Archive for August, 2012

Vishal and Shefali’s vocals are Ratta maar‘s highlight, an angst’y outpouring against rote-learning, with simplistic lyrics, but to an anthemic tune. The sedate opening of Radha belies the effervescent, tune that follows, complete with Karan Johar’ish accented English phrases; Vishal’s Radha teri chunari hook is mighty catchy! Disco deewane’s remix is adequately pulsating, but rather […]

Wednesday August 29, 2012 21:06

Saattai (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

The kids’ chorus consisting of Haripriya and Sai Venkat join Ramesh Vinayagam and create sheer magic in Jada jada jaada, aided superbly by Yugabharathi’s gritty lyrics. Imman’s soaring and impactful use of the chorus and guitar deserves special mention! Shreya Ghoshal rocks the dulcet Sahaayane (barring Pookku and Thakku, in place of Pookka and Thakka; […]

Saturday August 25, 2012 22:01

Heroine (Music review), Hindi – Salim-Sulaiman

Halkat jawani is one of those songs that was conceptualized as an item song from scratch, with seemingly generous instructions to include all the elements of previous ‘hit’ item songs. Harmless, but vacuous. For Khwahishein, Shreya’s diva act fits perfectly for the gorgeous pop tune. Main heroine hoon‘s Bond’ish tune sits uncomfortably over its cringe-worthy […]

Kondaadum manasu, despite the standard template of a modern-day composer’s version of a rustic song, does evoke interest in the chorus, Anand Aravindakshan’s vocals and Rahnanthan’s well assembled music. Rekkai mulaiththen uses a catchy latino’ish base and GV Prakash’s surprise role as vocalist works quite well! Nenjukkulle falls into the template trap harder and despite […]

Go Go Govinda is repetitive… and addictive! Mika and Shreya rule the song; Aman Trikha kills the reprise. Don’t worry plays on Dum Maro Dum’s memorable prelude and works as a danc’y tune! Tu hi tu, Himesh’s last song is in his awkward, earlier form; messy modern bhajan. Meet Bros Anjjan’s Mere nishaan, fabulously sung […]

Tuesday August 21, 2012 21:23

Barfi (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

The title song, with its catchy stage musical-like sound works instantly. Mohit Chauhan is in his elements, given the lovely tune, but it is Swanand Kirkire who surprises not only with his own version, but also in the absolutely delightful lyrics, invoking Murphy Radio and Radio Ceylon! With its backgrounds sounding almost like Zindagi Na […]

Rahul Nambiar confidently powers the catchy Yaaradi mohini, while Haricharan does the honors equally well in the pleasant Oru paadhi kadhavu that reminiscences Rahman’s En kaadhale. Alyssa and Marie’s Will you be there is gorgeously tuned pop, while Uyirin uyire, with fantastic vocals by Saindhavi, unnecessarily reuses Pookkal pookum’s overall style. Anicham poovazhagi is an […]

Wednesday August 15, 2012 10:28

20 years of A R Rahman – what does it mean to me?

Note: Besides this one, by me, I found quite a few noteworthy pieces on the same topic. Here’s a list that I enjoyed reading (and listening, in some cases). I thought I’ll simply tweet this list, but that may get lost… so, adding it on top of my own post, so that it remains as […]

Rettai kathirae, despite the appallingly templatized tune, offers comfort in familiarity; that it is a pleasant duet sung well by Krish and MK Balaji helps. Naani koni is no different – the enthusiastic vocals make up for the laziness in Harris’ tune-making; interestingly Vijay Prakash sings ‘Naani’, while Shreya sings ‘NaaNi’, as it should be […]

Master of Masters opens the album with an eclectic mix of Mahaganapatim in a scintillating mélange of effervescent fusion. Rajesh’s mandolin demonstrates a frenzied, infectious energy. Rimsky-Korsakov’s 18th century classic Flight of the Bumblebee gets a hypnotic mandolin-led interpretation. The backgrounds, traversing bluesy psychedelia help place the mandolin that seems to be going flamboyantly haywire […]

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