Archive for February, 2015

Nikhitha Gandhi’s super stylish vocals prop Beautiful zindagi‘s already funky tune, reminiscent of Lenka’s pop music style; the chorus in the song too adds tremendous value. The short title song is equally cool, Ramy breezing through the vocals admirably well, though it is Radhan’s backgrounds impress the most. Ranjith and Ramy are fantastic in the […]

Tuesday February 24, 2015 20:57

Hunterrr (Music review), Hindi – Khamosh Shah

Hunterrr 303 is a neat throwback to the Bappi disco period, while Chori chori is a sedate old-world melody with a new coating – very listenable, in Arijit and Sona Mohapatra’s vocals. Thaali hai khaali and Amit Trivedi-sung Bachpan have corny, bizarre lyrics; the former breezes through with catchy charm and the latter is just […]

Javed Ali and Sheya Ghoshal handle the gorgeously slow-burning techno-ghazal combo sound of Kangalilae very well – GV Prakash’s tune is the clear winner here. LED kannala, however, is standard-issue techno-kuthu that fails to engage despite the punchy sound. Tipu is the sole saving grace of Why machi why, another students-song that addresses mighty predictable […]

Monday February 23, 2015 20:52

Tiger (Music review), Telugu – Thaman S

Samayaa has a lilting sing-along, guitary feel and the Allah Bol hook works easily too, thanks to Anudeep’s Sonu Nigam’ish singing, with apt support from Thaman himself. Vaddura mama has a funky banter-style sound and along with the catchy tune, Thaman’s imaginative backgrounds help generously too; particularly the effort in the interludes. Love story‘s sound […]

Wednesday February 18, 2015 20:15

Ayirathil Iruvar (Music review), Tamil – Bharadwaj

Ammanae has a fantastic 80s pop wrapper around an otherwise loud and full-throated conventional Amman song lyrics – very funky idea that plays on the dramatic difference between the lyrics and the sound! Karthik excels in the Middle Eastern tinged Ponna pathi sollava, complete with a fantastic, Vikram-Vanithamani style rap prelude and a phenomenally catchy […]

Sanjeev Darshan pitch in with a strong Chhil gaye naina with the right amount of grunge in it. Mohit Chauhan, Shilpa Rao and Arijit adorn Le chal in 3 versions, a languorous composition by Bann Chakraborty that’s wonderfully lounge’ish, but it’s the fourth, differentiated variant, Khoney de, featuring Mohit and Neeti that tops all! Composers […]

Anu Malik channelizes his Ashoka/Refugee form again in Moh moh ke dhaage and in the two versions, by Papon and Monali Thakur, has a clear and easy winner! The title song is a messy hodge-podge, despite Kailash Kher and Nooran sisters. Barring the mod keyboard sound, Kumar Sanu’s Tu is a lovely, nostalgic throwback to […]

Monday February 2, 2015 21:07

Sagaptham (Music review), Tamil – Karthikraja

Oorukku perumai is mind-numbingly outdated in every way, and panders to the debutant hero almost as if he was MGR-incarnate. Adiye rathiye is even more redundant, harping on utterly pointless tune and rhythms. Vaada vaada closes the cycle perfectly with another 90s embarassment. But Karthikraja salvages the soundtrack in style with Karichan kuruvi and Enakkanavan! […]

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