Archive for September, 2014

The sense of optimism in the gorgeously tuned Hey sutrum bhoomi is instantly endearing. Mili Nair and a Raghu Dixit’ish Harish Venkat offer pitch-perfect rendition! The guitar riff used in Kaligalam fabulously complements Shankar Mahadevan in Kaligalam, a scintillating fusion rock anthem! Nandini Srikar is the star of Yaar, another song with a brilliant, sweeping […]

Friday September 19, 2014 21:06

Kaththi (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Aathi is a cracker of a mix – Vishal Dadlani and Anirudh bring the house down in style! Pakkam vanthu too is instantly likeable, amplifying its hook for maximum impact. Selfie pulla sees Madhan Karky officially mainstreaming every common digital term and it comes together in an infectious concoction. Paalam is cringe-worthy, however, with its […]

Ra ra rowdy‘s sound is mighty interesting – the catchy hook enveloped by pulsating guitar, with Arijit and Aditi’s towering vocals! Yedo has perfect rock singalong’ness – breezy melody, and winsome vocals by Armaan Malik and Harshika Gudi. That nuanced rock sound extends to Aa seetadevi too, with Arijit’s expert handling of the mellow tune. […]

Tuesday September 16, 2014 20:57

Current Theega (Music review), Telugu – Achu

The title song is passable, at best, with Ranjith trying to infuse life into it, while Manoj barely pulls of his drunk-singing act in Pothe ponee, thanks largely to Achu’s foot-tapping mix. Ammay nadumu and Yerraa yerra both pass by with no impact, despite the techno-kuthu layer in the latter. Karthik is fabulous in his […]

Tuesday September 16, 2014 17:50

Bang Bang (Music review), Hindi – Vishal-Shekhar

Meherbaan‘s structure – the softer parts alternating with bouncy Punjabi’ness and a guitar-laden vocal choir – is mighty neat! Shilpa Rao and Ash King, are, as always, highly effective! The song’s unplugged reprise is a great listen too! Tu meri‘s boy-band sound is punchy and wonderfully catchy. Uff has that kind of rhythm and lyrics […]

India Wale is standard-issue Farah Khan chorus song, with carefully thought-through lyrics to evoke maximum jingoism. Manwa laage is earthy and highly rhythmic, while Satakli’s one-hook is adequately repeated to make some impact. Nonsense ki night‘s utterly corny lyrics helps the mish-mash, while Dance like a chammiya has an addictive ring to it. Sharabi sounds […]

Hariharan aces the slow, likeable melody of Neeli rangu, with Yuvan playing the folk rhythm to very good effect. Javed Ali’s Gulabi is a lovely slow-burner! Yuvan hands him a tune that has really long phrases that Javed handles confidently, to make the tune thoroughly endearing. Ra rakumara seems to be making good use of […]

Monday September 15, 2014 16:09

I (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Mersalaayitten seems tailor-made for Anirudh’s digitally-enhanced vocals; even sounds techno-enough like his own music, barring that very-Rahman’ish violin interlude. Ennodu nee‘s reprise works better than the original’s soul gospel choir where Sid Sriram laboriously force-fits Tamil; worked in Adiye, not here. Aila‘s experimentation works, though – an accessible melange that mixes techno-pop, classical opera and […]

Saturday September 13, 2014 17:58

Haider (Music review), Hindi – Vishal Bhardwaj

Vishal Dadlani is the perfect choice for Aao na‘s grunge rock, with the composer playing with captivating guitar hooks! The song’s alternative version is the lone sore note in the soundtrack. Bismil‘s Central European sound is a complete kicker; Sukhwinder Singh and the chorus deliver Gulzar’s storified lyrics beautifully. The song’s other version, Ek aur […]

Friday September 12, 2014 17:31

Jeeva (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Ovvondrai thirudugirai may well be a song from Ilayaraja’s Neethaane En Ponvasantham! But, at some point mid-way, it could have easily been a Raja song from his prolific Kannada sojourn in the early 80s! The tune is vintage Raja and even the orchestration Imman assembles so beautifully and thoughtfully is strongly reminiscent of the veteran […]

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