Archive for the ‘Non-Indian’ Category

It’s one thing to Sitar’ize everything going Westward and entirely something else to infuse drama with violins so beautifully in a maniacally racy, Sitar-driven track – the strangely titled Mausam & Escape perhaps offers the best example of what Rahman sets out to achieve with the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire. The predominantly instrumental pieces – […]

Monday October 20, 2008 09:29

Music review: Seven Lives Many Faces (Enigma)

Seven lives is perhaps the most notable track in Enigma’s 7th album – a turntable scratching, hip-hop-laden track that is a welcome departure from their regular sound. Sebastian and Nikita Cretu, featured in the drum-ridden Same parents; the violin-bass-guitar combo of Touchness; Margarita Roig’s powerful, but unfathomable vocals in La puerta del cielo and Between […]

Sunday September 7, 2008 09:38

Music review: Chup (Pakistani, Zeb & Haniya)

Along with fabulous vocals, Norwegian musician Hildegunn Oiseth’s trumpets embellish the jazzy title track. Rona chor diya’s girl power is channeled very well in the rock’ish tune while the bluesy jazz feel is even more enjoyable in tracks like Kabhi na kabhi, Aitebaar, Seh na sakay and Kahaan. The Pashto/ Darri song, Paimana bitte is […]

Beyond the listener-friendly ballads in Ek baar, Aankhien and Janay kahan, the zingy teen rebel stance in Khul ke pyar and the delightfully lilting folk-fusion in the Mai Bhagi tribute, Baro chal, Shehzad arrives in the rousing, meaningful Laga reh and in the guitar-meets-sufi duet with Abida Parveen, Zindagi. Even Quaid-e-azam works – a bold […]

Ramchand Pakistani is perhaps one of those rare soundtracks that epitomizes the now-forgotten link between India and Pakistan. The best song that brings forward this bond is the revival of the Bangla folk classic, Allah megh de, with Shubha Mudgal and Shafqat Amanat Ali’s vocals – this is a soulful and compelling rendition of an […]

As a recent convert to Coldplay, the one thing that captivated me in their new album was the sheer range of sounds! I may not be experientially qualified to comment on Coldplay’s conscious effort to ape U2 or the possible reason for roping in producer Brian Eno, but I simply loved what I heard – […]

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