Archive for September, 2012

Naanaaga naanindri‘s minimal arrangement demands much from Pradeep and Kalyani and they deliver pretty well for its unconventional tune! Pradeep’s vocals power Oru murai too – a fabulously melodious ballad. Andril paravai seems more like Santhosh’s Pizza track – well-crafted, glitzy disco pop! Even Ilavatta thalam stands out with its uniquely funky take on kuthu […]

Tuesday September 11, 2012 21:41

Damarukam (Music review), Telugu – Devi Sri Prasad

Omkaram srusthi, Pancha graha kootam and Dheemtana are background’ish and functional. Shiva shiva shankara and Bhoonabhontaalake are more filmy, and largely templatized. Nesthama is more like good old Devi; catchy, hummable melody, while Sakku bhai is as mindless an item song can get. Kanyakumari‘s uptempo tune seems tailor-made for Baba Sehgal, but Devi gets Jaspreet […]

Dekhyo‘s guitaring sits on top of Shreya’s dreamy vocals beautifully! Shreya ups the ante with her versatile singing in flashy, but lively songs like Ja khushi and Aaj benche. The more sober tracks like Bandhu kotha, Chokhher bali and Sondhye name work rather well too! Composer Joy Sarkar reserves the best for the superbly retro […]

Suchitra, known more for her item’ish numbers in Tamil films, makes a long overdue, fully deserved cross-over to serious music. Familiar and much-loved Bharathiyar songs like Aasai mugam, Nalladhor veenai and Kaakkai chiraginile gain tremendously from Sai Madhukar’s ambient sound and Suchitra’s rich vocals. Suchitra’s singing takes center-stage in songs like Paayum oli and Kannan […]

Thursday September 6, 2012 21:24

Pizza (Music review), Tamil – Santhosh Narayanan

Mogathirai uses Santhosh’s guitar-based Atta Kathi template; serene and pleasant! Its prelude, by Phil Hartl, is a wonderful listen too! Rathiri’s Decent Version is a funky disco-pop number with great use of the retro style. Its Arath version is less effective, and the Rap version, even lesser. Gaana Bala pulls off the slow, true-blue jazzy […]

Tuesday September 4, 2012 21:11

Paagan (Music review), Tamil – James Vasanthan

In a strange coincidence, two of Paagan’s songs sound like two of Guru’s songs! Alka Ajith’s wonderfully sung Poon thendralai seems like Barso re, while Ippadi oar, again, superbly sung by Nivas and Sharanya, and is reminiscent of Aye hairathe! The latter is a lovely listen nevertheless! Krish’s Thathi thavi seems hastily composed and inconsistently […]

Badla nazara, beyond the frivolous techno sound, carries enough nuances – like quirky wordplay and the squeaky title hook – to hold one’s attention. And Shilpa Rao can seldom go wrong anyway, while Amit’s own version is a good attempt too. Shilpa also carries Gustakh dil brilliantly, with its immersive slow rock sound with a […]

Sunday September 2, 2012 18:30

Top recent listens (August 2012)

Title song, Kyon, Aashiyan & Phir le aya dil – Barfi (Hindi – Pritam) One of the best Hindi soundtracks in recent times! I had a tough time zeroing in on my favorite tracks- it kept changing almost every day. I have finally stopped at Aashiyan as my personal favorite and the soundtrack’s best. Love […]

Saayndhu saayndhu is the soundtrack’s mesmerizing opener, straddling delightful interludes (that 2nd interlude!) and scintillating guitars! Yuvan tries his best to be the song’s weakest link, and one does wonder what another proficient singer like Karthik could have done to this charming tune! Kaatrai konjam is breezy, with orchestration that evokes, in one instant, the […]

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