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Sivam’s weathered vocals go searingly high-pitched in Karuppu vellai. Given the song’s Revathi raaga base, Sam seems to be invoking Aigiri Nandini, with a hypnotic swag. Oru Katha Sollatta? is its hyper-inventive waltz equivalent! Sam ropes in Anirudh and Shakthisree for Yaanji, an immersive melody and does a splendid job with the interludes too. The […]

Wednesday June 14, 2017 19:04

Notun Puhor (Music review), Indipop – Papon

Papon sounds introspective in Ubhoti aakou, and the song is classic alternative rock all the way. Papon excels with the singing, particularly the falsetto before the antara and the antara as well. The rock flavor is stronger, and instantly, likeable, in Herua baatot, with a particularly punchy percussion layer, fantastic imagination in the interludes and […]

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 […]

In Maana ke hum yaar nahin, Parineeti Chopra sounds earnest enough to carry the lovely ghazal’ish melody. But earnestness alone doesn’t seem enough, as is quite evident from multiple points in the song. That there is also a duet version of the same song featuring the inimitable Sonu Nigam (along with Parineeti) only accentuates the […]

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 […]

Sathya Prakash breathes life—as much as Chinmayi does with her humming—into Rahman’s evocative melody in Nallai allai. Vairamuthu’s beautifully Tamil verse sounds pitch perfect in Sathya Prakash’s careful diction. But for the ill-conceived Punjabi detour, Azhagiye works brilliantly, with a spritely energy, Haricharan’s (Or is it Arjun Chandy leading the singing?) lively vocals and Karky’s […]

The original Laila from Qurbani, by Kalyanji-Anandji is so compelling a dance track that it’s no surprise the recreation works seamlessly too. Ram’s imagination, particularly Ed Gibson’s amped up trumpets, work brilliantly, as does Pawni Pandey’s spirited vocals. Udi udi jaye is straight out of Ram’s Coke Studio (MTV, Season 3) repertoire, given the heady […]

The women in Rangoon seem to be having raucous fun, while the men either brood or sing jubilant praises of the woman! Sunidhi enthusiastically swears (in) Bloody hell, lamenting the bell that stalled a proposal, with Gulzar adding many other ‘English’ acts, besides English kiss! Mere miyan gaye England is Gulzar mischievously subverting Mere piya […]

Wednesday January 11, 2017 05:36

Urvi (Music review), Kannada – Manoj George

Panthuvarali raaga meets Yakshagana chande in Adhara madhura to create pulsating fusion. The Yakshagana mix comes across beautifully in the interludes too. Teenu Treasa’s lush vocals and Manoj’s splendid violin phrases rule over the brooding melody. That Yakshgana style conversational singing appears in Kelu ranga kelu, but Manoj removes the chande to layer in a […]

Wednesday December 14, 2016 16:32

Dangal (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Haanikarak bapu is Sarwar Khan and Sartaj Khan Barna’s—the Manganiyar singers who happen to be young kids—triumph. The kids bring a fabulously playful tone to the already ebullient tune. But lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya’s whimsical lines (“Sote jagte chhoot rahi hai, Aansu ki pichkari, Phir bhi khushna hua Mogambo, Hum tere balihari!) and Pritam’s energetic rock […]

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