Archive for June, 2017

There’s that oft-repeated Mickey J Meyer sound in Ye vaipu choostunna‘s flow! Sai Charan is fantastic with his singing and that Tamil ‘Paarukkulle nalla naadu’ phrase is a big surprise, along with the lovely celtic-style ending! Kaalam nippulaa has shades of Mickey too, particularly the world music’ish sounds, and Shravan sings this one darn well, […]

Thechille penne is a lot of fun! Gopi Sundar gets Niranj Suresh to sing with a detached, I-am-high twang – perfect for the catchy tune! Gopi’s imagination in the interludes and the dubstep intrusions add to the song’s charm. Theru there ororo is trademark Gopi! Everything about the song is familiar, but the man’s sense […]

Unnatundi gundey‘s melody is affecting and easily likeable, with the anupallavi and charanam’s tunes distantly reminiscent of Ilayaraja’s melodies. Karthik and Chinmayi are—as always—fantastic! Sid Sriram does his magic yet again in Adiga adiga! Gopi hands him a somber melody with minimal orchestration that allows Sid’s impressive vocals to hold fort. Once Upon A Time […]

Nadeem gets an apt alternative to Kumar Sanu in Yasser Desai, with a similar nasal twang. Yasser does well in the title song and Hue bechain. The former has a likeable tune, with a catchy ‘Tum kahaan the’ hook, but Nadeem mauls Yasser’s singing with digital processing. The duet version (featuring Palak Muchhal) is badly […]

Tuesday June 27, 2017 20:27

Mom (Music review), Hindi – A R Rahman

O sona tere liye plays like a sedate—and soporific—lullaby, with Shashaa’s vocals clearly bettering Rahman’s trademark high pitch surges that seem labored. Kooke kawn‘s burst of faux-Punjabi energy seems rather generic in Sukhwinder’s over familiar vocals, while Raakh baaki, barring that psychedelic ending, remains uniformly bizarre. Freaking Life starts off tentatively, but steadily builds into […]

Monday June 26, 2017 17:46

Shab (Music review), Hindi – Mithoon

Arijit’s sullen rendition in O saathi doesn’t help at all. Or, it’s just Mithoon’s maudlin tune and lyrics combination. Things don’t improve in Musafir; despite KK’s singing making a difference, Mithoon’s tune just refuses to make any headway from the current rut he seems to be stuck in. Afiya is strike three! The faux-sufi sound […]

Dhanush’s singing is like the Mofa he rides amidst Yogi B’s grunting in Nada da raja, featuring Josh Mark Raj’s scintillating guitar. Iraivanai thandha continues from Sean’s Power Paandi, with its beautiful melody—and that Raja swagger in the trumpets—brilliantly enhanced by Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra! Dhooram nillu has the throbbing vibe of an 80s Kamal-Ilayaraja combo […]

Main hoon‘s 80s dance-pop vibe comes wonderfully alive in Siddharth Mahadevan’s compelling vocals and Tanishk Baagchi’s easy-on-the-ears tune. In Tanishk’s other song, Beat it bijuriya, co-composed with Vayu, Asees Kaur’s singing keeps it reasonably likeable. Javed-Mohsin’s Ding dang and Meet Bros’ Shake karaan are mediocre T-series style masala mixes. Vishal Mishra’s Pyar ho (and Redux) […]

After STR’s mental prelude rant, the Trend Song thankfully moves to a frenetic EDM package. Rottula vandi oodudhu faces the EDM heat too, layered with some foot-tapping kuthu. Simbu’s deep lyrics introspect on the prospects of a directionally challenged human’s life. And, poor Ilayaraja. In Ratham en ratham, STR outdoes Yuvan in the singing department. […]

Friday June 23, 2017 15:57

Tubelight (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

A dash of Middle Eastern and a cleverly clinical variance to Balam pichkari makes Radio a great listen. Amit Mishra’s vocals and the hyper-enthusiastic backgrounds help. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lovely lines bring Naach meri jaan alive in a big, happy chorus. In Tinka tinka, the brilliant chorus designed by Vivienne Pocha and the jaunty strings overpower […]

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