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In Yella Halli Love Story, Vijay Prakash, the adept singer he already is, adds an affecting edge in his voice, while also playing around with falsettos and some fantastic free-form vocalizing in the interlude! Arjun’s music is an enjoyable mix of soul, searing electric guitars, a dollop of jazz and most interestingly, tabla! It all […]

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 […]

Ae watan works perfectly as a fervent prayer as much as it does as a patriotic song! The trio’s music, with beautifully layered chorus (Mani Mahadevan, Ravi Mishra, Binaya Mohanty, Arun Kamath and Arshad Mohammed), Gulzar’s verse, and a rousing sound, keeps the emotional quotient of the song on a constant high. The song’s second […]

Atif Aslam-led Sehmi hai dhadkan has a somber, deeply engaging tune that Vipin Patwa orchestrates really well, with a soaring hook that demands a lot from the singer and thankfully, he delivers pretty well. Vipin’s other song featuring Bulle Shah’s verse, Tain to uttey has another Pakistani singer, Javed Bashir, who is equally good, with […]

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 […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 18:34

Tagaru (Music review), Kannada – Charan Raj

‘Folk Marley’ Anthony Daasan’s spirited rendition lifts Tagaru banthu tagaru as much as Charan’s highly infectious sound that effortlessly descends into pulsating kuthu at times. Mental ho jawa is a curiously interesting concoction! Charan blends a lot of things into a heady mix – Ananya Bhat’s Mental ho jawa hook, a semi-classical or faux-classical anupallavi […]

Wednesday December 27, 2017 18:58

Mayaanadhi (Music review), Malayalam – Rex Vijayan

Rex Vijayan and Neha S Nair’s vocals effortlessly sweep through the pleasant synth riff in Uyirin nadhiye, while Arun Suradhaa’s Dilruba sneaks in beautifully in the interlude. Neha, in particular, in her portions, is extraordinary, breathing life into an intimate, almost conversational verse. Rex goes completely Indian in Mizhiyil. It’s almost Rahman’ish when Neha’s humming […]

Wednesday December 20, 2017 19:11

Agnyaathavaasi (Music review), Telugu – Anirudh

Dhaga dhaga maney, with its searing guitar backdrop (Prasanna, Rex Vijayan and Keba Jeremiah) and Anirudh’s vocal-cord busting singing is a pulsating listen! The classical guitar interludes and Anirudh’s work on the keyboard, in particular, significantly amps up the song. Baitikochi chuste is playful Anirudh at his best! The song is breezy and highly engaging, […]

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, […]

Wednesday November 29, 2017 20:08

Malli Raava (Music review), Telugu – Shravan

Shravan builds the title song really well! He shifts the pitch to differentiate the male (sung by himself) and female (reprise, sung by Sunitha Upadrashta) versions, to accommodate the euphoric high-pitched phrase mid-way. Shravan’s vocal range isn’t entirely able to handle it, but the changed pitch helps Sunitha. The strings in the background, added layer […]

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