Archive for July, 2010

Saturday July 31, 2010 10:13

Enthiran (Music review), Tamil – A R Rahman

Enthiran has two show-stopper tunes – the phenomenally lilting Kadhal anukkal, that hits all the catchy, addictive notes; and Arima arima, that showcases musical grandeur in an absolutely awe-inspiring range! Kilimanjaro is Shankar’s splurging-money-in-exotic-locale song and seems more visual than musical. Of the four, ‘robotic’ songs, it’s odd that Rahman treats them with a textbook, […]

The very-pedestrian Oh thozhiye lifts The Turtles’ So Happy Together, a full 27 years after Shankar Ganesh first lifted it for ‘Devi koondhalo’ in En Aasai Unnodudhaan. Vaa vaa baby is even worse – a 90s tune, orchestrated uninterestedly. Ranjith’s Edhedho and Shreya Ghoshal’s Unnazhagai konda are passable melodies, with simplistic and outdated tunes – […]

Aadona stepsu is suitably groovy – standard tune, but those retro-styled arrangements work, while Bengaluru galligela is straight out of Manisharma’s massy repertoire – folksy, catchy hook saves it. Bul bul has Joshua’s unique sound – and he excels in home turf! Devareno neenu, however, goes repetitively overboard with his signature style. Kokkoko is a […]

Wednesday July 28, 2010 21:31

Hello Darling (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Pritam’s remix of the Inteqam classic, Aa jaane jaan is bland and unidimensional despite Javed Jaffrey’s desperate attempts to infuse some life. Attrah baras ki is straight out of a sleazy indipop album with trite, tired arrangements, while Band baaja takes the cake in outdatedness – goofy, oddball track that seems intended, situation-wise, the way […]

NW1W. After a thoroughly enjoyable Happy Happyga, that is a shocker. I couldn’t find even one song redeeming!

Ab mujhko offers faux optimism, in a conventional package, while Mohit Chauhan’s reflective Chala aaya pyar doesn’t work entirely despite some neat tabla-infused orchestration. Shafqat’s Shukriya zindagi is standard SEL-template and is predictably pleasant. Shankar Mahadevan’s (and Shreya’s) painfully meditative Pal mein is just that – painful and meditative. With its Middle Eastern/Latino appeal, Pritam’s Dilkash dildaar is […]

Someone compared it to Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, on Twitter, while OPEN magazine called it a ‘stupid comedy’ and gave it a severe drubbing. Those extreme reactions literally forced me to opt for ‘Tere Bin Laden’ over the much more pressing Udaan and Inception, both of which I’ll watch…eventually…some day! I liked Tere Bin Laden. […]

Monday July 26, 2010 08:35

Your review sucks!

Started this morning by staring at 2 similar comments from the same person – one on my take on Villu and the other on Aarya 2. Both simply said, “this album is nominated in filmfare awards………your review sucks….”. Quick update, if that hasn’t been made clear in the past 5 years: This blog is not […]

Imagine…you are in a fancy restaurant with a massive spread of yummy food in front of you. Your favorite, say, a Kahlua Dessert, is in the corner. You love it so much that you usually go for it first! But, what you do would seem strange, because you do not reach for your favorite first…you […]

Muzhumadhi reuses Rahman’s Mr.Romeo number, Mellisaye’s template rather well, with an Bharadwaj’ish flourish – Vijay Yesudas and Bela Shende are excellent! Penne pogathe‘s hip-hop base is vastly familiar and hence, quite trite, but in a Thaman-style effort, the composer impresses in Thada thada; the combination of minimal, thoughtfully arranged music and a lovely tune is […]

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