Archive for September, 2011

Raghu’s audacious South Indian dappanguthu-style rhythm in Dheaon dheaon is bloody catchy and ably supported by Anvita corny, ingenious lyrics! Uh-oh‘s minimal orchestration helps bring to fore Ash King and Shilpa Rao’s vocals, even though it follows a tried and tested banter-style romantic template. Much like how Choo le treads familiar Indian inspirational rock territory. […]

Friday September 30, 2011 20:23

Rockstar (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Phir se ud chala’s tune almost feels like a free-form flight, beautifully accentuated by Mohit’s vocals, George Doering’s mandolin and a literal take-off half-way into the song. Jo bhi main and Sadda haq offer anthemic tunes – the former with a moody rock base and the latter as a bombastic, angst-laden outburst with particularly expressive […]

Thursday September 22, 2011 20:46

7aum Arivu (Music review), Tamil – Harris Jayaraj

Mun andhi‘s sedate, romantic melody seems perfunctory with usual Harris bells and whistles, while Innum enna thozha is a mighty impactful motivational track with excellent vocals. The much-hyped Chinese song, The Rise of Damo sounds authentic and sweeping, with interesting mix of Dramyen, Ruan (Prakash Hariharan) and Veena (Rajesh Vaidya), besides flute. The rest of […]

Barring Kunal’s enthusiastic vocals, Dhinchak zindagi follows the standard musicals template. Kunal gets great company from lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya in Do kabootar, but the tune continues to seem bland, expect for minor flourishes. Thankfully, Ajay-Atul find their groove in Take it easy, an addictive, splashy tune, and the imaginative Hindi rock, Yaadon ki album, complete […]

Naresh Iyer’s vocals make an impact as much as Selva’s conversationally coarse lyrics and that oddly accentuated backgrounds, in Naan sonnadhum. Kaadhal yen kaadhal and Voda voda up the ante in loutish lyrics, by Pa. Vijay, and Dhanush, respectively – but GVP does wrap them in listenable tunes! Enenna seidhom‘s Doordarshan-chorus style is an interesting […]

Sunday September 18, 2011 07:24

Snehaveedu (Music review), Malayalam – Ilayaraja

Chengathir kaiyum is so obviously sweet, thanks to Chithra’s gorgeous vocals and Raja channeling his Kshatriyan number ‘Poottakkal pottalum’. In Shreya’s Aavanithumbi – another reliably sweet song – Raja’s interludes takes you through a nostalgic trip down his other rich repertoire without pinning on one song. Rahul Nambiar sounds oddly different across the pallavi and […]

Saturday September 17, 2011 08:49

Oosaravelli (Music review), Telugu – Devi Sri Prasad

Devi sings the Brathakali fabulously; the rock’ish track is mighty punchy! Ditto with Sri Anjaneyam and the title song – captivating sound in both, very well sung by MLR Karthikeyan and Ujjayinee Roy, respectively. If it’s Adnan’s vocals that work in Nenante, Neha Bhasin and Vijay Prakash lift Niharika immensely, while Love ante is the […]

Wednesday September 14, 2011 21:10

Paramathma (Music review), Kannada – V Harikrishna

Yavaniggothu holds a really engaging tune behind that rather simplistic rhythm, something that Harikrishna seems to have made his own, as a combination! The composer croons the hugely enjoyable title song that banks on that same combination! Yogaraj Bhat Composer Harikrishna excels in the vocals of Kathlalli karadige, yet another fabulously rhythmic song that digs […]

Wednesday September 14, 2011 21:03

Mod (Music review), Hindi – Tapas Relia

Tu hi tu and Chand pal ke humsafar are largely pleasant, but their overall languorous sound pulls both down significantly. Tu hi tu’s unplugged version by Vijay Prakash brings the tune out better and is a good listen! Shivam Pathak’s vocals help Ai meri jaaniya; as much as the soft and nuanced piano-based backgrounds. The […]

Wednesday September 14, 2011 21:00

Jarasandha (Music review), Kannada – Arjun Janya

Neerige baare makes uncredited use of a well-known Sri Lankan song’s recently-popular remix, but Arjun layers it with his own, sorry tune! Avarivara jothe fares much better with superb singing by Sonu and Anuradha Bhat and Arjun’s now-trademark, Harris Jeyaraj-style interludes. Upendra lends his vocals for Padhe padhe, but Arjun’s tune just doesn’t work. Arjun […]

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