Archive for the ‘Kannada OST’ Category

Chanda avalu starts, and retains, a lovely vaudevillian sound, even as it progresses to a beautiful high, with a phenomenal first interlude that seems to be modeled on raaga Keeravani (shades of Minsara Kanavu’s Vennilave vennilave?). Midhun is so good with the vocals! In Nennillade, Midhun hands over the reigns of the feathery melody to […]

Nangu beka makes apt use of Puneeth Rajkumar’s vocals in a simple, catchy tune. Ammi ammi is predictably outdated, though with a passable enough rhythm, though it is Vijay Prakash’s vocals that holds the song together. The song’s EDM mix is atrocious. Somebody say is a complete u-turn in tone! The song, sung by rapper […]

Wednesday March 22, 2017 18:03

Raaga (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

South Indian film music’s current North Indian darling, Armaan Malik earns his standing singing Aalisu baa exceptionally well. His singing perfectly syncs with the song’s three layers, the other two being a slightly retro-reminiscent percussion and a brilliant layer of strings. Belakendare ups the ante significantly! In what seems like Hamsanadham raaga (Bantureethi kolu!), Arjun […]

Yaarivanu hilariously compares Puneeth Rajkumar to ‘loaded gun’ and ‘Kohinoor gem’ in a corny tune that seems completely incapable of any hero worship, its intended objective. Appu Dance is far worse, repeating the ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ phrase amidst stunningly pointless music. Puneeth himself fares much better singing the Jackson-ode pop in Yaakingagidhe. The title […]

Gapu gapalli‘s light, frothy sound makes it a breezy listen. In Bettadmele Srinivasu, Midhun starts with faint strains of Sivaji’s Ballelakka and layers a punchy brass-based kuthu, led confidently by Sooraj Santhosh. Ringa ringa‘s cool reggae base is intriguingly paused in that tantalizing interlude, while Vijayprakash is absolutely brilliant in the faux-qawali Weldingu! Midhun closes […]

Raghu sings the breathless Adda bidde madesaa with a quirky twang amidst racy country music. Nakul Abhyankar lifts the already bouncy, exuberant Sa re ga ma to a new high. Baduke neenentha‘s innate appeal includes Charukesi raaga, Raghu’s deeply resonant orchestration and Kapil Nair’s fantastic singing. Preetiya hesare neenu is an intimate ballad that the […]

Armaan Mallik leads Heegethake confidently, a generic, pleasant faux-sufi melody. The title song treads similar ground – painfully templatized, evoking a classic Laxmikant-Pyarerlal melody. Kolike ranga is Tipu’s show! He holds the calypso-from-Mandya package with his enthusiastic vocals. Ravichandran’s 1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi number, Yaare neenu gets a remix, featuring Ranjith – lacks the kitschy […]

The title song panders to hero-worship, but it actually does it in style! Vyasraj handles the vocals brilliantly, particularly the title hook (a chorus) and the ‘Bhuvana gagana’ phrase! Arjun layers in the horns perfectly to amp up the suave tune. After Hebbuli’s Devare, Armaan Mallik delivers another knock-out for Arjun in Ondu malebillu, a […]

Tuesday January 17, 2017 19:03

Hebbuli (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

Hulli hulli, presumably the hero-intro song is, unlike current trend, not a kuthu number, but is hard rock! Siddharth Basrur’s grungy vocals and the pulsating sound make it work. Hebbuli theme too is on similar lines; powerful, guitar-booming sound. Vijay Prakash is at his usual best singing the easy-on-the-ears semi-classical Sundari. Usire is usual Arjun […]

Shuruvaithu‘s classic rock format is likeable, thanks also to Anand’s repetitive musical phrases and Chetan Gandharva’s softer-Raghu Dixit vocals. Shaliwahna case is corny, using an IPL jingle as filler, but is catchy nonetheless, with superb singing by Manasa Holla. In Edi jagavidhu saladhu, Anand uses a techno sound, but plays around with the tune in […]

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