Archive for September, 2013

Aha mazhaiyum illai makes fantastic use of Maand raaga and along with Haricharan and Hamsika Iyer’s vocals and lilting rhythms makes for a superb listen! Its reprise uses the saxophone to tantalizing effect and uses a more ghazal-like sound with Nikhil Mathew and Saptaparna excelling in the vocals! Needhi or naalum seems like Panthuvarali and […]

But for pronouncing it to mean not-so-appealing smell, the title song is a catchy hip-hop listen! Pitah se meanders along pointlessly and other variants of title song/theme end Meet Bros Anjan Ankit’s account swiftly. Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Party All Night drones on even more pointlessly. Hum na tode, oddly credited to PA Deepak, and […]

Monday September 9, 2013 10:50

10 observations on Kochadaiiyaan teaser

The much-awaited teaser for Rajnikanth’s latest film, Kochadaiiyaan is out. Here are 10 observations from my side, to kickstart the debate around it. 1. There is special effects in a live action film and then there is animation. The quality of animation, going by this teaser, is massively disappointing. It is no different from the […]

Rudine rangeeli’s showstoppers are clearly Karsan Sagathia, who brings his unique style of high-pitched, flawless folk singing, and Paras Nath, on the flute. Paras’ extended finale, with Sulaiman Merchant Darshan Joshi on the percussion is exhilarating. The overall track, though, doesn’t flow as beautifully as its individual highlights. Salim and Sulaiman smoothen Rudine’s overall state […]

Saturday September 7, 2013 20:29

Top recent listens (August 2013)

Beat It and Ilayaraja Medley – Thaikkudam Bridge (Music Mojo, Kappa TV) I’m not a particularly big fan of cover versions of bands recreating older songs, but Thaikkudam Bridge blew my mind, in particular, with these two songs. I have heard other songs of theirs from Music Mojo and these are the 2 that stood […]

Boomilyil is in Santhosh’s usual style but the use of guitar and violins is different this time, and Pradeep Kumar’s singing of this soft melody is excellent! Disco woman seems like an extension of Uyir Mozhi’s Andril paravai – competent retro disco, well sung by Dhee. Kaanum gnyanam is wonderfully inventive – Kalyani Nair’s sparse […]

Achu reuses two of Gurukiran’s original Kannada numbers, of which the funky Pyar mein is completely mauled by Manchu Manoj with his horrendous singing. Thankfully, Achu retains the essence of Anthare ivananna well in the energetic Bindass, Tippu pitching-in in style. Devatha is heavily auto-tuned, even for Karthik, but this Thaman-styled track is a lovely […]

En veetula‘s highlight is clearly Lalithanand’s absurdly hilarious lyrics and the way Gana Bala sings them with complete sincerity – superbly funny combination! Yaen endral goes through the motion like any modern filmy ballad, bordering on a standard-template Harris Jayaraj song. Enge ponalum‘s theme, as initiated by Dr.Narayanan, is intriguing, but lyricist Karky offers a […]

Pir jalani Barmer Boys start off on an odd note and even Clinton’s band seems to be briefly struggling to get everything in sync, but they do, very soon! Three sounds stand out easily – the horn section, featuring Rhys Sebastian, Ramon Ibrahim, Anand Vaity and Agnelo Piccardo, Lindsay D’mello’s drums playing an unusual rhythm […]

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