folk’ish […]

Wednesday November 18, 2009 18:48

Music review: Gokula (Kannada – Mano Murthy)

Karthik and Ritisha’s techno-dance track Maja maadoke and Baruve odi odi offer a pretty neat start to the soundtrack – Mano’s arrangements and the catchy tunes are groovy enough to warrant tapping your feet. Sonu’s soulful cry in Neene helu nannadaavudu is strictly average while One by two jeevana is perfectly attitude-tuned; Tippu doing his […]

Sunday November 15, 2009 16:36

Music review: Saleem (Telugu – Sandeep Chowta)

Mama mia holds groovy hip-hop appeal, while O baby baby falls more in the Harris Jeyaraj-style, with some exotic orchestration thrown in. The Madonna’ish I wanna talk to you works for Neekita Nigam’s husky vocals, even as Kalti kalti’s curious mish-mash of interesting sounds don’t add up to anything. Lite le lo’s instantly catchy rhythm […]

Saturday November 14, 2009 21:00

Music review: Paa (Hindi – Ilayaraja)

Mudhi mudhi (and Udhi udhi) is one of the trendiest songs of the year; zingy, superbly sung by Shilpa Rao and exceptionally orchestrated! Gumm summ, after its various versions – one in Hindi itself (Aur ek prem kahani’s Sunday ko), still sounds as lilting as the original, Olangal’s Thumbi vaa. Hichki is muddled, at best, […]

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