Archive for the ‘Tamil OST’ Category

Seema Weightu extends Veera Thurandhara, with a similar Ilayarajaesque swag, but adding some Mumbaiya mix too, along with Dopeadelicz and Arunraja Kamaraj’s rap. Katravai Patravai is the soul-twin of Neruppu Da, Keba’s electric guitar replacing Jhanu Chantar’s. Instead of Neruppa Da’s searing appeal, when Yogi B roars, “Unnayum maNNayum vendru vaa Thee (Thee)raatha or thevaiyai […]

Hey Hey ILU‘s plethora of smartphone notification sounds is as annoying as Right Right – both outdated tunes. In Nijama manasa, Sharreth alternates M.M.Manasi’s tantalizingly slow parts with Yazin Nizar’s outburst; the mix works beautifully, like Sharreth’s own Premika, a searing pathos amidst the aggressive chorus. The soundtrack’s best are Chiniki chiniki, an unusual melody […]

Sam goes overboard with his vocal shenanigans in Kallooliye, but his glitzy music jumps excitedly with that ‘Kaathaa kalakkura’ and with Swagatha’s fantastic singing, it works. Yedhedho aanene ups the ante with superb guitar, a tantalizing rhythm, and Sam and Chinmayi’s singing for the engaging melody. Rajaadhi raja‘s idea to offer a paean to Karthik’s […]

Monday February 26, 2018 18:12

Karu (Music review), Tamil – Sam C.S.

There’s palpable tenderness in the way Swagatha S. Krishnan handles Aalaliloo, rendering Madhan Karky’s gentle verse as if they are brittle. Sam’s music is wonderfully serene, even segueing into a rhythm that’s equally gentle. Konjali is an absolute stunner! From the sparse mridangam to the beautifully appropriate nadaswaram, to Sathyaprakash and Neha Venugopal’s lead vocals, […]

Sam builds Iravukku Aayiram Kangal’s soundtrack by splitting the mood literally in two equal parts. Uyir uruvaatha and Yean penne neeyum are pleasant and so full of love, while Yea pa yeppappa (and Nights Of Neverland) and Winds Of The Darkest Hour are ominous and portending. Uyir uruvaatha, structured around that instantly likeable hook, gains […]

Athiradi is more posturing than a cohesive song, though that retro-style interlude (Vanmurai pazhi) is a nifty touch. Ditto with Yaar ivan – less of a ‘song’ and more background’ish. Mudhal murai is good at places – the anupallavi is really melodious and that nadaswaram-phrase is smart work by Yuvan, but something seems off, overall. […]

Raaja paatu is far away from any Ilaya’raja’ song, with lyrics sounding as free-flowing as the Tequila at the pub the song refers to. But the song is heady, with a spirited EDM sound. That ‘Raja’ paatu flavor actually appears in Kaadhoram, with a gorgeous melody at the center, built with a lovely ‘Puyal mazhai’ […]

Monday January 22, 2018 18:35

Mohini (Music review), Tamil – Vivek-Mervin

Hey is decent-enough R&B, though the English verse is cringe-inducing. Benny Dayal infuses a lot of life into Bomb Figure Lady (cringe, again!!) that’s passably catchy at best. Youtube La Melam‘s folk infusion and that nadaswaram base makes it much better than its otherwise poor form (the lyrics are atrocious!). Mohini’s Rage is the soundtrack’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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