Archive for December, 2017

Swag se swagat has a predictable tune and sound, but the foot-tapping fluff does have swag. Dil diyan gallan has a lovely lilt for the earthy Punjabi verse, on top of Atif’s dreamy vocals! The Unplugged version by Neha Bhasin is an equally good listen, with its sparse, very-Kashmiri sound. Zinda hai is decent background […]

Monday December 11, 2017 19:03

MCA (Music review), Telugu – Devi Sri Prasad

The title song is the kind that writes and composes itself with DSP around, and still manages to entertain. In Kothaga, DSP continues to use his signature technique – repeating a tune in an instrumental version immediately after it is sung. Fun song, this! Family Party uses a watered down version of Partner’s Soni de […]

Monday December 11, 2017 18:49

Milliblog Weeklies – DEC03.2017

Milliblog Weeklies playlist, on Saavn and Apple Music – Week 4. 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: — Saagara Shayana Vibho – Agam: The prelude to Agam’s 2nd album, […]

Monday December 11, 2017 18:33

Hello! (Music review), Telugu – Anup Rubens

The title song has coolth overflowing but is still a middling listen. Sri Dhruthi’s innocent voice keeps Anaganaga oka uru consistently engaging, though Shreya, in her version, completely lifts the song to a different level. Anup hits the jackpot in Thalachi thalachi, with its Raja’esque serene, guitar-layered melody, beautifully accentuated by Haricharan. In Yevevo, Akhil […]

Friday December 8, 2017 20:23

Milliblog Annual Music round-up 2017

Update (December 24, 2017): If 160 songs across 5 languages and 5 different playlists seem taxing to you, here’s a single 50-song language-agnostic playlist. This is my own ‘Milliblog India 50, 2017’, a mix I made for myself to sample great music from 2017 in one playlist. On Apple Music (all 50 songs) | On […]

Nalla rangugala has the soul of a Bangla boat song, with its serene and understated orchestration. Shaan’s singing, stressing on the slow, deliberately lengthy phrases adds to the Bangla feel and sounds absolutely wonderful. Ye yadhalo too depends on a mighty sparse orchestration, and Hemachandra hands Shaan’s simple, soulful and rhythmic melody perfectly. The soundtrack’s […]

Thursday December 7, 2017 19:01

Sakka Podu Podu Raja (Music review), Tamil – STR

After a grand, clunky intro, Kalakku machan launches into a Bhagyaraj-style insipid composition. Siru siru has an interesting germ of a semi-classical tune, but Simbu messes it up royally with haphazard backgrounds. The family song, Vaa munima, sung by dad, mom and son is the worst of the lot, going batshit crazy with digital processing. […]

Un pera sollu has the same verve as a non-A R Rahman KT Kunjumon film song. There’s a lot of alluring sounds but they don’t quite come together. I am CEO too is a glitzy, head-spinning array of mighty interesting sounds, but this time, it actually works cohesively. The lyrics are utterly corny, though, invoking […]

Tuesday December 5, 2017 18:53

Chamak (Music review), Kannada – Judah Sandhy

In Kush kush, Judah’s electronic mix is incredibly cool, with an addictive, sedate lilt. Sanjith Hegde, sounding a bit like Sid Sriram, is terrific! Judah also adds in Indian sounds for Deeksha Ramakrishna’s entry and this adds to the song’s allure. Nee nanna olavu is no different! Judah pulls off a lush, thoroughly engaging melody, […]

Vaanam dhaane has a nice edgy tune that almost sounds like a warning, complete with a mysterious vaudevillian sound. Mazhai megam harks back to Yuvan’s early days, with its flowing melody, though Yuvan’s insistence on singing it befits the film’s horror theme. The soundtrack’s best is Uyirile uyirile, an almost-Raja style melody—the rhythm and the […]

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