Archive for November, 2017

Wednesday November 29, 2017 20:08

Malli Raava (Music review), Telugu – Shravan

Shravan builds the title song really well! He shifts the pitch to differentiate the male (sung by himself) and female (reprise, sung by Sunitha Upadrashta) versions, to accommodate the euphoric high-pitched phrase mid-way. Shravan’s vocal range isn’t entirely able to handle it, but the changed pitch helps Sunitha. The strings in the background, added layer […]

Okka chinukulo is every bit the lush Shaan melody that he often composes in Malayalam. The tune’s build-up is fantastic and the soft, harmonium-layered percussion harmonium is thoroughly enticing, as is Sachin Warrier—and in particular—Anne Amie vocals. Pranavi Acharya is equally good in Pacha pacha kalale, with Shaan’s tune working pretty well again, though it […]

Edhola‘s sprightly tune, led by Revanth, mixes effortlessly with the semi-classical piece by Ranjani Sivakumar. Oohale‘s sparse instrumentation lets Shaktisree’s captivating voice do the work with the melody. Bagundayya chandram, Chelliyo chellako and Gummadikaya halwa, despite their likeable tunes, meander in too many directions and appear less interesting. Nikitha Gandhi’s Malik tere is too commonplace […]

Amidst rollicking thavil and a captivating ‘va va’ chorus, Vidhu Pratap and Sreya ask Shekara the elephant to shake that booty – lovely listen! In Sunnath kalyanam, Shaan shifts the traditional Muslim wedding sound to vibrant rock, in style! Neeyum njanum changes the tone dramatically, with its serene melody that Sachin Balu literally whispers, to […]

Friday November 24, 2017 20:12

Milliblog Weeklies – NOV19.2017

Milliblog Weeklies playlist, on Saavn and Apple Music – Week 2. Below the links, you’d find a Tweet-style (since I share it on Twitter first as a Milliblog-Twitter-Exclusive; do follow me on Twitter at @milliblog) commentary on each of the songs. On Saavn: — Marugelara (Hampi, Marathi): Thyagaraja’s Jayanthasri raaga-based Marugelara has seen a lot […]

The title song is effortless Yuvan at his best – addictively cool EDM mix! Itemkaaran is no different, with its insanely catchy hook and a steadily raucous kuthu rhythm, delivered with the perfect verve by Ranjith and Anita! Idhayathai oru nodi joins the long list of Yuvan songs that should have been sung by a […]

Thursday November 23, 2017 18:38

Balakrishnudu (Music review), Telugu – Mani Sharma

Entha varalaina is dated in every way; even Revanth sounds unusually bad! Thariraa thariraa‘s rather generic Latino tune is made tolerable thanks to Ramya Behara infectitious energy in the vocals. The song’s other version, by Rashi Khanna, pales in comparison. Ramya pulls off the same thing with the mighty generic Andhra kuthu Ardharathri sureedu effortlessly. […]

Thursday November 23, 2017 18:34

Firangi (Music review), Hindi – Jatinder Shah

The title song works due to Sunidhi Chauhan’s charming vocals, Jatinder’s hammering of repetitive title hook and the steadily shifting sound, from earthy folk to a punchy EDM and eventually ballroom waltz! Jyoti Nooran and Daler Mehndi ace their wonderfully energetic folk songs, Sajna sohne jiha and Tu jit jawna, respectively; both are aptly foot-tapping! […]

Aaro kannil, despite Job Kurian’s involved singing, gets all murky with the disparate breakbeats and electronica. Aromale could very, very easily be identified as a Shaan Rahman song. Considering debutant composer Jovey George Sujo did work with Shaan in Ormayundo Ee Mukham, it comes as no surprise. Hesham Abdul Wahab sings it well, though the […]

Kaathirukkum koottathukku is so typically Sean; a whiff of Celtic, fantastic guitar and a lively tune rendered enthusiastically by Hariharasudhan. Azhagile enai has Pradeep’s vocals, enough said! The beautiful melody has an almost-spoken flow with each line ending in a contemplative pause! Thee thee has the charm of a 90s pop track with a lovely […]

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