Archive for June, 2010

Yuvan’s own vocals in Oh Shala is just what one expects from the composer – a soft, lilting tune, played with an interesting rhythm that vanishes selectively. Oru vaanavillin pakkathilae is a weak, trite tune and Udit’s Tamil mauling only makes it worse. Vijay Yesudas proves he’s the perfect choice for the deeply reflective lyrics […]

I have written about single songs rarely, but Ayyanar’s Paniye demands that honor. This is one song in recent times that I can truly call a homage to the Ilayaraja genre! And it is not by his sons, but by a rank outsider! To be fair, it starts a bit too mod for comfort and […]

Tuesday June 15, 2010 17:14

Splice (Movie review), Vincenzo Natali

As I finished watching Vincenzo Natali’s Splice, the only overwhelming thought in my mind was, ‘Why?’. As in, ‘Why would Guillermo del Toro back this film?’. del Toro is the ONLY reason I even saw this film. Um, sorry, there was another thought too. That this film was almost entirely conceived only because much of […]

Tuesday June 15, 2010 10:07

Rajneeti (Movie review), Prakash Jha

Rajneeti is one of the few movies that I recall getting almost all round positive reviews and that was one of the reasons why I chose to see it too. The film is racy and riveting for most parts and Prakash Jha does a good job in converting the Mahabharat thread into contemporary Indian politics […]

Monday June 14, 2010 17:21

Ayyanar (Music review), Tamil – Thaman S

Kuthu kuthu bravely reinvents the often abused kuthu genre – no, not with that staid, but pulsating, non-stop rhythm – but with a tune that traverses in many interesting ways, supported ably by the 3 singers. Paniye is no doubt impeccably arranged, but it drops its bland opening tune only as it progresses into the […]

The Tanglish lyrics of Oo lalali is a problem, but one cannot blame Thaman alone for it; the composer has delivered and how! Suchitra’s inimitable voice seldom goes wrong for such songs; essentially a lovely melody with marvelous arrangements. Ujaini’s Saturday girlodu too has silly lyrics, but as a tune it is very catchy, even […]

Saturday June 12, 2010 12:07

Lamhaa (Music review), Hindi – Mithoon

Madno is archetypal Mithoon – Kshitij and Chinmayi infuse life into the predictably soulful tune, while Mika is an unlikely choice for the other version, Saajnaa; he does sound good! Salaam Zindagi sounds, at best, like a leftover Rahman tune, while Mithoon gets it wonderfully right with Main kaun hoon – fabulous lyrics by Amitabh […]

Friday June 11, 2010 17:26

Top recent listens (May 2010)

Pappu Hippo & Mellaga – Pappu (Telugu – Phani Kalyan) Rahman’s musical school student Phani Kalyan makes a confident debut in Pappu. The choice of Srinivas in the mello Mellaga is perfect, while even the mildly unkempt vocals by Radhika sounds brilliantly apt in Pappu Hippo. Bibi sanam jaanem – Coke Studio Season 3 (Pakistani […]

Friday June 11, 2010 09:31

Random observations from a TamBrahm wedding

The following is a compilation of some of my tweets during my recent trip to Chennai for a wedding…a TamBrahm wedding. They have been selected from many more tweets that I tweeted from my other ID – @beastoftraal. Warning: Some/many of the words/phrases can be comprehended only if you’re clued in to TamBrahm culture – […]

Kuch to baaki hai, apparently, has Himesh’s pre-contortion vocals, which was mildly more tolerable – this is a fairly enjoyable tune! The title song is entirely stale and outdated, while Tum chain ho seems like a reworking of some classic number and is saved only due to Sonu’s heartfelt singing; Vineet Singh’s unplugged version sounds […]

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