Sunday January 9, 2011

Top recent listens (December 2010)

Posted by Karthik

Nooru nooru koti, Minchinante, Yelavo dhoortha & Jagave banna banna – Kote (Kannada – Raghu Dixit)
A recent soundtrack that is on nonstop loop in my car! Nooru nooru has a particularly incredible 3rd line that has me singing along everytime…lovely turn, that! Even the otherwise standard kuthu, Jagave banna banna is the kind of song that will make you move your feet or roll your tongue as you extend it out of your mouth 🙂

Muthangal koduthu – Eppadi Manasukkul Vanthai (Tamil – A J Daniel)
Bombay Jayashree almost single handedly holds this song together that smacks of more Harris Jayaraj influence as if the man himself isn’t repeating his style!

Charha de rang – Yamla Pagla Deewana (Hindi – Nouman Javaid)
As much as I love the promos of the film, I was disappointed with the soundtrack. It does not have a consistent feel, but this song does stand out. I only wish this film is as god as the promos, like Dabangg.

Bhooli bisri chand ummeedein – Timeless Classics Ghazals By Srinivas (Srinivas)
Now there are two schools of liking ghazals – one, the classical ghazal that focused more on lyrics and singing style and two, the newer vareity that also focuses on a pristine voice, as against the delectably quivering vocals of yore. Hariharan is my personal favorite in the latter, but Srinivas’ new album is a good deal too! Bhooli bisri’s new version is a clear highlight!

Thinkal tholatho – Orange (Malayalam – Manikanth Kadri)
The best song from this soundtrack, IMO. Karthik is in fabulous form and the tune soars amazingly too! Must listen!

Gadi thalupulu – Mirapakay (Telugu – Thaman S)
The Thaman sound is intact and this song has something slightly more. May be the vocals, or it could be the unusual tune…makes for great listening, everytime!

Thennal chirakundo – Payyans (Malayalam – Alphonse)
A stunningly lovely song…the arrangements, vocals and that soft lilting rhythm…everything works perfectly in this song composed by Alphonse!

Yaaradhu – Kaavalan (Tamil – Vidyasagar)
I loved this song because it reminded me of Unnal Mudiyum Thambi’s ‘Idhazhil kadhai yezhudhum’. Am I wrong in assuming it is based on Lalitha raag?

Shab ko roz – Tera Kya Hoga Johny (Hindi – Pankaj Awasthi)
My favourite from the largely underwhelming soundtrack. Pankaj Awasthi’s vocals go very well with this song and his ominous arrangements are appropriate.

Oru paarvai & Narmada – Kandaen (Tamil – Vijay Ebenezer)
One of the best recent Tamil soundtracks, despite the heavy-duty Harris Jayaraj influence. Narmada is my personal favorite – Suchitra’s vocals have been used beautifully!

Kaare kaare badra – Mirch (Hindi – Monty Sharma)
Monty is one bizarre composer. He started off with a bang, at least publicity-wise with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and goes on to give little known gems in little known films. First, ‘Meri aashaaon ko’ from Right Yaa Wrong and now this song from Mirch!

Imai thoodhane & Thozha vaanam dhooram illai – Ilaignan (Tamil – Vidyasagar)
A soundtrack that I made a mistake with first and later posted an update. Vidyasagar’s orchestral sound is really amazing in this soundtrack and I really hope the word gets out and more people know about his effort.

Nila nila & Mayile – Tournament (Malayalam – Deepak Dev)
I may not have liked this soundtrack from Deepak as much as I did Puthiya Mugham, but you cannot ignore Deepak. These 2 songs are proof enough.

Kalagane veyla – Vastadu Naa Raju (Telugu – Manisharma)
My weakness for Reetigowlai forces me to love Kalagane veyla, kya karen, control nahi hota!

Abhi kuch dino se – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (Hindi – Pritam)
Pritam. Guitar. Breezy. Go listen!

Yaar solli – Pathinaru (Tamil – Yuvan Shankar Raja)
Everything about this song is predictable and it sounds exactly like Yuvan’s output from 2 years ago. But still it captivates!

Sapney – Turning 30 (Hindi – Siddharth Suhas)
With a strong indipop feel and gorgeous humming portions, Sapney is the highlight of Turning 30’s soundtrack. The lyrics too make a big difference!

Premalekha raasene & Chandamamala – Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu (Telugu – Salim Sulaiman & Mickey J Meyer)
While the former is absolutely foot-tapping, the latter, despite not being the kind of song one expects from Mickey, is still a wonderful listen for the kind of sound he assembles.

Rakkamma rakku – Siruthai (Tamil – Vidyasagar)
I was honestly expecting a Dharani-style soundtrack for this one and even though Vidyasagar delivers sound-wise (much like the Telugu debacle, Bangaram, that had fantastic masala music), tunes wise it is a disappointment. This track alone works for me.

En nenjil – Vada Poda Nanbargal (Tamil – Siddarth)
Standard mod tune and music – you’d perhaps guess half a dozen composers’ name before you find out that is by a newcomer…Dharan’s name may be the first guess. The singing is also not up to the mark, but the tune works at some level.



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