Archive for August, 2017

The highly listenable Roopasi and the title song perfectly fit the Sonu-Mano Murthy-Mungaru Male template, while Kere yeri has a simple, equally charming sound. Roopasi’s Shreya version, Kannadi illada oorinali is a lovely listen as well, while Shreya rocks the wonderfully pleasant melody of Ninna snehadinda, with a gorgeous Hindustani base. Vijay Prakash’s spirited vocals […]

Tanishk does a good job of recreating Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Mere rashke qamar! He weaves Nusrat’s voice over Rahat’s and keeps the backgrounds graceful. An abominable Tulsi Kumar version and an atrocious remix follow. Tanishk’s other recreation Socha hai (Pancham’s Kehdoon tumhe, from Deewar) is surprisingly good, with tasteful music adorning Jubin and Neeti’s […]

Monday August 28, 2017 19:06

Bhoomi (Music review), Hindi – Sachin-Jigar

Dilshad Khan’s sarangi truly stands out in Lag ja gale where Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s dependable—and predictable—voice holds the earnest melody. Tejas Vinchurkar’s flute props an already catchy Trippy trippy. Neha Kakkar rocks the rendition, interjected by Badshah. Kho diya is absolutely lovely! Sachin’s rendition of the prayer-like, serene melody is outstanding, with beautifully understated […]

Saturday August 26, 2017 11:20

Simran (Music review), Hindi – Sachin-Jigar

Lagdi hai thaai maps perfectly to the enthusiasm and liveliness of Queen’s London Thumakda, with Gujarati zest replacing Punjabi zaniness. Jonita Gandhi and Guru Randhawa rock the rendition that has a breathless, foot-tapping appeal. Jonita’s closing drunk-drawl is a lovely touch! Sunidhi Chauhan is easily and absolutely the star of Pinjra tod ke that starts […]

Friday August 25, 2017 06:58

Arjun Reddy (Music review), Telugu – Radhan

Nikitha Gandhi breezes through the whispery and pleasant Dhooram effortlessly, along with that lilting guitar base. Radhan makes particularly lovely use of the chorus that takes up almost the last 50 seconds and ends the song beautifully. Telisiney na nuvvey and Emitemitemo see Radhan channeling his inner Amit Trivedi! Both the songs offer compelling and […]

In Barfani, Gaurav uses Jog raaga beautifully to create a deeply involving melody that’s a throwback to an earlier time. Armaan Malik and Orunima Bhattacharya excel in their respective versions. Gaurav’s other original song, Chulbuli, is a fantastic listen too, again evoking a wonderfully retro sound, expertly sung by Papon. Of Gaurav’s 2 recreations, Ghungta […]

Sunday August 20, 2017 19:31

Mersal (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Maacho, with its dramatically diverse soundscape, is Rahman throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it! Awkwardly enough, with adequate gibberish, it sounds like a Harris Jayaraj song – a meta-milestone! Mersal arasan and Aalaporaan Thamizhan are even more disconcertingly disparate, with enough bits of alluring sounds that just don’t seem to cohesively come together. […]

Iravil varukira is Shreya’s show… almost all the way! She’s impeccable, as expected, but ‘almost’ because Ishaan, interestingly, throws in so many things into it – exquisite orchestration (particularly that second interlude!), a sweeping tune that demands your attention given its complex path, and a jaunty rhythm reminiscent of 80s Bollywood! In comparison, Ishaan’s vocals […]

The title song—with the mandatory inclusion of ‘Tsunami’—has Daler Mehndi headlining the exuberant faux-Punjabi template. In Mama ek peg la, Balakrishna raps his way to seeking that elusive peg set to a raucous sound. Anup fashions Padhamari as a modern-day faux-qawali and getting Mano to lead it is an excellent decision, given the man runs […]

Kaavaan kaavaan, Arjunna Harjaie’s rearranged version of Mychael Danna’s Monsoon Wedding number, Aj mera jee karda, retains the original’s heady dhol-based Punjabi mix, with Divya Kumar rocking the lively rendition. The remix is a re-mess. Arjunna’s Teen kabootar, that jail-band-jam song seems situational, given the melange’ish sound. His best is Rangdaari, with Arijit shedding his […]

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