Archive for July, 2012

Tuesday July 31, 2012 21:12

Rambo (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

Mane tanka baare is the quintessential Arjun song – auto-tune all across, incredibly catchy and simple tune, and a pitch perfect hook. The remix is the extreme opposite; besides wasting Baba Sehgal in heavy-duty auto-tuning, is a painful listen. Jaya jaya jackettu is high on kuthu, but barring funky sounds, doesn’t really work. The title […]

Much as Daler and Sonu Kakkar try to infuse life into Sing Raja, it merely sounds like a poor rehash of Rahman’s Gentleman chartbuster Usilambatti. And Tears of Joker could be some background music from any random 90s Rahman Tamil film! Yeh Joker and Alien Arrival are utterly non-descript worth any comment while Jugnu is […]

The title song has a lovely, lilting pop feel accentuated by KK’s wonderful singing. Sri Ramachandra’s alternate version is even better, with fantastic guitar and pulsating sound. Karthik and Naresh Iyer make Beautiful Girl and It’s Your Love work with their magical vocals respectively, even as they traverse the familiar pop ballad sound with the […]

Friday July 27, 2012 21:18

Kumki (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Yella oorum works at a functional level as a hero intro song. Onnum puriyala is spectacular; moves from serene to the more enthusiastic, percussion-led portion incredibly well; Imman’s vocals is brilliant as is the quality of orchestration. Haricharan’s Ayayayo is no different – one heck of a sweeping melody, again orchestrated brilliantly. Sollitaaley is comparatively […]

Ishq mein and Khatti meethi ride high on two things – their captivating Latino sound and tune, and Shreya Ghoshal’s sparkling vocals; the latter is clearly the better of the two. Kaafir andhere is KK’s brilliant show – he takes on the low and sprawling high notes in this melody exceedingly well. The title song […]

There’s a certain listlessness across Veyilodu Vilayadu’s soundtrack that seems to indicate that this may be pre-Tuneega Tuneega. Netthipottu vachu, for instance, could pass off for any lackluster 90s Raja track, barring that interesting sax intrusion. Elumiccha nirathile is worse – sedate and meandering tune. Lungi lungarre is pompous, item material masquerading as folk, while […]

Friday July 20, 2012 21:10

Mugamoodi (Music review), Tamil – K

With help from those hypnotic violins and the backing chorus crooning the song’s title repetitively, Vaayamoodi is a uniquely endearing song. Alaap Raju’s dreamy vocals and Karky’s charming imagination in the lyrics lend considerable charm here. Mysskin is surprisingly in tune in Kudi vaazhthu, a melodious, but dreary ode to getting drunk, while Maayavi‘s background […]

Sajid-Wajid’s lone track Mashallah is every note stereotyped Middle Eastern generic music; stunningly bland. Not to be left behind, Sohail Sen opens his account with the heavily Latino-stereotyped Laapata which just has its breezy sound going for it amidst a painfully stale tune. Banjaara starts out well enough, with the predominant Yuvan Shankar Raja’ish Celtic […]

Chhi chha ledar is the soundtrack’s highlight, with brilliantly unabashed singing by Durga and pulsating music by Sneha that morphs from 80s coolth to uber-techno gradually. The composer lends her edgy vocals to the equally edgy composition in Kaala rey; haunting in every way – music, lyrics and overall feel. 80s qawali sound joins forces […]

What do you get when you cross the sensibilities of Mani Ratnam’s Geetanjali (Idhayathai Thirudaathey, in Tamil), the crux of Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and the relationships in Audrey Niffenegger’s book The Time Traveler’s Wife (I’m discounting the Eric Bana-Rachel McAdams starrer made from the book because it was so bad)? You get Agnès Merlet’s Hideaways. No, […]

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