Posts Tagged ‘A R Rahman

Kaara aattakkaara‘s promising start devolves into droning nama nama nei. Aye Sinamika is pleasant, but sounds like a now-out-of-vogue boy band’s last-ditch attempt. Mental manadhil (both versions) is jubilantly uptempo and instantly catchy. Naane varugiraen, beyond Shashaa’s vocal dexterity and darbari kanada raaga (thanks to many helpful commenters), is look-ma-I’m-so-obviously-complex. Theera ulaa and Malargal kaettaen […]

Sunday November 16, 2014 11:42

Lingaa (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

On nanba is a stunning album opener! Rahman goes full on Middle Eastern, loads on the dance elements to the already zingy tune mildly reminiscent of the iconic Greek-Egyptian Misirlou. SP Balasubramaniam and Dinesh Kanagaratnam, along with the chorus singers deliver a riotous song. In Indiane vaa, the song Rahman chooses to sing himself, Vairamuthu’s […]

Friday October 3, 2014 19:13

Raunaq (Music review), Indipop – A R Rahman

It’s heartening to see Rahman approach Raunaq not as an experimental non-film album, but as a regular film soundtrack, at least going by the tunes. It is also ironic that one of the album’s highlight – Kapil Sibal’s ‘poetry’ – is also its least obvious aspect. Kho jaayein hum explifies it best – musically minimal, […]

Monday September 15, 2014 16:09

I (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Mersalaayitten seems tailor-made for Anirudh’s digitally-enhanced vocals; even sounds techno-enough like his own music, barring that very-Rahman’ish violin interlude. Ennodu nee‘s reprise works better than the original’s soul gospel choir where Sid Sriram laboriously force-fits Tamil; worked in Adiye, not here. Aila‘s experimentation works, though – an accessible melange that mixes techno-pop, classical opera and […]

Vaanga makka serves as a spirited introduction to the film’s theater troupe backdrop and is fabulously sung by Haricharan and Dr.Narayanan. Aye Mr.Minor‘s retro orchestration is as significant as its beautifully flowing Maand tune (evoking Sangamam’s Sowkiyama!), particularly the backgrounds Rahman adopts for the 4-phrase title hook after the first one. Shasha Tirupati (despite ‘Iravulakalai’, […]

Ghatam and strings… and then a single violin peeks in to give the ghatam some South Indian company in Hassan Learns French Cooking. It all ends in a mellow flute note, distinctly Indira-style and the tune playing something akin to ‘kodutha sandhangalil… en manadhai… nee ariya’ from MS Viswanathan’s ‘Sippi Irukkuthu’ song from Varumayin Niram […]

Khalifa‘s steady, thrumming techno sound is instantly likeable, as is the simple, hook’y tune. Rahman’s singing, despite the digital additions, is apt for the overall feel, while the disparate rap-style interludes take time to get used to, but do add to the overall song’s charm. In fact, even the opening vocals of Mawali qawwali take […]

Wednesday May 14, 2014 08:29

Million Dollar Arm (Music review), A R Rahman

Rang De Basanti’s left-over Makhna and let-us-obviously-fuse-Punjabi-and-rap Million Dollar Dream are intermittently engaging, thanks to the vocalists – Sukhwinder and Iggy Azalea, respectively. KT Tunstall and Rahman’s We Could Be Kings is however coherent and rhythmic, with fantastic vocals by both. Ditto with Taa taa tai – frenetic sitar complementing Rahman’s energetic call-out. Keep The […]

Engae pogudho’s soaring Hollywood-style composition is disjoint and at best background’ish. Its other version, Rana’s Dream, by London Sessions Orchestra showcases the tune’s rich tapestry better. Medhuvaagathaan is a throwback to the older ‘En veettu thottathil’ Rahman, with sweet chorus lines and fantastic vocals by SPB and Sadhana Sargam. Maattram ondrudhaan is a triumph of […]

Saturday January 25, 2014 21:54

Highway (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Nooran Sisters’ earthy vocals power Patakha guddi really well, backed by Rahman’s alluring, contrasting backgrounds. Rahman mauls his version with new-fangled renditon, however. But he does well in Maahi ve, a lovely tune let down only by its middling orchestration. Sooha saha, Tu kuja and Heera hold wonderfully pleasant tunes and Rahman’s choice of women […]

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