Archive for April, 2017

Gowry Lekshmi owns Aaro nenjil (less interesting desi mix, though), particularly the anupallavi’s flowing phrases, on Shaan’s beautiful tune with an addictive chorus high and folk percussion. Sithara Krishnakumar handles the slow, alluring Wow Song wonderfully, layered with the uncredited male ‘wow wow’, while Radhika Sethumadhavan’s humming in Captain’s Honour is aptly soulful. Kannetha and […]

Karthik Raja’s melody in Ithuvarai naan is lush and indulgent; thankfully, there’s a Chinmayi version, and a Government decree may be the only way to get Yuvan to stop singing! Vijay Yesudas aces the single-word Hkkumttada, that sounds like an extension of Ithuvarai and the somber, beautifully-orchestrated Inaiye. Kombathi Komban is a frenzied folk mishmash, […]

Tuesday April 25, 2017 18:25

Venkatapuram (Music review), Telugu – Achu

Egire‘s background rhythm is delightfully unique and goes beautifully with the engaging melody sung by Yazin Nizar and Keka Ghoshal. Benny Dayal’s O Maya settles into a nice and catchy EDM groove, while Kokkoroko, together with the 5 singers, has a pretty good techno hook. Thanevaro‘s pensive melody is soulful and Achu handles it himself […]

Ek gau mein starts off funnily with the iconic dialog from Indru Poi Naalai Vaa, but the lyrics get progressively horrendous, topped by STR singing about a guy taking a leak. The music and tune are incidental and pointless. Kattaduraikku has a nice comic lilt that gets accentuated by Gangai Amaren’s theatrical rendition, but in […]

In the thematic instrumental, Ghibran’s beautifully woven strings and flute combo is reminiscent of Ilayaraja’s. Banupriya’s (Karu karunnu), Oorvashi’s (Carratu Pottazhagaa) and Saranya’s (Time Passukkosaram) songs are short, but highly rhythmic and appealing. Chennai Qawwali Kids’ vocal harmony in Bullet Song is impressive, on a middling Mast Qalandar recreation. Karthi does quite well in the […]

Guru Randhawa and Rajat Nagpal get composing credit for Suit, an already super-hit 2016 Punjabi track composed by Intense (who is credited for ‘original music’, though it’s the same!) and sung by Guru Randhawa and Arjun! Catchy, competent, albeit generic song. Sukhbir produces yet another remix of Oh ho ho ho, credited to Abhijit Vaghani […]

Sunday April 23, 2017 13:38

Ramesh Vinayakam retrospective

Considering I have been tracking (and eventually writing about) Tamil and other film music in India, have always, at various points in time, felt that some composer was promising, besides those who ruled the roost at those times. VS Narasimhan, Vidyasagar, Adithyan, Balabarathy… back in those days. And many of the new composers these days. […]

Damn damn screams heroine-introduction. ‘Vaadi en chellakili’ screams Britney Spears. The song screams ‘Harris Jayaraj’. Morada sticks to standard-issue boy-band sound, but Karky’s city life idiosyncracies (“Idhu wifi kaadu”) is entertaining! Bombay Jayashri’s Yemma yea reaches a tantalizing high with the tribal’ish hook, set on a wonderful, Vaseegara’ish melody. Vijay Yesudas’s Silu silu is uncluttered […]

In Maana ke hum yaar nahin, Parineeti Chopra sounds earnest enough to carry the lovely ghazal’ish melody. But earnestness alone doesn’t seem enough, as is quite evident from multiple points in the song. That there is also a duet version of the same song featuring the inimitable Sonu Nigam (along with Parineeti) only accentuates the […]

Wednesday April 19, 2017 20:08

Thiri (Music review), Tamil – Ajesh

Akka maga is Deva 2.0 gaana, with a significantly more modern sound. Gana Vinoth’s blistering rendition outplays S.P.Raja Sethupathi’s vocals in the other version, Kannu Rekha. Uravey is absolutely gorgeous, with that awesome ‘Oru kadalil vandhu sernthaal’ line! Sathyaprakash’s version is considerably better than Thilak Anand’s reprise. Yaavum needhaaney‘s charukesi-raga base makes it an easy […]

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