Archive for September, 2016

Tuesday September 27, 2016 20:25

Coke Studio Pakistan, Season 9 – Milliblog top 10

Season 9 of Coke Studio by Strings was largely a middle-of-the-road affair. I did follow it week after week, but many episodes were completely bereft of anything memorable. So, instead of doing a weekly update, I decided to do it as a top 10… my personal top 10 favorites from this season. Visit Coke Studio […]

Monday September 26, 2016 19:21

Hyper (Music review), Telugu – Ghibran

Anudeep and Yazin try their best singing the utterly predictable Come back, while Ghibran has a nice surprise in the anupallavi’s tune! Baby doll too has lot of catchy sounds, but the tune is pedestrian. Ompula dhaniya is the pits – with a groan-inducing bum chiki bum chorus. But Ghibran does throw a surprise in […]

Sunday September 25, 2016 17:36

Rekka (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

That Imman reserves some of his best melodies for Shreya Ghoshal is well established already. And when he hands her a mesmerizing tune that seems to be alluding to both Simmendramadhyamam (possible shades of Panneer Pushpangal’s Aanandha raagam!) and Gowrimanohari raagas, the results are bound to be awesome. So, Kanna kaattu podhum totally rocks, in […]

Sunday September 25, 2016 08:55

Hitman – September 24, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Texas pogiren – Chennai 2 Singapore (Tamil – Ghibran) The lyrics video on YouTube for this song starts with a warning: ‘This song is not for the faint-hearted. Listen at your own discretion’! If Tamil pedants were mildly annoyed by Udit Narayan’s ‘Yedho sowkiyam parva ille’, they’d perhaps be speechless […]

Friday September 23, 2016 19:37

Parched (Music review), Hindi – Hitesh Sonik

Mai ri mai is an enchanting combination of Swanand Kirkire’s lovely lines and immersive melody by Hitesh. Kalpana Patowary rules the item’ish Bhookamp, and Hitesh adds distinctive funk to drown the bawdiness! Neeti Mohan’s Kachhuva has better lilt, with a riot of funky sounds. Of the two traditional songs curated by Rahul Vohra and produced […]

Suman Sridhar’s retro-style opener to Mona Darling rides on her splendid singing, with an awesome hook. The song shifts mood suddenly with a wonderfully waltz’y—and Ilayaraja’ish!—tone, led by Shreya Ghoshal, even as Sonu Nigam swoops-in in full style. Kunal Ganjawala offers the 3rd shift with a lovely Broadway-style flamboyant ending. Vaat disu de too is […]

Wednesday September 21, 2016 19:08

Rock On 2 (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy

You know what I mean is a perfect sequel to Socha hai and Pichle saat dinon mein. Farhan’s gruffy vocals is almost manageable and those energetic guitars rule. In a more indulgent melody like Manzar naya, Farhan’s voice seems woefully inadequate, though the trio’s tune sails through effortlessly. Jaago, a soul-sister to Rock On’s title […]

Agarotulla (Pathivaayi Njan) and Prema pusene (Kaalam Kettu Poyi) gain from better voices (compared to Shabareesh Varma) of Naresh Iyer and Karthik, respectively – the tunes remain pleasant and nice. Ninna leni (Chinna chinna), in Karthik’s accomplished voice, acquires an extra polish. Rajesh’s pièce de résistance continues to be Malare… here, Evare – absolutely gorgeous! […]

Thennal nilavinte is good old Shaan-Vineeth magic, given how tuned-in the duo is, with each other’s musical sensibilities. The melody, with a gorgeous violin backdrop, is immersive, and superbly sung by Vineet and Aparna Balamurali. The parody’ish tone of Nakkile prakkukal is accentuated by Mano’s exaggerated style of singing and just about passes muster. Oronnoronnayi […]

Sunday September 18, 2016 08:46

Hitman – September 17, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Virinja poonkurunne – Guppy (Malayalam – Vishnu Vijay) Flautist Vishnu Vijay’s most recent ticket to fame was playing flute for Maya nadhi and Vaanam paarthen in Kabali, for Santhosh Narayanan. His composing debut in Guppy is strongly thematic and the song that stands out in the soundtrack is the short […]

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