Archive for August, 2011

Right from the serene, Calpton’ish Dil gaaye ja, till the almost-fusion ghazal’ish Khudahaafiz, Raasta-Man is vintage Lucky Ali. Rehne de and Tauba tauba display his earlier, Sunoh-style musical streak all over again, while the reflective Duniya ke samundar holds your attention with his superb vocals and an interesting choice of instruments. With you seems filmy, […]

Friday August 12, 2011 10:57

Mausam (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Karsan Sargathia’s earthy vocals and the orchestration’s manic energy sees Aag lage us aag ko through easily, while Hans Raj Hans, Shahid Mallya and Wadali Brothers rise above the predictably likeable and mellow Ik tu hi to hi, across three versions. Mallo malli is punchy, catchy Pritam’ish masala. Rashid Khan’s Poore se zara hams up […]

Thursday August 11, 2011 18:05

Thandavakkone (Music review), Tamil – Ilayaraja

Kaatu vazhi seems like the perfect anthem for renunciation of material life; the ominous orchestration and Raja’s vocals too back this beautifully. Tippu’s deeply repentant Unna pol and Sriram Parthasarathy’s personally remorseful Enna pol both hold the same tune in fascinatingly different shades. Aanukkulla latchanangal seems tame in comparison; standard Raja melody, but the way […]

The title song is scintillating; the fact that the catchy Mankatha hook is used sparingly while the rest of the song builds around it displays a Rahman’ish maturity in Yuvan’s music! Nee naan is almost Ilayaraja in its nuanced tune; and SPB Charan should sing a lot more. Vaada Bin Laada‘s absurd lyrics are compensated […]

While the presence of Bob Marley’s son – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – may have added some reggae, Miracle Worker surprises by going wholly reggae. The result is a Peter Andre-Mysterious Girl-like frivolousness. Rahman adds a few carefully placed Hindi utterances in the Radio Mix. Satyameva Jayathe works better, though there seems to be a […]

The title song is monotonously bland, with lyrics that include cringe-worthy rhymes. Dhunki is worse, despite a valiant effort by Neha Bhasin in the vocals department, while Choomantar thankfully gets it right – hip, Brit pop sound, well sung by Benny Dayal and Aditi Singh Sharma. Isq risk is a neat song too – simplistic […]

Saturday August 6, 2011 18:07

Top recent listens (July 2011)

Take Five – Sachal Studios Orchestra (Jazz Interpretations of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova) I was made aware of Sachal’s existence when news of their album came out recently – that a Pakistani jazz album has become big in western charts! As I listened to the CD, I realized the ingenuity that has gone into […]

Govindha has all the hallmark of a Harris Jeyaraj song – African’ish gibberish, carefully calculated rhythm and tune; catchy listen, anyway! Maasama is a nice, lazy gaana-type song that composer Sathya sings rather well, while the very reggae’ish Un pere featuring Madhushree, while indeed sounding sweet, is rather predictable. Sayonara’s deeply ominous Uyir arundhadhey is […]

NW1W. This, ignoring the ‘good intentions’ of the film; I don’t think that should come in the way of saying what I feel about the soundtrack. Papon sung and composed Zindagi aisi waisi is a saving grace, however. Keywords: I am Kalam, Abhishek Ray, Madhuparna, Papon, Susmit Bose, Shivji Dholi

Of the four songs by Raghav Sachar, Shreya Ghoshal’s Gumsum is the one that works best, playing on composer’s haunting melody. In comparison, despite the RD Burman’esque outlook, Loot merely meanders. Karma Queen is embarrassing, while Love is all I got is a corny, wannabe Hinglish ballad. But composers Sharib Toshi save the soundtrack with […]

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