Archive for December, 2016

En oruthiye has a catchy rhythm and a breezy melody that Sriramachandra delivers impressively. And lovely use of Kishore’s sitar. Das’s shehnai (and sax!) does something similar to Kilukilu payaai that comes alive more for Parthiban’s word-play. Wifeh lovvu is a power-kuthu with Joseph Vijay’s electric guitar playing nicely over the raucous rhythm, though the […]

Kan vatchutta‘s playful word-play and that intriguing wind-instrument is a neat trick that helps tide over the relatively plain tune. The title song goes down further – a rhymes-like title hook and a retro-pop doesn’t help either. The song’s Club Mix version fares considerably better, turning it into a throbbing dance floor track! Darbuka Siva’s […]

Vijay Prakash’s superb vocals and Ajaneesh’s playful chorus parts add to Belageddu‘s frothy, likeable feel. In Katheyonda helide and Thirboki jeevana, Rakshit’s nostalgic lyrics stand out; the former has a mostly predictable rock-infused tune, but the latter’s bouyant jazz feel is solid fun. Katheyonda’s Farewell version, sung by Ajaneesh himself, offers a more pensive variant […]

Sunday December 4, 2016 14:23

Bogan (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Damaalu dumeelu is a punchy gimmick at best, stringing together iconic punch dialogs into a manic kuthu. Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam’s vocal prowess helps Senthoora, an otherwise standard-issue Imman material. Inno Genga’s reprise, handled differently, manages to sound better, though! Kooduvittu is a competent rehash of Imman’s own songs, with coolth flowing from Jyoti Nooran, and Arvind […]

Kadhal pennae rides on Karthik’s dependably excellent vocals and the little nuances Sam layers, like the dramatic change in rhythm to start and end the anupallavi, and that really short and fast, ‘Kanavula needhaan’ piece that he uses just once, to great effect! Theera oru and Yaeno are outdated in every conceivable way; routine pathos […]

Sunday December 4, 2016 07:48

Hitman – December 3, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Yaenadi – Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay (Tamil – D.Imman) Imman. Ilayaraja. Yes, that. Again! The composer takes his Raja’ish melody style a step further in Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay’s Yaenadi, and layers it with what is now easily associated as his signature-style – busy and delightfully engaging orchestration that peaks especially well during the […]

Saturday December 3, 2016 17:12

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – November 2016

A single playlist of all these songs, courtesy Saavn: (This playlist does not include songs from Sheesh Mahal and Jomonte Suviseshangal) Hindi Ishaara – Force 2 (Amaal Mallik) Mehram and Lamhon ke rasgulle – Kahaani 2 (Clinton Cerejo) Tu hi hai, Taareefon se and Aye Zindagi (Arijit Singh version) – Dear Zindagi (Amit Trivedi and […]

Nokki nokki is good old Vidyasagar – the kind with a tune that reminds one of Ilayaraja, with Vidyasagar’s own nuances added. The anupallavi’s rhythm takes too simplistic a route, but the bridge back to the pallavi is rather neat. Neelakasham, the soundtrack’s best, is even better, evoking pleasant memories of Vidyasagar’s classic, Thankathinkal, from […]

Friday December 2, 2016 20:40

Befikre (Music review), Hindi – Vishal-Shekhar

Nashe si chadh gayi, barring the annoying chipmunks’ish intrusions, is a lovely listen, with a hypnotic, Middle-Eastern tune and wonderfully voiced by Arijit. More Middle Eastern sound in the title song, but it is also significantly more predictable. Je T’aime is exotic European sound and that charm alone carries it easily, while You and Me‘s […]

Jeevitham ithu has a pleasant—albeit rather generic—sound that borders on EDM, and Najim Arshad handles it well. Kadha parayana flows even better, with a nice pop-ghazal-sufi mix-like sound, really well sung by Rijisha and Aalaap Raju. Roopa Revathy’s vocals is phenomenal in Olangal moodum, a moody, somber and sparsely orchestrated lullaby where her singing, and […]

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