Archive for October, 2016

Monday October 31, 2016 10:32

Rubaai (Music review), Tamil – D.Imman

Asuthuthe features incredibly breezy guitar and Imman takes on the singing duties of the frothy tune confidently, with it taking a gorgeous Latino flavor too. Unkooda pesathaane is Imman + Shreya Ghoshal – enough said! Imman hands her an almost-Raja’ish melody with a lovely chorus, but a modern rhythm that seems uncomfortable in the background. […]

Nee pona‘s easy, cool tune is a definite plus but the overall package is a bit too lethargic for comfort. Gum zaare‘s package is no different with a cringe-worthy, outdated sound and the tune struggling to stay interesting. Thankfully, GVP turns things around in Hey pathu podi with a funky tune and a lovely accordion’ish […]

Thursday October 27, 2016 19:25

Team 5 (Music review), Malayalam – Gopi Sundar

Sooraj Santhosh’s singing is pretty much the best thing about Azhcha, with Gopi going through the motions of creating a functional song with all familiar sounds. Habeebi, barring the corny sounds all through and Bollywood template, has a slightly better engaging tune. Megha pakshi is where the real Gopi surfaces! Madhu Balakrishnan gets a gorgeous […]

Naan konjam karuppu thaan has what is now easily associated with Hiphop Tamizha’s sound – punchy percussion, and a catchy tune. The title song is essentially no different, but with more noise. Khareshma Ravichandran’s stylish rendition lifts Idhayam idhayam easily, with the composer’s funky orchestration working in sync. Ellame kaasu too has an easily foot-tapping […]

The title song is wonderfully sweeping, with Pritam’s spellbinding orchestration accompanying Arijit’s fantastic vocals. Bulleya‘s sound is instantly ebullient, but not very different from our neighboring country’s bands. Channa mereya is on similar lines, a sweet, almost-sappy melody, led by Arijit’s brilliant vocals. Ash King is effortless in the gospel-styled ballad Alizeh, backed by excellent […]

Monday October 24, 2016 11:53

Tum Bin 2 (Music review), Hindi – Ankit Tiwari

Teri fariyaad is worth just for Jagjit Singh’s voice; strips the corny backgrounds of the original, well handled by Rekha Bhardwaj. Ishq mubarak is T-series’ roster-composers stuff from 2001. Dekh lena fares mildly better, but Tulsi Kumar starts singing. The title song is more melodic (than the earlier film’s) without being mushy. Vishal and Neeti […]

Sunday October 23, 2016 08:04

Hitman – October 22, 2016

Originally published in The Hindu. Andha pulla manasa – Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay (Tamil – D.Imman) That mouthful of a title has gorgeous music by Imman, who seems to be channeling his inner Ilayaraja to fantastic effect all across the soundtrack. The raaga mix is heady – sounds of Simmendramadhyamam and Gowrimanohari seem more pronounced, even as […]

There is a faint echo of Anirudh’s Neeyum naanum in Nee tholaindhaayo, possibly owing to similar melancholy. The melody has an easy appeal thanks to Sid Sriram’s fantastic singing and Leon’s soulful backgrounds. Inno Genga is the star of En pulse yethitu, a funky and captivating melody with an instantly alluring musical mix, though Andrea’s […]

Sreeraj seems to be exploring Saranga/Hamirkalyani raaga in Minni chinnum that he himself sings confidently. The orchestration has a strong Rahman-touch, particularly Love Birds’ Malargale malargale. Sreya Jayadeep’s sweet voice is barely able to rescue the corny package in Pammi pammi, but Puthiyoru sooryan, with its heady fusion chenda-sound fares considerably better. The soundtrack’s most […]

Sunday October 16, 2016 17:11

ISM (Music review), Telugu – Anup Rubens

Anup makes a punchy use of Western (popularly known as cowboy music!) music in Kanulu navainaa, while also inserting classic Indian elements like that violin! Jubin Nautiyal and Mohana Bhagaraju are perfectly adept with the singing. Yey yey mixes Telugu folk with more elements to excellent, foot-tapping effect, topped by the catchy hook, while Podaade […]

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