Archive for May, 2014

En karunchingama is insanely catchy, thanks to the groovy guitar the composer layers over the corny, but instantly likeable tune. And then there is Gana Bala’s vocals – cracker of a song! En kannu kulla is a nice, lilting tune; Varun sings it well and Vishal’s orchestration is unintrusively good. Sinduri delivers Kee keecharey well, […]

Thursday May 15, 2014 19:52

Athithi (Music review), Tamil – Bharadwaj

Shutter moodum nerathile, a sort of a gana, is woefully outmoded, with a bland hook to boot. Its Club mix is even more pointless. Solla solla ullamengum can hardly go wrong, being based on the magical Reetigowlai raaga that the director supposedly sought specifically – Bharadwaj’s imagination is apt and adds good value to the […]

The title song is typical Honey Singh – the kind that sounds annoying, but would refuse to get out of the head thanks to its repetitive hooks. For his other song, Banjarey, Honey plays against type and the result is not bad at all! Raftaar’s Dhup chik is heady Punjabi techno that is simple and […]

Sriram Parthasarathy’s pleasant voice seems perfect for the lovely melody of Tholaivil irukkum, with Imman’s Ilayaraja’ish sound, and nifty touches like that santoor. Imman’s arrangement is phenomenal in Nenje nenje and Harshdeep Kaur’s vocals adds amazing value to the Charukesi’ish tune. Yaro yaro‘s tune, in comparison, is a bit jaded but Imman’s strings-based orchestration and […]

Wednesday May 14, 2014 20:15

Manam (Music review), Telugu – Anup Rubens

Piyo piyo re is perfectly foot-tapping, with a catchy hook. Arijit Singh rules Telugu too, after conquering Hindi, with Kanulanu thaake – Anup hands him an excellent melody tailor-made for his voice. Chinni chinni aasalu has a strong Hindi whiff, and the pleasant tune works easily, spearheaded by Ashwin’s fabulous vocals. Haricharan’s sonorous voice makes […]

Wednesday May 14, 2014 08:29

Million Dollar Arm (Music review), A R Rahman

Rang De Basanti’s left-over Makhna and let-us-obviously-fuse-Punjabi-and-rap Million Dollar Dream are intermittently engaging, thanks to the vocalists – Sukhwinder and Iggy Azalea, respectively. KT Tunstall and Rahman’s We Could Be Kings is however coherent and rhythmic, with fantastic vocals by both. Ditto with Taa taa tai – frenetic sitar complementing Rahman’s energetic call-out. Keep The […]

Aathangara orathil – Harris Jayaraj tune bank, 2007; Gana Bala’s singing does make a difference, besides MC Vickey’s rap and assorted burping sounds. Latcham calorie – Harris Jayaraj tune bank, 2003; this is that, even-a-baby-can-guess-this-is-by-Harris-Jayaraj tune; remains occasionally interesting though. Nee vandhu ponadhu – Harris Jayaraj tune bank, 2005; lot of glitzy sounds and nothing […]

Kongunattu thendralukkum has a nice folk groove, but Karthik Raja and Venkat Prabhu’s vocals are jarring, to say the least, besides the rather staid tune. Yuvan’s singing is significantly worse in Tharaimele irunthae, and the tune too offers nothing new, regurgitating many other Yuvan songs. Thakkaalikku has a fantastic folk rhythm to back the pleasant […]

Takkaru takkaru seems like a tacky remake of Ram-Leela’s dandruff-song, Tattad tattad, and it’s a perfunctory fit for a hero-introduction song. With its Coldplay-like sound Oh oh nadhigal oda is an easy listen, with Naresh Iyer and Shreya rocking the vocals. Otrai devathai sounds like a quintessential 90s Hindi film song, significantly modernised, though – […]

The synth in Emiti hadavadi is almost present-day Ilayaraja’ish! The playfully banter-style tune is serene and lovely; even the whispery and unassuming vocals by Deepu and Sravani add a lot of impact. The pleasant rhythm of Inthakante vere is a gorgeous addition, besides Hemachandra crooning the simple, soothing melody in his trademark style! The song’s […]

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