Archive for September, 2017

Sandeep Shirodkar does a pretty good job in improvising the catchy sadak-chaap’ness of Anu Malik’s original in Chalti hai kya featuring Dev Negi and Neha Kakkar. In Oonchi hai building 2.0, Sandeep gets Anu himself to sing it again, in a confidently spruced up package, and Anu gains a new accent for words like ‘razawmand’. […]

Tere bina, with its sparse, Father Figure-like (George Michael) rhythm works largely because of Arijit and Priya’s soaring vocals, even as the tune is largely perfunctory. Priya’s solo sad version perhaps brings the tune’s depth better! Bantai has that immediate Ganpat connection. Perhaps it was instigated by director Apoorva Lakhia who was behind that film […]

Monday September 18, 2017 18:40

Mahanubhavudu (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Rendu kallu has an easy charm, with a captivating hook and Armaan Malik handles it impeccably. M.M.Manasi and Geetha Madhuri are effortlessly good in Thaman’s Mayamalavagowla-raaga title song, with a lovely solo violin by Shandilya. In Kiss Me Baby, Thaman brings his brand of punchy electronic sounds and with that likeable tune, it works perfectly. […]

Wednesday September 13, 2017 18:49

Ungarala Rambabu (Music review), Telugu – Ghibran

Mughlai biryani is Ghibran trying everything, including throwing in video game sounds into the mix. Hoo laa laa is passable, with lively singing by Dhanunjay and Yazin Nizar and a catchy hook, while Hitenshan teega‘s energetic pop sound segues beautifully into the core melody. The soundtrack’s two best songs feature Chinmayi – in Nuvve naa […]

Divya Kumar earnestly renders Raavana, an adequately pounding hero-intro song with nothing more. Jaspreet Jasz and Ranina Reddy’s vocals and DSP playing the electric guitar in Tring tring infuse some life into the otherwise severely templatized package that has the composer’s signature written all over it. Hemachandra is the sole savior of Nee kallalona that […]

Monday September 11, 2017 19:13

Tarak (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

Ba baro‘s energetic rhythm and Vyasa Raj’s enthusiastic singing keeps it in good stead, though the tune is standard-issue. In Sanje hothu, Arjun infuses Thyagaraja’s Swara raaga sudha in Sankarabharanam-raaga seamlessly to create a lovely melody handled fabulously by Indu Nagraj. Besides Armaan Malik and Shreya Ghoshal’s presence, Mathadu nee also has a very-Bollywood sound […]

Minunundae mullapolae is an effortless winner. Ashwin concocts an expansive and immensely likeable soundscape led by guitar and strings. Karthik delivers the dreamy melody in his impeccable style even as it is noteworthy for its unusual structure sans any familiar pattern! The song’s other version, with a more electronic sound, is decidedly slower, handled beautifully […]

Saturday September 9, 2017 18:47

Spyder (Music review), Telugu – Harris Jayaraj

Despite all the kitchen-sink level cliches in Boom boom, the sound remains alluring, thanks to the fantastic brass he incorporates along with Nikhita Gandhi’s vocals. Ciciliya ciciliya too is a fairly good listen, with a lively melody, accentuated with Harris’ pet sounds, including gibberish chorus from exotic islands. Haricharan is dependably good handling the vocals, […]

Thursday September 7, 2017 19:10

Sathya (Music review), Tamil – Simon K. King

There’s something distinctly Harris Jayaraj about Kadhal Project, but Simon improvises to bring his unique stamp, with his own funky keyboard and Vasanth David’s drums. Keerthana Vaidyanathan, and Benny Dayal, in particular, blaze through the swanky vocals. Kalyani’s part in Yavvana is extraordinarily beautiful, but Yazin’s abrupt Yavvana hook demands time to get used to. […]

Thursday September 7, 2017 18:30

Karuppan (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Karuva karuva payale is Imman regurgitating his stock, but between Shankar Mahadevan and Shashaa Tirupati, the energetic melody really comes alive, amidst brilliant work by Chennai Strings Section. It’s hard not to like Usure given the soaring Charukesi base and Ananya Bhat’s beautiful rendition, but the raaga use, with limited novelty, also makes it too […]

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