Archive for December, 2009

Tuesday December 29, 2009 18:21

Music review: Rann (Hindi – Assorted composers)

Jayesh Gandhi’s Remote ko baahar is plain ridiculous. Sanjeev Kohli’s thematic Rann hai is best suited as background material, while the two obviously catchy tracks – Amar Mohile’s Mera Bharat Mahaan and Imran-Vikram’s Gali gali mein – are utterly predictable. The rest – Besharam, Kaanch ke jaise and Sikkon ki bhook – are completely pointless. […]

Tuesday December 29, 2009 15:29

Music review: Katradhu Kalavu (Tamil – Paul J)

Azhagaana ponnuthaan‘s remix rides solely on the original’s strength as a hyper-catchy track, while the predominantly rap-loaded title song is a curiously likeable track – Dinesh Kanagaratnam impresses even with his lesser role compared to Blaaze! Indha vaanam is an extremely interesting composition, juxtaposing a slow’ish, pleasant melody and an energetic anupallavi; Hariharan and Anuradha […]

Monday December 28, 2009 22:08

The decade definers!

As we near the end of another decade, more than listing the top XX songs/ soundtracks/ films of the decade, I’d like to highlight 2 relatively unsung things that have enabled ground-breaking changes in the way we perceive entertainment – the file formats (and the technologies behind) MP3 and Xvid. Despite Apple’s iconic iPod and […]

Vellaikari nee plays out straight and flat, much like a staid old 90s pop track with the rhythms overtly laid out for Lawrence’s steps, while the composer manages an expansively showy jazz in Nenjam nenjam! Ilanthamizha and Raja singam are mere mélange of sounds that don’t rise above the noisy mess anywhere. Kanna nee ennai […]

Saturday December 26, 2009 21:10

Movie review: The Box (Richard Kelly)

The Box is unquestionably one of the best films I’ve seen in 2009 – we still have 4 days left this year, but I’ve decided. Already. If the thought of Heath ‘The Joker’ Ledger’s pulsating variant of Milgram’s experiment was exciting, The Box’s more intelligent, moral variant is intriguing. And absorbing. No, I’m not a fan […]

Shankar Mahadevan’s vocal-chord piercing Esshk esshk kaadhal is a pulsating track indeed, with a mature blend between the Latino-tinge and classical styles. Enthanaalum winnerthaan is sadly merely guitar-overdose, with a sorry tune, while Ekka chakkam ekka chakkam, despite Suchitra’s come-hither vocals, is plain dumb. Kadavule un kovilil goes overboard too, with the Latino feel and […]

Saturday December 26, 2009 18:29

Music review: Tamizh Padam (Tamil – Kannan)

Pacha manja has scathingly funny lyrics, musically packaged in a manner that would warm the cockles of any wannabe-Tamil superstar. O maha zeeya is constructed beautifully with the gibberish we’re used to listening from Tamil songs in recent times. Kuthu vilakku is pedestrian as a tune, but the spoofy tone continues with an otherwise kudumba […]

Friday December 25, 2009 17:34

Movie review: Avatar (James Cameron)

Very few films are worth complete suspension of disbelief – Avatar surely is one. It is beyond any point to discuss Avatar’s seemingly simplistic storyline or its alleged resemblance to myriad other films like The Last Samurai. Nor is the allusions to American invasions down history, the endangering of planet Earth etc. To reiterate, that […]

Wednesday December 23, 2009 21:44

Music review: Kutty (Tamil – Devi Sri Prasad)

The problem with Devi Sri Prasad’s music, usually, is that the rhythms are recycled beyond imagination – Lifeey jaali thaan is a great example; staid backgrounds and a childish tune. Even Feel my love is no different – template rhythm and a tune that just takes its own course, but while Mukesh’s Nee kaadhalikkum ponnu, […]

Saturday December 19, 2009 13:31

Milliblog Annual Music Round-up 2009

Here it is, finally! There are still some interesting soundtracks expected (particularly in Tamil – like A R Rahman’s Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya and Yuvan Shankar Raja’s Goa), but it’d be unfair to wait for them and decide on them in such limited time given that we have just 2 weeks more in 2009! 2009, in my […]

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