Archive for June, 2012

Sachin-Jigar’s lone track, Dil garden garden ho gaya, rides high on Vishal’s exuberant vocals even as the techno tune is strictly functional, but with a highly infectious hook. Of the 2 songs by Meet Bros Anjjan, Shirt da button has a fairly engaging melody but the utterly corny Hinglish lyrics is distracting. Their other song, […]

Pathirayo is Shreya Ghoshal’s show – she breezes through the fairly complex and wonderful tune confidently; Rahul’s tune change in the Pathirayo part is brilliant! Actress Ramya Nambeesan is getting better, as a singer, in every soundtrack; in Vijanasurabhi she owns the Hamsanandhi based fusion song beautifully! Bachelor life‘s techno remix of a standard Aiyappan […]

Tuesday June 19, 2012 21:13

Aarohanam (Music review), Tamil – K

Indha vaan veli is strikingly moving – Anand Aravindakshan’s soulful singing makes a big difference to the already impactful tune by K. Thappaattam is diametrically different – an exuberant retro disco’ish track with the occasional kuthu – makes for quite a catchy listen! Vandana Srinivasan’s Indha vaan veli snippet, Dhisai ariyadhu and Indha vaan veli’s […]

Chandanathennalai seems to be making a wonderful mixture of Hameer Kalyani and Saraswati ragas, at least to my untrained ears; very good singing by Madhu Balakrishnan and Sujatha. Is Veerali thanka pattin sree raagam? Or Darbari Kaanada, perhaps? Or Manirangu? Beyond the guesses, it sounds incredibly pleasant! Sundarikalli goes Raja’esque, ala Karagaattakkaaran – superbly rhythmic […]

Amar mawte’s pensive and haunting tune is beautifully orchestrated by Anupam; both versions – by Lopamudra Mitra, and the shorter version by Rupankar, with more pronounced sarod, courtesy Pratyush Bandyopadhyay. Anupam’s vocals and Debshankar’s violin elevates Ekhon anek raat wonderfully, while Shreya Ghoshal carries the dreamy melody in Ei to ami chai, as usual, magnificently. […]

Belagedhu coffee is super fun; lyrics-wise and vocals too – by Ganesh, Sadhu Kokila, Arjun and Rangayana Raghu. Its twin, By-2 bedsheet is equally good with the female vocals spin. Arjun’s title song seems noisily bombastic, but he makes amends in Smilevasi, a wonderfully catchy track with pitch-perfect orchestration. Everybody rock cranks up the kuthu […]

Anuragham is drop-dead gorgeous! Rahul Subrahmanian’s version is a bit conventional, ballad’ish with great guitar, while Divya Menon rocks the reprise with her sweet rendering! Remya Nambeesan and Sachin Warrier’s sonorous vocals, along with the sarod usage, in a slow, ghazal’ish backdrop are the highlights of Muthuchippi – wonderful listen. Anuraghathin, by Vineeth Srinivsan goes […]

Tuesday June 12, 2012 21:23

Cocktail (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Everything just works seamlessly in Tumhi ho bandhu – Kavita Seth’s vocals, Neeraj Shridhar’s super enthu hook and Pritam high-energy music… everything! Shalmali Kholgade, fresh from her Pareshaan high, rocks Daru desi, along with Benny Dayal – a spirited, groovy song in true Pritam style. Yaariyaan‘s rock version, with Mohan ‘Agnee’ Kannan and Shilpa Rao, […]

Hats off Brahma is an exotic concoction; Tippu is fabulous with his singing and Karthik Raja’s music is layered and thoroughly engrossing even beyond that generic sound that occasionally hints at Gupt’s Bechainiyaan! Mike testing‘s pulsating stadium rock style music is a great listen too, with Ranjith thoroughly enjoying his singing. The catchy title song […]

Hey chakkani bike undi and Pakado are good examples – nothing works in these songs. The title song fares marginally better, thanks to the catchy hook, while, Mee intiki mundhu works only for its accordion and horns usage. Jassie Gift’s Osey osey is horrendously y iterative at multiple levels. It takes Adnan Sami to salvage […]

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