Archive for April, 2011

Unnai pirivena starts off normally, but as the tabla-based accompaniments kick-in, the tune gets interestingly unpredictable. Violins replace tabla in Selladhae jeevane, but the tune goes uneasily haywire unlike the earlier song. Manmadha kadhal and Kalyaanamaam are the most conventional songs in this soundtrack and are engaging with inventive arrangements; particularly the nadaswaram-based latter. The […]

The spruced-up version of Oram Po works with all the mild technological masala added by Raja since the base is so bloody solid! Sikkikichu is a brilliant trip back to Raja’s days of super glory – pleasantly familiar tune and surprisingly synth-free; only thing missing is Swarnalatha’s vocals. As if that trip wasn’t enough, Kaathiruppen […]

Tuesday April 26, 2011 18:19

Naanga (Music review), Tamil – Bala Bharathy

Balabharathy who made a splashy debut with director Selva’s 90s films like Thalaivaasal and Amaravathy makes one more pitch in Selva’s Naanga. His raga-approach (raga mentioned against each song) is an impressive effort even though the tunes seem to depend more on the raga’s inherent beauty than any nuances from the composer, like how Ilayaraja […]

Mix Mika and Devi Sri Prasad’s already iconic Telugu front-bencher pleaser, Ringa ringa…and you get Dhinka Chika; easily this year’s Munni badnaam. The rest of the 3 original tracks by Pritam pale in comparison, quite surprisingly! While Meri ada bhi regurgitates Jassi’s Jaidev Kumar composed Dil le gayi kudi, Humko pyar hua apes Pritam’s own […]

Sarphira sa hai dil is every ounce Pritam’ish – the cheesy-sweet English humming, Neeraj Sridhar…everything – great listen! Tera intezar too carries that sweet, easy-on-the-ears feel; its catchy sound helps generously. The steam does run out a lot in Mohit Chauhan’s Kahin se chali aa, with painfully awkward Shilpa Rao imitation by Shivangi Kashyap, and […]

Amole’s lyrics, Hitesh’s tune and Shaan’s effortless singing are beautifully unassuming in Life bahot simple hai. The same works for Dabba – delightfully simple tune with heart-warming lyrics! Amole Gupte’s guest composition, Jhoola jhool, is incredibly Vishal Bharadwaj’ish with Rekha replaced by Hamsika. The soundtrack’s clear winners are Nanhi si jaan and Tere andar. Inspired […]

Suman Sridhar’s child-woman’ish vocals rock Tonight; that spruced up Coldplay’ish tune helps a lot. The bubblegum sound works occasionally; so, it works great in Aditi Singh Sharma’s catchy title song, and in Ali Zafar’s F.U.N fun funaa that whips up a heady punk rock mix. Where it falters is in Freak out – a laundry […]

Avanapathi is a veritable celebration of throbbing beats; the arrangement is enticing even as the tune meanders uncomfortably. Dia dia dole is no different; Suchitra, out of her comfort zone, delivers well in this catchy folk instrumental mix. Oru malayoram‘s sweetness loses steam soon enough, while Mudhal murai is typical Bala – obsessively ominous. That […]

Wundoo yeredoo‘s multi-lingual mix is fabulously packaged in a pulsating techno wrapper. Rajiv Bhalla’s other song, Bhojhal se works big time with its affecting tune and KK’s engaging vocals. Karthik tries hard in Vivek Philip’s Aankhein, but it is largely staid. Then…we have Amit Trivedi! The musical nuances in Baangur and Saye saye are undeniably […]

Vikram sounds great in Kadha solla even though the pointless ‘story’ should appeal only to kids. His other song, Pa pa is bolstered largely by GVP’s foot-tapping arrangements while Vikram himself sounds annoying. Saindhavi rocks the dreamy, whispery melody in Vizhigalil oru vaanavil. Life is Beautiful makes a Yuvan-like celtic pitch, while Jagada thom, despite […]

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