Archive for February, 2016

Sunday February 28, 2016 09:01

Hitman – February 27, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Aviyal – Aviyal (Tamil – Raghu Dixit) Raghu Dixit has done Indipop, has composed for Kannada and Hindi films, and has also sung in Telugu more recently. Though he did have a Tamil song (‘Amma’, written by Madhan Karky no less) in his most recent pop album, Jag Changa, he […]

Saturday February 27, 2016 12:14

Thozha (Music review), Tamil – Gopi Sundar

Baby odathe is flamboyant, with fantastic a horns section, handled enthusiastically by Shankar Mahadevan. Puthitha is Karthik’s show and Gopi’s ebullient tune surprises with solo violin and chorus hooks. Eiffel mele is even more appealing; Ranjith and Suchitra are fantastic! Vijay Prakash rocks Enadhuyire‘s 80’s pop ballad sound, while the title song is just about […]

Meet Bros’ recreation of Jaz Dhami and Yo Yo Honey Singh’s 2012 High Heels includes a brand new hook, and is as catchy as the original. They do an equally good job with the adequately foot-tapping Pump It. Their last, Most Wanted Munda, is apt for end credits when people walk out. Mithoon’s Ji huzoori […]

Wednesday February 24, 2016 16:26

Zero (Music review), Tamil – Nivas K Prasanna

Anirudh brings a certain vulnerability to Uyire un uyirena‘s gorgeous ballad-style melody that adds a tremendous layer. Nivas lets the tune soak in and keeps the orchestration beautifully complimentary, complete with a hauntingly soft rhythm, and aptly backing strings. Haricharan lifts Veredhuvum nijamae illai to new heights, but it is Nivas’s incredible tune that is […]

Bombay Rockers’ 2003 chartbuster Rock Tha Party continues to sound fresh and catchy. Ankit Tiwari composes and wails through the rock-tinged Alfazon ki tarah where the music props the predictable tune. Television veterans and debutant film composers Inder and Sunny Bawra open with the impressive Rehnuma, a soulful melody with ambient arrangements, sung beautifully by […]

Main woh chaand is droningly Himesh, and Darshan Raval does well, given the limited material. Much like Bekhudi, that fares better, as a tune, though Aditi’s nakhras seem overdone. Wafa ne bewafai works its repetitive hook’s charm well, as Arijit leads it in style. Himesh sings Teri yaad with all his nose and the Aashiq […]

Sunday February 21, 2016 08:27

Hitman – February 20, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Athuvutta – Pokkiri Raja (Tamil – D.Imman) Imman is angry. Very, very angry. And upset… in Athuvutta. He throatily croaks, “Adichu pirichu manasa kizhicha aa…thaa, avala nenechu polambi azhudhen aa…thaa!”. He is fast taking over the mantle of being the Patron Saint of Love Failure music in Tamil Nadu from […]

Sunday February 21, 2016 07:49

Game (Music review), Kannada – Ilayaraja

Ondu manchina bindu is familiar Raja territory – a beautiful tune to sink into, but with the synth and awkward trappings that pack it. Karthik and Ramya do handle it wonderfully, though. Hoovindha hoovige kavana is on a similar trajectory – lively tune, but the sound is far more enjoyable, with brilliant interludes, particularly the […]

Uyiril‘s ethereal tune rides on Chinmayi’s indulgent vocals, set to a serene guitar-backed sound. She also rules over the breezy Kaathu kidandha, punctuated by Gopi’s trademark chorus. Kadhal kolluthadi‘s enchanting melody invokes Ilayaraja’s Sumam prati sumam*, and Gopi orchestrates it beautifully. Punjiriyo mixes the Malayalam sound to Tamil cleverly, while Adada, while being perfectly melodious, […]

Masura pochey continues to push Tamil lyrics’ tolerance, with engaging faux-retro singing by Gantasaala Raju, set to Shameer Sultan’s quirky tune. Vishal Chandrashekhar’s lounge’y, psychedelic sound in Kaatrodu is aptly handled by Anandi Chandrashekhar, while he also excels in the wonderfully vaudevillian Many Moods of An Accordion. Antony Dasan’s tune and Mani Amuthavan’s lines in […]

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