Archive for February, 2014

Tuesday February 25, 2014 22:18

A nostalgic look at the music of Azhagan

After K.Balachander split from Ilayaraja, post Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal, he seemed to be in a state of flux for his next film’s music. The immediately next film was Oru Veedu Iru Vaasal, which, I honestly don’t recall having any songs, despite having violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh in the lead and having composer VS Narasimhan credited […]

Jeet Ganguly, in his sole track, Suno na sangemarmar, deftly uses his Bengali tune, Ki kore toke, from Rangbaaz with a perfect choice in Arijit to croon it. Even the remix is pretty nifty! Of Shiraz Uppal’s two songs, Mere khuda is generic Pakistani pop, but he surprises with a very-Rahman’ish qawali in Daata di […]

Anvita Dutt’s lyrics stand out in Gulcharrey with her unusual choice of words almost all through; Raghu’s tune and music is upbeat and immediately appealing, besides the enthusiastic singing by Benny. Neeti Mohan’s music-less solo opening Khamakhaan is lovely and the song eventually builds into a thoroughly likeable, guitar’y ditty with enjoyable lyrics by Habib […]

Tuesday February 18, 2014 21:14

Cuckoo (Music review), Tamil – Santhosh Narayanan

Manasula soora kaathey is exquisite! Whether it is RR and Divya Ramani’s beautiful vocals, or that mesmerising Keeravani-base tune that sounds like Ilayaraja’s beautiful melody from the 80s… or that magically soft orchestration… astoundingly beautiful! Agasatha, with its persistent violin base, is very Santhosh, in outlook, but the tune is involving enough. Such is the […]

Kalyani sounds ethereal in the title song, but the tune, despite its pleasant outlook is too steeped in Mickey’s usual template that it tends to be way too predictable. Krishna Chinni’s hilarious lyrics are as much integral to Devuda as the way Anil sings it – thoroughly enjoyable fun song! Ee kadha, sung by Sanam […]

Monday February 17, 2014 21:16

Basanti (Music review), Telugu – Mani Sharma

Srikrishna, Karunya, Hemachandra and Sahithi are in fantastic form in the lively Thirugubaatidhi that builds its momentum slowly but steadily. Paaripothunna is a throwback to the older style of melody – well handled by Pawan’s soft vocals. Pratheekshanam, in comparison, is the more modern ambient melody that Mani is known for – he infuses a […]

Po indru seems more Yuvan than Anirudh, but a clever tune that masks Dhanush’s substandard singing. Ditto in Amma amma, but here Dhanush’s unkempt singing skills adds honesty to the song’s emotional core. The grungy title song seems apt for the title phrase’s angst. Ey inga paaru is a remnant – albeit listenable – from […]

Saturday February 15, 2014 17:22

Total Siyapa (Music review), Hindi – Ali Zafar

The title song, along with the quirky lyrics, dialogs and sounds, is good fun. Ali Zafar fares really well in Palat keri jaan, singing, writing and composing the lovely ballad. Nahi maloom has a captivating Middle-Eastern + Latino blend sound and is sung particularly well by Ali and Fariha Parvaiz. The composer-singer uses a reggae […]

Saturday February 15, 2014 17:21

Damaal Dumeel (Music review), Tamil – Thaman S

Thaman seems to be in a hurry with Dumeel, recycling his old rhythm, but Usha Uthup’s vocals do add some novelty, occasionally sounding like LR Eswari in Osthi’s Kalsala. Same story in Odi idi – recycling of that very familiar rhythm, with Shankar Mahadevan coming to Thaman’s aid with his vocals. Pogadhae has Remya Nambeesan […]

Wednesday February 12, 2014 19:50

French Kiss (Music review), Indipop – Sharib-Toshi

The title song is as much fun as a post-two-pegs song in a Delhi bar – nice and catchy. Its international club mix is apt after the 6th peg. Hai soniye has mitti di khushboo emanating even out of its concrete exterior – tuneful Punju ballad. Its Pind version eschews concrete to offer more earthiness. […]

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