Archive for August, 2013

The very-Goan Tu mere agal bagal and the almost-kuthu Dhating naach are energetic, masala fun, but Hey Mr.DJ is plain bananas… err, corny. The gorgeous Main rang sharbaton ka is significantly better with Atif and Chinmayi singing it; Arijit seems oddly flippant in his version! Atif and Sunidhi ace their respective versions of Janam janam, […]

The title song‘s techno mix, by Ishq Bector, Shree D and Lalit Pandit, is passably catchy. Tere mohalle, Aa re and Chal hand uthake pass by with no impact. Lalit also uses the Italian Bella Ciao to create Love ki ghanti, another middling melange. But he amply redeems himself with Dil kaa jo haal hai, […]

Individually, the Sanskrit Mahishasura Mardini stotram Ai giri-nandini (and not Tamil, as Coke Studio wishes to blasphemously term it) in Aruna Sairam’s powerful voice and progressive rock embellishment is wonderful. The same holds for Sona Mohapatra’s Tere ishq nachaya, that now-familiar and overused Bulleh Shah verses. Together, they make a mighty interesting fusion! At a […]

Sunday August 25, 2013 07:49

Megha (Music review), Tamil – Ilayaraja

For an enchanting tune like Mugilo, complete with amazing violins, the choice of Yuvan is heartbreakingly questionable. Yuvan’s voice seems better suited for Chellam konjum, but along with Enna vendum, Raja’s tunes are awkwardly outdated at best. Raja’s anguished cry in Jeevane is incredible, as if he’s singing out to his late wife, propped by […]

Saturday August 24, 2013 23:00

Top 25 songs of Yuvan Shankar Raja

In 1997, after listening to Karthikraja’s fantastic score in Ullasam and listening to Yuvan’s debut in Aravindan, I was more or less convinced that the former would rule the roost and the latter will go unnoticed. Yuvan has proved my assumption completely wrong and the reverse has happened. I still hold a cautiously guarded outlook […]

Hey baby‘s a capella and thavil sound is endearing – GVP sings it well along with Aishwarya, but it is Gaana Bala who comes in towards the end with a Chandrababu-style piece in gana form and completely rocks the song singing about ‘Gaja’s’ advice! Shaktisree is magnificient in Angnyaade, but GVP’s captivating backgrounds and Pa.Vijay’s […]

I see a lively discussion about my review of Shuddh Desi Romance, though the discussion has moved on to ‘the best song of the year 2013’, going by my assertion in the review’s first line that Gulabi is it… at least so far this year. So, when pointedly asked, ‘In what universe is Gulabi the […]

The title song is full of curiously interesting sounds topped by the whistle-like flute usage; the hip-hop mix Yuvan creates with Tanvi, Bhavatharini and Vilasini is equally intriguing… and alluring! The hip-hop mix in Nahnh na nah works even better – familiar Yuvan-style catchiness all the way, again with some interesting choice of instruments/sounds! Its […]

Gulabi is quite easily the best Hindi film song of the year, so far! An exotic mix of the Amit Trivedi and A R Rahman schools of music, Sachin-Jigar completely outdo their own repertoire to produce an immensely addictive tune! The tune structure is unique, with alternating music and lyrics, while Jaideep’s ode to the […]

The late poet Valee’s lyrics headline Naan yen pirandhen, that, as a tune, follows Rahman’s synthetic rustic music that he pioneered with Kizhakku Cheemayile. His vocals are heartfelt and so is the fabulously put together orchestration where Prasanna and Mohini Dey stand out even in their minimal portions. Rayhanah and Issrath Quadhri, Rahman sisters rule […]

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