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From Shahid Mallya’s earthy opening to Sunidhi’s punchy hook, Radha comes beautifully alive with even that fantastic EDM line in the middle! In Beech beech mein, Pritam cooks up superb retro-funk, with a touch of jazz, while Arijit literally showboats the rendition with his falsetto. In Phurr, Diplo, Tushar Joshi and Mohit Chauhan join to […]

It’s perhaps Ananthu’s incredibly affecting vocals. Or, it could be the beautifully layered strings. Or, is it the Celtic-infused prelude that sets the context and carries across the song? Vaanam is one heck of a title song! Selvaraghavan’s lyrics have a unique challenge – to write about a grandfather! And the lines take a refreshingly […]

The title song is a sprawling effort! Too sprawling, given the medley’ish ways it splinters into. But it is also mighty impressive, pulling in many voices led by Daler Mehndi, a phenomenal vocal chorus and a grand, thumping sound. Gulzar’s sparkling imagination headlines Teen gawah, propped by Siddharth Mahadevan’s fresh-sounding voice, set to a wonderfully […]

Ota, the Kannada opener of the album is a lovely song split by marked changes to the sound at the end of each utterance of ‘Saaguve na munde’ by Chandana Bala! After the first, there is a subtle percussion addition to what was till then primarily guitar-driven. After the second, the lively jazz’y backgrounds kick-in. […]

Friday July 31, 2015 22:06

Filament (Music review), Shankar Tucker

Shankar’s clarinet offers an interesting backdrop to Chal chal sakhi, expertly sung by Ankita Joshi, with the tabla and cajon adding a compelling layer. The 4-part Aa re chanda actually plays seamlessly. Sandeep Mishra’s sarangi underscores the Alaap, while Devendra Pal Singh’s vocals take over Exposition that blooms with a pleasant tune, accentuated by guitar, […]

After 3 minutes of lively ‘circus music’ in Aam Hindustani, Shefali Alvares arrives in smouldering style, mouthing Amitabh Bhattacharya’s amusing Mumbaiya filmy verses, with the brass band offering solid backdrop. Shefali does a redux in Shut Up too, an essentially Amit Trivdedi’esque tune, but with a really smooth jazz makeover. Shefali’s 3rd song, Mohabbat buri […]

There is a strong undercurrent of interest in immortality all through Uttama Villain, as if Kamal Haasan wants to ensure that at least his body of work remains immortal. It starts with the magnificiently mounted Iranian naadagam, where Hiranyakashipu assumes he is immortal, till Vishnu finds a loophole. The song comes out better in the […]

Parasiva seems like the perfect candidate for a arena-folk anthem – with incredibly catchy percussion and superb vocals and acoustic guitar by Raghu, this is a fabulous opener! The package is so ebullient that the language, or it sounding alien to a large segment in India, hardly seems to be matter. Rain Song‘s possibly Gambheera […]

Monday November 4, 2013 16:19

Matters of the Heart (Sandeep Chowta)

Matters of the Heart and Angels in the Desert are pleasantly lounge’ish and ride on Naveen and Dave Valentin’s fascinating flute, respectively, besides Tom Schuman’s piano in the latter. The melody in Close Your Eyes is enchanting, made better by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s Mohan Veena joining Russel Ferrante’s piano and topped with William Kennedy […]

Almost no song in Raanjhanaa seems to follow familiar conventions, but they all flow so well and cohesively! The title song is heady, with lively violins and spritely sitar playing along with Shiraz Uppal and Jaswinder Singh’s enthusiastic vocals; Rahman gives his singers delightful rapid-fire lines. Shreya Ghoshal’s mastery over her voice gets a new […]

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