Archive for March, 2014

Monday March 31, 2014 14:05

Top recent listens (March 2014)

Mast magan, Chaandaniya & Hulla re – 2 States (Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy) Dependable trio, again. They seem to be raising beyond Dharma cliches by and large, to deliver a very listenable soundtrack. Hulla re is a particular favorite! Symphonica – George Michael As a long-time George Michael fan, Symphonica is a bit of […]

One-song-per-soundtrack specialists Meet Bros Anjjan join Palash Muchhal for Party to banti hai – good fun, thanks to the ebullient rhythm. Of the three songs by Ram Sampath, Har had gange seems surprisingly bland and devoid of anything from Ram’s current standards, but the man makes up with Dharavi rap, a spunky kids rap featuring […]

Shubha Mudgal headlines Jal de in style, the composing duo conjuring an expansive, Ahir Bhairav and Chakravakam-style sound. Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Suzanne’s vocal combination makes superb impact in the truly world music’ish You fill my life. Sonu sounds daringly different in the pulsating Zaalima, while Ambarish Das’s soulful vocals add depth to Paani […]

Subhash Ghai’ish chorus and Ismail Darbar’s own pulsating tune combo helps the title song. Tu sab kuch meanders along pointlessly, while Main mushtanda (music and lyrics by Ghai!) and Koshampa bring back the much-unnecessary parts of 90s music. Even with the subtle nod to Chaand chupa and Purvi-raag base, Kaisa hai dard seems labored. Kambal […]

Sunday March 16, 2014 07:10

Maan Karate (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Maanja is a funky mix of that trumpet-thavil combo, Anirudh’s nonchalant singing and Karky’s very-Medraas Tamil. Bhangra-dholak dominates Darling dambakku, a rather perfunctory masala song where Benny and Sunidhi carry the song, and a reprise that seems even less effective. Un vizhigalil is swanky, tuneful pop, produced well with confident singing by Anirudh and Shruthi. […]

Aaj laagi is earthy and a tad too simplistic, in Kailash Kher’s dependable vocals, backed by lovely sarangi. Aayi bahaar has extra punch in the orchestration headlined by sarangi to complement the Basant Bahar raaga. Sagar repeats the feat in Yaad saari, led by Kailash and the backgrounds working very well! Ronkini Gupta’s Kaise sukh […]

Shut up! Vaaya moodu! Pesadhe is a thoroughly entertaining melange of famously hilarious film dialogs and an equally corny tune to go with it. Navin’s bass dominates Kadhal ara onnu vizhundhuchu, but Josh Markraj’s electric guitar and Sean’s and Shakthishree Gopalan’s vocals make a superb impact too in the funky tune. Alaap Raju seems unusually […]

Offo goes back to the trio’s Dil chahta hai days, riding well on a heady hook and extra melody in the antaras. Locha-e-ulfat is punchy in all aspects, the rhythm, hook and the prominent instrumental piece. Mast magan holds the trio’s Dharma-trademark besides an awkward mridangam interlude, but the vocals by Arijit and Chinmayi make […]

Naach Madhubala is like a banal Salman intro song; they introduce a bhoot instead of bhai. Nahin dungi and Sheeshe ka try mock recreations of the 50s sound, and Rupmatii’s faux singing mauls them. Manoj Mishra does a better job of this in Jaayen to jaayen. Dasni sharab is techno sound gone nuts, and Ishq […]

GVP builds Yelelo wonderfully, and sings it well too; the world music and folk mix is enticing! Gana Bala and Vijay Prakash complement each other well in the catchy Lovely ladies, backed by some exotic sound and Aryan Dinesh’s rap. The composer’s eclectic orchestration is the clear highlight in Penne, but the soft, winsome melody […]

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