Archive for March, 2016

Ankit Tiwari channels his inner Coldplay in Agar tu hota, singing it competently. Amaal Mallik’s Sab tera has a familiar melody that does check-box style Bollywood pleasantness; Shraddha’s vocals are pretty good! Meet Bros’ Girl I Need You has interesting vocals by Roach Killa, though the rest led by Arijit is less engaging. Meet Bros’ […]

Yevare nee premaku‘s sufi’ish rhythm is charming, albeit a bit too commonplace. Sai Charan’s vocals, in particular, is fantastic. Kottu kottu is breathless pseudo-kuthu – racy tune and rhythm combo. In Neethone, Sai employs a simple but catchy rhythm and Sai Charan’s effortless rendition helps! Shruthi gets a soulful lullaby in Chinnari and Sai handles […]

Sunday March 27, 2016 08:01

Hitman – March 27, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Chella kutti – Theri (Tamil – G V Prakash Kumar) Usually, fans expect a VIjay-sung song in all his films and Theri is no different. G V Prakash Kumar hands over the soundtrack’s best to the film’s hero, who along with Neeti Mohan does a very good job, no doubt […]

Ee shishirakaalam is a sweet melody that comes together with those gorgeous violins, and Vineeth and Kavya Ajit’s fantastic singing. The Onam song, Thiruvaavaniraavu is propped beautifully by Unni Menon and Sithara Krishnakumar’s vocals, with an resonant, authentic folk sound. Shaan’s ode to Dubai is serene and aptly dreamy, with an endearing, persistent mandolin-like sound. […]

With a majestic nadaswaram leading the Karaharapriya infused tune, Sooraj hits it out of the park in Pularkaalam pole. Haricharan and Madonna rock this one! In Pooram kaanan, the composer picks up a surprisingly ominous sounding tune and orchestrates it to great effect too with superb percussion, and highly engaging vocals by Vijay Yesudas and […]

‘He’s back to do something’, goes the title song, indicating how undecided Sardaar Gabbar Singh may be about his next steps; the flashy tune and Benny’s punchy vocals help, though. O pilla is staid DSP formula, but catchy enough, with that easy-on-the-ears rhythm. Tauba tauba owes a lot to Kalyanji-Anandji’s Lawaris number, Apni toh jaise […]

As if Junior NTR is an accomplished singer, he lends his voice to Puneeth in Gelaya. Helped by Thaman’s digital wizardry, he pulls it off well, for the simple, likeable tune. The digital vocal processing continues in Yenaithu where Kajal Aggarwal gets her voice severely ‘managed’, with Puneeth leading the captivating melody that has the […]

The punch in the title song is fantastic and Puneeth’s voice adds value. Arjun’s tune has a distinctive Devi Sri Prasad touch. Mandhara has a nice enough semi-carnatic bhajan-style tune that the gimmicks of processing Santhosh Venky’s voice at places seems odd, while Ding ding dong is Vijay Prakash’s show where he effortlessly breezes through […]

Jithu jilladi, sung by Deva, ends up sounding like Deva’s gaana too, with a formulaic hook and street-smart word-play by Rokesh, while Dub theri step builds on its opening pretty well. En jeevan is meant-for-Saindhavi melody in GVP’s repertoire, and Vaikom Vijayalakshmi’s cameo is a lovely touch! Eena meena teeka cleverly appropriates Mera joota hai […]

Sunday March 20, 2016 11:17

Hitman – March 19, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Chillu ranthal – Kali (Malayalam – Gopi Sundar) Job Kurian seems perfect for the wonderfully calming tune of Chillu ranthal that sounds like a fantastic lounge’y Brazilian musical package headlined by the guitar and drums, with a tinge of jazz. But Gopi goes beyond this serene flow to include a […]

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