Archive for May, 2017

Na.Muthukumar’s poignant lines about life as a journey, and Vikram’s exotic instrumental mix (including, fittingly, Burmese Harp) adds weight to the pensive Yaathreega. Maria Kavita Thomas’s splendid singing props Enai marakirene beyond its generic pop outlook. Thottil madiyil‘s serene lullaby is enhanced by Chinmayi’s rendition. Vikram’s best is Foreign return, that, despite the meandering flow, […]

Sunday May 28, 2017 19:21

Tubelight (Music review), Tamil – Indra

Ceylon silku nila is almost a Mysskin item song, with a male chorus raucously singing around a yellow-sari Ceylon lady. The tune’s Latin/Baila base, Chinmayi’s vocals and the peekaboo rhythm makes it mighty interesting beyond its catchy appeal. Indra impresses even more in Mella vaa, with that classy semi-classical lilt and getting Unni Menon and […]

Jai Maa is a highly entertaining Mata-Ki-Chowki Kaala chashma remix by Jaidev Kumar! Rishi Rich’s Jaanu remix (Pancham’s Shaan number) is the polar opposite – horrendous! Tera hoke rahoon‘s melodic turn is so-very-Pritam and breezy, given it comes his JAM8’s Kaushik-Akash-Guddu, with Arijit holding fort. Yash Narvekar’s Teri yaadon mein too, despite the familiar sound, […]

With faint echoes of Pudhiya Mugham’s Netru illadha, Hind mere jind eventually plays out like a mish-mash of a lot of likeable and familiar sounds and phrases that do not converge to hit the bullseye. In Sachin, Sachin, Rahman cleverly integrates the now-iconic stadium chant set to a punchy, and often overdone and manipulative rhythm, […]

The title song is familiar, no doubt, but has a joyous outlook that is thoroughly enjoyable! Ranjith and Gopika Poornima’s singing and the buoyant strings by Chennai Strings Orchestra add to the charm. Incredibly familiar rhythm in Nee vente nenunte, but Kapil’s vocals and the engaging tune win. Bhramaramba, with a repetitive, rhythmic sound gets […]

Irshad Kamil’s poignant lines get the perfect vehicle in Harshdeep Kaur’s evocative vocals in Sune saaye. Anupam’s sitar-tinged rock sound is reminiscent of M.M.Kreem’s Zakhm. Rekha Bhardwaj aces the gentle Saat rangon se effortlessly, with a beautifully lilting percussion that is missing in the acoustic version, along with middling singing by Anupam himself. Kehne ko, […]

Njaanum neeyum has Vidyasagar written all over it, just like his recent Tamil soundtrack Engeyum Naan Iruppen. It’s a delightfully serene melody accentuated significantly by Shreya Ghoshal and Quincy Chettupally’s singing. Minnaminungu seals the Vidyasagar influence further – again, an absolutely lovely tune that Najim Arshad headlines confidently, along with Anweshaa. Kannada cinema’s current singing […]

Adi Shankaracharya’s Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam gets a snazzy power-version in Sunny’s capable imagination. Roland Fernandes’s electric guitar adds a racy layer to the fabulous 6-singers chorus. Mikey McCleary’s recreation—while sounding immensely like Mikey’s—doesn’t quite gel with the intonation-style verses and tune. Shalmali sashays in stylishly in Telusa that’s Sunny’s trademark, with captivating sounds and a […]

Mani Sharma nails the bass and catchy tune of Paapi kondallo while his interludes offer a smattering of the Ilayaraja goodness. Meghale thele naalona has Vamsy’s finger-print in terms of the bizarre additions, though the main tune is a lovely listen too. Ravi Varma chitrama sounds just like Sagar Mahathi’s music – exotic musical layers […]

In a gentle ‘go smell the roses’ push, Shreya Ghoshal asks in Akale oru, in beautiful Malayalam and even better singing if we can please smell the flower in the middle of the forest and if it ain’t the best thing in the world. Bijibal’s melody is so convincing that you head to any nearby […]

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