Archive for December, 2011

Friday December 30, 2011 21:41

Tutiya Dil (Music review), Hindi – Gulraj Singh

Aag lage and Tutiya dil are super-efficient takes on the best of Salim-Sulaiman’s Punjabi-infused catchiness, with hilarious lyrics to boot and wonderful vocals by Alamgir in the former, and Ram Sampath and Prakriti Kakkar in the latter; there’s also a distinct Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy version 2.0 sound in the latter, the title song, particularly in the beautifully […]

The title song is breezy and foot-tapping in a predictable way, while Gubbare ushers in strong Aisha recall for assorted reasons, with a horn-filled, dreamy feel. Ash King pulls off a neat desi-Elvis in Aunty Ji, even as the track references multiple genres in a likeable hodgepodge. Aahatein lays it thick with the filmy, Karan […]

Friday December 23, 2011 16:52

3 (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Beyond its absurd lyrics, Why this kolaveri does have its quirky, foot-tapping appeal; much like Come on girls, that ups the quirk-quotient in a funky package! Idhazhin oram, Kannazhaga and Nee paartha could easily be mistaken for Yuvan’s material (more Yuvan sound in Rhythm of Love instrumental!), but to give Anirudh the credit, he does […]

Friday December 23, 2011 16:46

Nanban (Music review), Tamil – Harris Jayaraj

With friendship-friendly lyrics and Krish’s bombastic vocals, Harris builds En frienda pola into a hummable, anthemic song! Heartiley battery re-imagines an already popular catch-phrase into a fresh, catchy track, while the guitar’y, short Endhan kan munney makes for a breezy listen. Irukkaannaa finds Harris recycling his own Vettayaadu Vilayaadu material in a messy package, even […]

Friday December 23, 2011 16:43

Businessman (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Mumbai is a glitzy musical introduction with generous help from Sivamani in the punchy percussion, but the Businessman theme is pointlessly overwrought. Bad Boys is typical Telugu masala-style fun but it loses spunk a bit too soon. Chandamama does have an interesting tune, but the orchestration is clearly overpowering, while Pilla chao is an unimaginative […]

When I first noticed the 2011 Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song, I was more stunned than happy. I mean, isn’t that staring right in your face? Let me list the reasons. There are 39 songs in that list. Not 5. Not 20. Not 40. But 39. There are 3 songs from an Indian film, […]

Update (Dec.28, 2011): Here’s the Love Anthem, by Simbu! There’s no word of the Rihanna and Akon association, and there’s no mention of the composer either, considering Simbu is an actor, not a composer. The song does sound good, however. And I notice Sony Music trying a Kolaveri’sh tactic of adding mobile downloads and subtitles! […]

Mazhai pozhiyum is pulsating, catchy and well sung by Aalaap Raju; its hooks are adequately addictive. Raman Mahadevan seems like a wonderful choice to lead Oh Sunanda, a gorgeously foot-tapping ballad, with lovely work by the composer in the orchestration! Oru murai works well as a heavily synthesized R&B track, while Mohammed Irfan’s unconventional voice […]

Saturday December 17, 2011 11:37

Vettai (Music review), Tamil – Yuvan Shankar Raja

Dham dham rehashes that typical Lingusami-style family song with absolutely no extra effort, while Damma damma goes the same way – yet another Dhaavani potta deepavali. If Kattipudi enna works, albeit only minimally, it is only because of Vijay Prakash’s vocals – as a tune it is utterly predictable and stale. Thaiyath thakka is the […]

Saturday December 17, 2011 08:10

Agneepath (Music review), Hindi – Ajay-Atul

Deva shree Ganesha plays out in filmy-frenzy bhajan format, but the duo crank up the creativity in the interludes, and the backgrounds. Chikni chameli turns out to be average fare – the composers reuse their own Jatra number from Marathi, but the rest of the country has already channeled this typical Marathi sound into South […]

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