Archive for March, 2015

Sandi muni is a frenzied Mayamalavagowlai, delivered by Haricharan with the right attitude. Leon also assembles an engaging rhythm base for it! Shakthisree, in Vaaya veera lifts the melody to new heights, with Leon again creating backgrounds that are more interesting than usual. Thaman’s Motta paiya is similar, engaging melody with even more interesting backgrounds. […]

To ju hain sees Ankit churning his standard template to the hilt. Where Ankit really scores is in his other two – Shukrana starts off meanderingly, but soon a pumping rhythm takes over and lifts the song up, while Alif se has catchy techno break-beats that work well. Jeet’s title song has a Bond theme’ish […]

Ethanai kavignen cheeky lyrics bring a smile instantly, and Karthik’s singing plus Thaman’s thrumming rhythm make it an easy winner. The title song is forceful enough to play in the background when a Telugu hero is rampaging on henchmen who dared to bother his area’s people. SPB Charan brings his under-rated charm to Penne penne, […]

Saturday March 28, 2015 20:46

Purampokku (Music review), Tamil – Varshan

Kalaasi and Marina beachula would bring tears of joy in Deva’s eyes, for using his gaana style and upgrading it a bit too! Orae oru murai has a pleasant Latino lilt and a good melody spearheaded by Sunitha Sarathy, but reeks of a time when Ranjit Barot scored VIP in Tamil! The two short songs, […]

Ettum pottum, in Vineeth Sreenivasan’s confident vocals, is pulsating hard rock, with superb guitaring all through. Sarangiyil has the immensely talented Job Kurien hold forth, with his singing, on to a dreamy, Floyd-like soundscape – it is wonderfully captivating, and evokes memories of Rudhira suriyan, from Roby’s own Theevram. Azhalinte‘s techno sound too is mesmerizing, […]

I came across this piece in today’s Bangalore Mirror (Rajkumar song is not music to family’s big release), which says that Lahari Music and T-series have sent legal notices to the producers of the Puneet Rajkumar starrer, Ranavikrama, for allegedly plagiarizing 2 songs from their repertoire. The title song is Ranavikrama is supposedly based on […]

Mathagajame has the grandeur befitting a historical’s intro song, but eventually turns into a melange. Chusukovoy‘s rhythm and tune is perfect for… 1985. Now, it sounds bizarre. Ditto with Allakallolamai – angsty, outdated dance sound. The soundtrack’s real winners are the 3 melodies. Auna neevena is delightfully sweet, with fantastic orchestration that is so very […]

Saturday March 21, 2015 19:03

Nellikka (Music review), Malayalam – Bijibal

Chirakurummi is an interesting concoction; Aparna Rajeev starts off in a different tune even as Najim Arshad picks it up and moves into a beautiful, possibly Vasantha-raaga base. Noore ilahi is a surprisingly old-school qawali, with the usual catchy hooks. The Abhogi’ish (Bagesri?) Swapnachirakil is a wonderfully pleasant melody, typical of the raga base, and […]

Sneha Khanwalkar’s Bach ke Bakshy is mind-bogglingly eclectic, with a curiously addictive sound! Byomkesh In Love, by alt-rock band Blek is a less impressive reworking of their own superlative 2012 song Fog + Strobe. Joint Family’s Life’s a bitch and electro-alt-punk duo Mode.AKA’s Chase in Chinatown are fashionably and flamboyantly grungy, while Peter Cat Recording […]

Arike pozhiyum‘s absolute highlight is Mithun Raju’s addictive guitaring. Govind Menon’s tune and singing are top class too – one captivating package! Hridayathin niramayi is nice enough, with a lilting waltz sound, though the accordion-led sound is standard-issue. Manjiloode, however, is an instantly likeable, cracker of a melody – Christine Jose Vadasseril and Divya S […]

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