Archive for January, 2018

Ghoomar‘s steady percussion is as hypnotic as Shreya Ghoshal’s vocals, though the tune is functional. Sanjay’s tune works better in Ek dil, a maudlin melody that gains from Shivam Pathak’s singing and the orchestration. Sanjay’s effort in bringing the Central Asian sound in Khalibali works well within its catchy outlook, while a similar approach in […]

Saturday January 20, 2018 19:23

Tholi Prema (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Raghu Dixit’s Break The Rules is an uptempo song with a neat ‘Mohana murali’ semi-classical interlude. Sunona Sunaina has a funky, likeable bounce and Rahul Nambiar’s singing makes it better. Thaman’s familiar backgrounds return in Allasani vaari, though Shreya’s vocals and Kamalakar’s flute make a significant difference. Kala Bhairava’s title song has a searing pathos […]

Friday January 19, 2018 20:39

Milliblog Weeklies – JAN07.2017

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 7: On Apple Music | On Saavn A note on each song in the playlist. Lae dooba (Aiyaary, Hindi): Rochak Kohli had a fantastic year in 2017 and Lae dooba is a great start to 2018. Sunidhi Chauhan is at her usual, fantastic self, […]

Mazha‘s melody is wonderfully dreamy, worth soaking in, with the sound carried from the composer’s earlier combo with Sachin. Haricharan and Roshni Suresh pull it off brilliantly. Kaana chembaka poo, sung by Vijay Yesudas, is a tad too simplistic, but it also has an easily likeable rhythm that keeps it engaging. Tharam, interestingly, attempts a […]

Poovukku is a merely-pleasant song to resurface with the post-Gautham Menon form for Darbuka Siva. Even Vaazhum valluvarae is short and situational. But Siva stuns with Yaenadi! It could easily be from a Gautham film – breezy melody, phenomenally sung by Haricharan and a delightful anupallavi-to-pallavi bridge! Geedhaara kiliye is even better!! Sathyaprakash is superb […]

A new monthly series where I pick one composer (or composers, as this first post indicates since they are a trio!) and list my favorites from that composer(s) either within a theme or broadly across their music. With Shankar Ehsaan Loy, my focus is on their melodies. The list here is from their repertoire across […]

Wednesday January 10, 2018 20:37

Sketch (Music review), Tamil – SS Thaman

In Kanave, Thaman goes back to his Eeram sound! The melody is effortlessly appealing. Atchi putchi is adequately raucous kuthu that checks all requisite criteria. Cheeni chillaallee sounds a lot like early Rahman songs, with an especially melodic anupallavi. Andrea’s pronunciation of ‘Dhadikaara‘ was perhaps really bad; that’s one way to explain THE Sudha Raghunathan […]

Lamba lamba and Raakkozhi kootalinga defy description. They’re utterly zany and curiously catchy. As if that’s not enough, Yae elumba enni enni goes a step ahead in the zany quotient, and manages to sound incredibly disorienting and bizarre, while threatening to steal Vijay Mallya’s money! Hey reengara brings the soundtrack back to something resembling a […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 19:08

Milliblog Weeklies – JAN01.2017

Milliblog Weeklies – India’s only multilingual, weekly new music playlist. Week 6: On Apple Music | On Saavn A note on each song in the playlist. Mushkil hai apna (Mukkabaaz, Hindi): Dr.Sunil Jog’s lyrics, with lines like, ‘Tum diwali ki bonus ho, main bhookon ki hartaal’ comes alive with phenomenal colloquial humor. Brijesh Shandilya’s delivery […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 18:56

Tik Tik Tik (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

The title track has Madhan Karky playing Tamil teacher yet again, teaching us new words, even as Imman, for the catchy song, trolls Tamil Nadu by getting Yuvan—who mispronounces Tamil a lot—and digitally smoothens his singing perfectly too! Kurumba and its reprise which sees the father and mother singing about their son has a predictably […]

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