Archive for December, 2012

Related: Other annual lists to put this list in context Milliblog annual music round-up, 2012 – top songs of 2012 selected by me, across Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Indipop Milliblog India top 10, 2012 – a specially curated, pan-Indian, multilingual top 10 recommendation from the music of 2012 — Top 10 posts based on pageviews: […]

Thursday December 27, 2012 21:33

Dalam (Music review), Telugu – James Vasanthan

Vijay Yesudas gets something different in the rousing Yetellina aranyame; James’s backgrounds are top class! Ikkadinundi is a fantastic melody on the lines of Kangal irandaal, perhaps because of the peekaboo Reetigowlai base – shades below that classic, but still a wonderful listen! Addirabanna works as a raucous song, thanks to the engaging rhythm, while […]

Wednesday December 26, 2012 21:24

Annayum Rasoolum (Music review), Malayalam – K

Shahabaz Aman’s simple and heartfelt voice, along with humorously framed lyrics involving ‘cambeni’… all help Kaayalinarike immensely! Kando kando is Andrea’s show, largely, but composer K makes his presence felt too with the minimal, but haunting backgrounds and mysterious tune! K brings the kind of background music he is known for in Tamil, in Vazhivakkil […]

Sunidhi sounds completely out of sorts alongside KK in Pad gaye ji – the tune itself sounds like that of an 80s college band’s debut! Crazy Lover‘s lyrics are crazy and the tune is no different; Vishal Dadlani’s enthusiastic singing that saves the song, marginally. Thankfully, Nikhil D’Souza’s John Denver’esque ballad, Bas main aur tu […]

How would you react if a man wearing a black robe with hood and just a hole in the place of face (with light streaming through the hole!) came to you and gave you a curious looking box? I’d personally freak out and swat that creature with anything that is handy. But kids in Rahman’s […]

Saturday December 22, 2012 19:26

Milliblog India Top 10, 2012

If you haven’t seen the actual Milliblog Top songs lists from Hindi, the 4 Southern languages and Indipop, here you go – Milliblog Annual Music Round-up 2012. One of my (personal) favorite reasons for running Milliblog the way it is, is to help break the language barrier in India, when it comes to music. I’m […]

The title song is brisk and builds its energy gradually and surely, while Khamaka builds into a gorgeously pleasant melody, complete with an African chorus, but with middling vocals by Vishal himself. Rekha is in her elements in the whimsical Oye boy, backed by Gulzar’s amusing lyrics. Lootnewale‘s dhol-led Punjabi sound is grander than usual […]

Tuesday December 18, 2012 21:04

Nayak (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Laila O Laila takes its Pancham roots very seriously and impresses with bombastic rhythms and swaying tune. Kathi lanti pilla sees Thaman work his slow and rhythmic template to wonderful effect; excellently sung by Shefali Alvares and himself. Thaman also dares to remix Raja’s iconic Chiranjeevi  number Subhalekha rasukunna (Kondaveeti Donga); the remix works mainly […]

Yem cheddaam is a harmoniously sung track where the lyrics blend in brilliantly with the energetic tune! Aaraduguluntada is wonderfully pleasant, thanks largely to Kalyani’s singing, while Chitra rules over the dreamily tuned title song! Mari antaga has Mickey template written all over – rhythmic, but vastly familiar. Vaana chinukulu depends solely on stock rhythms […]

College paadam is old stock of boring college’y lyrics, set to middling music, but the composer joins his fiancé Saindhavi for the breezy techno in Yaar ivano – well sung and well-tuned! Simbu performs well in Kalaaipom, a Gangsta rap that sees many other local mixes to interesting effect. Despite the catchy outlook, Malgova is […]

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