Archive for December, 2011

Wednesday December 14, 2011 20:01

Milliblog Annual Music round-up 2011

As usual, let me reiterate that the lists here are in order of preference – they are not random lists. That cleared, I noticed a trend in the 5 languages I track – Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam film music was largely dominated by fresh talent, while Telugu and Kannada saw recently established names solidifying their […]

Wednesday December 14, 2011 17:46

Bodyguard (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

The title song is bombastic, no doubt, but is also bland with very ordinary hooks and musical pieces, while O My God (the other title song!) makes up by being super spunky and making brilliant use Geetha Madhuri and Bindu’s vocals. Thaman is completely in his elements in the other 4 melodies. Endhukoo and Jiyajaley […]

Both Aarezhuthi aavo and Irulil oru kaithiri seem bent on revisiting well known Spanish phrases, particularly the Bailamo line from Enrique, in the former. Less said about Udit Narayan’s version of Irulil the better. Hyyo fares considerably better, but for annoyingly excessive auto-tuning for Yazin and Franco’s vocals. Akkarey is the one song that truly […]

Laddu laddu makes up for the middling tune with its hyper-enthusiastic, raw percussion and orchestration that goes straight back to Ilayaraja’s heydays! The same applies to Podi paiyyan where Yuvan rocks with groovy and funky musical arrangements even as the tune is barely functional. The Raja effect is pronounced even in Villathi villain which could […]

Alphons’ lone track, Kanna neeyo reeks so much of Harris Jeyaraj’s Neruppe that it is not funny; very similar Middle Eastern mix. Composer Gopi Sundar has 2 songs out of which Omanichumma is simple, catchy and easily likeable, while Hey Manohara hip-hop mix is middling. His 3rd, the theme, makes smart use of Mohanlal’s speech […]

Wednesday December 7, 2011 22:00

Songs that were not picturized!

These days, there are soundtracks with so many songs (like Rockstar) that you don’t really expect all those songs to be included in the film’s narrative. In fact, directors like Maniratnam have started picturizing only a few songs from the soundtrack and retaining the rest as background pieces! While debating the good and bad of […]

Sunday December 4, 2011 19:54

Top recent listens (November 2011)

Tasveer – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Album: The RFAK Session) Tasveer has a tune similar to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ghazal, Tumhein dillagi bhool jaani padegi and even has a fairly traditional ghazal’ish version by Rahat himself. The version produced by Tarli Digital, in the album RFAK Session kicks up an extra mod layer and […]

Aap ki aahat finally takes Sharib-Toshi beyond their standard Vikram Bhatt template and with Sonu Nigam’s accomplished vocals, the duo do a phenomenal job across every department in the song! Their other song Tu hai tu falls perfectly within the oft-used Bhatt template, while Hai rama rama is noisy, Arabicesque nonsense. Rishabh Srivastava’s Iltija is […]

Sunday December 4, 2011 19:50

Shyloo (Music review), Kannada – Jassie Gift

Pada pada Kannada‘s highlight is of course Puneeth Rajkumar’s vocals, since Jassie Gift makes only meek changes to his Lajjavathiye template. Oh jeevave and Shyloo, thankfully have Jassie changing tracks and offer immensely hummable melodies, particularly the title song (sung wonderfully by Ishan Dev), that is gorgeous while having a different tune from the Tamil […]

Suraj Jagan’s confident vocals power Aaj bhi party even as Sachin’s backgrounds are immensely unique and catchy! Peepni too is adequately groovy, in Jaspreet Singh and Mona Thakur’s enthusiastic singing, except for its silly lyrics and despite the usual Punjabi template. But One more one more, despite dependable voices like Neeraj Shridhar and Sunidhi, suffers […]

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