Archive for August, 2007

Friday August 31, 2007 17:45

Waqt par bolna (Hariharan)

Kaash (2000), and to some extent, Halka Nasha (2002, music by Utpal Biswas) were a new direction for the prolific singer, who’s ghazals I’ve come to completely adore, more specifically for his sonorous vocals – if you count out Colonial Cousins, since it was a joint effort with Leslie Lewis. Kaash gained significantly from Hariharan’s […]

Tuesday August 28, 2007 21:14

Happy Days (Telugu – Mickey J Meyer)

Karthik pitches his best in the slow and enticing, Arey rey, whose chorus pieces blend beautifully with the melodic phrases, while the rock’ish college-life track Jil jil jinga borrows mildly from Queen. The ballad-styled title song’s rock version has Naresh Iyer in top form with Mickey supporting him ably in the chorus and in the […]

Sunday August 26, 2007 19:25

Malaikottai (Tamil – Mani Sharma)

Kandha kadamba, like any hero-intro track, has every single cliche thrown in, in the name of lyrics and also dares to ask dating tips from none other than Lord Muruga. The techno melody in Uyire is barely passable, while O baby manages better on the listenability score thanks to a hummable tune and Rahul Nambiar’s […]

Megam’s mild hiphop’ish backgrounds overlap a cracking melody handled superbly by Haricharan and Shweta while the jazz-lined Andru vandhadhum is a competent re-tuning of the yesteryear classic, though it doesn’t reach New’s Thottal poo malarum’s standards. Kannamoochi’s tune cleverly fuses a mock track emanating out of the popular wedding ‘oonjal’ song, Kannoonjal aadi. Puthampudhu is […]

Wednesday August 22, 2007 15:23

Dhol (Hindi – Pritam)

Pritam’s uptempo tune for Bheega Aasmaan – almost a breezier version of Halka halka sa, is adorable while Dil liya is a pale, listless knock-off of Pritam’s own Dhoom title chartbuster. Haadsa reeks of Pritam’s usual, mundane references and Namacool is maha-uncool. Add to that a completely lifeless All night long, which only forces its […]

Wednesday August 22, 2007 14:08

Jana gana mana and a few retarded opinions

I had talked about Rahman and Bharatbala leveraging the sheer musical value of our national anthem, recently. It has now taken a ridiculous turn with a Chennai-based retired inspector filing a PIL against Rahman and Airtel’s Sunil Mittal. One of the complaints seem to be, “when this ‘remix’ was telecast, viewers were in various positions […]

Tuesday August 21, 2007 21:23

Apna Asmaan (Hindi – Leslie Lewis)

Katra katra is a clear ace from Leslie – good combination of a lilting melody, wonderful lyrics and vocals by Mehboob and Sukhwinder, and superb arrangements. Jhanana’s in the same league – Chitra displaying amazing range while Leslie astonishes with the racy, fusion backgrounds. The very pleasant Dil ka tarana gains amazingly from Sunidhi and […]

Tuesday August 21, 2007 05:55

Victoria No.203 (Hindi – Viju Shah)

The title song and Zindagi aa gayee aimlessly amble on to their illogical ends. Amit Kumar replaces his dad, along with Mahendra Kapoor-replacement Udit Narayan, in Do bechare’s remix. Viju’s techno additions do help in mildly salvaging this classic. Thoda sa thehro is a much better remix of the original ui-ma-hold-that-towel chartbuster. Deedani sees Viju […]

Monday August 20, 2007 07:35

Nanhe Jaisalmer (Hindi – Himesh Reshammiya)

Nanhe yaar is clearly from Himesh’s sound bank of yore – typically from the Tere naam days, I suppose. Almost everything seems stretched and sappy – the prolonged prelude, the whole sound! Ulfat is more like it – the standard, high-pitched, nasal, annoyingly extra-stylish and hollow scream from the man himself while his reworking of […]

Ouch! Thanks to Airtel, I’m required to stand up every time they air one of the mod, ambient versions of our national anthem! And, Airtel’s ad spend is so fabulous that I’m already dead tired. Here was a song – enough of anthem-shanthem – which was relegated to the corner of a protocol. And it […]

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