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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Rangoon

Music Review (Tamil): Rangoon
Music Composer: RH Vikram and Vishal Chandrasekhar


Yaatreega's world music elements accompanied by the haunting melody crooned with finesse by Navin Iyer while the uncredited female vocal pieces are scintillating gelgels well with the tone of the son. Amalraj's brilliant usage of Oud, Saz and Burmese Harp being the undeniable highlight which makes this one delectable music experience while late Na Muthukumar shines with his lyrics. Maria Kavitha Thomas's fangled rendition of typical pop styled tune of Enai Maraikirene aside, the real awesomeness is in the arrangements led by Martin Visser's Baritone Sax and Shyam Benjamin's serene prelude piano keys accentuate the groove of the song very well.

Foreign Return is another mass kuthu number crooned by Anirudh Ravichander and he sails through the song effortlessly. Despite the staid Kuthu portions, the remaining elements incorporated by RH Vikram are alluring from the brilliant usage of Manoj Kumar's Kazoo in the prelude to traditional vocals by Anthony Dasan and Ritu. One wishes that Kuthu portions could have been done better. Vishal Chandrasekhar's displayed his prowess in full throttle with Nee Illa Aagayam where Yazin Nizar steals the show with his dynamic vocal range and the way singer ends the song is the splendid one. Kraven's sharp acoustic blues guitar strums add another haunting tone to the song and the interludes make this one compelling listen.It's a delight to listen to Yazin Nizar's high-pitched portions and the humming towards the end is top notch from the singer Vishal Chandrasekhar strikes a chord with the alternative rock number Ey Jajabor in Assamese language written and crooned by Kraven Stratfile and the song is adequately infectious with the Kraven's guitar work stands out.Thottil Madiyil rides mainly on the mellifluous vocals of Chinmayi and the minimal arrangement song by RH Vikram works despite being less than 2 minutes.

Verdict: Rangoon's highly experimental tracks by debutant RH Vikram and Vishal Chandrasekhar is sure to stay in the playlist of music lovers who love to listen to the sounds hugely deviant of normal Tamil albums.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Nee Illa Aagayam, Yaathreega,  Ey Jajabor

  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Music Review (Telugu): Rarandoi Vedukka Chuddam

Music Review (Telugu): Rarandoi Vedukka Chuddam
Music Composer: Devisri Prasad

The title song starts up with the celebratory Balesh's Shenai and the tune is adequately ear friendly with the pleasant arrangements while Ranjith and Gopika ably support the tune till it lasts. Ramajoggaya Sastry's nails the lyrics and the verses gels well with the DSP's amiable tune.Nee Vente Nenunte is the typical DSP tune and the tried and tested rhythm didn't add much value to the song. However, the staid tune is improvised by engaging arrangements highlighted by Nathan's Sax and flute sections accompanied by DSP's acoustic guitar. Srimani's lyrics sounds apt for the composer's languishing tune. Shwetha Mohan's vocals give much impetus to an otherwise average tune.

Brahmaramba also suffers from the DSP's stock tune and the tune gets tiresome in the prelude itself despite Sagar's high-octane singing while the lyrics also fails to make this one an engaging one. The only solace in an otherwise tepid song is Balaji's solo violin.Break up is an another mediocre song where an impressive credit list of musicians is wasted in the lifeless tune which is backed only by the mass template of the song. Bhaskara Bhatla's colloquial lyrics is also unable to salvage this Simha and Dhanunjay's show.The song of the soundtrack comes in the form of Thakita Thakajam and the song is adequately pleasant with an engaging Tabla base accompanied by stupendous affecting usage of violin and Keba Jeremiah's impressive guitar work. Javed Ali gives life to the engaging tune and it's a great respite to listen to this song after the string of mediocre songs in the soundtrack. However, the rock versions fares lower when compared to the original version despite the brilliant effort from Keba Jeremiah.

Verdict: DSP sticks to his comfort zone in Rarandoi Vedukka Chuddam and couple of songs works in an otherwise largely an average soundtrack from the composer.

My Rating: 6/10

Pick of the Album: Thakita Thakajam, Title Song.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Music Review (Telugu): Keshava

Music Review (Telugu): Keshava
Music Composer: Sunny MR

Telusa Neeku Bahusa rides mainly on the husky sensual vocals of Shalmali Kholgade complimenting the Krishna Chaitanya's lyrics. However, as a composer sunny MR aces in delivering groovy synth dominated arrangements and the title hook is adequately catchy enough especially in lead singer's vocals. Yedisthe Rareveru is Sunny MR's territory and his regular Arijit Singh behind the mic delivers the fine job while the background is dominated by Roland's Electric guitar and wonderful bass line by the composer itself. Though not an exquisite track, the song clasps the listener till it ends.

Po Poradi is another high-octane song filled with modular synths and haunting bass line by Sunny MR and tune is less captivating one. The song may gel well with the visuals but not as a standalone track. Arijit Singh is adequate in crooning this grungy track. Sunny MR adds punch to the energetic traditional Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam with Roland Fernandes Electric guitar while the string of singers led by Harshika Gudi did a fine job behind the mic and kept the mood afloat till the end of this 3-minute song. However Kaala Bhairava's recreated version works as a whole package with interesting arrangments. The soundscape created with absolutely enthralling 60's jazz accompanied by James Bond'ish sounds adds much charm to the traditional melody.

Verdict: Sunny MR continues to churn out his unique sounds for Telugu and still his Swamy Ra Ra with Sudheer Varma is the best from the composer.

My Rating: 3/5

Pick of the Album: Telusa Neeku Bahusa, Kaala Bhairava Ashtakam (Re-created), Yedisthe


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Brindavanam

Music Review (Tamil): Brindavanam
Music Composer: Vishal Chandrasekar

Shoobi Doobi Dooba sticks to the tried and tested Jazzy tune while Sharanya Gopinath handles the tune with aplomb attitude except for the mangled pronunciation of Pazhagi. Karky's lyrics provoke enough enthusiasm to keep the song afloat while the kickass show stealer of the song is undeniable Kraven's Electric guitar work.Yaar's Ilayaraja'esque tune evokes delightful memories and S P Balasubramaniyam's vocals infuse life to the tune while Vishal Chandrasekhar brilliantly employed the Chandrajith's Tabla and Punya's Veena layer over the pleasant tune. Raghvasimhan's strings come off as parallel vocals in the background. Overall enjoyable laid back relaxing tune from Vishal.

Giji Giji Saare's Goan'esque sound is the only song which is easily relatable to Vidyasagar while Vishal adorned the tune with the brilliant arrangements dominated by Krishna Kishor's live percussions. However brief Carnatic tinged cues in the interludes being the undeniable highlight of the track. Nikhil Mathew and composer's better half Sinduri Vishal handles the lively tune very well.

Verdict: Vishal delivered confidently the never before heard sounds in Radha Mohan films for Brindavanam, However missing the timeless melodies by Vidyasagar for Radha Mohan movies.

My Rating: 7.75/10

Pick of the Album: Yaar, Giji Giji Saare

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Server Sundaram

Music  Review (Tamil): Server Sundaram
Music Composer: Santosh Narayanan

Bro's ear friendly techno sounds in the background backed by Tapas Naresh's drums being the amiable element in the soundtrack whereas the tune by Santosh Narayanan is as passable as his vocals. Lyrics by Viveka is adequately listenable enough and flows with the tune serving the purpose aptly nevertheless nothing extraordinary element in the song.Nirkaadhey's prelude has the shades of Santosh Narayanan's close associate Pradeep Kumar's indie album Poorva whereas what follows is an interesting attempt at the fusion of classical elements and trademark Santosh Narayanan sounds. The undeniable highlight being the Anantha Narayanan's classical violin in the second interlude and Naveen's bass line. Ananthu, Vijay Narain and Santosh Narayanan aces the Vivek's optimistic lyrics and makes this song enjoyable one till it lasts.

Though as a standalone tune Kannal Modhadhey appears as plain one, Sid Sriram's improvisations along with the blues touch in the tune make the listeners to totally buy the song. Babu steals the show from Sid Sriram in the interludes with his splendid trumpet while Naveen's synth bass blends beautifully throughout the song.Gama Gama Samayal is highly rooted to the nativity both in terms of lyrics and 4 Idiots percussion, however, the tune is hardly an interesting one. Anthony Daasan's monotonous vocals and Santosh Narayanan's vocals didn't help the song much either which makes this one least interesting song in the album.The song of the soundtrack is indubitably Unavey Marundhu and the classical fusion attempt with the renowned carnatic vocalists Ranjani Gayatri works like charm. The arrangements are top notch and the haunting nylon guitar strums by Keba Jeremiah along with the Ganapthy's Mridangam makes this one blissful experience while Vivek's lyrics deserves the special mention amidst the sonic brilliance in the arrangements front.

Verdict: Santosh Narayanan opens his 2017 account with the unexpected brilliant two fusion songs in Server Sundaram.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Unavey Marundhu, Nirkaadhey, Kannal Modhadhey

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Music Review: Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thora

Music Review: Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thora
Music Composer: Vishal Chandrasekar

Ek Gau Mein aims solely to get the upper hand with familiar dialogues trope and STR name in the credit list, However, the song barely works despite the tune is tailor-made for STR's vocals. The techno sounds also fail to hold the listeners while M M Manasi ably supports the tune and the second interlude being the only listenable element in this passable opening number of the album.Vishal Chandrasekhar ropes in Gangai Amaran to croon the interesting number Kattaduraiku and the interludes, as well as other assorted sounds, are quirky enough which holds the listener's attention till the end. The casual lyrics fits the bill perfectly for the mood of the song and the lovely use of Kazoos and other synthesized sounds deserve special mention.

Hai En Kai Mela is a passable melody with the tinge of rock transition towards the end after the monotonous tiring rhythm and the melody is backed by the talented Shakthishree while Anirudh Ravichander tries hard to score in comparison. The only respite being the lovely violin cues infused intermittently.Govinda Govinda starts off like Harris Jayaraj styled kuthu song but turned out to be very tired and tedious tune combined with the pedestrian lyrics makes this one easily weakest track in the album. GV Prakash's vocals being the only silver lining in this passable kuthu song. The title song is a relatively interesting song in the album and that is strictly in comparison with the other songs in the album. Arunraja Kamaraj sounds similar to Kabali's Neruppu da and Premji reciting the iconic dialogue reiterates the hangover of Kabali.

Verdict: Vishal Chandrasekhar's Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thora has hardly any engrossing tracks and the songs lack the punch.

My Rating: 6/10

Pick of the Album: Kattaduraiku, Hai En Kai Mela

Monday, April 24, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Magalir Mattum

Music Review (Tamil): Magalir Mattum
Music Composer: Ghibran

Padmalatha sounds astoundingly different in Ghandhari yaaro and the high pitch portions didn't gel much with her vocals, however Ghibran's tune and Thamarai's lovely optimistic lyrics makes this one worthy listen. Anurag Kulkarni is relegated to the brief Sufi style Sargams while composer infuses the engaging Hindi portions intermittently. Adi Vaadi is an another high energy song brimmed with positivism and the rock layer for the contrasting Gold Devaraj's vocals comes off as a highly engrossing sound of the album. Uma Devi's lyrics is filled with empowering lyrics and the title hook is infectiously catchy one.Gubu Gubu's song has a staid tune and the lyricist Vivek penned the lyrics in tandem with the theme of the movie while Karthi did an adequate job behind the mic, however, the tune could have been much exciting one. Though the song fails to entice with the tune, Ghibran makes up with the splendid usage of Balaji's violin throughout the track.

Bullet song is an adaptation of the well renowned Dama Dam mast kalandar and titled as bullet song. The arrangements override the lyrics while Yazin Nizar and Chennai Qawwali kids did a splendid job behind the mic and the song sounds more situational than as a standalone track.Ghibran comes back with an infectious although short Karu Karunnu and the energy infused in the rhythm of the song yearns the listener for a long duration. The folk touches in the tune and splendid arrangements highlighted by Bhalesh's Shehnai is ably supported by Bhanupriya and Gold Devaraj's vocals.Carrot Pottazhagan follows the Karu Karunnuu's template and the result is once again highly engaging one mainly because of Ghibran's orchestration and Bramma's lyrics leaves you with the smile on the listener's face. Namitha, Oorvasi and Gold Devaraj's aces the highly likable tune.Saranya Ponvannan ends the highly engaging series of two-minute short tracks with the Time Passukkosaram and this track sounds highly enjoyable with the infusion of typewriting sounds and the haunting Charanam portions crooned stupendously by Padmalatha. Ghibran delivers the perfect engaging two minutes theme track for the film and the theme is a melange of brilliant flute solos by Kamalakkar and the engrossing theme track ends with the enjoyable Sofia chamber Orchestra and Balesh's Shehnai which reminds us the yesteryear tune.

Verdict: Ghibran continues to churn out radically different and impressive songs in each of his album. Magalir Mattum is filled with highly optimistic songs infused with energy throughout the soundtrack.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Adi Vaadi Thimira, Time Passukkosaram, Magalir Mattum theme

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Vanamagan

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

Damn Damn is an engrossing composition from Harris Jayaraj and the tune flows freely traversing through different rhythms while Harris manages to keep the listener's hooked with listenable backgrounds. Sherin Shahana's gruff singing sounds apt for the casual lyrics of Madhan Karky. Yemma Yea Alagamma is the tune which Harris tried and tested umpteen number of times while Bombay Jayashree continues to sing the composer's tweaked tunes impeccably. Haricharan ably supports her with his brief portions and the orchestration is passable one with a brief respite in the form of violin solo in the second interlude.

Silu Silu's droning tune is backed by the earnest vocals of Vijay Yesudas and the arrangements by the composer are pedestrian one devoid of any exceptional highlights. The only engaging factor being the flute solos thrown intermittently throughout the track and the orchestration are monotonous which makes this track least interesting one.Morada Morada's tune and the rhythms remind the listeners the innumerable number of composer's earlier compositions especially Aadhavan and at last Harris infuses his penchant for the gibberish verses in the second half of the soundtrack. Krish and Benny Dayal sounds apt for this typical Harris Jayaraj tune.Pachai Uduthiya Kaadu is an absolute winner from the soundtrack and the simple guitar laden track filled with occasional flute sections is a delight to listen. Abhay Jodhpurkar and Harini ably delivers the pleasant tune and Madhan Karky's beautiful lyrics accentuates the enchanting tune. Harini's velvety voice deserves lot more songs compared to the number of songs she is getting these days.Harris Jayaraj weaves his gibberish sounds for the apt movie and delivers it as theme track, however, an undeniable winner in the theme track is Flute Kamalakhar's work in this two and half minute track.

Verdict: Harris Jayaraj's 50th album is indisputably best album from the composer in recent times, however recycling of his earlier compositions being the usual grouse from the composer.

My Rating:7.5/10 

Pick of the Album: Pachai Uduthiya Kaadu, Yemma Yea Alagamma, Damn Damn


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Music Review(Hindi): Meri Pyaari Bindu

Music Review(Hindi):  Meri Pyaari Bindu
Music Composer: Sachin- Jigar

Parineeti Chopra forayed into the singing and actress's sincere rendition of Maane Ke Hum Nahin makes this one enjoyable, backed by the pleasant melody. The lovely highlight being the sarangi in the second interlude in an otherwise passable harmless listen. The soft rock in Haareya is carried effortlessly by Arijit and occasionally bordering on the title song of Ae dil Hai Mushkil.  Yeh Jawaani Teri is an absolutely boisterous rock and roll number adorned by the lively vocals of Nakash Aziz and Jonita Gandhi.Sachin Jigar comes up with another enticing composition in Iss Tarah with ample support from the brass sounds while Clinton Cerejo and Dominique Cerejo steals the show with their splendid vocals. Monali Thakur ends the soundtrack with her whispery vocals in Khol De Baahein reciting the Bengali and Hindi lyrics effectually.

Verdict: Sachin Jigar delivers an enjoyable soundtrack which is devoid of any musical highs but thoroughly engaging soundtrack and Ayushman Khuranna's movies has consistently good music.

My Rating:7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Iss Tarah, Yeh Jawaani Teri, Khol De Baahein

Monday, April 17, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Maayavan

Music Review (Tamil): Maayavan
Music Composer: Ghibran

Mella Mella has the strains of Adhe Kangal especially in Shwetha Subram's vocals, however Ghibran spruces up with the layered orchestration dominated by keys and synth programming while Balaji's killer violin solo in the second interlude is the killer highlight in the song. Shwetha Subram and Abhishek accompanied by vocal harmonies ably handled the lovely melody Maya Masthava is a highly irritating techno kuthu where Marana Gaana Viji's autotuned vocals irk a lot even though the tune is passable one from the composer.The only exciting element in the 3 minutes song is the tune in the second half and sparsely interesting sounds occasionally.

Ghibran returns back in a splendid form with Bodhai Poo where the impressive arrangements highlighted by violin solos again and exciting mix of sounds throughout the sound. Ghibran spruced up the haunting soundscape with the thumping percussions in the second interlude while Sharanya Gopinath impresses with her highly styled rendition. Ghibran scores easily with the background score of the album and the 13 instrumental pieces offer the unique soundscape required for the thriller. The exceptional sounds in the Maya's touch, wonderful strings sections in the wrath of Maya with aptly placed pauses, Subhani's guitar strums in decoding the mystery and adrenaline pumping flush and rush are the picks of the lot.

Verdict: Ghibran's magnificent OST pieces trump the vocal tracks and the composer offers perfect soundscape required for the thriller. 

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Mella Mella, Bodhai Poo

Monday, April 10, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Neruppu da

Music Review (Tamil): Neruppu da
Music Composer: Sean Roldan

Rokesh's passable lyrics aside, Andha Madhiri Ponna  is a pleasant listen mainly because of the splendid arrangements of Martin's Percussions and Chennai string's string section while KJ Vijay teases us with the soothing flute solos in the interludes. Ravi G's casual singing sounds apt for the Rokesh's lyrics.Aalangiliye is a lovely throwback to Rahman's heydays and Sean Roldan created the splendid track while the composer himself and Swetha Mohan nail the beautiful tune with the pitch-perfect rendition. The pleasant folk arrangements especially flute and tabla base accompanied by intermittent violin solos are a delight to listen and Swetha Mohan able to croon some of her best songs with Sean Roldan.


In Karuppu Kallangolu, Sean Roldan continues his Power Paandi mode, However Balasubramaniam's Nadhaswaram is an amiable detour from the composer. Rokesh's lyrics sounds convincing in Anirudh Ravichander's vocals and the transition from the high octane kuthu to quite a melody in the middle being the only lovable element in this passable song. Enga Pona is an affecting melancholy while Sean chooses the arrangements in tandem with the tune to accentuate the mood of the song. Sean Roldan once again aces in the vocals side also with his unique voice.Raghavasimhan's strings are the major highlight in this arresting melancholy. Sean Roldan ends an impressive album with the splendid energetic theme delivered ably by Blaaze while Jai Gopi's buoyant trumpet steals the show amidst the hardcore Ramkumar's drums and Sean Roldan's screeching guitar strums.


Verdict: Sean Roldan continues to deliver engaging soundtrack with aplomb consistency and there seems to be no stopping for Sean Roldan. Another fine soundtrack within a month.


My Rating: 8/10


Pick of the Album: Aalangiliye, Andha Madhiri Ponna, Enga Pona


P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Music Review (Malayalam): Sakhavu

Music Review (Malayalam): Sakhavu
Music Composer: Prashant Pillai

Madhumathiye is a melange of retro, semi-classical tinge and techno beats in the background while the real stunner piece is the classical strings in the second interlude transitioned into mappilai paatu styled second half. Sreekumar Vakkiyil and Preethi Pillai's gorgeous vocals make this one an engaging piece of work till it lasts. Lokam Ennum sounds anthemic tandem to the movie genre, but Prashant Pillai's background work with the string make this one worthy listen although the tune stays true to the template of songs of this genre. Vaikom Vijayalakshmi's idiosyncratic vocals fit the bill perfectly for Udichuyarnne retro stage drama kind of song and the brilliant usage of harmonium is the highlight. Theyyum Thindaka is an another upbeat song and the soundscape is strictly situational and anthemic one which may gels well with the visuals but not as a standalone song. Prashant Pillai always teases the listeners by delivering the best song in the soundtrack with the shortest duration Do Naina in Angamaly Diaries and Aarariro in Sakhavu. The song's show stopper is undeniably Preethi Pillai and her resonating vocals makes this one an enjoyable one.

Verdict: Though not as exquisite as Prashant Pillai's previous soundtracks a couple of songs are enjoyable.

My Rating: 7/10

Pick Of the Album: Aarariro, Madhumathiye

Music Review (Hindi): Begum Jaan

Music Review (Hindi): Begum Jaan
Music Composer: Anu Malik

Prem Mein Tohre starts with serene sound and Asha Bhosle's vocals transcend the listener to the tranquil world accompanied by splendid usage of resonating santoor strains which makes the listener yearn for the sounds for some more time. Apart from the splendid usage of Shehnai, Aazaadiyaan comes off as a tedious listen while even veteran Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sonu Nigam also unable to make this one interesting piece and moreover the song is six and half minutes long. O Re Kahoro's brooding flute piece and Kalpana Patowary's effectual rendition makes this one worthy listen, however as a standalone song, the track has a very passable tune. Anu Malik loosens up the soundscape with the celebratory piece Holi Khelein where Shreya Goshal's superlative vocals being the only element to celebrate. The soundtrack's best Prem Mein Tohre returns with its reprise versions where Kavitha Seth accentuates the divine beauty of the song with her earnest rendition.

Verdict: Average soundtrack from Anu Malik where the lackluster tunes are infused with life by the superlative singers. Really miss the Moh Moh Ke Daage level track from the composer.

My Rating:7/10

Pick of the Album: Prem Mein Tohre, O Re Kahoro


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Kadamban

Music Review (Tamil): Kadamban
Music Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Uchimalai Azhagu is where Yuvan meets Imman territory, full-fledged folk tune with punchy percussions where Mukesh's rustic vocals bring life to a song. However, the tune as a standalone is not great and also hardly engaging while Yugabharathi's lyrics sounds apt and Mukesh sounds a lot like Yuvan in high pitch portions nevertheless fine work by the singer. Otha Paarvaiyil is an engaging melody mauled by Yuvan's singing while Mathumitha makes up for the minor grouses in an effective manner. The tune is typical Yuvan styled one while the guitar-laden interludes are impressive and clasp the listener's attention till the song lasts.

Saama Kodangi is a passable folk based song with lackluster tune where the arrangements are mildly interesting with the usage of harmonium whereas both tune and other elements are staid at best. Velmurugan and Anitha infuse energy but their standout vocals alone can't make up for the languishing tune.Aagatha Kaalam sounds better with Ananthu's earnest rendition and Yugabharathi's affecting lyrics stand out while Yuvan kept the arrangements minimal with an impressive usage of strings and mandolin.Though the droning tune for the melancholy sounds tepid, Ananthu's rendition easily overcomes all the minor grouses.Ilaratham Soodera, optimistic song rides mainly on Yugabharathi's lyrics and once again passable tune makes this one another bummer in the soundtrack. The only portions where Yuvan scores is in the interludes and slightly better charanam portions in the tune. MLR Karthikeyan sounds apt and brings a lot of energy required for the song of this genre.

Verdict: Yuvan Shankar Raja's Kadamban soundtrack is passable one with hardly any sparks even though the genre/plot promises a lot of experimentation.

My Rating: 6/10

Pick of the Album: Otha Paarvayil, Aagatha Kaalam 






Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen

Music Review (Tamil): Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen
Music Composer: Imman

Imman does considerably well in the arrangements front in Yembuttu Irukkudhu with the commendable usage of Sarangi throughout the song and utilized Kalyani Nair's euphonious vocals effectually. On the downside, droning tune and Sean Roldan's vocals didn't help much to the languishing tune. However, the song is highly listenable for its sarangi portions and interludes. Semma Joru is a passable song which rides mainly on the energetic rendition of  Vishal Dadlani and Maria Kavitha Thomas vocals are not utilized well and the tune fails to hold the listeners until the end. The only highlight being the buoyant usage of trumpets and keys in an otherwise lackluster song from Imman.

Imman does it once again after Oru Ooral Rendu Raja in Marhaba Aavona with an engaging mix of Sufi and Maapilla Paatu while Shreya Goshal sails through the simple tune with her flawless vocals. Imman throws harmonium and Tabla sounds generously throughout the song with occasional beautiful touches of Sarangi. Langu Langu Labakaru's easy go orchestration is a lovely stuff from Imman and the tinge of retro sound throughout the song is easily appealing one but the lyrics, though it may be apt for the situation, lyrics sounds incongruous. Praniti, Sun singer title winner debuts with this track and the talented child nails the vocal part exceptionally well. Laala Kadai Santhi is another mediocre song from Imman and the vocals of Benny Dayal and Sunidhi Chauhan makes this partly foot tapping tune listenable. However, the arrangements are pretty staid and random without any memorable sequence. Sunidhi Chauhan's bold singing being the only highlight in an otherwise passable song.Melancholic ride sounds contrast to its title and the two and half minute theme has nothing much to offer but sounds engaging and listenable till it lasts.

Verdict: Imman opens up his 2017 account in an underwhelming manner and the album lacks memorable tune despite filled with consistently engaging arrangements.

My Rating:6.5/10

Pick of the Album: Yembuttu Irukkudhu Aasai, Marhaba Aavona

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Music Review: Baahubali- The conclusion

Music Review: Baahubali- The conclusion
Music Composer: M M Keeravani

Saahore Baahubali sounds generic and flashing grandeur both in orchestration and thumping vocals of Daler Mehendi while the song's highlight is the employment of moving violin solos and Mounima's affecting rendition. Shiva Shakthi Datta's lyrics gels well with the overall tone of the song. However, the song has little scope for pushing the boundaries.Hamsa Naava is a soothing melody benefit largely from Sony and Deepu's fantastic singing while Keeravani's consistent grand percussions and strings ably support the song till the end. The humming portions are employed brilliantly evocating the memories of 90's songs while Chaitanya Prasad's simple lyrics sounds apt for this pleasant melody.

Kannaa Nidurinchira is a semi-classical composition but not an arresting one and also not a bad one either. Keervani throws few enticing arrangements especially with veena and flute while Srinidhi and V soumiya's sargams are delight to listen. However, the classical factor in the song is diluted and it carries more cinematic aura around it especially the infusion of percussions. Dandaalayya carries the Baahubali, the Beginning's  thumping string sections effectively and the song sounds more like the background material. The lyrics by M M Keeravani praising the glory of Baahubali and Kaala Bhairava sounds apt with respect to the vocals.Oka Pranaam is an another thematic based track and Keeravani's lyrics revolved around Kattappa while Kaala Bhairava carries the song confidently. However, the soundscape is monotonous filled with string sections and thumping percussions.

Verdict: M M Keeravani kept the soundtrack of second part short and although the soundscape matches the grandeur of Rajamouli's visuals, the first part has lot more diverse tunes compared to second outing.

My Rating:7/10

Pick of the Album: Hamsa Naava, Kannaa Nidurinchira
  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Music Review(Tamil): Veera

Music Review(Tamil): Veera
Music Composer: Leon James

Ootaanda Soltuva carries the generic kuthu tune vibe spruced up by synthesized beats throughout the song and Leon James's vocals though not suited for the full-fledged raw tune, he carries the song adequately. Though the tune staggers around the mediocre level, the beats are foot tapping and engaging till it lasts.Verattama Veratturiye breezy melody where Sid Sriram shines with his vocals and the singer sails through the high pitch portions at ease while Leon throws out soothing sounds generously especially blissful flute portions in the interludes. Neeti Mohan, adequately supports Sid Sriram with her fine vocals.

Mama Mama Mayangadhe, galore with a melange of enticing sounds from Nadhaswaram to saxophone and foot tapping synth beats layered throughout the song. Anthony Daasan's idiosyncratic vocals come off as an another exciting element in the song. Though the tune is not great, the song is worthy listen for its exciting and congruous sound mixing.Pogaadhe Kanmaniye rides mainly on the lead singer Pradeep Kumar's vocals and the improvisations in the folk-tinged song is awesome while Leon James kept the arrangements simple and clean, allowing the singer to take the front stage. The chorus portions are adequately catchy and segue into the song without any hindrance.Nijaaru Usaaru is another generic rock-based arrangements where insipid tune didn't help much to the song, However Leon made the interludes interesting with an engaging usage of a wind instrument. Overall, this is the least interesting song in the soundtrack where both vocals and tune are let down except for the few sounds in the interludes.

Verdict: Leon James dropped his third album with the promising set of tracks and the album has the right mix of engaging melodies and mass numbers.

My Rating:7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Verattama Veratturiye, Pogaadhe Kanmaniye, Mama Mama Mayangaadhe.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Music Review (Tamil): Kaatru Veliyidai:

Music Review (Tamil): Kaatru Veliyidai:
Music Composer: A R Rahman

Nallai Allai's clean guitar laden background largely benefits from Sathyaprakash's effortless rendition and Chinmayi's superlative humming in the interludes. Vairamuthu's Tamil verses shine in the vocals of lead singer and the improvisations by Sathyaprakash is spot on which makes up for the familiar Rahman tune.Azhagiye is charming and lilting throughout the song except for the odd terse Punjabi inclusion and Haricharan's buoyant rendition easily makes this one appealing one. Jonita Gandhi's humming standout, while Madhan Karky's easy go lyrics, sounds apt for the overall mood of the tune. The few acapella portions evocate memories of  Sandikuthirai from Kaaviyathalaivan.

The soundtrack best is undeniably Vaan Varuvan and Rahman utilizes Shashaa Tripathi's lovely vocals to the splendid effect making this one dreamy song. Apart from the mesmerizing vocals, Rahman shows his mixing effect to full throttle and the plethora of sounds in the background makes this one blissful experience while Vairamuthu's lyrics adds to the song's magical effect.The ultra-catchy Sarattu Vandiyila traces back to the Rahman's folk songs from Taj Mahal and Thenali while the song's uncanny resemblance to the Mohan Sitara's Thanakkum Thana is difficult to brush off. However, Rahman's background dominated by guitar, mandolin, and other assorted sounds is surely a delight to listen while Tipu and AR Raihanah breezes through the Vairamuthu's wordplay effectually.Tango Kelaayo starts off beautifully with an engaging typical Tango styled number and the song traverses through multiple ways with a mix of retro-styled tune and culminating in the orchestral brilliant string sections. However, overall, the song is a bit of let down except for the few enticing portions in a helter-skelter manner.Haricharan and Diwakar are pitch perfect in vocal front. Jugni's synth dominated soundscape mixed in a hypnotic manner is the masterstroke from the composer while the same cannot be said regarding the Punjabi flavored tune. Raajakumari and Shikara's rap portions didn't add much value to the song. Rahman's impressive sound dynamics is the highlight of this track.

Verdict: Kaatru Veliyidai has the fair mix of melodies and Rahman's experimentations, However, the album is few notches below the usual Rahman- Maniratnam's soundtrack.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Vaan Varuvan, Sarattu Vandiyila, Nallai Allai




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Music Review (Telugu): Katamarayudu

Music Review (Telugu): Katamarayudu
Music Composer: Anup Rubens

Mira Mira Meesam is precisely tailor-made for Pawan Kalyan fans with Ramajogiah Sastry's lyrics glorifying the protagonist while Anup Ruben's whistle worthy enthusiastic background is enough for the fans to rejoice their favorite hero on screen but same cannot be said for the music lovers, though. Anup Rubens strikes a chord with Yelo Yedarilo Vaana, simple folk-tinged tune ably supported by Amal Raj and Subhani's string sections which blend smoothly especially in the interludes. The persistent use of plucked string sections comes as another vocal along with splendid Dhanunjay. Naveen owns the second interlude with his flute solos and adequately supported by Malavika.

Nakash Aziz seems to be regular in Telugu movies nowadays and the man gets to croon few interesting compositions, Laage Laage also falls into this category. Though the track fails to hook the listeners till the end because of the hodgepodge of sounds mixed together, Nakash Aziz and Sandiliya's violin holds the song.Anup Rubens brought together another Hindi singer Armaan Malik to render the saleable melody and the tune though sounds staid and routine work, Shreya Goshal and Armaan Malik nails their respective vocal portions. As a standalone track, nothing stands out especially nevertheless it is harmless listen from the composer.Jivvu Jivvu is a mass number with a slightly engaging usage of harmonium whereas the tune remains caters to the mass audiences. The song needs Pawan Kalyan's screen presence to make this blockbuster. The interesting aspects of the song are happening in the backgrounds and the tune remains mostly generic one.The brief love theme is adequately pleasant and engaging but with one-minute duration, the theme fails to make an impact despite the fine usage of Naveen's flute.Netha Cheera is an another folk based song rendered effectually by Sai Charan and Sahithi with additional vocals provided by Simha. Though the song has nothing special to offer, the tune and arrangements are foot tapping enough to clasp the listeners throughout the song.

Verdict: Katamarayudu sounds better compared to the tepid Tamil version and the album is sure musical treat for Pawan Kalyan fans.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Yelo Yedarilo Vaana, Laage Laage, Netha Cheera





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Music Review (Telugu): Guru

Music Review (Telugu): Guru
Music Composer: Santosh Narayanan

The best song in the Tamil album returns in the form of O Sakkonoda and Dhee renders the Telugu version of the song while the splendid violin and flute combination makes this one the best song in Telugu album also. Ramajogayya Sastry did the brilliant work with the lyrics which fits the tune perfectly, However, Dhee's restrained vocals for the Telugu version being the only minor grouse. Santosh Narayanan's Guru has one extra song (Jigidi)compared to Hindi and Telugu versions to cater for the mass audience and fans of Venkatesh. Venkatesh sounds adequate behind the mic and the Venkatesh name in the credit is enough for the fans to go crazy while the tune is staid and monotonous one, Santhosh Narayanan spruced up the proceedings in the background with snazzy foot tapping Jazz tinged sounds.

Ukku Naram sounds fantastic for its rock flavored backgrounds and delivered ably by Siddharth Mahadevan and this one adds to his long list of rock based songs. The track's undeniable highlight is Santosh Narayanan's arrangements and the 'ta na ta na' hook is incredibly catchy which makes this song enjoyable till it lasts.Ey Mathaabey is an another song where Santosh Narayanan able to maintain his quirky nature of the tune as well as make the song appealing to listeners. Though Ananthu's sounds apt, the percussions sound more relatable to Tamil than Telugu, however the engaging attempt at the fusion of blues sound to Kuthu deserves special mention.Ne Zara is the most generic tune in the album and the track is made more lively by the enthusiastic vocals of Siddharth Mahadevan. However, the tune sounds monotonous and backgrounds also fail to entice the listeners.
Dhee returns back in Gundelothulalo and the affecting tune by Santosh Narayanan is handled well by the singer. The atmospheric sounds with the minimal arrangements accentuate the beauty of Ramajogayya Sastry's lyrics. The exceptional usage of violins and key remains the towering highlight in this melodious song of the album.

Verdict: Though Santosh Narayanan's debut Telugu work Billa Ranga,  receives less traction in the Tollywood Industry, Guru has all elements to bring the talented composer in the limelight.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: O Sakkonoda, Ukku Naram, Gundelothulalo


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Music Review (Tamil) : Power Paandi

Music Review (Tamil) : Power Paandi
Music composer: Sean Roldan

The life of Power Paandi sounds almost like Ilayaraja song especially Ananthu's voice accentuated by the lilting tune and chorus portions. Sean Roldan kept the orchestration highly buoyant one, filled with soft rock drums and mesmerizing flute sections in the interlude. Selvaraghavan's lyrics are simple and fits the tune perfectly. In Mass of Power Paandi, Sean Roldan shows his mettle once again with an enticing arrangement highlighted by cheerful Nadhaswaram solos and the consistent foot tapping folksy percussions throughout the song brings out the mood of the tune in a splendid manner. The tune is an instantly likable one and Dhanush does a better job as a singer than as a lyricist.

The youth of Power Paandi rides mainly on the stupendous rendition of the delightful tune by Sean Roldan and Swetha Mohan. The prelude evokes the memories of Thangamagan, however composer followed it with a much engaging mix of Kanjira and strings-laden arrangements.After a string of melodies, Sean Roldan returns to the fast-paced Nomad song backed by lovely rock flavored orchestration and the contrasting vocals of Sean Roldan and Anthony Daasan works like magic for the busily orchestrated tune. Composer brilliantly did the atmospheric setting with the bird sound cues in the second half and the charanam portions turned out to be more awesome part in the song.
Sean Roldan ends the soundtrack with the two versions of Venpani Malare, breezy melody rendered by composer himself and Swetha Mohan respectively. Though the prevalent voice of Sean Roldan throughout the album sounds wearisome, the simple tune and continuously engaging orchestration make up for the minor grouses. Swetha Mohan sounds impressive as always and the two versions are almost same except in the vocal front.

Verdict: Sean Roldan produces another winner soundtrack with Power Paandi and Dhanush’s penchant for Ilyaraja’esque music is apparent throughout the soundtrack.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: The Youth of Power Paandi, Power Paandi – The Nomad, Mass of Power Paandi

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Music Review (Hindi): Phillauri

Music Review (Hindi): Phillauri
Music Composer: Shashwat Sachdev and Jasleen Royal

Ranjana's string- laden orchestration is the highlight whereas the droning tune is lifted by splendid vocals of Diljit Dosanjh and the singer nails the vocal portions when compared to his debut mainstream Hindi track in Udta Punjab. The blissful violin solos in the interludes are an undeniable winner in this track. Dum Dum's folk sound combined with a tune that is enjoyable and engaging in Romy's singing and the composer wields the magic towards the end with the hypnotic recitation of Anvita Dutt's lyrics. The song turns better in the reprise version with much captivating arrangements along with the endearing vocals of Diljit. Once again Shashwat ends the track in a brilliant manner. Dum Dum's Punjabi version sounds pale, strictly in comparison with other two versions, the innate beauty of the tune makes up for the other minor grouses. Sahiba is an another delightful composition from Shashwat and Romy shines throughout the song while composer captivates with the minimal impactful background.After a string of mesmerizing melodies, Shashwat comes up with the foot tapping Naughty billo and the brief intermittent pause throughout the songs works like magic. Jasleen Royal continues to stick to her usual monotonous trademark vocals and the tune in Din Shagna while the interludes are engaging especially sarangi brief towards the end. Her another composition what's up can be skipped from the soundtrack.

Verdict: Shaswat Sachdev owns Phillauri's soundtrack with his exquisite set of compositions especially Dum Dum.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Dum Dum (Original and Reprise version), Sahiba, Naughty billo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Music Review (Malayalam): Angamaly Diaries

Music Review (Malayalam): Angamaly Diaries
Music Composer: Prashant Pillai

Lijo's penchant for brass is evident with brilliant PamPara Paa in Amen and Angamaly in Angamaly Diaries. Angamaly's high octane brass band arrangements mixed with native folk vocals of Angamaly Pranchi is foot tapping at best, though it falls a tad behind the Amen track. Ayalathe is a most interesting composition by Prashant Pillai with the melange of sounds from the Rajesh Cherthala's Pan flute,Prakash Ulleri's Harmonium and deftly placed knocking and other assorted sounds throughout the song. Theeyame is another folk traditional song brimming with native flavour while both arrangements and singers stay true to the tune. The exuberant brass sections and Angamaly Pranchi returns back in Thana Dhina and the result is alluring as the previous song. The charming melodic track Do Naina's 5 versions seems to be overkill, however, the beauty of the tune and exquisite waltzy arrangements highlighted by piano makes up for the grouses. Preethi Pillai and Shreekumar Vakkiyil nails the beautiful tune with the vocals in their respective versions.

Verdict: Lijo- Prashant Pillai combo continues to enchant the music lovers with their curious soundscape after Amen and Double Barrel.

My Rating:8/10

Pick of the Album: Do Naina, Angamaly, Ayalathe

Music Review (Kannada): Happy New Year

Music Review (Kannada): Happy New Year
Music Composer: Raghu Dixit

Adda Bidde Madessa's buoyant rhythms and intricate violin solos come off as a winsome combination complementing the composer's vocals in a pitch-perfect manner. The tune is typical Raghu Dixit's one and also enjoyable throughout the song. Badhuke Neenantha Nataka benefits largely from the Kapil Nair's sincere rendition while Raghu Dixit's string-laden gloomy backgrounds sounds apt for the melancholy. Composer ends the track in a splendid manner transcending from classical touch to rock crescendo. Sa re Ga Ma Pa Da Ni's cheerful guitar laden soundscape gets a fantastic vocal support from Nakul Abhyankar while Raghu Dixit's backgrounds continue to be engaging throughout the song especially blissful second interlude. Kaurava's high energy kuthu and Master Vishwas's singing is the holding factor in an otherwise passable song. Preetiya Hesare Neenu's minimal guitar led arrangements is soothing in the vocals of Raghu Dixit. Raghu Dixit ends the soundtrack with mass friendly as well as mediocre party anthem which fails to excite the listeners.

Verdict: Raghu Dixit's sophomore feature album strikes the chord and the soundtrack is thoroughly enjoyable except for the couple of songs.

My Rating: 7.75/10

Pick of the Album: Badhuke Neenantha Nataka, Adda Bidd Madessa, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Da Ni