Archive for August, 2008

Saturday August 16, 2008 10:23

Music review: Waqt (Indipop, Suneeta Rao)

Suneeta and Sangeet Haldipur’s compositions – Sun zara, Indian Girl and Ye zameen are bland, with an embarrassingly dated pop sound while Dudul Saikia helps Suneeta in the insipid Ishq da. Waqt is at least 5 years behind time, like Nexus’ musical sensibilities. Suneeta’s own solo compositions – Aaj mohe and Ye dooriyan – are […]

Wednesday August 13, 2008 17:02

Music review: 1920 (Hindi, Adnan Sami)

Adnan’s choice of vocalists for Vaada tumse – Pandit Jasraj and Parveen Sultana – is a mixed bag. The tune is quite catchy, but the unconventional voices are not necessarily suitable. Shubha Mudgal’s Bichua is trademark Adnan material – rhythmic and very likeable. Asha’s seductive Aise jalta is reminiscent of Adnan’s pop ditties, but in […]

In Alakalkku, a collection of Malayalam ghazals, composer/ singer Shahabaz Aman does differentiate his musical sensibilities, but seems inspired by prolific ghazal experts before him. Three of the tracks – Theeyalakalai; Charadumurinjoru, with Mohanakrishnan Kalady’s lovely lyrics and tunefully the best, Paymaram thakarnna sound straight out of Hariharan’s Hindustani-styled repertoire. Alayothungiya, with beautiful vocals by […]

Dillagi sounds like Neeraj Sridhar singing out of Birmingham and it’s not bad at all, with those youthful lyrics and overall catchiness. The pop ballad’ish All that I want and Tere mere promises are functionally decent while the two songs featuring Akriti Kakkar, Baby jaan and Tantaanaa are as bad as any Hindi film remix […]

Yetu podam cheppamma is functional with excellent vocals by Naveen, albeit a tad monotonous. Karunya’s Andhamaina kalala and Gundelo illindi bring back memories of songs of the 60s/ 70s and are heartwarmingly simple and lilting. Nuvvu konchem is routine but Tippu and Sujatha’s Rangu rangu vaana seems to be made for Ravi Teja – spunky […]

Wednesday August 6, 2008 06:03

Music review: Mallepuvvu (Telugu, Ilayaraja)

The dulcet title song is a vintage Raja tune combined with palatable orchestration, while Lokam and Hero nenochane are blasts from the past – living way beyond their expiry dates. Gaajula and Chirugali are simplistic and kiddish, and barring that middling rhythm, Suvvi suvvi’s tune and backgrounds are beautiful. Chandamama is more like it – […]

Don’t touch me is breathlessly hurried and Mukhbir’s Jeena features in this album too – Sameer’s lyrics work, but the music doesn’t. The sufi-tinged Pardesi is lilting and impresses as much as the mellow Bhool ja. Jhumka gira re, Dum pe maro and Chana chana, with their overpoweringly stylish sound, are decent, catchy listens, while […]

There’s hardly any doubt that I look forward to most of the mainstream composers’ new work – Rahman, Vishal Shekhar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Yuvan, Ilayaraja, Pritam, Devi Sri Prasad, Mano Murthy etc. But, there are a few newbies who’s work I look forward to, with extra anticipation, primarily because their last soundtracks were pretty good! […]

Chandni raat is definitely likeable with pleasing arrangements, while the techno-style, groovy Lagan lagi and Dekha maine nahi make for interesting listen. The rest of album goes completely downhill with tracks like Main aur tu, Laut aao, Tere bina and Jab tumhari that sound terribly contrived. The mild sufi blend amid mod backgrounds in Jisko […]

Friday August 1, 2008 06:19

Top 10+ recent picks! (June & July 2008)

Ahista ahista & Khuda jaane: Bachna ae haseeno (Hindi OST), Vishal Shekhar Ahista in particular has been in my playlist almost every single day – I just adore this track. It’s really enthusiastic, lively and has a carefree feel to it. Lucky Ali’s selection was a masterstroke from the composing duo – he’s particularly super […]

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