Archive for November, 2016

Ajesh’s lone composition, Oorumona orathula is a lyrical oddity, with Anthonydasan claiming that Che Guevera will join his next political rally. Raghu Dixit opens his account with Karakudike rani, a raucous song that revels in its ribaldry, aided by an energetic rhythm. In Koluse sol koluse, Raghu suffixes a joyous, Calypso’ish medley to Mangalyam thandhunane, […]

Ajaneesh opens Kalkond bitte with what sounds like (African/Saharan) Tuareg guitar and hands over the song’s reign to Haricharan. Hari, for his part, is in blistering form, seamlessly moving from the loverboy opener to a superbly tapori-style delivery. Sticking to just one anupallavi, Ajaneesh also makes the song snappier than usual, while also alternating the […]

Love you zindagi has an ebullient tune, but is too steeped in predictably—including Jasleen’s now-familiar woman-child voice—Amit Trivedi’ish sound (the club mix, featuring Alia, has more spunk). Ditto with Vishal Dadlani’s swagger in Let’s break up and Sunidhi politely requesting dil to Just go to hell; way… too… familiar! Amit mounts Tu hi hai and […]

Sunday November 13, 2016 08:14

Hitman – November 12, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Kadavule vidai – Rum (Tamil – Anirudh) While Rum has a globe-trotting mix of genres (including hiphop and reggaeton!), the most interesting and addictive song of the soundtrack happens to be Kadavule vidai. The song aims for a broadly pleasing, inspirational sound like Michael Jackson’s Heal the world, and even […]

Saturday November 12, 2016 11:31

Paambhu Sattai (Music review), Tamil – Ajesh

Neeyum naanum has a lovely, easy-on-the-ears lilt. That it’s also mighty short, with just one pallavi and charanam, and the faint echo of Rahman’s Indira number Odakkaara Maarimuthu makes it all the more interesting. Ajesh composes and sings this one very confidently. Nee uravaaga gets its choice of singers brilliantly right – Shreya Ghoshal and […]

Tuesday November 8, 2016 19:21

Maaveeran Kittu (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Pooja’s singing and Imman’s claps-led orchestration work beautifully over Elanthaari‘s enticing melody. The reprise offers a lovely variant, with Sniti Mishra’s mighty unique vocals and a fresh background. Pradeep Kumar’s affecting vocals help Inaivom transcend the generic inspirational sound. Unkooda‘s soul is Kalyani Nair, who traverses Imman’s unconventional melody and the gorgeous violin phrases beautifully. […]

Sunday November 6, 2016 07:37

Hitman – November 5, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Ae dil hai mushkil – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Hindi – Pritam) When you listen to the title song of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, you easily sense the kind of grandeur and scale Pritam wanted it to be in right at the beginning when the splendidly arranged strings accompany ‘Tu […]

Beyond the jingoistic ode to the Indian Army, Rang laal has nothing going for it, given it is a loosely strung set of dialogs and occasional outbursts of so-called tune. Gourov-Roshin’s remix of Mr.India’s iconic Kaate nahi in O janiya has a distinct 90s Indipop feel and Neha Kakkar’s labored singing doesn’t make it any […]

Wednesday November 2, 2016 20:11

Rum (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Hola amigo is exotic and funky hip-hop served with Anirudh’esque punch that includes what sounds like kanjira and snatches of dialog from Netflix’s Narcos! Incidentally, the song’s other version, Hola Senorita is straight out of Narcos, high on Latino fusion and a fantastic violin-led ending. Kadavule vidai has a pleasing, inspirational sound like Michael Jackson’s […]

Tuesday November 1, 2016 12:20

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – October 2016

Trying this new: listen to (almost) all the songs from this list via Saavn in one playlist Note: This playlist does not include songs from Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings (Tamil), Aanandam, Team 5 and Thoppil Joppan (Malayalam) since they are not available on Saavn yet. Hindi Darkhaast – Shivaay (Mithoon) Teri fariyad and Dil […]

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