Archive for September, 2012

Bedabrata Pain’s vocals seem apt for Ishan; the chorus complement him wonderfully, besides the nuanced orchestration. Jeeney ki wajah too is adorned with outstanding orchestration even as the complex, inspirational tune is very well handled. Bechayan sapne‘s Bengali sound is pleasant – Abhijeet Sawant and Mahalaxmi Iyer work their magic easily. The highlight of the […]

The Darbaari Kaanada’ish Extra Ordinary is funny and funky… and superbly sung by Hemachandra. Melikalu sees Mani at his standard commercial self – mixes multiple genres and every line sounds like the hook! Joramochindi too is template all the way – catchy, retro-style tune served remix-style with faux folk sound. Pillai choosthey is the kind […]

Wednesday September 26, 2012 21:26

Rebel (Music review), Telugu – Raghava Lawrence

NW1W. Keywords: Prabhas, Rebel, Raghava Lawrence

NW1W. Keywords: Vivek Oberoi, Mallika Sherawat, Amjad Nadeem, Santokh Singh

Boom boom boom must be the nth version of Sajid Wajid’s Soni de nakhre from Partner – refuses to work after so many reworks. Tu is straight out of a badly recorded, oddly sung first-time Indi-pop singer’s album of the early 90s – strange song to hand over to the usually dependable Mohit Chauhan. Sun […]

Wednesday September 26, 2012 21:20

Ishkq in Paris (Music review), Hindi – Sajid Wajid

Saiyaan is painfully boring – when will Rahat Fateh Ali Khan get out of this mode? Jaane bhi de, thankfully, is a massive improvement over the average Sajid-Wajid material – zingy guitar and keyboard backed melody. And Teri choodiyan da, despite the massive ennui, is energetically arranged to get your attention! Kudiye di kurti sounds […]

Engirunthu mulaikkudhindha is a wonderful combination of a gorgeous tune and perfect orchestration – fabulously sung by Hariharan and Shreya. Poonkothai is a raunchy mix of familiar sounds and loops; well sung by Sangeetha Rajeshwaran, but nothing more. With Maranthuvidu, Imman aims for Raja-style violins and within that Mayamalavagowlai structure he gets most of it […]

Sindhoora pottumthottu is vintage Raja material, but is also the type that has been a bit too frequently used by the man. So, it seems less interesting compared to the other tracks. Maripeelikaatte is wonderfully serene – that mild guitar playing in the background and the violins of the interludes accentuate the effect. Vijay Yesudas […]

Saturday September 22, 2012 10:55

Aiyyaa (Music review), Hindi – Amit Trivedi

Dreamum wakeupum’s Mehmood-style South Indian parody works wonders. Soumya Rao’s singing is impeccable, but with rib-tickling lyrics, Amitabh Bhattacharya is the real hero of the song. Wakda takes the Mehmood-feel – sound-wise – with that comic, faux-carnatic infusion, but Amit’s own spirited style underlines the song more than the parody. What To Do is better […]

Ganpati Bappa Morya’s orchestration is tuned to grand splendor with Prof. Dr Ganesh Chandanshive and Shankar Mahadevan getting excellent support from the chorus. In comparison, the Lalbaugchaa Raajaa aarti is conventionally pious. Bolo na bolo‘s new version pits Shivam Mahadevan’s immaculate singing with Loy Mendonsa’s fangled, intermittent vocals, while Hariharan’s Vandan ho is a lot […]

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