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Jilka jilka is a stunning opener – with shades of Kanada, Brindavana Saranga and Kapi raagas, the melody comes beautifully alive in Indu Nagaraj’s lively vocals. Charan’s orchestration is resonant and the Jilka hook is an easy earworm. Charan tackles the calming and serene lullaby in Jogulave wonderfully, singing it with the required depth, and […]

Sunday September 25, 2016 17:36

Rekka (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

That Imman reserves some of his best melodies for Shreya Ghoshal is well established already. And when he hands her a mesmerizing tune that seems to be alluding to both Simmendramadhyamam (possible shades of Panneer Pushpangal’s Aanandha raagam!) and Gowrimanohari raagas, the results are bound to be awesome. So, Kanna kaattu podhum totally rocks, in […]

Suman Sridhar’s retro-style opener to Mona Darling rides on her splendid singing, with an awesome hook. The song shifts mood suddenly with a wonderfully waltz’y—and Ilayaraja’ish!—tone, led by Shreya Ghoshal, even as Sonu Nigam swoops-in in full style. Kunal Ganjawala offers the 3rd shift with a lovely Broadway-style flamboyant ending. Vaat disu de too is […]

Wednesday September 21, 2016 19:08

Rock On 2 (Music review), Hindi – Shankar Ehsaan Loy

You know what I mean is a perfect sequel to Socha hai and Pichle saat dinon mein. Farhan’s gruffy vocals is almost manageable and those energetic guitars rule. In a more indulgent melody like Manzar naya, Farhan’s voice seems woefully inadequate, though the trio’s tune sails through effortlessly. Jaago, a soul-sister to Rock On’s title […]

Vaadi vaadi is Ghibran’s pulsating ode to classic rock, though Rajan Chelliah’s Tamil diction is considerably fangled. Texas pogiren takes things a notch higher! The singer, ‘Narrow Smith’ apes the high-pitched heavy-metal vocal style and sounds insanely innovative since he is singing in Tamil, including, ‘Aaathaaa, Maariaatha kaapaathu’, while making a child cry inconsolably! In […]

Saturday September 10, 2016 10:33

Kadalai (Music review), Tamil – Sam C.S.

That Sam ropes in Hariharan for Oththa mazhayila is a big win by itself. But what is even more interesting is the delightfully inventive melody Sam cooks up in it – the flow is absolutely lovely, with shades of Ilayaraja, and brilliant interludes. The gimmicky Kannukkulla vanthu is yet again fabulously inventive in the way […]

Monday September 5, 2016 11:52

Remo (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

In Remo nee kadhalan, Anirudh plays between the film’s hero’s gender switch for rap in a frenzied, very busy chorus that is as interesting as it is layered. He joins the vocals himself eventually, considerably stretching his vocal chords. Anirudh headlines Senjitaley all by himself and the heady orchestration paves way for an incredibly catchy […]

Monday September 5, 2016 11:48

Majnu (Music review), Telugu – Gopi Sundar

The second Suchit Suresan finishes the first 2 lines in Kallumoosi, Gopi adds a very short burst of violins, and that is precisely the Gopi trademark! The melody is spritely and instantly likeable and Suchit’s rendition makes it all the more better. The possible Charukesi strain in Oorikey ala is tantalizingly beautiful, even as Gopi […]

Perhaps owing to sentimental reasons, Arjun ropes in Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam to sing the same tune in Kanasalu and Gamanisu, respectively, like they sang Mungaru Male’s Araluthiru and Anisuthide, respectively (though Jayanth Kaikini wrote both versions in that film; he writes only the latter here, the former written by the film’s director Shashank)! […]

Tuesday August 2, 2016 20:12

Kidaari (Music review), Tamil – Darbuka Siva

But for Sanjana Kalmanje’s brief intervention, Vandiyile nellu varum is a faithful reuse of La Pongal’s original and is a wonderful folk fusion. That fusion works so much better in Thalakaalu puriyalayae, that, after the misleadingly soft prelude, breaks out in a riot of sounds led by Napier and Naveen’s bass to give Anitha and […]

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