Archive for April, 2014

Kshanam kshanam is true-blue Keeravani melody – sweeping tune, beautifully sung by Sunita and a captivating hook, all in a serene package. The Search takes off mid-way from Kshanam kshanam and updates the sound to a more punchy, guitar-loaded tone. Dead & Live explores the same tune again in a more desolate sounding tone; in […]

Ambala singam has a showy tune and orchestration, not to forget the kick-ass chorus! The tune, at its base, is vintage Ilayaraja, but with a more showy pop sound and Sean’s raspy vocals to go with it! Idhu enna and Kadhal kanave are those mandatory nods to Santhosh Narayanan, but Sean seems to have significantly […]

The ultra-minimal orchestration in Ninna danigaagi is absolutely tantalizing! Karthik and Hamsika Iyer, and Santhosh Venky and Supriya Lohith – both sets of singers are fantastic in crooning two versions of this possibly Abheri’ish melody. In contrast, Puneeth Rajkumar’s Pipi song is standard, noisy and raucuous kuthu template. Ash King’s Yello mareyaagi is a breezy, […]

Yaemaarum janame’s ambient sound is instantly enticing. Sean’s vocals too, besides GKB’s hard-hitting lyrics and the the guitar usage. In Verichodi ponathada too, guitars play a huge role, though the bluegrass’y tune is less engaging. Kalyani Nair sounds mesmerising, mouthing Vairamuthu’s beautiful lines, in Kadhala, a delightful ballad that fuses Rahman’s Pachai nirame sound with […]

I have been noticing an interesting trend with regard music launches for some films in Hindi. Amit Trivedi-composed Queen was on T-series, but the song Hungama ho gaya alone was released by Saregama, online. Similarly, Heropanti’s Whistle Baja was reelased online by Saregama, while the rest was on T-series. Granted that Saregama owns the rights […]

Ghoom gayi has a nice languorous groove, no doubt accentuated by Sunidhi’s vocals and Hitesh’s guitar backdrop. Swaroop Khan and Hitesh sound amateurish in the title song; the middling tune doesn’t help either. Hitesh sounds appalling in Sapnon ko, though the pensive tune is not bad at all. Javed Ali raises the soundtrack’s singing standard […]

Barring Kausar Munir’s use of ‘kathai* aankhen’, Rabba is pleasant, but contrived, with Mohit Chauhan valiantly trying to save it. Ditto with Tabah – Mohit is the bright spot in the familiar melody. Sajid-Wajid get their 3rd song right though – Raat bhar‘s foot-tapping techno sound works. Mustafa Zahid and Bilal Saeed’s Tere binaa is […]

Anbu dhaan seems like a web 2.0 version of classic Raja songs like Uchi vagundheduthu, the guitar’y addition and Krishnaraj’s soulful rendition making an impression! In Aagaasa nilavu there is a clear influence of Deva’s Ilayaraja-style music (!) – pleasant throwback to the 90s, however! Ayyo ayyo is at best a serviceable kids chorus. Paathu […]

Haricharan sounds fantastic in the tranquil Vellai pandhu, with Rahman’s influence written large over the song orchestration. Ennamo edho has a nice lilt with the accordion sound and a catchy hook; the song’s structure too is interesting, with extended interludes with Hindi verses and rap connecting the beginning and end! Yemaathukaran’s tune is strictly functional, […]

Laka laka is from Sri of the 90s, with no improvisation, sadly. Moonlight girl is more like present day Sri, lilting song that has incredibly long breaks within the flow! Mano’s Bahuparak is a nice throwback to the street theater-style music, while the short Yarukaga is a curious one – using Vasantha Maaligai’s iconic Tamil […]

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