Friday, June 23, 2017

Music Review (Updated) - 2017

To make music reviews more noticeable and easy to navigate each review, thought will classify each review as follows based on the rating in my blog
BA - less than 7 (Below Average Album)
A - less than 8 (Average Album)
AA - less than 9 (Above Average Album)
E - 9 and above (Excellent Album)

Music Review (Tamil): Geminiganesanum Suruli Rajanum

Music Review (Tamil): Geminiganesanum Suruli Rajanum
Music Composer: Imman

Pradeep Kumar gets a stellar opening rock track, Ammukuttiye and the singer is pitch perfect with his rendition while much awesomeness comes in the arrangements. Karthik Iyer's kickass solo violin in the second interlude and classical tinge in the Keba Jeremiah's guitar riffs make this one earworm track in the album while Yugabharathi shines with his easy go lyrics. Imman delivers another charming melody, Kanmani which is strictly confined to the Imman's territory but at the same time the tune is enjoyable and ear pleasing till it lasts. In the backgrounds, the upbeat rhythm and Nathan's woodwinds do magic to the pleasant tune. Abhay Jodhpurkar's charming rendition makes this song easy another winner in the soundtrack.

Venilla Thangachi is a passable kuthu track which struggles to elevate beyond the mediocre level despite the lively show by Nakash Aziz and Ramya NSK. Balasubramaniam's Nadhaswaram being the only highlight of this forgettable track and Yugabharathi's lyrics didn't help the song either.Imman strikes back yet again with Aahaa Aahaa and the sensual vocals of Shreya Goshal with excellent support by Haricharan ups the ante of the track. The Ilayaraja'esque tune is adorned by the brilliant rhythm section conducted by Kaviraj accompanied by Nathan's woodwinds and Seenu's strings. Imman ends the soundtrack with another mediocre track Thambi Cuttingu, which starts with an enticing prelude but slips into the tried and tested insipid tune. Anthony Daasaan and Vijay Yesudas's vocals fail to lift the song and Yugabharathi's pedestrian lyrics adds little value to the languishing tune.

Verdict: Imman's melodies are easily accessible as usual but the fast paced tracks comes off as tiresome listen. Ammukuttiye being the irresistible track in this typical Imman album.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Ammukuttiye, Aaha Aaha, Kanmani.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Vikram Vedha

Music Review (Tamil): Vikram Vedha
Music Composer: Sam CS

Karuppu Vellai's grungy dark rock shades accompanied by Kebo Jeremiah's guitar riffs make this one stunning listen and the exciting prelude portion followed by Tana na hook is the highlight of the track. Sivam and Sam CS's throaty vocals gel well with the tone of the song. Overall Sam CS set's the right tone for the overall soundtrack with Karuppu Vellai. Sam CS ups the ante with the next track Yaanji Yaanji, lovely melody ballad where Anirudh and Sakthishree Gopalan aces the melody and makes this one enjoyable listen. However, the autotuning of Anirudh vocals could have been avoided. The show stealer is undeniably the buoyant usage of banjo and string instruments in the interludes apart from the mesmerising tune in the Charanam portions. Mohanraj deserves special mention in penning the captivating lyrics.

Tasakku Tasakku's free flowing percussions and an unusual tune make it an engaging listen till it lasts while Mugesh, MLR Karthik, Guna ably delivered the frolicking tune with ease while once again Sam CS scores in the interludes especially the first interlude and the style of the song reminds Santosh Narayanan quirky compositions. Yedhu Dharmam rides mainly on the exhilarating Chennai Orchestra's strings and cello symphony accompanied by grungy guitar riffs makes this short track adequately engrossing one and the instrumental may reach well with the visuals. Pradeep Kumar and Neha Venugopal bags the another folk-tinged melody Pogadha Enna Vittu and the singers enhanced the mesmerising melody with their singing prowess while Pradeep Kumar sails through the high-pitched portions with ease. Sam CS shines with his brilliant usage of mandolin and arousing string section in the second interlude. The underlying string section in the first interlude is a bliss to listen along with Kiran's solo flute.

Ghetto Chase and akin to its name the instrumental is fast paced with assorted sounds dominated by Chennai Orchestra's rousing string sections mixed with ample dosage of thoroughly engaging Seenu's Sarod solos. Idhu Emotion is another instrumental dominated by the plucked instruments and wonderful wailing violin solo section and the track is engaging till it lasts. Yedhu Nyayam rides mainly on the Chennai Orchestra's thrilling arrangements and the track is absolutely engrossing one and one hopes that visuals do justice to this track. Sangu Satham is an another interesting attempt by Sam CS and the composer packs the variety of sounds from Mandolin to ukulele in less than one minute backed by powerful Sethu Thankachan's vocals.Sam comes up with a much engaging extended version of Sangu Satham as Oru Kadha Sollatta and the instrumental is backed by yet another splendid usage of Chennai Orchestra's string sections and plucked instruments.

Verdict: Sam CS deliver the stunning soundtrack for Pushkar-Gayathri with ample support from Chennai Orchestra and the deserving composer gets his due with this engaging soundtrack.

My Rating: 8.5/10

Pick of the Album: Yaanji, Pogadha Ennavittu, Ghetto Chase, Oru Kadha Sollatta 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Ivan Thandiran

Music Review (Tamil): Ivan Thandiran
Music Composer: S S Thaman

Dagalty's outmoded kuthu tune and the pedestrian lyrics fails to lift the song from the mediocre level while Thaman spruces up the proceedings in the interludes but overall the track falls flat. Rahul Nambiar's vocals being the only solace in this below average number from Thaman. Ivan Thandiran fares slightly better than the introduction song but strictly in comparison, otherwise, the title song has nothing extraordinary to offer. However, the rhythm and guitar riffs are neatly done by Thaman and Deepak Dev along with Yazin Nizar sails through the typical tune effortlessly.

Thaman tweaked his blockbuster Telugu track Telusa Telusa to Medhakavitta Medhakavitta and the result is astounding mainly because of the pleasant tune and the pitch perfect singing by Sanjana Kalmanje. Yazin Nizar ably supported her by crooning this dulcet melody while the interludes are adequately engaging.The instrumental version of Medhakavitta comes as a theme song and the splendid tune is adequately enjoyable dominated by mellifluous flute and keys section.

Verdict: Thaman's redux of Telugu blockbuster song saves this Ivan Thandiran and the short soundtrack fails to strike.

My Rating:6/10

Pick of the Album: Medhakavitta Medhakavitta

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Music Review (Telugu): Duvvada Jagannadam

Music Review (Telugu): Duvvada Jagannadam
Music Composer: Devi Sri Prasad

The title song's tune, as well as intermediate Ganapathi chanting accompanied by the hodgepodge of classical and Percussion elements, come off as archaic one while Keba's racy guitar and Vijay Prakash's energetic vocal helps to elevate the song from the mediocre level. The title hook also sounds to be a pedestrian one from the composer. Asmaika is an easy winner from the composer and the track's astonishingly catchy background rhythm background by pitch perfect singing by MLR Karthikeyan and ever sweet Chitra's vocals make this one earworm stuff from DSP.  Kalyan's Konnakol and classical cues in the interludes blends smoothly with the appealing tune.

Mechukko's tune and Chiranjeevi invoked lyrics are purely for the purpose of whistle worthy moments for the on screen but not for the music lovers. Nakash Aziz sails through the typical Telugu composition effortlessly while Babu's trombone and guitars being the only solace in this composition. Seeti Maar is another techno dominated sounds with little recall value both in terms of tunes as well as arrangements. There is hardly any interesting elements in this 4 minutes song while Jaspreet Jasz and Rita's digitised voices also unable to salvage this tedious track from DSP. Box Baddhalai Poyi is an another mass track to showcase Allu Arjun's dance prowess and DSP has very little to offer except for the mass beats to clasp the audience to be in awe of Allu Arjun's show. Sagar and Geeta Madhuri's aces the song's of this genre by now and the tune is the cakewalk for them while Bhaskara Bhatla's lyrics set the right mood for the song. However, the track comparatively catchy compared to other tracks.

Verdict: DSP comes back to his routine with DJ after an impressive Nenu local and the result is underwhelming except for the ultra-catchy Asmaika.

My Rating: 6/10

Pick of the Album: Asmaika, Box Baddhalai Poyi.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Sema

Music Review (Tamil): Sema
Music Composer: GV Prakash Kumar

Sandalee's tune has the trademark GV Prakash style and the composer relegated the vocal department to Velmurugan and Mahalingam instead of the GV Prakash itself who usually croons these type of songs. Though the tune is pretty standard one, the folk arrangements dominated by Kiran and Nathan's flute work shines till the end.Uruttu Kannalla easily breezes through with the catchy title hook, however, the transition from the folk filled arrangements to the Monisha's second interlude appears to be the misfit in the overall tone of the song. Egadesi's lyrics sounds apt but at some places comes off as brackish stuff from the lyricist. Santosh Hariharan ably holds the song till it lasts.

GV Prakash scores easily in Nenje Nenje backed by the ear-pleasing tune and the lead singers Sidharth Mahadevan and the splendid Shashaa Tripathi easily makes this one enjoyable. Seenu's classical guitar and Kalyan's violin accompanied by Chennai's symphony's string sections make this one worthy listen in the soundtrack.Vechu Senjaachu is exclusive to satiate the particular section of the audience with high octane synthesised beats delivered with aplomb by Raja Ganapathy and Adhik Ravichandran. Though the catchy prelude prods the song, the monotonous sounding tune didn't help the song much despite the energetic background and singer's verve.Sema's theme is purely Thirumoorthy's Nadaswaram show with occasional annoying scatting by Adhik Ravichandran and the folk rich theme song sounds apt and an engaging one.

Verdict: GV Prakash's Sema is filled with folk rich sounds, however, the tunes are hardly memorable one despite occasional sparks in terms of arrangements.

My Rating: 6/10

Pick of the Album: Nenje Nenje, Sandalee

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Music Review(Tamil): Kurangu Bommai

Music Review(Tamil): Kurangu Bommai
Music Composer: Ajaneesh Loknath

Paathum Paakama's waltzy tune and cheerful accordion dominated arrangements mixed with assorted string sections easily work to its favour while Shankar Mahadevan's impeccable singing adds charm to the song. There is a fine guitar rhythm in the background which blends smoothly with the string sections in the foreground while Francis's lyrics are adequate. Annamaare Ayyamaare takes its cue from the composer's recent smashing Belegaadu in Kirik Party, though the song sounds mediocre, the tune in the Charanam portions is intriguing enough to clasp the listeners. VM Mahalingam aces the tune with right swag and adequate support from Premji Amaran.

Beachu Kaathu's tune is a fiasco despite an engaging and high octane brass led arrangements in the background while Anthony Daasan sounds as usual and unable to prop up the average song in the soundtrack.CR Bobby is one of my personal favourite singer who often sings for Ajaneesh Loknath and she croons a short effective Unna Naan Rasika and the only grouse being that song is less than two-minute duration. Kalaangadhe Kanne is another short track delivered by the composer itself and it's too short to create any impact on the listeners.

Verdict: Though nothing extraordinary debut by the famous Sandalwood composer, the tracks are adequately engaging and refreshing. Eagerly waiting for his Ulidavaru Kandante's Tamil Remake Richie.

My Rating:7.5/10\

Pick of the Album: Paathum Paakama, Annamaare Ayyamaare