Archive for January, 2014

Wednesday January 29, 2014 20:25

Queen (Music review), Hindi – Amit Trivedi

London thumakda is the soundtrack’s most straight-forward and accessible song – simple, catchy tune, sung with earthy flavor by Labh Janjua with the right dollop of enthusiasm. O gujariya too falls in that zone – easy listening techno ditty with the right punch and disapassionately manic singing by Shefali and Nikhil. Badra bahaar sees Amit […]

Kadha kadha and Bon bon sound like Tamilized Yash Raj Punju songs; the discomfort shows. The Tanglish ballad Honeyae honeyae is no different – uneasy fit; the female version by Supriya Ramalingam, even more so! Benny and Usha rock Koottali, with that punchy rhythm and catchy tune. Mazhayin saaralil too is easy-on-the-ears, with good vocals […]

Kattu mooliyo has the alluring combination of Vineeth’s thoroughly likeable vocals and gorgeous music by Shaan, topped by that beautiful sax! Job Kurian does the honors for the charming folk tune in Mandaarame, while Remya Nabeesan handles Ee mazha megham like a pro, aided by Shaan’s enchanting tune that traverses a ghazal’ish style to eventually […]

I’m Just Pakaoed‘s highlight is clearly Amitabh Bhattacharya’s hilarious lyrics, besides Siddharth Mahadevan’s uninhibited high pitched vocals. Kaboom sees Anushka Manchanda in fantastic form, again with fantastic lyrics by Amitabh, coupled with a lively tune by the trio. Baat kya hai‘s pensive tune is endearing and even the craftily minimal music the trio load it […]

Saturday January 25, 2014 21:54

Highway (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

Nooran Sisters’ earthy vocals power Patakha guddi really well, backed by Rahman’s alluring, contrasting backgrounds. Rahman mauls his version with new-fangled renditon, however. But he does well in Maahi ve, a lovely tune let down only by its middling orchestration. Sooha saha, Tu kuja and Heera hold wonderfully pleasant tunes and Rahman’s choice of women […]

Maelae maelae, barring its Elay keechan’ness, is a pretty good listen, using mandolin, guitars and the clap sound to accentuate Karthik’s fantastic vocals. Anbe anbe too, with Harish Raghavendra and Harini’s vocals gets its gorgeous tune really well, even though the backgrounds reek of multiple other Harris songs. Sara saravedi‘s highlight is the ghatam-guitar sound, […]

Monday January 20, 2014 20:17

Yennamo Yedho (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Mosale, with its unusual word start spins a superb tapestry of sounds, led by guitar and that tantalizing nadaswaram! Deepak and Pooja deliver this addictive track really well. Neeyenna periya appatakkara seems like a complete ode to Santhanam – uses his trademark word and also his drunken outlook, to expand on a tipsy tiff between […]

Sunday January 19, 2014 09:56

A very personal take on Sony Neotank GTK-N1BT

Update (February 1, 2014): I went to the nearby Croma to buy this and while there, tested a couple of other options available, including JBL’s Flip, another smaller Bluetooth speaker from Sony and Bose’s SoundLink. Bose blew my mind with its sound! It doesn’t have Sony’s USB drive (input), a screen (this comes in handy […]

Rahul’s music in Thirayaane thirayaane is simplistic and minimal, but apt, and soars rather well in the interludes. Chemmana chelurukki is very tunefully foot-tapping and is a lovely listen, aided by the captivating music the composer adds to it, while it’s Sufi reprise Urvasi urvasi is a gimmick that is too short to work well. […]

Chinni chinni‘s predictable sound also has a prominent piece that sounds like Prem jal from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai! The London Bridge theme too merely passes muster, but Rahul leaves his stamp in his last song – Kannadi vaathil! Haricharan’s vocals, the slow build-up leading to the punchy hook… all work perfectly! Sreevalsan […]

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