Archive for October, 2013

The title song has the same kuthu-energy as any other South Indian hero introduction song, while Don’t touch my body is adequately and simplistically bawdy. In the catchy Jai Govinda, the composers utilize the Pritam style quite effectively and also effortlessly appropriate parts of Mere naseeb main’s Sharma gayee interlude, while Satake thoko doesn’t have […]

Yealae yealae is barely functional, with a droning sound and a pedestrian tune, and an accordion piece that saves it mildly. Ennai saaithaalae is no better – utterly templatized Harris tune that is predictable at every turn. Othayilae is adequately sleep-inducing, while Ennatha sola seems like a pale, unimaginative variant of Ava enna enna from […]

Monday October 21, 2013 21:27

Rummy (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Koodamela koodavechi is a gorgeous tune adorned with cello and Chennai Strings orchestra, to great effect; wonderful vocals by Prasanna and Vandana! Oru nodi too is a simple, lilting tune, sung very well by Imman and Divya Ramani. And the two Raja-style melodies – Adiye enna raagam and Yethukkaaga yenna, with keeravani and malayamarutham raaga […]

Sunday October 20, 2013 21:29

Rajjo (Music review), Hindi – Uttam Singh

Mere dil ki train is a catchy opener, thanks to Shaan’s lively singing! Julmi re julmi is from the 80s and should have stayed there. But Kaleja hai and Kaise milun, the other two retro-styled songs are actually welcome – earthy sound, with Bela Shende in superb form in both; particularly the latter, with its […]

Sunday October 20, 2013 21:27

Masala (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Ninu choodani‘s minimal orchestration and rich tune plays out like a Harris Jayaraj song and is very easy on the ears, thanks to what is possibly Darbari Kaanada raaga. Kotlallo okkaday is all sound and no fury; even Shankar Mahadevan’s punchy vocals do little to make it work. Meenakshi meenakshi has a simple enough, catchy […]

Sunday October 20, 2013 21:13

Bhai (Music review), Telugu – Devi Sri Prasad

The title song‘s rhythmic backdrop is neat, but the overdose of ‘u’ after almost every word is very annoying-u. Ditto with Most Wanted-u tu… sorry, too! Nemmadiga is a throwback to the old-style sound – rides on Swetha Mohan’s vocals and foot-tapping rhythm. O pilla pilla is trademark Devi Sri Prasad – stock everything, from […]

Saturday October 19, 2013 22:39

Coke Studio @ MTV, Season 3 (Music review)

In my view, Season 3 of Coke Stuio @ MTV was shades below Season 2 (but obviously far better than Season 1, of course!). Season 2 set the standard quite well that this season seemed to be struggling to match. But yes, there were some terrific songs in this season too. My two favorite episodes […]

Kathirundhai anbe, with its honey-coated tune is a clear winner. Chinmayi, Nivas and Abhay Jodhpurkar are pitch-perfect in their vocals. Nenjankuzhi – both versions – sound perfunctory; Karthik and Pooja Vaidyanath’s renditions being the only part worth talking about. For a party anthem, Saturday fever, has better lyrics than sound – Madhan Karky’s lyrics imaginatively […]

Friday October 18, 2013 20:50

Jannal Oram (Music review), Tamil – Vidyasagar

Ennadi ennadi, despite that divergent goat-herd interlude that unnecessarily mars the flow, gets its tune beautifully right, with shades of Jog raag and a simple, harmonious orchestration! Aasa vecha manasula is very Raja-during-his-peak – that absorbing and interesting a tune, while the searing pathos in Yela mala thopa comes out impressively in Anuradha Sriram and […]

Friday October 18, 2013 20:48

Pandiyanadu (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Starting with the oppaari version of the ‘Titanic’ song, the only thing going for Daiyare is the funny lyrics since the tune is a hodge-podge. Remya Nabeesan is fantastic with her over-the-top rendition of Fy Fy Fy, but the tune is just if’fy. Othakada machan is Imman pushing his luck too far, for a sound […]

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