Archive for December, 2016

Wednesday December 28, 2016 10:08

The Story Now (Music review), Indipop – Papon

There is enough flamboyance in the way Papon delivers the reggae’ish Loving A Dream; and then there is Kalyan Baruah’s superb guitar too. Tapas Roy’s mandolin and Sameer Chiplunkar’s accordion create the old-world charm of Kahin na kahin with Papon breezing through the languorous melody. Saahil is interesting for the wav’y orchestration Papon assembles, particularly […]

George Michael was the first international music artist that I consciously followed, idolized and loved. The kind of love that led me to collect every single song of his, including his obscure singles that very few people would have heard. My cousin sister introduced me to George Michael and I hold her in high esteem […]

Saturday December 24, 2016 13:14

Kaabil (Music review), Hindi – Rajesh Roshan

The title song is a pretty neat combination of Rajesh’s old-world charm of a melody and a spiffy new orchestration. Gourov-Roshin’s recreation of Rajesh’s Saara zamaana is surprisingly punchy, with a pulsating new rhythm. But, in Kuch din, Jubin drones on miserably, with music that’s akin to a teen’s first stage performance. Mon amour is […]

Mellaga tellarindoi is so typically Mickey! The build-up is lovely, the chorus even more so! Anurag Kulkarni leads the vocals very well. The title song gains tremendously from Chitra and Vijay Yesudas’s singing; the tune is predictably Mickey, but the resonant sound is fantastic. Naalo nenu suffers from its monotonous rhythm though Sameera Bharadwaj’s singing […]

Wednesday December 21, 2016 14:33

Bairavaa (Music review), Tamil – Santhosh Narayanan

Varlaam varlaam vaa is Vijay’s own Neruppu daa! The swagger is intact, and the lyrics aptly eulogises the star. Nillayo layers the breezy hook onto the very-Santhosh strings, though Vairamuthu’s ‘silicon silayo’ could mean entirely something else. Barring the foot-tapping kuthu in Papa papa, and interestingly bluesy notes in Pattaya kelappu (where Vairamuthu alludes to […]

Haricharan literally powers Lailakame with his vocals. Rahul’s tune is pleasant enough, and predictable enough, hitting the high notes impressively, and it is in Haricharan’s singing that the song gets a real high. Sushin Shyam’s Thambiraan is atmospheric and haunting, with soaring vocals by Vipin Raveendran. Sushin layers it with absolutely spooky piano backdrop. It’s […]

Sunday December 18, 2016 08:37

Hitman – December 17, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Maatrangal ondre thaan – Kootathil Oruthan (Tamil – Nivas K Prasanna) Given how iconic, familiar and well-known Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 song Don’t Worry, Be Happy (the first a cappella song to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; the song’s title is from a famous quotation by Indian mystic […]

Friday December 16, 2016 21:54

Milliblog Annual Music round-up 2016

The 9th annual, multi-lingual round-up on Milliblog. Related read: Milliblog’s Three Laws of Music Appreciation Multiverse An edited version of this list appears in The Hindu, December 25, 2016. That version also includes a pan-Indian 25-song list. The Saavn playlist for that 25 song list (excluding 2 songs that are not available on Saavn – […]

Wednesday December 14, 2016 16:32

Dangal (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Haanikarak bapu is Sarwar Khan and Sartaj Khan Barna’s—the Manganiyar singers who happen to be young kids—triumph. The kids bring a fabulously playful tone to the already ebullient tune. But lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya’s whimsical lines (“Sote jagte chhoot rahi hai, Aansu ki pichkari, Phir bhi khushna hua Mogambo, Hum tere balihari!) and Pritam’s energetic rock […]

Sunday December 11, 2016 07:50

Hitman – December 10, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Rainbows in the sky – Sheesh Mahal (Telugu – Vivek Sagar) Sheesh Mahal could hardly be called a Telugu soundtrack, given it has 4 Hindi songs, a Tamil song, an English song and just one Telugu song! Fresh from his Pelli Choopulu success, composer Vivek Sagar concocts an interestingly diverse […]

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