Archive for August, 2017

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 […]

Shaan exploits Eantammede jimikki kammal‘s hook thoroughly, with Vineeth and Renjith Unni leading amidst lively background vocals. M G Sreekumar rocks the jaunty melody of Karayum kadalum, even as Shaan keeps the backgrounds spritely with a noticeable early-Rahman influence. Neeyum has that too, though it is a largely Shaan-style melody. Manpaathakale‘s rhythm is standard-issue Shaan […]

Sreya’s exuberant voice and the generally bouncy tune props Tapp tapp; a simple and catchy song with an earworm’ish hook! Kavalam painkili is an interesting mix – Jayachandran adds Eastern European influences to a tune that is essentially a racier Raja’ish Malayalam retro melody. Vijay Yesudas and Sreya handle the vocals impeccably. In Mathalathen malaralle […]

Disco disco supposedly had some input from Karan Johar. It shows. Amidst compelling 80s-style disco funk from Malayalam and Zeb’s Ishquiya (Lipstick Under My Burkha), this one’s bland Punjabicized abomination. Baat ban jaye fares better with its likeable bounce, though it’s templatized pop. Arijit and Shreya (lovely lower pitched antara!) are dependably good in the […]

Tanishk Bagchi’s Sweety tera is built efficiently around the hook and with that catchy rhythm, it works effortlessly. Tanishk’s other composition that he shares credit with Vayu—Twist kamariya—isn’t quite as lucky, with its templatized sound. Arko’s Nazm is a lovely melody that is not in its best form in his own sappy voice, but in […]

Amrutam Gamaya sisters’ Veerangana has a conventional Kerala folk fusion sound and it is their spirited vocals that keeps the song charming. Anitha Shaiq’s Mappila pattu sound in Melakey is rhythmic and engaging and sung well by Shweta Mohan. M Jayachandran opens his set with Oru vela; he sings and retains the charms of an […]

Amidst the wailing electric guitar, the Major Sundarrajan style title song—Kathanayagan The Hero—is adequate for Vishnu Vishal’s slow-motion intro. Anirudh is perfect for On nenappu, a song with Dhanush-level lyrical prowess (GKB’s lyrics, however) and a catchy tune with a lovely violin and harmonium layer. The swankily conceived brass-led tune of Tappu tippu works alongside […]

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