Archive for April, 2016

Saturday April 30, 2016 06:41

Maruthu (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Sooravalida is a standard-issue hero intro song extolling the hero’s virtues; besides Jinesh’s energetic singing, Imman’s nifty touches in the anupallavi’s background work. Othasada rosa faithfully follows Oothacoloru’s template and the lively rhythm helps the tune sail through. Karuvakaatu karuvaaya is that quasi-Raja melody that Imman has by now aced – functionally good, thanks to […]

Sunday April 24, 2016 08:26

Hitman – April 23, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Punnagaye – 24 (Tamil – A R Rahman) Rahman produces a highly listenable and interestingly experimental soundtrack in 24. Punnagaye tops the list, with the interplay between Shashaa Tirupati’s Punnagaye part and Haricharan’s heady Adi aathi (which also ends the song on a high) become the highlight, along with the […]

Sonu Nigam and Prakriti Kakkar are surprisingly restrained in Tu hi na jaane; the tune is also too familiar. Jeetne ke liye has KK trying to rouse emotions in a clearly templatized setting. But Amaal wins with Bol do na zara, a Gangster-Tu hi mera style, Emraan-brand melody handled brilliantly by Armaan Malik. Pritam’s lone […]

Wednesday April 20, 2016 18:39

Joker (Music review), Tamil – Sean Roldan

Ennanga Sir is a breezy mix of old-style mambo-salsa—with jaunty leaps and superb horns—and biting political commentary. Arandhai Bava and Perumal’s earthy vocals with edgy accents are perfect! Ola ola kudisayila is a beautiful companion piece to Raju Murugan’s debut, Cuckoo’s soundtrack (Santhosh Narayanan’s music) – gorgeous strings, incredibly bold mix of raagas and tune […]

Ajaneesh’s over-enthusiastic singing is the only thing pulling down Nee nanagoskara (pretty pronounced in the solo version by Shreya); everything else about the song – Raja’esque melody, choicest orchestration, Shreya’s vocals… are splendid! Naa ninage‘s Charukesi layer is fantastic, with soulful singing by Chintan, though Mukhtiyar Ali’s other version is awkward. Shreya rocks Thangali‘s saccharine-sweet […]

Monday April 18, 2016 19:21

Wagah (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

In Sollathaan nenaikiraen, Imman employs a commonplace faux-retro sound, but Divya Kumar’s exuberant singing makes up for any ennui. Yedho maayam is trademark Imman—sweeping, likeably familiar melody loaded with Enigma-styled backgrounds. After Ennamma ippadi panreengalema, Imman picks up another iconic line—Aaniyae pudunga venaam (from Friends, uttered by Vadivelu)—and makes a perfunctory dance track out of […]

Sunday April 17, 2016 09:26

Hitman – April 16, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Sairat jhala ji – Sairat (Marathi – Ajay-Atul) Close your eyes and listen to this song. A familiar Tamil voice will greet you—that is Chinmayi—but you won’t hear Tamil; you’re hearing Marathi. If you are on the wrong side of 30, the first thing you’d shout is, ‘Ilayaraja’! Yes, it […]

Bhaang ragad ke‘s electronic folk brings alive the tune’s almost-bhajan like sound in Vikas Kumar’s perfectly accented vocals. Vipin’s other, Kharch karod has a punchy electronic sound, but less interesting tune; better in the slower version. Shiraz Uppal’s Mera mann is harmonious, but sounds too common. Mathias Duplessy and Mukhtiyar Ali join again in Aye […]

Murabba is poor man’s Amit Trivedi; Bombay Talkies song title, contemplative guitar-led tune… though Neuman Pinto’s singing seems flat. Maula is more Amit, but Nandini Srikar’s accomplished singing holds it together. Maths mein is an incredibly lively ode to hatred for maths, with Nitesh Tiwari’s fantastic folksy lyrics. Shreyas Jain’s beautiful lines on a daughter […]

Onnu rendu, with a languorous Chandrababu-twang and perfunctory singing by S.J.Surya, has intoxication written all over it, including that morning-indication ending. Kadhal kappal gets its mojo in its alluring anupallavi that Santhosh carries with panache. The wedding-reception-style Ilayaraja ode, Solla thudikkuthu, made of Tamil film titles is utterly awkward. Anthony Daasan handles Othayilla with his […]

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