Archive for November, 2010

Sunday November 14, 2010 20:42

The Thriller (Music review), Malayalam – Dharan

Priyankari has all of Dharan’s trademark tactics – a gorgeously foot-tapping rhythm and fabulous arrangements, lovely vocals (including Mamta Mohandas’) and a simple, lilting tune – instant win! Ormathan has faint shades of Vinnaithaandi’s Anbil Avan…just in the overall feel, but is still an engrossing listen! Dharan repurposes his Sivi chartbuster, Neruppum, as Mizhiyil – […]

NW1W. It does feel bad to be rude to debutants, par kya karen!

Shirish Kunder’s stagey title song is interestingly gimmicky – with Sonu Nigam’s impressive Dasavatharam-style multi-voice singing topping the list, while Sheila ki jawani is a zingy, rabble-rousing scorcher that is mainly Sunidhi’s show! The only thing differentiating the energetic, well-sung techno qawali Wallah re wallah from Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s repertoire is Shankar’s missing vocals…thankfully! Badey […]

Wednesday November 10, 2010 16:51

Nokia Ovi Music Shorties – shortchanging composers?

I noticed a news item about Nokia Ovi Music’s new ‘invention’ – 90 second version of songs! It is called ‘Shorties‘! When iTunes is considering increasing the preview duration from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, here we have Nokia Ovi selling edited, 90 second versions of longer songs! When I tweeted about it, many responses […]

Wednesday November 10, 2010 12:43

Aadukalam (Music review), Tamil – G V Prakash Kumar

SPB and son SPC breeze through the gorgeous Ayyayo that recycles Raja’s classic folk rhythm with a neat 2.0 touch. The composer reserves the best track for himself – Yaathe yaathe; a lively, joyous outburst of love! Velmurugan’s Otha sollaala is too familiar to other currently-in-vogue folk songs, but the ominous pathos in En vennilave […]

The title song is built like Eric Clapton’s beautiful ballad, Wonderful Tonight, but it is more in the feel/genre. The song on its own is amazing, with Aalaap Raju’s touching vocals and carefully assembled, enchanting arrangements. Naresh Iyer rocks through Thee illai, a song reminiscent of some random track from Minnale, but in slow motion, […]

Aasma girl Vasuda Sharma’s composing debut is not bad at all. In fact, she manages the lighter, fluffy stuff well, like in the catchy and pop’ish title song and Socha na tha, that oddly seems to promise a take-off, but, interestingly, never does! In Batiyan, she uses her vocals aptly for that lilting, albeit simplistic […]

Saturday November 6, 2010 19:05

Top recent listens (October 2010)

Marooned & Raindrops N Coffee – Rainchanted (Rahul Sharma) I’m ideally not a fan of solo santoor albums though I love the instrument’s sound. But Rahul Sharma’s brand of fusion where he integrates santoor with ambient sounds is thoroughly enjoyable. This entire album is one of the best instrumental odes to the rain and these […]

Ainvayi ainvayi cleverly avoids the Punju-dance template and carries funky arrangements that complement its tune. Baari barsi is not so clever and falls into the tame Punju-dance trap. With Benny and Salim’s vocals, and a captivating sound, Tarkeebein is the soundtrack’s highlight! Aadha ishq has a honey-coated hook, but is predominantly predictable, while Dum dum […]

Rahman’s three openers, The Canyon, Liberation Begins and Touch Of The Sun are situational, but what follows is sheer magic! Liberation In A Dream goes beyond its predecessor, while its successor, Liberation soars brilliantly; the kaleidoscope of sounds is enchanting. The splendid Acid Darbari is marred only by occasionally synthetically repetitive vocals, while R.I.P makes […]

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