Archive for February, 2011

Monday February 28, 2011 15:09

Shakti (Music review), Telugu – Mani Sharma

Thaliya thaliya offers the perfect platform for NTR Jr to showcase yet another song with moving-the-shirt-collar-up-and-down dance movement, while Prema desam is just functional regurgitated Mani Sharma melody. Mathileka pichiga fares slightly better – assembly-line Andhra-style ‘cowboy’ music. Between the 2 chants, Mahishasura Mardhini‘s ambient remix works superbly, compared to the filmy and rasping Maha […]

Sudeep pulls off Hale Radio pretty well, aided by Arjun’s digital intervention; the tune itself is perfectly cooked to be instantly catchy. Thara thara too gets its massy sound bang-on…rhythmic background and a pleasant tune! But Sri Rama, despite that nifty guitar, is plain ol’ Tamil kuthu, nothing more. Arjun surprises again in Geleyane’s lovely […]

Tuesday February 22, 2011 21:04

F.A.L.T.U (Music review), Hindi – Sachin-Jigar

Despite the ennui-inducing, very-Atif’ish tune, Le ja tu mujhe is a gorgeous listen, complete with a delightful sarangi interlude; it uses Atif’s vocals perfectly. Hard Kaur’s Char baj gaye works by being simple and catchy, while Rab sab se sona is every bit Karan Johar’ish and pretty pleasant too! Jigar’s Awaaz reminds one of Rahman’s […]

Mellena sirippaalo‘s passable tune is marred by poor singing by Kousik and that disparate sax accompanying all through the song. Ennavo pannudhu evokes pleasant memories of Ilayaraja’s rustic tracks of yore but for coarse male vocals by Kumaran, while Oru maalai pozhudhil gets everything right – haunting melody, along with excellent effort by Sona Mohapatra […]

Monday February 21, 2011 15:24

Game (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Bourne? Don? Moody? Atmospheric? It’s a game seems like a combination of all this and functions effectively as a title credits song. Sunitha Sarathy offers a neat, low-pitched title hook in the reprise. Kaun hai ajnabi takes off from the title song and is a catchy, energetic mish-mash. Maine yeh kab is predictable kumbaya material […]

Of the 4 tracks composed by Zafar, Jhoom reverberates like Euphoria’s material, and is beautifully arranged. The country’ish Jab say dekha and the non-descript Nahin ray fall flat, but Mirza Ghalib’s ever-familiar verses save Zafar’s version of Jee dhoondta. Yousaf Sallauddin’s tracks Tu jaanay and Koi umeed pull the album down along with Nisar Bazmi’s […]

Update 1: Thanks to the comment by Raghu Ram, we now know that Bappi’s album does exist, at least on iTunes. iTunes’ listing does not mention Gerald Albright’s name though…perhaps a one-song collaboration? I’d let Gerald respond to that. Update 2: Now I know why Bappi’s album turned up in search engine results only via […]

Wednesday February 16, 2011 15:36

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

The Destiny starts laboriously but picks itself up impressively as the jadhis kick in, while the lovely melody in Poovin manam gains from Tippu and Harini’s vocals and specially Na. Muthukumar’s words. Unnikrishnan makes a refreshing comeback in Vaanmazhayin thuligal, though, even along with Sudha Raghunathan, the song is strictly an instrumental mish-mash’ish. Poi vaa […]

Kot opens the album spectacularly – Joi’s Western rock influences are nuanced and classy; never blatant. The extended orchestration that kicks-in three fourth into the song and ends with that superb guitar notes…wonderful touch, that! Aikon baikon, the song from the video doing the rounds on YouTube is instantly and immensely catchy – the riffs […]

Tuesday February 8, 2011 20:52

Mambattiyan (Music review), Tamil – Thaman

Karuppannasamy is a rollicking listen thanks to the techno-Urumi and Nadaswaram backgrounds, while Chinna ponnu sela is a sadly predictable attempt at creating a folk melody, despite a mildly likeable lilt. Kaatu vazhi remix is a terrible effort and even Thiagarajan’s sober version faithfully repackages Raja’s 1983 original and barely scrapes through. The Charukesi-laced Yedho […]

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