Archive for July, 2017

Sunday July 30, 2017 17:20

Aramm (Music review), Tamil – Ghibran

Ghibran makes phenomenal use of The city of Prague Philharmonic orchestra in Melam kottudaa. The orchestral splendor is a consistent backdrop to Gold Devaraj’s engaging singing of the bittersweet melody that is a somber reminder of the serious lack of water. Thoranam aayiram carries a whiff of Charukesi raaga (goes off in the anupallavi) that […]

Jayachandran’s melody in Neelambal nilavodu is beautifully ghazal-like—with a lovely smattering of santoor—and makes a sweeping use of Karaharapriya Darbari Kanada raga that gives Shreya Ghoshal incredible scope to excel. Jayachandran has a winner in Rakkadalala too! The Middle Eastern/Arabic music adds to the exotica value, but the melody is vintage Ilayaraja level, particularly the […]

Wednesday July 26, 2017 19:12

Nibunan (Music review), Tamil – S.Navin

Vaa daa modi paakalam is not a clarion call to come and look at our Prime Minister. It is instead Arunraja Kamaraj getting further pigeon-holed into his Kabali template, screaming his vocal chords out in a bloody splatter. Pradeep Kumar handles Idhuvum kadanthu pogum‘s cool rock-ballad style melody with grace, particularly the softer phrases. But […]

I am India, the anthemic band song rides on the easy, repetitive hook and the racy ending, though Arijit sounding so much like Amit Trivedi is supremely discomforting. Amit does differentiate his voice in the song’s other version, a decidedly more street-smart version with a less anthemic sound. Hulchul, Junooni and Udanchoo are trademark Amit […]

Bijibal ropes Oorali Band for Nottam; the song’s guitar base is vibrant but though the vocals go haywire. Martin’s short solo, Thummaru thu sounds like an incidental addition. Ikkaliveettil‘s delightfully pleasant melody gains immensely from Jayachandran’s vocals and Bijibal’s perky rhythm and the pallavi’s beautifully folk’ish and complex flow! The repetitive instrumental phrase in Kooduthurannu […]

Maangappoolu is trademark-Bijibal; gentle, retro-sounding melody with quaint strings. Bijibal turns things on its head with Kada thala kola; funky folk percussion on top of an energetic tune sung by Sannidanandhan. Oruthari aasha‘s inventive fusion mixes classical music with pulsating rock, but it borders on parody. Thrissooru‘s spritely sound is, at best, medley’ish and Venne […]

Saturday July 22, 2017 07:57

Mi-(X)II-iblog

Having completed writing music reviews for 12 years, I was almost facing an existential dilemma. Thanks largely to Jagga Jasoos. Here’s a film that’s a true-blue musical (with a very pointed cue to why it is one, in the script!). And the musical doesn’t release its soundtrack as a single entity even a week before […]

Zindagi na milegi dobara is the usual Thaman bag of tricks – glitzy music that evokes a generous dose of ennui. Divya Kumar shines in the foot-tapping, energetic Black & White. In Basthi dorasani, Thaman hat-tips Pritam’s R Rajkumar number Gandi baat in a more-than-obvious way, in a similar kuthu package. Bole Ram works on […]

Mazha paadum‘s melody is highly tuneful. Deepak’s choice of singers, Aravind Venugopal and the film’s leading lady, Aparna Balamurali amply help the song, while Deepak’s soft and pleasant orchestration takes on a lovely strings-led high in the anupallavi. Karthik is the soul of Oru nokku, a likeable ballad of sorts, while Aaro kude has a […]

Vineeth Srinivasan invests a lot in Janah meri janah, a wonderfully calming melody by Hesham. The song’s reprise sees Adheef Muhammed’s expression of the same melody in a lovely new light. Roopa Revathi’s violin stands out in both versions. Engane padendu njan is an outstanding semi-classical melody beautifully rendered by Jayachandran and Manjari, with nuanced […]

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