Sunday August 7, 2016

Sanjay Divecha and Secret (Music review), Indipop – Sanjay Divecha

Posted by Karthik

Ota, the Kannada opener of the album is a lovely song split by marked changes to the sound at the end of each utterance of ‘Saaguve na munde’ by Chandana Bala! After the first, there is a subtle percussion addition to what was till then primarily guitar-driven. After the second, the lively jazz’y backgrounds kick-in. After the third, the track acquires a beautifully divergent, free-form direction. At the fourth, the song ends! Tapas Roy’s almost-Middle Eastern Saaz/Bouzouki prelude paves way for Sanjay’s guitars and Raman Mahadevan and Chandana’s rendition of Swati Tirunal’s Thillana. The singing is flawless; the percussion and strings fusion, even more so!

Raman gets excellent backing from Naresh Kamath in the Assamese track Xiyaali ae, marked by fantastic guitar work from Sanjay, and acoustic bass by Ravi Knypstra, in a tune that flows serenely. Sanjay’s carnatic-style electric guitaring is the highlight of the Malayalam track Mani muthe, even as Chandana aces the vocals, most possibly alluding to Malayamarutham raaga during the aalaap in the middle. The Mira bhajan, Mhari preet nibhajo ji uses the gorgeous Rajasthani-style Maand-raaga melody by Pandit Govind Prasad Jaipurwale set to a Clapton’esque guitar backdrop that at places sounds almost like Wonderful Tonight!

Louiz Banks rolls like the rockstar he is, in Call that showcases its Oriya roots mid-way, flowing to a spritely aalaap till then. The album’s stupendous highlight is the Naattai raaga based Muthuswamy Dikshithar composition, Mahaganapathim! The sax, trumpet, veena… all join together to bring out a phenomenally swinging jazz’y adaptation of the familiar melody that Raman and Chandana handle wonderfully. Secret, the only instrumental track, ends the album on a flamboyant sound led by Shirish Malhotra’s sax and Sanjay’s guitar, with brilliant twists at 2:40 and 5:05! Sanjay Divecha and Secret is a shining example of fusion done right.

Keywords: Sanjay Divecha, Chandana Bala, Raman Mahadevan, Sonu Sangameswaran, Sanket Naik, 300, #300

Sanjay Divecha and Secret is,
Sanjay Divecha – acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, programming & vocals.
Chandana Bala – vocals
Raman Mahadevan – vocals
Sonu Sangameswaran – bass
Sanket Naik – percussion & vocals

Listen to the songs, see the complete album credits and buy the album on OKlisten | iTunes | Saavn (may be geo-loacked depending where you are)

Comments

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  • Chuttan

    This i can’t find online, plz post some link so that songs can b downloaded!!

    • milliblog

      There are links after the review, to download it from OKlisten (where I downloaded it from) and iTunes.

      • Chuttan

        But those r either costin some money or r providin only play online options, isn’t there some method to download it mp3 format for free?!

        • milliblog

          Thankfully, no (so far).

          • Abhi

            And it MUST not be free.

      • Chuttan

        So this album & it’s review is useless for gareebs like me,lol!!

        • milliblog

          You do know that the album costs Rs.100 on OKlisten, right? Rs.100. But yes, free is smaller than Rs.100, and since I cannot argue further without swearing (given the topic’s skew right now), I’ll stop.

          • Chuttan

            But most of the songs these days r for free, just download them directly accordingly but it seems that the artist is takin a risky way puttin a price tag in front of it, anyway, no use of gettin angry, cool down!!

      • Chuttan

        Poorva by Pradeep Kumar, where to find that, search by this name leads to nowhere!!

  • nachiketha s h u

    Great find, thanks for bringing these into our attention.

  • Sathyajit Krishnan

    Great listen. Phenomenal piece of work. Btw surprised that you haven’t reviewed Poorva by Pradeep Kumar. It’s quite an outrageous attempt.

    • milliblog

      Heard Poorva and loved it too. I just couldn’t write about it – not qualified enough to even start.

      • Sathyajit Krishnan

        Not qualified? You probably should. Sad enough that such a brilliant attempt got little to no publicity or reach in the first place.

    • Chuttan

      Poorva by Pradeep Kumar, where to find that?!

      • Sathyajit Krishnan

        http://www.poorvaa.com. Pay what you want and download.

        • Chuttan

          Again pay then download, it seems no music for people who don’t do online bankin or in short no music for gareebs, lol, i m feelin it’s importance with each passin day, lol, anyway thanx!!

          • Sathyajit Krishnan

            You can pay 0 if you want to. That is what Pay what you want means.

          • Chuttan

            Whenever i m clickin on add to cart, it’s comin on screen *bad request*, really strange process!!

          • Chuttan

            Also the vdeo starts playin whenever u click on it, it seems that it will b better if it’s downloaded from some pc rather than an android phone!!

    • rnjbond

      Oh wow… just listened to it and it’s really amazing! I’m glad you shared this.

      • Sathyajit Krishnan

        Cheers.

  • Chuttan

    Plz post any link & review only if it is available online for free download, otherwise it gives a temptin like feelin that the person/invidual is missin somethin & when that gets a #200 or #300, then it feels really weird, lol!!

    • rnjbond

      Don’t be so petty.

      • Chuttan

        Petty, what does that mean?!

        • rnjbond

          Dictionary.com is free, you should look for the definition there.

      • Chuttan

        Petty meanin is trivial or of less importance, which doesn’t makes any sense, can’t u clarify what do u wanna say?!

        • rnjbond

          You’re literally complaining that Karthik reviewed an album that you cannot download for free. This in spite of the fact that you can buy an entire album for 100 rupees (Poorva) or listen for free on Spotify (Antarman).

      • Chuttan

        What if i don’t have online bank account?!

      • Chuttan

        I was just keepin my pt of view, #200, #300 is temptin plus there cud b reviews of punjabi, bengali albums which i don’t c here!!

  • rnjbond

    Hey Karthik, thanks for sharing this album! I’m loving what I’m hearing so far. Just a heads-up for anyone who wants to listen to it, the album is available on Spotify as well!

  • Anmol Mathias

    Fantastic Album! Bought it already but I couldn’t find a high res version of it anywhere. OKListen offers MP3 at 320kbps. Is there a place where I could get a FLAC or WAV version? Thanks for this great recommendation! And thanks to Sathyajit Krishnan for heads up on Poorva, it too is a blast!

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