Archive for January, 2017

Sunday January 29, 2017 08:13

Hitman – January 29, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Tippa – Rangoon (Hindi – Vishal Bhardwaj) Back in the 90s, Doordarshan aired an NFDC-dubbed version of Alice In Wonderland’s Japanese anime version (originally called ‘Fushigi no Kuni no Alice’). That series has a popular title song, ‘Tap tap topi topi’, composed by Vishal and written by Gulzar. In Tippa, […]

Manoj Yadav’s yin-yang verses and the Bappi-Kalpana Patowary combo lift Pyaar ka test beyond its generic’ness. The charming Mannerless Majnu‘s—Shruti singing about Bitto!—highlight is Sukanya Purkayastha’s delightful rendition. Abhishek-Akshay’s last, the heady, Punjabi Dimpi de naal is (late) Labh Janjua’s lively show. Keegan Pinto’s Pakistani-pop’ish Bhaag milky and the Indi-rock’ish Faraar are competent. Anjana Ankur […]

The title song panders to hero-worship, but it actually does it in style! Vyasraj handles the vocals brilliantly, particularly the title hook (a chorus) and the ‘Bhuvana gagana’ phrase! Arjun layers in the horns perfectly to amp up the suave tune. After Hebbuli’s Devare, Armaan Mallik delivers another knock-out for Arjun in Ondu malebillu, a […]

Penne penne has a nice enough tune, but it’s Vishnu’s spartan orchestration that really engages. The guitar+ghatam mix is particularly alluring, as is the high-pitched outtakes and the mid-way tune shift. The composer sings Sumbharani too confidently, aided by a funky piano-led sound and a likeable jazzy edge to the tune. Pranayamanithu‘s sweeping Kerala-Muslim sound […]

Friday January 27, 2017 08:43

Ajaneesh Loknath’s hatrick is disturbing

This is both disappointing and depressing. Listen to: ‘Kaagadada Doniyalli’ from Kirik Party (music: Ajaneesh Loknath) and, The River, by The Bombay Royale Now, it is easy to jump to the conclusion that the Kannada song is ‘copied’, but there’s more to the thought than what hits the ear (meets the eye doesn’t seem appropriate). […]

The original Laila from Qurbani, by Kalyanji-Anandji is so compelling a dance track that it’s no surprise the recreation works seamlessly too. Ram’s imagination, particularly Ed Gibson’s amped up trumpets, work brilliantly, as does Pawni Pandey’s spirited vocals. Udi udi jaye is straight out of Ram’s Coke Studio (MTV, Season 3) repertoire, given the heady […]

Sunday January 22, 2017 08:28

Hitman – January 22, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Kanna Katti – Kaalakkoothu (Tamil – Justin Prabhakaran) Among present-day composers who offer melodies strongly reminiscent of Ilayaraja, Vidyasagar tops the list. While others like Harikrishna (Kannada) come close in occasionally bring back the Raja nostalgia magic, it is Justin’s capability to compose songs that evoke Raja in spirit and […]

The women in Rangoon seem to be having raucous fun, while the men either brood or sing jubilant praises of the woman! Sunidhi enthusiastically swears (in) Bloody hell, lamenting the bell that stalled a proposal, with Gulzar adding many other ‘English’ acts, besides English kiss! Mere miyan gaye England is Gulzar mischievously subverting Mere piya […]

Wednesday January 18, 2017 20:37

Adhe Kangal (Music review), Tamil – Ghibran

Idho thaanaagave sees Ghibran go hard-rock with a vengeance, almost like a sitar-infused Blaze of Glory (Bon Jovi) even as Yazin Nizar rocks the high-powered rendition! Its variant, I Have Nothing is a slow-burner R&B that’s foot-tapping, complete with Jah Hill’s gibberish verses.Ponapokkil has an elfin charm, and even segues into an unusually retro anupallavi […]

Next enti is DSP trademark – punchy rhythm and repetitively corny fillers. Arere yekkade is a lovely surprise from DSP! Delightful melody set to an engaging rhythm with beautiful snatches of violin and flute, sung fabulously by Naresh Iyer and Manisha Eerabhathini! Disturb chestha ninnu too is a pleasant surprise! Superbly funky bass and a […]

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