Archive for June, 2015

Sunday June 28, 2015 08:44

Hitman – June 27, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Yennamma Ippadi Panreengalema Rajini Murugan (Tamil) Music: D. Imman In the much-loved tradition of Tamil film songs that offer harried men a post-alcohol expression of musical outrage, aimed at women who dither in reciprocating the feelings of the (above) said men, joins yet another song. This one is powered by […]

Tuesday June 23, 2015 19:14

Papanasam (Music review), Tamil – Ghibran

Yeya en kottikkaaraa has an easily appealing tune harking back to Kutti Puli’s Aruvaakkaara. Ghibran’s musical layering is impeccable, and Sundar Narayana Rao seems to be vocalizing Kamal Haasan’s voice mannerisms! Hariharan breezes through the deeply contemplative, possibly-Charukesi’ish Vinaa, even as Ghibran loads it with flourishing, ominous orchestration. Of the instrumental pieces by Sofia Session […]

Saturday June 20, 2015 20:22

Hitman – June 20, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Manohari Baahubali (Telugu) Music: M. M. Keeravani Baahubali’s soundtrack is expectedly opulent, with veteran Keeravani bringing in a cornucopia of interesting sounds to showcase the grand scale of the film. But as always, the composer’s tunes are soaked in nativity, even as he seeks out modern orchestration to keep them […]

The title song, with its bordering-on-Middle-Eastern Vakulabharanam raaga base is made more interesting with the prominent brass sound. Sivakarthikeyan delivers it pretty well. Un mela oru kannu, despite breezy vocals by Jithin Raj and Mahalakshmi Iyer and that cool rhythm, is a let-down, tune-wise. Aavi parakkum too suffers from the same impediment – poor tune, […]

The title song starts off with Amit’s predictable scheme of things… till that second interlude and the subsequent, dramatic change in sound that puts the song in another gear! Its remix, however, is more annoyingly gimmicky. Sooiyan is an easy winner – a wonderfully pleasant melody that gains so much from the choice of singers […]

Sunday June 14, 2015 11:00

Hitman – June 13, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Oru vidha aasai – Maari (Tamil – Anirudh) The Anirudh-Dhanush combo is hot, particularly after Velayilla Pattathaari. And in Maari, they try to extend another composer’s sound – Harris Jeyaraj’s chartbuster from Dhanush’s Anegan, Danga Maari. While that extension is middling at best, where Anirudh does score is in Oru […]

Mamatala thalli opens on a soft note, evolving to a grander sound at two places, around the 1st and 2nd minutes. Sivuni aana‘s beautifully rolling lyrics and hymnal sound is captivating, while Pacha bottasi‘s tune, while pleasant, is standard issue material from the veteran. Nippulaa swasa and the short Jeevanadi are background’ish at best. The […]

Hiphop Tamizha writes, composes, sings and mauls iPhone 6 nee yendral ruthlessly – he almost sleepwalks with his nasal singing all over the drab song. Kadhale fares significantly better with its sweeping tune and brilliant singing by Padmalatha, which is taken over by Shankar Mahadevan and Alaap Raju in the song’s other version, the title […]

Ninnamanemunde is mighty staid, despite all the effort from Rahul Nambiar and Ramya Behara. Ladies And Gentlemen has a consistently catchy rhythm to save it from boredom, but Mickey gets everything right in Kannalle, with it’s wonderfully foot-tapping sound, besides Karthik and Shivani’s pitch-perfect singing. Mickey rehashes his own Chakkilingitey title song to great effect […]

The title song‘s chest-thumping and hero worship is listenable thanks to Tipu’s rendition. In Thutthoori talavarayya, Arjun’s composition seems to skillfully mimic Pancham and Vijay Prakash’s vocals add to the charm too. Sharan sings Kaal KG kallekaai, in a spoofy kuthu tune that Arjun usually reserves for himself; Sharan does an equally good job. Nakash […]

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