Posts Tagged ‘ilayaraja

Nallani kanulalo and Ye piduguki both start with whistling but they turn into dramatically different songs. The former moves on to a neat Russian-folk like prelude, to eventually a lilting Keeravani’ish base with Ashwathi’s child-like voice expressing her Princess wishes. The latter has Arunraja Kamaraj… enough said – another vocal-cord busting Kabali derivative. Vishal offers […]

Saturday April 1, 2017 16:19

Raja’ish!

Today is April 1. You have noticed me referring to some songs as Raja’ish. That word is not going to fool hardcore Ilayaraja fans, but, for the average music listener, some songs do recall Raja’s music easily, if not in the tune, at least in the background music or the interludes. Here’s a list of […]

Love you zindagi has an ebullient tune, but is too steeped in predictably—including Jasleen’s now-familiar woman-child voice—Amit Trivedi’ish sound (the club mix, featuring Alia, has more spunk). Ditto with Vishal Dadlani’s swagger in Let’s break up and Sunidhi politely requesting dil to Just go to hell; way… too… familiar! Amit mounts Tu hi hai and […]

It may be unfair to compare Maths tough with its Hindi equivalent in the same situation (Rohan-Vinayak’s Maths mein dubba gul), but on its own too, with Srinisha’s constipated vocals and an awkwardly jumpy rhythm, it’s embarrassing, at best. Unakkum enakkum, however, is all Raja – a prayer’ish melody set amidst calming piano and delivered […]

Murabba is poor man’s Amit Trivedi; Bombay Talkies song title, contemplative guitar-led tune… though Neuman Pinto’s singing seems flat. Maula is more Amit, but Nandini Srikar’s accomplished singing holds it together. Maths mein is an incredibly lively ode to hatred for maths, with Nitesh Tiwari’s fantastic folksy lyrics. Shreyas Jain’s beautiful lines on a daughter […]

Sunday January 24, 2016 17:38

Oyee (Music review), Tamil – Ilayaraja

It’s difficult to decide what is more cringe-worthy in Eden Garden – Raja’s music or the bizarre lyrics that perhaps wanted to refer to Garden of Eden, but ends up talking about Kolkata’s cricket stadium. Mannin magane is far worse – massively outdated synth cringe fest. Mudinja oru kai paru is equally weird, invoking lyrical […]

The earthy Hero intro theme brings back the heydays of Karakattakaran. In Vathana vathana, Kavitha Gopi and Priyadarshini’s full-throated singing and the captivating tune evoke pleasant memories of Veetukku veetukku. Paaruruvaaya gets a mesmerizing Mayamalavagowlai treatment; Sathya Prakash and Surmukhi deliver it with incredible piety. Sharreth’s vocals and the Shubhapantuvarali raaga layers Idarinum with excruciating […]

Reena mecareena‘s Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson) origins are really hard to ignore, and a bit strange, given this is by Ilayaraja! Still, it’s a catchy, easily likeable song, sung with the right enthusiasm by Piyush Kapur. Vibhavari holds the lovely, bordering-on-melancholy melody of Edhuru choosthunna beautifully together and the composer’s legendary sound is in full […]

Nee aattukkutty and Oru kaalathula have all the standard tropes of an Ilayaraja song, but no matter how much the backgrounds try, the tunes are incredibly outdated. But despite Prasanna’s rather flat singing, Muthu muthu at least has a lively sound to keep in reasonably good stead. The man gets his act together in Chinna […]

Mathagajame has the grandeur befitting a historical’s intro song, but eventually turns into a melange. Chusukovoy‘s rhythm and tune is perfect for… 1985. Now, it sounds bizarre. Ditto with Allakallolamai – angsty, outdated dance sound. The soundtrack’s real winners are the 3 melodies. Auna neevena is delightfully sweet, with fantastic orchestration that is so very […]

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