Archive for January, 2016

Shoot the kuruvi makes up for its bewilderingly bizarre lyrics—including a corny leave letter read out by Radha Ravi—by being mighty catchy. Vishal’s tune sounds like something the song’s singer, Anirudh, would have composed! Domer-u lord-u continues the vibrant lyrical absurdity and throws in everything from the kitchen sink to Muthiah Bhagavathar’s English Notes from […]

Idukki should ideally be adopted by Kerala Tourism and actually mandates a music video with English subtitles! Rafeeq Ahammed’s lines and Bijibal’s serene music brings forth Idukki region’s beauty lyrically and musically. Theliveyil is a pleasant, and fairly inventive combination of waltz and ghazal, sung well by Sudeep Kumar and Sangeetha. Bijibal punctuates Mounangal‘s likeable, […]

Sunday January 31, 2016 10:56

Hitman – January 30, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Pothi vacha – Kodai Mazhai (Tamil – Sambasivam) There are two Ilayaraja connections with this song from Kodai Mazhai. One is the obvious – the 1986 film, which had music by Ilayaraja. The second is even more obvious – the other ‘Pothi vacha’ song from Manvaasanai. Composer Sambasivam’s tune too […]

Masala Coffee’s metal version of Bharathiyar’s iconic verses in Agnikunjondru is pulsating and sweeping. Sooraj Santhosh delivers it in his flawless style. Anthony Daasan composed Maane maane gets a fresh treatment, particularly more filmy, shorter interludes, though the folk soul of the song remains intact in Masala Coffee’s production. The soundtrack’s undeniable highlight is the […]

Wednesday January 27, 2016 18:37

Kanithan (Music review), Tamil – Sivamani

Yappa chappa, is percussion-heavy, employing a soft-kuthu sound besides horns and ghatam, and rides on the hook to propel a generically pleasant tune. Maiyal maiyal too makes fantastic use of a more-than-pronounced percussion base particularly for a melody, a likeable one, at that. I viralgal is punchy rap, sung with the perfect verve by MC […]

Sunday January 24, 2016 17:38

Oyee (Music review), Tamil – Ilayaraja

It’s difficult to decide what is more cringe-worthy in Eden Garden – Raja’s music or the bizarre lyrics that perhaps wanted to refer to Garden of Eden, but ends up talking about Kolkata’s cricket stadium. Mannin magane is far worse – massively outdated synth cringe fest. Mudinja oru kai paru is equally weird, invoking lyrical […]

Sunday January 24, 2016 08:14

Hitman – January 23, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. MunnaaL kaadhali – Miruthan (Tamil – D.Imman) Tamil cinema’s patron saint of love failure is—no, not Santhanam, he is merely the patron saint’s sidekick—T.R.Silambarasan, who, as per last reports, goes by the acronym, STR. STR has been spearheading a movement to create angry, upset and invectives-laden songs to add to […]

Naan maatti konden is light and frothy, with every familiar sound associated with Gopi. The ode to Bangalore gets a slightly different treatment in Ranjith’s Paraparapa, with less of Bryan Adams, thankfully. Aaga motham ennai shuns Thumbi penne’s reggae-base, but continues to be a punchy ballad, in Gopi’s own vocals. En vizhiyin kanavu is the […]

Saturday January 23, 2016 07:34

Ma Chu Ka (Music review), Malayalam – Gopi Sundar

Najim Arshad continues to sound uncannily like Karthik in Maanasam, a nursery rhyme like Christmas song that’s easy on the ears. Gopi handles Paanbum koneem‘s simple pop melody easily; it’s all familiar, predictable and pleasant. The soundtrack’s easy pick is Neeyen sayahna swapnathil that Gopi picks up again to sing it himself. It’s the kind […]

Shankar Mahadevan is in his full-throated self in Indiya naade, but the tune is the standard lyrically bombastic patriotic number that’s fairly familiar by now. Composer Ved does significantly better in Anbe en anbe, along with Shakthisree, a rather rousing duet, though his diction is annoying – ‘unakkulle’ instead of ‘unakkuLLe’ and ‘thunaiyaaga’ instead of […]

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