Archive for October, 2014

Shaan sounds considerably better in Chayunnuvo than Aaromale, but both songs have tunes that are thoroughly likeable. The former’s morph into punchy technopop is fabulous, while the latter’s almost-reggae’ish lilt is neat too. Doore doore, in both its variants, offers an engaging tune, though Rinu Rezak’s minimal version trumps Vineeth’s more boy-band’ish version. There’s a […]

Alcoholic continues Yo Yo Honey Singh’s festish for assorted spirits and he is clearly the best in creating catchy songs built around them. Manali trance goes a step beyond mere spirit, into the realm of hallucinogens, and in Neha Kakkar’s appropriately intoxicating vocals, this one’s a heady mix too. Hard Kaur composed Aashiq Mizaaj, in […]

Wednesday October 22, 2014 21:07

Happy Ending (Music review), Hindi – Sachin-Jigar

G phaad ke is a bloody catchy mix – Divya Kumar and Shefali Alvares scorch the dance floor with their enthusiasm. The tune moves in intriguingly captivating directions before comfortably settling on the addictive hilke nacho hook. Paaji tussi such a pussy cat has a heady, corny twang and along with its hilarious lyrics, it’s […]

More than the tribal sounds in Theeyattam, the composing duo’s sensibilities hits on notes far beyond the conventional, into world music, including Walid Ben Saleem’s Arabic rap. But it’s all wrapped up really well in Amala C’s scorching vocals, till Neha herself graces the song, mid-way. Maane and Raave are absolutely delightful, with Anil Ram […]

I started getting serious about Ilayaraja’s non-Tamil music only in 2010-11. It was a very random effort, no doubt initiated by Geetha’s Jothe Jotheyali. In 2012, I wrote a formal request on Milliblog asking readers to suggest Ilayaraja’s songs from Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada that are worth listening to. Considering the man has composed generously […]

Ghunghat, based on Bulleh Shah’s Kafi crackles with guitaring that almost has a conversation with Sharmistha! Mohammad Ahsan Papu’s flute and Louis Pinto’s drums offer splendid support too! The other song based on Bulleh Shah’s Kafi, Sayon, is a wonderfully pleasant melody, and besides Sharmistha’s adept handling of the complex tune and Papu’s flute work […]

The title song sees the trio playing a superbly flamboyant and addictive tribute the classic Spaghetti Western music. Shankar Mahadevan and Sonu Nigam are in blistering form here and even indulge in some cool yodelling! Sweeta rides on the cool vaudevillain sound, a tune bordering on Pancham’s Jeevan ke har modh pe (Jhoota Kahin Ka) […]

Krsna builds on Pancham’s original Pyar mein dil pe on predictable lines, but Bappi Lahiri, with his verve, is the real hero of the song! Krsna’s other track, Khamakha has a nice conversational feel to it and Mohit Chauhan’s is the best version among the three. Sonu Nigam’s version of Arko’s Dildara is the best […]

Ghoor ghoor ke is catchy, no doubt, but is too simplistic, and not fitting the standards Ram Sampath is known for. Tod de kataar is progressively worse – despite Labh Janjua’s spirited singing, the tune has hardly anything interesting. The title song has a foot-tapping retro sound to it, but where Ram really wins is […]

Bombay Makossa – Chingari (Ranjit Barot, U Shrinivas, Etienne Mbappe) I came to know about this album 15 days before Shrinivas passed away and was waiting for the mid-September release date given that it has both Ranjit Barot and Shrinivas in it. Unfortunately, we saw the untimely demise of Shrinivas 3 days after the album […]

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