Archive for February, 2012

Wednesday February 29, 2012 18:03

Ishtam (Music review), Tamil – Thaman S

Despite everything Thaman throws into making Vaena vaena, it remains a largely predictable and is actually quite a boring song. Oru megham holds better prospects; this and the other Harris Jeyaraj’ish tune, Dhinaku Dhina that Thaman exports from his own Telugu film Mirapakay, work better – reasonably hummable tunes, treated well in the orchestration, with […]

Friday February 24, 2012 14:35

Agent Vinod (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

The officially credited Rasputin homage, I Will Do The Talking Tonight, is surprisingly effective – a pulsating, catchy track that makes whimsical use of the original’s hooks! Pungi is quirky fun; funky vocals led by Mika, and an addictive, foot-tapping sound/genre strongly reminiscent of Viju Shah’s Aar Yaa Paar number, Tamma Tamma Ele! Pritam seldom […]

Let me start with a confession. Despite having been a massive fan of Ilayaraja ever since I remember, I heard ‘Jotheyali’ from the 1980 Kannada film Geetha…for the first time in my life…in 2008. Yes, *ashamed*. Wait, there’s more. I heard ‘Emani ne’ from the 1983 Telugu film Mantrigari Viyyankudu…in 2011. Yes, last year…for the […]

Jeet’s 3 Bengali-to-Hindi reused tunes work mighty well; Ek muthu sopno’s (100% Love) Hindi version, Chaahat, Ferari mon’s (System) Hindi equivalent, Gunaah are thoroughly engaging, thanks to wonderful vocals by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Roxen’s Mustafa Zahid. His 3rd – Josh’s Khujechi toke raat becomes Jo tere sang and falls perfectly within the catchy, […]

Tuesday February 14, 2012 19:13

Kahaani (Music review), Hindi – Vishal Shekhar

Aami shotti bolchi is a cornucopia of genres, but works well together with Usha Uthup towering above all. Javed Bashir’s Piya tu flows ahead beautifully from Ra.One’s Bhare naina, while the title song, no doubt a striking melody, feels like highly stylized 90s pathos, particularly the KK version; the other version by Shreya, due to […]

Oh Baby girl is very Yuvan’ish; even Hemachandra sounds a bit like a polished Yuvan. Yaar ivalo is fascinating! Haricharan has a deeply resonant, tuneful solo and he devours the song; Achu’s work in the orchestration is highly imaginative! With it’s early Rahman sound, the very tuneful Yen uyirey seems to be the soundtrack’s self-anointed […]

Saturday February 11, 2012 21:28

Teri Rehmatein (Music review), IndiPop – Harpreet

The title song has a pleasant, harmonious sound; the voices work too – Salim Merchant and the uncredited chorus and lady’s voices. Sanam Marvi’s voice is the only highlight of the painfully stale Tumba wajda; ditto with Richa Sharma’s Yaar mere – stereotyped, again. Tera noor is better – serene tune, with an uncredited lady’s […]

Koi kaam aisa kar du is the umpteenth pointless addition to the Ode to Daddy genre. Sunidhi’s diva act in Aaj ye bewajah is undone by horrendous lyrics, but she gets it right in Dhoondoo mehfilon since the tune supports her reasonably well! Yaaden tere naam is from the embarrassing 90s phase, and less said […]

Monday February 6, 2012 18:43

Top recent listens (January 2012)

Off to the races, Blue jeans, Die Mountain Dew, Dark paradise & Radio – Born To Die (Lana Del Ray) She’s being criticized left, right and center for being a manufactured singer; her performances on TV to promote this album is being criticized for being plasticky, but strangely, I think she has a fabulous album […]

Monday February 6, 2012 18:43

Alemaari (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

Maribeku is Karthik’s show all the way – Arjun’s tune and backgrounds are highly effective in letting the tune flow. Neeli neeli works up its tune slowly, with Javed Ali joining with his lilting portion – great listen! Nee modala sounds odd and showy, on the lines of mid-80s Telugu jungle songs, but with a […]

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