Archive for September, 2017

Shugal laga le and Banjara are heady melanges! Raghu mixes racy Celtic-sound with rhythmic desi folk; the former, with its Kerala folk mix works flawlessly! Darmiyaan is Raghu’s trademark – intimate and engaging rock ballad, with a melody reminiscent of Happy New Year‘s Preetiya hesare neenu, but with higher guitar quotient. Nikita’s fantastic singing props […]

Anabelle Pei is Santhosh riffing on familiar gaana couplets, but Ka.Ka.Bala’s Area gaana mixes Villuppaattu-style with gaana’s raw energy impressively. S.Madhu is a funky TASMAC song espousing everything about S.Madhu, including her address! Rathina katti is interesting despite its Irudhi Sutru hangover, thanks to Dhee’s vocals. Santhosh’s best is Meghamo, with a splendid melody that […]

Wednesday September 27, 2017 20:23

Parava (Music review), Malayalam – Rex Vijayan

Nenjil nenjil‘s prelude, with that digitally processed child singing snatches of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’s iconic song is an intriguing misdirection to what comes next! Rex’s tune has a dreamy quality with imaginative, consistently thrumming background. Ormakal has Dulquer singing on a cool Gangsta rhythm (amplified in Imran Intro and significantly spruced up in The […]

Kasavu njoriyumoru pulari is simply outstanding! Gopi employs Sriranjani-raaga in an austere, evocative package and lets Gayathri Varma completely own the wonderful melody. Similarly, in Unarukayaano, Gopi layers the steady thrumming backdrop that eventually moves on to a captivating folk rhythm over Sayanora Philip’s soaring vocals to create a highly engaging song. Kaattil ila has […]

Monday September 25, 2017 15:36

Dalapathi (Music review), Kannada – Charan Raj

Early morning could have easily been an Arjun Janya song; passably catchy song with absolutely nothing to indicate Charan Raj’s involvement. Gunu gunuguva too is so very Arjun, where he seeks dollops of Harris Jayaraj inspiration! Sanjith Hegde’s Sid Sriram’ish rendition keeps it likeable. Wah re wah‘s catchy rhythm helps it sail through, while Yaarige […]

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 […]

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