Archive for April, 2014

Pradeep nails the sound in Kadalakunda, a lively track sung wonderfully well by the composer himself. The pitch perfect drums and sax sound goes fabulously with the tune and seems like a new age variant of classic Ilayaraja music of the 80s! Sean Roldan breezes through the captivating kuthu fusion in Ee prema manakoddhu – […]

Tequila wakila is a competently foot-tapping rehash of the typical Enrique/Ricky Martin sound, with great vocals by Shreya and Ankit. Ankit’s other composition, Sawaalon mein soars with its intriguing, sweeping tune thanks to Shreya’s fantastic vocals. Gopal, Anand, Pawan composed title song is adequately background’ish. The soundtrack’s highlight is Mithoon’s Shukra tera, a gorgeously serene […]

Kisse lambe depends a lot on Gulzar’s verses and Sukhwinder’s free-flowing vocals; the mid-way shift to Pakistani pop style are good, but the chorus is jarring. Lakeerein fares much better with a uniform texture and fantastic vocals by Papon (along with another, uncredited singer, like Hariharan, perhaps?), not to forget lovely lines by Gulzar. The […]

Ice Cream, despite cringe-worthy lyrics, is an enjoyable Pancham-Shankar Jaikishan mash-up. Himesh’s fascination for Tum hi ho is apparent in Dard dilo ko, while the Xpose theme is banal. Despite Honey Singh and Himesh’s fangled vocals, Hai apna dil‘s captivating tune salvages it! Its Blues Mix cranks up the speed, to impressive result. Ditto with […]

Idhayam’s sweet melody is perfectly handled by Sivamani, undone only by Javed Ali who seems to be occasionally mincing Tamil words. Naanum unnil paadhi is straight out of Sivamani’s pop album, Mahaleela… pulsating world music influences, headlined by the Latino sound. Neeyae is mighty unique, with the composer using water as one of the persistent […]

Intha porapudhan’s lyrics are significantly more appealing – or, tastier – than the simplistic tune. Eeramai eeramai is vintage Raja – an absolutely delectable melody, beautifully sung by Ranjith and Vibhavari, complete with trademark sweeping violin interludes. Therintho theriyamalo too has a lovely tune to engage with, and here the man scores even better with […]

Nenjukkulla nee is an easy winner, thanks to the rollicking rhythm, clubbed with infectious vocals. Low aana life is a consistently groovy ode to Sunny Leone, complete with a fantastic kuthu twist mid-way, delivered with requisite attitude by Anirudh and Andrea. Lalithanand’s hilarious lyrics and Gana Bala’s rendition helps Kelunganne’s qawali-gana mix very well, but, […]

En kadhal has a lovely tune, but with clunky synth that’s undone only by the interludes and nifty violin in the anupallavi. Pony Prakash Raj seems like a horribly wrong choice for the reprise, though. Kannadi parkkama gets the singer (Yuvan) and the period (2001?) wong. Intha aylesa fares marginally better, thanks to the pulsating […]

The very-guitary Yaari yaari is at a best passable ‘friendship’ song; hardly in line with the film title’s original, by Ali Haider. Yeh beetey din works considerably better as a lilting farewell song; its acoustic version, even more so! KK does wonderfully well in Dil aaj kal, a breezy and instantly likeable melody with a […]

Azhagu, understandably, holds a strong whiff of Indira’s Nila kaigiradhu – the instantly likeable, ethereal tune and Unnkrishnan’s daughter Uthara evoking an adorable innocence akin to Harini in the earlier song. Kokkara kozhi is faux-folk done reasonably well – very familiar Rahman style that is occasionally enjoyable. The composer uses the echoing ghatam sound brilliantly […]

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