Archive for January, 2015

A minor update in the monthly ‘top recent listens’ list. I usually take this lists as an opportunity to not just list my favorites from the previous months, but also refer to those that I missed reviewing for assorted reasons (no time, no inspiration/mood, or limited interesting songs in an album to demand a fill […]

Thursday January 29, 2015 20:47

Temper (Music review), Telugu – Anup Rubens

Choolenge aasma‘s lilt is bang on target – groovy and Adnan in his usual impeccable form. The title song is good fun too, loading on the rhythm to impressive effect, while Devudaa, despite labored singing by Anup and Puri Jagannath (!), at least has a few absorbing hooks. One more time‘s faux-classical touch is consistently […]

Pa paba pa has a lot of alluring sounds, including kuthu and rock, but it seldom flows smoothly. Ketta news too, barring a one-hook catchiness, is largely fragmented. But Porruppu to parruppu gets the attitude and tune right, blending in the corniness too seamlessly! Vaazhum naal sails through in SPB’s engaging voice, but the soundtrack’s […]

Friday January 23, 2015 21:22

Badlapur (Music review), Hindi – Sachin Jigar

Jee karda is an absolute kicker! The normal version, in itself, is a stupendous listen for the incredibly engaging tune and Divya Kumar’s spirited vocals. The guitars and shehnai speak to each other with panache in the song, while the rock version adds harmonium to the mix beautifully, besides significantly amplifying the guitar sound. Atif […]

Rochak Kohli’s title song has a breezy enough tune and he sings it with the necessary panache too! Rochak gets, aptly, Mohit Chauhan and Javed Bashir, for Daak ticket, yet another engaging folk’ish story-telling melody. He ends his contribution with the funky Turram Khan, superbly led by Papon, till Ayushmann Khurrana and Monali Thakur interject […]

Saturday January 17, 2015 19:13

Mythri (Music review), Kannada – Ilayaraja

Despite Raja’s effort in the backgrounds, Hudugaatave and Gelavu onde are undone by jaded tunes; there’s only so much the orchestration can salvage. Idu yaava lokavo pulls together better as a pleasant melody, but is out of place from its 90s timeline. Aakaasha meluntu is embarassingly dated on every count. Kailash Kher brings the soundtrack’s […]

Friday January 16, 2015 21:31

Shamitabh (Music review), Hindi – Ilayaraja

It doesn’t matter that Anand Milind had freemixed Ilayaraja’s 1980 Tamil number from the Rajinikanth starrer Johnny, in Angrakshak’s Dil mere udaas hai! The veteran remixes it himself in Sannata, retaining the essence of the tune and getting Shruti to breeze through it, and also add her name along with Sunidhi and Shreya (courtesy Swanand […]

Amaal Malik’s Sooraj dooba hain is a mighty enthusiastic techno dance number with lively vocals of Aditi and Arijit. Meet Bros Anjjan’s Chittiyaan kalaiyaan, the desi dance number is easy on the ears with Kanika’s extra oomphy vocals. Ankit Tiwari’s Tu hai, Boond boond and Yaara re are in typical Ankit-style – soaring, immersive melodies […]

Saturday January 10, 2015 19:28

Valiyavan (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Aahaa kaadhal is that trademark Imman sound – extra catchy rhythm, a tinge of Latino and a hummable tune. Papon’s Hello hello, is a foot-tapping drunk birthday wish that also features a dog’s panting! Great listen too, with Papon’s Hindi’ish diction adding to the song’s drunken’ness! Sunidhi’s vocals add to the languorous tune of Yelomia […]

Beparwah is a fantastic departure from the usual Meet Bros Anjjan brand of music. Apeksha Dandekar’s diva-like vocals soar beautifully with the captivating tune, with the orchestration playing along approrpriately! The song’s other version (MBA swag!) is, unfortunately, pathetic. The soundtrack however belongs to M.M.Kreem and lyricist Manoj Muntashir, however, for Main tujhse pyaar! The […]

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