Archive for March, 2013

Yaaram is familiar, Vishal Bharadwaj’ish sprawling melody, but is eminently listenable with a scintillating turn in the middle after Gulzar invokes assorted stationery items! Clinton Cerejo rules over the evocative, haunting tune of Kaali kaali; Vishal’s use of violins in the interludes is particularly lovely! Totey ud gaye‘s tune, despite all that snazzy guitar, runs […]

Thursday March 28, 2013 21:05

Commando (Music review), Hindi – Mannan Shaah

Lutt jawaan seems utterly staid and templatized, not to mention outdated. Lena dena is no different, despite Daler Mehndi’s adequately hyper enthusiastic vocals – too trite to comment. With a name like Mungda, one would expect yet another boring item song, but Mannan surprises with a punchy and interestingly arranged track; item song, no doubt, […]

Come na come uses the schoolboy’ishly well-known abuse, set to a simple, catchy tune, complete with rap and earthy vocals. Andrea rocks Mama douser, a raucous, one-sentence song with free-flowing jazz goodness! Kovai Jaleel’s vocals and Sathosh’s music capture the 60s wonderfully in Ellaam kadandhu, while Rob Mass’s Sudden Delight is superbly trippy! Saga is […]

The tribal voices in Viva Madikeri are minimal, while Rahul’s santoor takes the lead with an absorbingly off-note tune. Eric’s pulsating percussion and backgrounds add punch. With vocals from Sarmishta Chakravorty, Bihu is stereotypical Assamese folk with limited additions. Rajasthan too plays true to its global appeal – a Manganiyar folk song by Suguni Devi, […]

Sunday March 24, 2013 21:50

Shiva Trilogy (Amish Tripathi)

I finally completed Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy today. I read the 3 books back-to-back (I’m late, I know!) after the release of the last of the trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras. This was my first all-eBook read for a trilogy (first two – The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of the Nagas from […]

Mauli Dave sounds atrocious in the reimagining of Khaike paan banaras wala; the droning music doesn’t help her either. But Shalmali Kholgade gets ample help from Mikey in Kabhi kabhi‘s languid reworking; her drawl-loaded rendition is addictive. Shalmali rocks Tum bhi chalo too, her stylishly playful singing salvages the staid Latino template. Inteha ho gayi […]

Pritam re-use of a part of Bally Sagoo’s Gud naal ishq mitha is competent – heady Punjabi’ness; Tochi’s version trumps Sukhwinder’s, incidentally! Aao na is more energetic than the usual Pritam melody – good listen, barring Tulsi Kumar. She’s intrudes in Halki halki too, where Shaan tries hard to salvage the predictable goodness-all-around tune. Falak […]

Aatmavin‘s soulful gospel sound is enticing, given how the composer layers the haunting tune with bare minimum orchestration; the vocal chorus is fantastic! Solomanum Shoshannayum takes the minimalist feel to the next level – for about 2 minutes, the song has no instruments at all, with just Preeti and Shreekumar’s vocals to adorn the lovely […]

Composer Shailendra Barve was mentioned on Milliblog only twice, so far. First, for his song, ‘Mera jahaan’, from Taare Zameen Par (yes, he composed one song from the film – I’m assuming this is Amole Gupte’s remnant before he exited the film unceremoniously – or, was shown the door by Aamir Khan, again, unceremoniously). And […]

Sunday March 17, 2013 20:45

Baadshah (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Sairo sairo is pulsating pop done well – excellent singing, even as Thaman takes the stadium-pop sound to new heights towards the end! In Diamond Girl, Simbu’s voice is annoyingly synthesized in true Thaman-style, but the pleasant hip-hop melody makes an impact. The catchy title song gains a lot from Shefali and Geetha Madhuri’s vocals, […]

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