Posts Tagged ‘A R Rahman

Bhoomi is Shakthisree’s stellar show, with a matching chorus and a somber ending. Mazhai Kuruvi‘s sparkling strings promise a lot, but the pedestrian rhythm and meandering tune pull it down. Kalla Kalavaani and Sevandhu Pochu suffer from similar problems – brilliant sounds that don’t add up. Hayati works though, as a world-music’ish Dhol Dhol-equivalent (Yuva); […]

Thursday November 2, 2017 18:15

2.0 (Music review), Tamil – A.R.Rahman

There’s more sound-led glitz in Endhira logathu sundariye than a cohesive tune. Sid and Shashaa’s voices are digitally mauled, perhaps owing to the ‘robot’ theme, a musical cue that plagued Endhiran‘s soundtrack too. Madhan Karky’s enjoyably clever lyrics doff the hat to ‘computerized Rajini’ (KaNini Rajini nee!) and a 3-word phrase that fits his father’s […]

Sunday August 20, 2017 19:31

Mersal (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Maacho, with its dramatically diverse soundscape, is Rahman throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it! Awkwardly enough, with adequate gibberish, it sounds like a Harris Jayaraj song – a meta-milestone! Mersal arasan and Aalaporaan Thamizhan are even more disconcertingly disparate, with enough bits of alluring sounds that just don’t seem to cohesively come together. […]

Tuesday June 27, 2017 20:27

Mom (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

O sona tere liye plays like a sedate—and soporific—lullaby, with Shashaa’s vocals clearly bettering Rahman’s trademark high pitch surges that seem labored. Kooke kawn‘s burst of faux-Punjabi energy seems rather generic in Sukhwinder’s over familiar vocals, while Raakh baaki, barring that psychedelic ending, remains uniformly bizarre. Freaking Life starts off tentatively, but steadily builds into […]

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 […]

Friday January 6, 2017 17:17

ARR50!

Hard to believe the man is 50 today! Just seems like yesterday when, in Salem, I forced a cassette shop owner to cut short his lunch break, call the supplier and sell me the cassette tape of Kadhalan that was released the day before. And reading in Dinamani Kadhir, Dinamani’s supplement, that Mani Ratnam had […]

Kaara fankaara‘s promising start devolves into droning nama nama nei. Enna sonna is adequately pleasant; more Arko than Rahman. Jaanu is jubilantly uptempo and instantly catchy. Saajan aayo re is a pleasant surprise, Jonita’s vocal dexterity and Darbari Kanada raag flowing infinitely better in Hindi. Jee lein is Yuva leftover, while Ameen’s Maula wa salim […]

There’s a whiff of MS Viswanathan in the simple and sweet melody of Avalum naanum! Vijay Yesudas rocks this solo, recalling his dad’s prowess more than once. But that this is a Rahman song is evident all over – beautiful violin solo in the first interlude and the tune twist towards anupallavi! Idhu varai is […]

Monday April 11, 2016 16:45

24 (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Kaalam yen kadhali has captivating phrases; that ‘Kaalam yen’ hook after the anupallavi layered with kuthu or the catchy ‘Vaa machakkaara’ in the charanam that’s different from the anupllavi. But as an overall song it is less coherent, albeit interesting enough. Naan un aruginil seems like Tamasha’s melodic remnant, and works for its lilting melody […]

Nikitha Gandhi’s almost ethereal voice carries the Prologue till Rahman unleashes a dramatic crescendo! In Signs of The Last Prophet, the same prelude by Nikitha is connected to a stunning choir, all culminating in a sprawling finale! Makkah 740 AD, true to its name, showcases Middle Eastern exotica in a pulsating package, while in The […]

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