Saturday, September 9, 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): Spyder

Music Review (Tamil): Spyder
Music Composer: Harris Jayaraj

Boom Boom's tune is a usual Harris Jayaraj material, but the mild Eastern flavoured background and the alluring sounds throughout the songs with Keba Jeremiah's racing guitar strums do wonders. Nikhita Gandhi owns this song with the right attitude and the song is an engaging listen despite treads on the familiarity zone and Karky's lyrics make it an interesting song till it lasts. Ciciliya Ciciliya is fairly good melody backed by guitar laden arrangements and Harris throws his gibberish sounds for the chorus. The percussion rhythms in the background gel well with the chorus while particularly loved the classical tinged brief moment by Sakthishree which is accompanied by mild classical flute by Jayanth. Overall, a lovely melody which is sung well by Haricharan and Sakthishree.

Aali Aali falls into the predictable groove and the tune sounds to be outdated while Brijesh Tripati Sandilya, Harini and Jogi Sunitha pump up the energy to this song. Harris channels his Andangakka sounds in the charanam portions effectively. However, the song is an engaging one, thanks to the lovely Manoj's solo violin and Seenu's Mridangam in the second interlude. Otrai Iravukai's absurd rhyming lyrics and fangled rendition by Pravin Saivi and Christopher Stanley aside, the track is a decent one from Harris and Sathya Prakash owns the second half with his semi-classical second half. Though the switch to classical stuff sounds discordant, Harris makes up with neat arrangements throughout the song. Spyder On Mission sticks to the composer's latest penchant for Techno sounds and the short track is adequate background material and fails to make an impact as a standalone theme.

Verdict: Harris Jayaraj's dependable sounds throughout the soundtrack and the tracks are engaging one despite borders on the familiarity.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Ciciliya Ciciliya, Boom Boom, Aali Aali

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Sathya

Music Review (Tamil): Sathya
Music Composer: Simon K King

Kadhal Project's main drawback is the tune treading on the familiar territory as well as quite an uninspiring tune despite being an energetic one and sung sprightly by Benny Dayal. However, composer made the other elements in the song interesting with Keerthana Vaidyanath's classical tinges and splendid drums and solo violin by Vasanth David and Akshay Ganesh respectively. Yavvana is the brilliant stuff from te composer, semi-classical melody builds upon the rock base with brilliant Kalyani Nair showcasing her prowess while surprisingly Yazin Nizar sounds off track in the pallavi portions. Composer's stupendous arrangements with Vasanth David's drums and Vikram's Tabla make this one song of the soundtrack.

Sangu is the generic high octane rock track and the tune hardly turns into an interesting zone while the inclusion of Kuthu in the grungy rock track doesn't help the song much either. Godfrey Immanuel's guitar work being the solo highlight in this track. The song's area version has the same arrangements with Karky's lyrics replaced by Rokesh but that doesn't make the track better one. Yavvana's reprise version gains a lot from the beautiful semi classical melody and the minimal arrangements add charm to its allure. The melancholic version of the same tune works exceptionally mainy for the Keerthana Vaidyanathan's earnest vocals and decent support by Yazin Nizar. Srivatsa's woodwinds set the mood of the song perfectly in the interludes Simon King ends the soundtrack with the brilliant In search of Satya theme and the santoor touches are the absolute highlight apart from the curious mood set by the string sections. Overall fitting theme track for the crime thriller.

Verdict: Simon K  King's third album is the most promising work from the composer with ample support from the lead singers.

My Rating:7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Yavvana, In search for Sathya, Kadhal Project

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Thiruttu Payale 2

Music Review (Tamil): Thiruttu Payale 2
Music Composer: Vidyasagar

Nee Paarkum works beautifully with the breezy guitar laden backgrounds and Sathyaprakash doing wonders with his vocals. Vidyasagar's laid back melody is adequately engaging and the tune in the Charanam portions are a delight to listen especially the tune set with the single words accompanied by the singer's improvisations.Thiruttu Payale's sequel has much better title track when compared to the retro track in its first part. Vidyasagar's employed brilliant lazy Jazz arrangements dominated by drums and sax in the arrangements and the only grouse is the pedestrian lyrics which doesn't gel with all the flamboyant backgrounds.

Achukku Buchukku is another poorly written song where Sanjana Kalmanje's vocals being the only highlight and the tune also stays in the average range. The song gets better toward the second half but cringe-worthy lyrics makes the listener to easily press the skip button. Vidyasagar comes to his forte in the final song of the soundtrack Neenda Naal and the track ticks off every element one can associate with the composer. The semi-classical tinged melody, Karthik and Swetha Mohan's splendid vocals and brilliant Manonmani's Sarangi solos make this one easily the best song in the soundtrack.

Verdict: Vidyasagar's quality melodies continue to work effectually for this sequel and it's baffling that this composer is less in action nowadays.

My Rating:7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Neenda Naal,  Nee Paarkum

P.S you can listen to the songs in Thiruttu Payale 2

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Karuppan

Music Review (Tamil): Karuppan
Music Composer: Imman

Karuva Karuva Payale's highlight being the Shashaa Tripathi and Shankar Mahadevan's vocals while the rhythm and the tune are strictly confined to the Imman's territory. Apart from the, nifty violin interludes and Shashaa's nuanced singing, the track is the usual Imman song with nothing much to offer. Imman brings famous Kannada singer Ananya Bhat to Tamil and gives her beautiful melody in the form of Usure Usure. The track is accentuated by her punchy rendition and the composer shows his prowess in the backgrounds. The singer brings out the emotions of the lyrics effectually and the strings laden backdrop makes this one an enjoyable listen till it lasts.

Olaga Vaayadi is another folk track where Imman recycles his earlier hits and the song reminds of the composer's numerous compositions. Benny Dayal energetic rendition and intermittent Kazoo bits are the big saviors in an otherwise tepid composition. Though the tune is enjoyable in parts, it's difficult to shrug off the deja vu feel once the base rhythm kicks in. In Azhagazhaga, Pradeep Kumar brings his singing prowess in fore despite the tune is average and it's delight to hear the singer's improvisations in multiple instances. Imman kept the rhythm and interludes simple to accentuate the vocals. Pradeep Kumar makes this one pleasant and enjoyable listen. The retro styled arrangements in Murukkumeesa Maama is enticing especially for initial few minutes in Anita Venkat vocals but the track fizzles out sooner because of discordant jarring musical pieces and also the tune meanders in the second half. Diwakar's energetic vocals being the only takeaway in this bungled track.

Verdict: Karuppan is yet another traditional folk album from Imman and the composer's trademark sounds become tedious listen despite backed by stellar vocals.

My Rating: 7/10

Pick of the Album: Karuva Karuva Payale, Usure Usure, Azhagazhaga

P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Music Review (Telugu): Yuddham Sharanam

Music Review (Telugu): Yuddham Sharanam
Music Composer: Vivek Sagar

Yelugula Teraley's folksy tune is accentuated by poetical verses by Kittu Visapragada and Shakthishree Gopalan nails the song with her whispery vocals, given that the tune is tailor made for the singer's vocals. Vivek Sagar's embellishes the dreamy tune with Pramod Umapathi's mellifluous flute solos and ambient atmosphere in the backgrounds while the rhythm sound cues are done brilliantly.Neevalaney also features exquisitely done arrangements backed by the stupendous Karthik's rendition. Vivek Sagar builds up the typical English pop title hook from the semi classical base melody, however, the highlight of the tune is Tejas Mallella's classical violin solos and beautifully employed Phani Teja's carnatic synth in the background.

Tracey Thorton is the brilliant find by Vivek Sagar and she totally holds Adedo Maayalley, the Jazz based song with the right swag. Vivek Sagar's beautiful waltz arrangements are enhanced by Abhijit Gurjale's violin and George Hull's Saxophone cues make this one easily pick of the album. Pranav Chaganty's lyrics in Padmavyuham is subdued behind the atmospheric soundscape provided by Vivek Sagar, but that doesn't hinder the listening experience. Composer's rock base is highly effectual and the foot tapping programming accompanied by Sanjay Das's live drums combines together and makes this one heady listen. Nikhita Gandhi totally owns the vocals portion with her energetic rendition.The album's towering highlight is undeniably Enno Enno Baavaley, semi classical melody by Pradeep Kumar and the singer gets to croon some of the best songs across Tamil and Telugu this year. Vivek Sagar backs the enjoyable melody with the pleasant arrangements especially Aslam Khan's sarangi and wonderful bass line by Varun Venugopal.Vivek Sagar ends the soundtrack with an energetic arresting title track and the background oozes out enormous energy with enticing synth sounds. Shivam and Kaala Bhairava sounds apt for this high octane track while the track may get traction along with exciting visuals.

Verdict: Vivek Sagar strikes a chord with a refreshing music for his big outing and joins the list of exciting music composers of Telugu film industry.

My Rating: 8.5/10

Verdict: Enno Enno Baavaley, Adedo Maayalley, Neevalaney

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Music Review (Hindi): Babumoshai Bandookbaaz

Music Review (Hindi): Babumoshai Bandookbaaz
Music Composer: Gaurav Dagaonkar, Debojyoti Mishra, Joel Dubba, Abhilash

Album opens up with the stunner Barfani and the soulful track based on the Raag Jog has the vibes of Vishal Bharadwaj's composition. This song is undeniably the best song by Armaan Malik as per my opinion and the serene arrangements make this one blissful listen. The song's female version is an equally endearing listen sung beautifully by Orunima Bhattacharya. The Sitar strains in the song continue to linger in listener's mind even after the song ends. Gaurav Dagaonkar recreated the popular folk song in Uttar Pradesh and named as Aye Saiyyan, the song is adequately engaging especially for the brilliant harmonium base by Satyajeet Prabhu.Orunima aces the rendition and strikes the chord in this song also.Gaurav Dagaonkar recreated the 1979 hit song Ghungta and Neha Kakkar aces the song with her swag. Chulbuli is another gorgeous piece in the album, the lovely retro Jazz laden track sung in a splendid manner by Papon. The accordion pieces and the light drums make you swing while listening to the song. The soundtrack ends with another beautiful track, Khali Khali composed by Abhilash and Joel (Hopefully) Saregama muddled with the composer credits, it's not clear who composed these songs considering that 4 composers are involved in the soundtrack. However the son's minimal arrangements and earnest rendition by Mohit Chauhan makes it work.

Verdict: Engaging multi-composer soundtrack but it's annoying that Saregama messed up with the credits.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Barfani, Chulbuli, Khali Khali

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