Archive for January, 2013

Aavarangaatukulla has a pleasant tune, but rehashes the ghatam-based sparse folk sound once in vogue, kick-started by Rahman. Pothi vecha and Nariga uranga hold textures similar to Rahman’s Taj Mahal number Kulirudhu kulirudhu, but are wonderful compositions on their own, thanks to their thoroughly appealing tunes! The melancholy in Poraale and Anname sound anesthetic at best, while […]

Monday January 28, 2013 20:31

Jabardasth (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Arere arere starts with a harmonious chorus just like a Pritam song, but soon Nithya Menon takes over the velvety melody – she’s clearly the star of this song! Shreya weaves her usual magic in the highly addictive and rhythmic Allah allah. Thaman picks up the multi-period musical idea from Vidyasagar’s Parthiban Kanavu number Buck […]

Krishnudi varasulantha is eclectic in its choice of music! It seems vaudevillian, but is bloody nuanced in the way it has been assembled – Arijit Singh pulls off a superb show with his faultless vocals! Adi enti okkasari too makes stupendous use of Arijit Singh’s whispery vocals amidst soft, wonderfully dreamy music mixing primarily guitar […]

The title song by Sukhwinder Singh carries a whiff of Omkara’s title song, but is markedly more simplistic and masala’ish. Baap ka maal doesn’t deserve any comment whatsoever. Ditto – or even worse – for Bappa Lahiri guest (unwanted) composition, Chamiya No.1. But the composing duo of Amjad-Nadeem mildly surprise in Ranjha jogi and Tu […]

Yerra mirapallo, despite Shankar Mahadevan’s spirited vocals, sounds utterly commonplace. GV Prakash Kumar gets behind the mike in Raa chilaka and his effortless singing does add value to the pleasant tune, with the backgrounds mixing almost world music’ish sounds with native rhythms. Pilla works even better, in Ranjith’s vocals and a catchy melody to go […]

Chikku bukku could well be a standard Ilayaraja song but for the gibberish and guitar that Vijay Antony inserts at places – folksy and catchy! My Dear Loveru tells us that Vishal should not have attempted singing and that Pa.Vijay shouldn’t have attempted lyrics for this headache of a song. Nee dhaana is standard techno, […]

January mazhayil is rhythmic and sing-along’ish… with a simple and hummable tune, and gorgeous guitar plus keyboard accompaniments! Facebook has cringe-worthy lyrics and barely passable vocalized, techno music, but Ranjith is particularly impressive in Aindhu padigal, with its violin solo almost sounding like a separate vocal track! Mazhalai pechu and the theme song are the soundtrack’s […]

Shambu sutaya must be most frenetically paced Ganesh bhajan ever, with a detour in sound for the sake of dance that is mighty pulsating! Shankar Mahadevan and Vishal Dadlani ace the track, in their inimitable style. Bezubaan is gorgeous mix of a sweeping ballad and hip-pop – great combo, made even better by Mohit Chauhan, […]

Saturday January 19, 2013 21:30

Press Play (Music review), Indipop – Adnan Sami

Ali Ali is a strong opener – a really well-sung, foot-tapping prayer of sorts! Roya and Main tere paas hun are trademark Adnan Sami – mesmerizing ballads, fabulously arranged. Mere baap ka kya jaata hai is Kabhi Nahi 2.0 – street-smart and immediately catchy, but Kudi tight is Punju template gone awry. Karun na yaad […]

Sunday January 13, 2013 19:01

Race 2 (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Party On My Mind and Lat lag layee are mighty competent techno tracks that hit all the right buttons with the tune and the rhythm; the latter, in particular, is bloody addictive, thanks to the fabulous vocals by Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade. Atif Aslam is dependably good in Be intehaan, though the tune is […]

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