Archive for October, 2012

Thursday October 18, 2012 21:36

Talaash (Music review), Hindi – Ram Sampath

It could be Suman Sridhar. Or it is perhaps the fairly generic attempt to work within the Mikey McCleary Bartender Mix format, but Muskaanein jhooti hai works seductively well with its retro tune laid out in the bluesy base! Suman Sridhar, of course, weaves magic with her vocals. In Jee le zaraa, Ram puts Vishal […]

Mellasirithaal kadhalthan is typical Yuvan solo; minimal techno backgrounds and a melody that has Yuvan stylishly going off-key with the help of auto-tune – addictive, as usual! Udit Narayan’s Machi machi is awkwardly archaic – it’s only the foot-tapping rhythm that goes in its favor. Thappu thanda too, despite spirited singing by Javed Ali, is […]

NW1W. It is telling that the mildly listenable song is Paro, by Aadesh Shrivastava! Keywords: Chakravyuh, Salim Sulaiman, Vijay Verma, Sandesh Shandilya, Shantanu Moitra & Aadesh Shrivastava

Apnaa mujhe tu lagaa is by-the-template ballad sung soulfully by Sonu Nigam – nothing new that we haven’t heard, but mildly impactful too. Chirantan scores better in the very Pritam’ish Uska hi banana, where Arijit Singh is the star, while Jaavedaan hai goes much deeper into Pritam territory – partly because of the harmonious chorus […]

Harish Sivaramakrishnan’s vocals remain the highlight in Brahma’s Dance, though the Shakti-style music works equally well. The guitar and violin melange is enchanting, much like Harish’s pitch perfect intonation of Guru brahma. Swati Thirunal may be proud of Agam’s reinterpretation his classic Dhanashri raga based Thillana for Dhanashri Thillana – it is significantly Indi-pop’ish with […]

Thursday October 11, 2012 21:39

Poda Podi (Music review), Tamil – Dharan Kumar

Love panlaama‘s lyrics and singing, by STR, are juvenile and banal. The title song is thankfully left to professionals – cool and addictive melody! Hare rama hare krishna is likeable with a pleasant tune, while Maattikittenae‘s techno sound too works smoothly. Un parvaiyilae is highly unconventional in its vocals (Sindhu, Pradeep) and sounds mighty interesting, […]

Ratha kanneer‘s tune is absorbing and Harish Raghavendra’s vocals too lends itself to the tune’s emotions! Yaar veetu‘s lyrics are beautiful and so is Anand Aravindhakshan’s singing over the simple ghatam-like backgrounds. Meenukku is earthy, but a bit too staid as a tune, while Devan magale, with its music and the Christian base is very […]

Kiklikalerdi is rhythmic and catchy, no doubt, but is also rather rudimentary. Motorwada gets it right with funky Punjabi layer on hip-hop. The title song is wonderfully earthy, but also so un-Amit’ish with its bare minimum, authentic sound; its instrumental version carries Amit’s signature, though! Harshdeep Kaur sounds stunning in Luni hasi and literally carries […]

Wednesday October 10, 2012 20:19

Thuppaki (Music review), Tamil – Harris Jayaraj

Vijay does well in Google google, a basic, but foot-tapping song where Andrea provides excellent support. Kutti puli koottam sounds straight out of the fag-end of Rahman’s music for pointless Prabhu Deva films – plain embarrassing! Antarctica is amazingly non-descript, regurgitated Harris material. Poi varava is pleasant, but too standard within Harris’ usual template to […]

Challa is every bit Rahman as far as the free-flowing, slow-burning tune is concerned, despite the Punjabi, and the phonetic similarity of the key word to Rabbi’s Bulla; Keba Jeremiah’s guitars work almost like the 2nd voice in the song! Saans, the possible mouth-to-mouth resuscitation anthem, sees Rahman performing the challenging task of straddling his […]

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