Thursday, March 15, 2018

Music Review (Updated) - 2018

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 (Telugu): Rangasthalam

Music Review (Telugu): Rangasthalam
Music Composer: Devisri Prasad

Devi Sri prasad weaves the sparkling folk sound around the familiar melody in Yentha Sakkagunnaave and it's a delight to listen the Telugu folk sound amidst the mass, electronic sounds churned out from the industry. There are considerable autotuning effects went in the Devisri Prasad's vocals, however, the tune and the string instruments in the background makes this one absolutely enjoyable one. The Splendid usage of mandolin in the second interlude is the towering highlight of the song. Ranga Ranga Rangasthalaana starts off in a promising not but soon turns out to be a rehash of composer's own Kevu Kekka. DSP's enjoyable mix of Thavil and Nadaswaram along with the Rahul Sipligunj's energetic rendition being the only highlight in an otherwise typical DSP song.

Rangamma Mangamma has an intriguing mix of Telugu Kuthu and the vaudevillian sounds occasionally. The track features brilliant usage of accordion which is peppered throughout the song and M M Manasi's punchy vocals makes this one easily listenable till it lasts. Aa Gattununtaava is another high octane song from DSP and though the tune is strictly average one, Chandrabose's folk soaked lyrics along with the Shiva Naagulu's pitch-perfect rendition make this song immensely enjoyable. The thumping percussions gels well with the mood and tempo of the song. DSP ends the soundtrack with the mandatory item song, Jigelu Rani and Sukumar-DSP combo gave some memorable kuthu songs. However, Jigelu Rani doesn't live up to the expectations. The tune partially works and also Ganta Venkata Lakshmi's vocals lack the necessary punch required for the songs of this genre.

Verdict: Sukumar always extract the best work from DSP and Rangasthalaam is no different. Composer's folk kuthu and melody across the album engages the listeners.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Yentha Sakkagunnaave, Rangamma Mangamma, AaGattununtaava 

P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn.



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Music Review (Telugu): Kirrak Party

Music Review (Telugu): Kirrak Party
Music Composer: Ajaneesh Loknath

Dum Dare's Happy days vibe is difficult to snub off, However Ajaneesh Loknath's punchy percussions and Vanamali's easily relatable lyrics make this one a nostalgic listen from the composer. There is a beautiful Sax solo in the second interlude and the consistent claps in the background accompanied by buoyant guitar riffs make this one easily works in Haricharan's cakewalk rendition. The song's farewell version is also an equally engrossing listen from the composer devoid of any punchy percussion elements in it. Thirboki Jeevana in Kannada version which was released as the single music video for the movie, skyrocketed the buzz around the movie. Shashank Sheshagiri croons the song replacing the composer itself in the original. The song is absolutely enjoyable in Telugu version also especially with the retro funky swag mix in the prelude and the top-notch chorus which works like a charm.

Belageddu comes as Guruvaram and Vijay Prakash ace the lovely beautiful tune effortlessly and the songs gain immensely from the chorus once again. The underlying latino percussions and the violin solos are definitely the highlight of this melody. The Ala la le part which went viral in Kannada is sure to stay top among the Telugu audiences also.Kannada composer's Thoongu Manchadalli is reused as Meera's Theme by Ajaneesh and the serene composition with minimal instruments in the background makes this one a delight to listen which is supported by Sameera Bharadwaj's earnest rendition.Neechamaina is sure to bring back memories of Premam along with the visuals, However, Ajaneesh's composition is so fresh and the haunting string score is enough to make the listeners fall in love with this song. Vasishta N and Simha easily sail through the song with their grungy rendition.

Last Bench is another short lovely song which is sure to connect easily to the college gangs, the percussions, harmonium and the guitar riffs is an absolute fun to listen. Daang Dakka hook along with Shashank Sheshagiri, Chintan Vikas and Varun's vocals makes this one works Ajaneesh Loknath tweaked the original song in Neelo Ninnu and gave the prelude more the classical tinge replacing the more punchy version in Kannada. The original versions work much better and coherent compared to this version. However, Shreya Ghoshal makes this one easy to buy and the first interlude with strings and drums is an absolute stunner from the composer.The Original version's best song Kaagadada Doniyalli comes as Pranamantha crooned by Kaala Bhairava and the song is a gem from the composer. The background arrangements are lovely with the strings sections, trumpet and the chorus along with the lead singer's vocals evocating the pain of the protagonist effectually.

Verdict: Ajaneesh Loknath debuts as a composer in Tollywood with the remake of his best commercial album till date and the tracks easily fit in Telugu. One wishes that the talented young composer could have added original songs to the album instead of going for complete reuse of the original tunes.

My Rating:8.5/10

Pick of the Album:  Pranamantha, Guruvaram, Sir Bewarse, Neelo Ninnu

P.S You can listen to the songs in Youtube.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Music Review (Tamil): Karu

Music Review (Tamil): Karu
Music Composer: Sam CS
Aalaliloo's lingering gloomy tone is evident from the Manoj's solo violin in the prelude itself and Swagatha S Krishna takes over the heavy score effectually. Sam CS created wonderful soundscape by brilliant insertion of strings consistently throughout the song. The Charanam portions are the delight to listen especially with the upbeat rhythm in the background and earnest singing. Sam CS delivers grand celebratory wedding mood in Konjali and the composer brilliantly employed percussions and Padmanabam's Nadhaswaram. Sathyaprakash, Neha Venugopal and Shalini deliver fine with respect to their vocals. The only grouse being the inconsistent tune which makes this one less catchy despite filled with an engaging arrangements.

Karuve is another melancholy loaded with orchestral strings and KS Chitra's stupendous singing lifts the ordinary tune impressively. Sam CS brilliantly employed brief santoor strains amidst the emotional singing and the expansive strings loaded soundscape. Madhan Karky's lyrics aid the tone of the song. Voice of Karu is the instrumental version of Karuve starts with the wailing classical violin solo and the evocative instrumental version is as effective as the Karuve. Sound of Revenge as the title suggests, Sam CS carries the dark grungy soundscape throughout the two-minute theme track propelled by the chorus portions.

My Rating:7.5/10

Verdict: Sam CS delivers an engaging emotional score rich in orchestral strings for AL Vijay's Karu.

Pick of the Album: Aalaliloo, Karuve

P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Music Review (Tamil): Kaali

Music Review (Tamil): Kaali
Music Composer: Vijay Antony

Vijay Antony has the knack of surprising listeners with the unexpected sweeping melody and Arumbey falls in that zone as similar to Nenjorathil from Pichaikkaran. Nivas and Janani Iyer owns this Hamsanadam based gorgeous tune. Composer adorns the tune with beautiful violin solos and Santoor strains effectively. Amma Azhugiren is the typical song which Vijay Antony reserves for melancholy regarding Amma's love and the generic tune doesn't help the song. The arrangements are relatively better with the haunting grey shades in an otherwise pretty average tune and lyrics. Nivas mangles the Tamil diction considerably, especially while rendering the title.

Noorai Yugam is another gorgeous melody with an upbeat techno rhythm peppered profusely with gorgeous violin solos. The tune is enjoyable till it lasts while Vedala Hemachandra and Sangeetha Rajeshwaran ably manage to make it listenable despite the monotonous feel of the overall soundscape.Poraayo is another melancholy which fails to register with the listeners and the soundscape remains predominantly string based one peppered with haunting flute solos. The tune falters behind while Deepak saves the song with his earnest rendition.

Verdict: Vijay Antony scores easily in Kaali with the gorgeous melodies Arumbey and Noorai Yugam.

My Rating: 7/10
Pick of the Album: Arumbey, Noorai Yugam

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Music Review (Malayalam): Aami

Music Review (Malayalam): Aami
Music Composer: M Jayachandran and  Taufiq Qureshi

Neermathalapoo's dulcet melody gains lot from the lead singer's effectual rendition and Shreya Goshal owns the song completely. M Jayachandran throws in wonderful pleasant typical Malayalam soundcape with occassional Bengali folk elements sung by Arnab Dutta. Shreya Goshal's singing takes Pranayamayi Radha to much higher level and the composer throws in beautiful Naveen's flute and spectacular Dilshad Khan's Sarangi. Vijay Yesudas occasionally chips in and gives his fantastic support. This song takes me to another splendid song from the M Jayachandran and Shreay Goshal combo in Pranayam. Shreya Goshal's improvisations are delightful to listen.

Taufiq Qureshi enters the soundtrack with the delectable Ghazal Chand Hoga and the song once again features predominant usage of Sarangi and the lovely second interlude is a bliss to listen. Javed Ali's earnest singing makes this one an enjoyable one till it lasts. In Aadhi Raath, Taufiq employs some brilliant folk sounds especially the minimmal percussions sounds works like charm but sadly the same cannot be said about Roop's singing. However the backgrounds are adequately enjoyable despite the song is around seven minutes long. Javed Ali returns to the soundtrack with another fine Ghazal Umar Salon Sein and the ace singers leads like a pro with ultimate splendid support from the Sarangi.

Verdict: M Jayachandran and Taufiq Qureshi delivers pleasant and heavy soundtrack for the Kamala Surayya's biography.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the album: Pranayamayi Radha, Neermathalapoo, Chand Hoga

P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn

Music Review (Tamil): Iravukku Aayiram Kangal

Music Review (Tamil): Iravukku Aayiram Kangal
Music Composer: Sam CS

Uyir Uruvatha's impressive melody is backed by the folk-tinged tune and the fantastic hook makes this one easily the best song on the album. Sam CS adorned the beautiful tune with the lovely arrangements especially underplayed string sections in the background and the lovely interchange between Manoj's solo violin and Deric -Vikram's percussions. Sathyaprakash and Chinmayi give incredible support with their gorgeous vocals. In Yea Pa Yeppappa, Sam CS utilizes his voice in a peculiar manner and the build up around the mysterious tune works well with his gruff vocals. The song shifts it's tone into the dark rock and the brief classical bit by Swagatha S Krishna who is also musical supervisor for the album in the mid-way and the composer's brilliant arrangement work makes this one thrilling listen till the end of the song.

Manoj's solo violin is undeniable winner in an another penchant melody Yea penne Neeyum and the lovely folk twisted tune of Sam CS continues to be an enchanting one. Kishore's Sitar is another perpetual brilliant sound interspersed throughout the tune. Haricharan easily sails through the tune and the singer effortlessly croons the high pitch portions of the song.Sam CS ends the brilliant soundtrack with the two Instrumentals Nights of Neverland and Winds of the darkest hour. Composer churns out the former theme from the first interlude of Yea Pa Yeppappa and he tweaked the portion with the brilliant concoction of mysterious sounds. The theme is pulsating and effectual which reaches the racing high towards the end. The Winds of the darkest hour is also the racy theme brimming with the pulsating score but falls tad lower than the previous one. The theme track ends abruptly.

Verdict: Sam CS is on a roll and the composer churned out another stupendous album filled with lovely melodies and the score befitting the theme.

My Rating: 8.5/10

Pick of the Album: Uyir Uruvatha, Yea Penne Neeyum, Yea Pa Yeppappa.

P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn.