Archive for February, 2013

Two chronic off-key singers – Yuvan and STR – get together in Oru porambokku, elucidating the virtues of shunning alcohol, in a foot-tapping, street-smart package – appropriately lively! Konjum kili is an interesting combination of Yuvan’s celtic-tinged sound with an earthy folk’ish tune. Sudasuda is trademark Yuvan – captivating melody with gorgeous guitar, while Ulladha […]

Thursday February 28, 2013 21:28

Whistle (Music review), Kannada – Joshua Sridhar

Tippu is in solid form in Aru uruthu, breathing life into Joshua’s pleasant tune! Joshua appropriates his own Veppam track, Mazhai varum, in a slightly altered package to create Pala pala – it sounds considerably better in this funkier version! Veppam’s other song – the best – Kaatril eeram becomes Ura mandhi, and Haricharan and […]

Tuesday February 26, 2013 21:40

KQ (Music review), Malayalam – Stephen Devassy

Shankar Mahadevan excels in his rendition of the muslim-flavored Chundathe that holds gorgeous saarangi and harmonium interludes in line with the song’s feel and tone. Idhuvare njan sees Vijay Prakash making phenomenal use of his already-fantastic vocals and elevate the expansive melody to new heights; the music is pitch-perfect, almost recalling Rahman’s Thiruda Thiruda classic […]

Tuesday February 26, 2013 21:00

3G (Music review), Hindi – Mithoon & Amar Mohile

Despite its Pritam’ish chorus, Kaise bataaon is lovely, with the dependable KK and an adept singing debut by Sonal Chauhan! Its Cantabile version is perfectly a-capella’ish, aided by Abhishek Nailwal’s impactful vocals. Khalbali starts out uncannily like My Name Is Khan’s Tere naina, but gets its own flavor soon, with a punchy sound and excellent […]

Mera mann, composed and sung by Falak Shabir is a throwback to the old-world balladry – soft and serene, both original and the reprise. Tulsi Kumar’s version and the Remix are atrocious, however. Ayushmann and Rochak Kohli repeat their Pani da rang magic in Saadi galli – the resonant and guitar’y Original, the funky Unplugged […]

There’s absolutely nothing in Dil ko aaya sukoon to not let it remain as something that drones in the background. Govinda aala re is no different – traditional folk tune rehashed for the umpteenth time. The Tamil original’s theme song, Shambho shiv shambho is rehashed by Sundar himself, with Shankar Mahadevan doing the Hindi version […]

Friday February 22, 2013 21:00

Jolly LLB (Music review), Hindi – Krsna

Jhooth boliya is strictly passable. Law lag gaye/L lag gaye is some improvement – Bappi Lahiri’s playful singing and the distinctly Telugu-styled masala tune helps, besides Subhash Kapoor’s funny verse! Hans ki chaal is rich in folk nativity and well sung by Kailash Kher too, but too templatized for comfort. As is Mika’s Daru peeke, […]

That 80s jhankaar style music in Har ek friend is more annoying than being nostalgic, even as it smashes Airtel’s memorable phrase into smithereens. Dhichkyaaon‘s rhythmic, Pancham-style music works to its advantage, while Housefull 2’s Papa toh band bajaye after-effect is evident in Early Morning, coupled with Laxmikant-Pyarelal style music – odd, catchy mixture. Ishq […]

Monday February 18, 2013 21:39

Nirnayam (Music review), Tamil – Selvaganesh

  Nivas’s vocals elevate the already anguish-laden tune in Kannil oru thuli, while Selvaganesh orchestrates it wonderfully well. Etho maayam has lovely interplay between Karthik and MM Manasi’s vocals and Na. Muthukumar’s superb lyrics, even as the tune hints at Nalinakanthi and Kathanakuthuhalam. Thirudane has an intriguing sound but its Middle Eastern exotica sound is […]

Monday February 18, 2013 21:38

Swasame (Music review), Tamil – Taj Noor

En idhayam vanthatha has Saindhavi excellent vocals going for it, but the overall feel is that of early Rahman – fairly generic. Nee ippadiya appadiya is utterly uninteresting, while Nenechen nenechen is straight out of Deva’s 90s repertoire with minimal nuances by the composer. Nijama nijama is passable, but it could have been better if […]

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