Archive for November, 2015

Sunday November 29, 2015 09:10

Hitman – November 28, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Kanjaadai – Anjala (Tamil – Gopi Sundar) Gopi Sundar started with Malayalam, aced it and is now producing fantastic music in Telugu as well, with soundtracks like Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju and Bhale Bhale Magadivoy. His Tamil soundtrack and repertoire continue to stutter, though, for some reason. But the […]

Friday November 27, 2015 17:36

Thangamagan (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Anirudh channels his inner Yuvan Shankar Raja in Jodi nilave, even as Dhanush sings as off-key as Yuvan, though it is Shweta Mohan who owns the song with her vocals, as much as lyricist Dhanush for his lines that shimmer with hope, amidst melancholy. Dhanush does a Yuvan again, along with Nikita, in Oh oh, […]

Sunny composes and sings the title song confidently, a catchy Bepop jazz’ish tune. In Ningi needera, the retro-styled scratchy sound moves to something modern with a neat sitar hook, while in Mila mila, which Shashwat Singh delivers with gusto, it’s the mandolin hook and addictive chorus. Chalti ka naam gaadi stylishly doffs a hat to […]

Shreya Ghoshal holds fort with her sweet rendition in Deewani mastani, with Sanjay layering it between Marathi folk prelude and a quasi-sufi ending. Shreya is again fantastic in Mohe rang do laal—possibly using raag Purvi (or Puriya Dhanashri) and evoking Pt. Ravi Shankar’s Karuna suno shyam mori from Meera—brilliantly supported by Pt. Birju Maharaj. Pinga, […]

Sunday November 22, 2015 20:33

Tanu Nenu (Music review), Telugu – Sunny M.R.

Suryudne chusoddhama has that languorous sound that Sunny pioneered, and along with the captivating guitar strumming it sounds so good, in Arijit, Sunny and Harshika’s cool vocals! Aditya and Harshika carry Pade pade‘s racy mandolin and violin-loaded sound wonderfully, while the title song offers more of the catchy bluegrass’y goodness of Sunny. Arijit’s evocative voice […]

Sunday November 22, 2015 08:31

Hitman – November 21, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Paatta podunga ji – Oru Naal Koothu (Tamil – Justin Prabhakaran) As if Justin Prabhakaran’s Ilayaraja invocation isn’t enough—when the violins play in the first interlude of Enakkaaga porandhaaye, from his debut, Pannayaarum Padminiyum, one can almost picture Rajinikanth in white and white, with his hands in the pocket walking […]

Reena mecareena‘s Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson) origins are really hard to ignore, and a bit strange, given this is by Ilayaraja! Still, it’s a catchy, easily likeable song, sung with the right enthusiasm by Piyush Kapur. Vibhavari holds the lovely, bordering-on-melancholy melody of Edhuru choosthunna beautifully together and the composer’s legendary sound is in full […]

Thursday November 19, 2015 18:29

Anjala (Music review), Tamil – Gopi Sundar

Deva brings his usual style of delivery for the Tea anthem, Tea podu, that is otherwise sans anything special. Nakkalu maama is a multiple-personality folk and kuthu number that frequently changes rhythm to interesting effect. Kanjaadai is the soundtrack’s best – a scintillating folk’ish melody that gets the best out of V.V.Prasanna and Vandana Srinivasan […]

Bijibal gets both the Mappila paattu style songs wonderfully—and rhythmically, obviously—right. Alphons Joseph’s vocals add a distinctive touch to Maanaanivalude, while Meghamani, though sounding rather familiar and templatized, is foot-tapping nonetheless, with fantastic singing by Najeem Arshad. Vineeth Sreenivasan and Sangeetha Sreekanth make the Malayali-Punjabi sound of Ullathu chonnaal a lot more tolerable. Olivile kalikal […]

Sunday November 15, 2015 10:40

Hitman – November 14, 2015

Originally published in The Hindu. Oru makara nilavaay – Rani Padmini (Malayalam – Bijibal) The melody seems simple enough, but Bijibal ropes in Chithra Arun to provide the song’s beautiful vocals and pays off wonderfully. Her evocative singing, combined with fantastic use of sitar and saarangi at two different places, and the overall light and […]

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