Archive for November 1st, 2015

Aa oruthi, the maappila paattu is light and forthy in the genre’s tradition, enhanced by Vidyasagar’s simple and lilting rhythm. Hariharan excels in Sahibaa, a ghazal’ish ballad similar to the ones that the singer composes himself, like Paighaam’s Lafzon Ki Tarha where Vidyasagar even adds a fantastic Lalitha raaga-based interlude! In Ee thanutha, Vidyasagar seems […]

Sunday November 1, 2015 13:50

144 (Music review), Tamil – Sean Roldan

Vinai theerkum is a catchy kuthu-based Ganesha tribute. Lyricist Vivek epitomizes Vadivelu’s stolen well comedy (originally from Marathi film Jau Tithe Khau) in Kenathakaanum; middling tune, with the horns section offering some novelty. Kaasu kedacha is disappointing, playing to standard sounds. Velamarapattayum‘s hilarious anti-alcoholism lyrics by Kaaraikudi Bharathi Ganesan gets a devotional tune-spin by Sean. […]

Sunday November 1, 2015 11:52

Navarasam (Music review) – Thaikkudam Bridge

The title song is a goosebumps-inducing conversation between guitar, violin and what seems like Panthuvarali raaga, combined with a majestic power-Theyyam piece mid-way and a superbly ambient ending that lasts for over 1.5 minutes! Shiva extends the sound in very similar ways, using the guitar to great effect and Anish Krishnan having what is possibly […]

Sunday November 1, 2015 09:29

Hitman – October 31, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Eppo varuvaaro – Oru naal koothu (Tamil – Justin Prabhakaran) Justin Prabhakaran, who made an impressive debut with Pannayaarum Padminiyum, produces a cracker of a soundtrack for Oru Naal Koothu. The highlight of the album is easily Eppo Varuvaaro. Yes, it is that Gopalakrishna Bharathi song, but Justin subverts the […]

Sunday November 1, 2015 09:20

Hitman – October 24, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Uyir nadhi – Vedalam (Tamil – Anirudh) Anirudh is in form, and how! After Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, he manages to produce a very commercial and likeable soundtrack for Vedalam! For the pathos situation (having an unshaven Ajith mope around hopelessly?) in Uyir nadhi, Anirudh seems to be using a mix […]

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