Monday, July 28, 2014

Music Review (Hindi) - Raja Natwarlal
Composer : Yuvan Shankar Raja

Tere Hoke Rehengay treads on usual Yuvan's techno sounds and guitar melody works well mainly because of Arijit singh's rendition. Its reprise version, better in arrangement wise is also good listen with Shwetha pandit did her part well. Dukki tukki rehashes the puthupettai's variya sound, apart from that it's usual kuthu number  and also Mamta sharma's Namak Pare is barely interesting. Kabhi Ruhani Kabhi Rumani's quawallisque sound is appealing and Benny dayal got something different rather than his usual dance numbers.Benny dayal's another number Flip your collar back is with usual techno sounds and offers nothing new.

Verdict: Yuvan's bollywood debut is a middling one comparing to his repertoire in Tamil

My rating :6.5/10

Pick of the album: Kabhi Ruhani Kabhi Rumani, Tere Hoke Rehengay (Reprise)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Interesting Reads

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  • Super dense computer memory - RRAM (Resistive random access memory) successor of Flash can be 100 times denser than flash.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Music review (Tamil) :Amara Kaaviyam
Composer: Ghibran
            In Saridhana Saridhana, everything blends so well, be it Yasin Nizar vocals (of yaaro aval from TEN fame),Thomson Andrews gibbers or the energetic rocky guitar tune with nadhaswaram mix in the interludes and instantly catchy lyrics by karky gives the wonderful start for the kickass album. Next comes the poignant Yethetho ennam vandhu, brings together Haricharan and Padmalatha of Aruvakaran fame. Though tune similar to Chillendra Chillendra from TEN and traverses through  islamic traditional song template, the voice by lead singers gives the required punch to make this song arresting listen. Another version of  the same song by Sundar Narayana Rao didn't work as much as the duet version. Ghibran's adeptness is apparent in the way the prelude piano note is handled in Mounam pesum. The evergreen Chithra's whispery voice and contrasting chorus portions along with piano notes in the interludes is a treat to listen.

    Dhagam theera, after few listens this became my favourite song of the soundtrack, and it works mostly due to rendition by Padmalatha which evokes pain quite well similar to porale by swarnalatha. The classical chorus portion by Yasin Nizar and the minimal violin at the background is an additional asset to this track. Particularly loved the first interlude. Finally come the haunting melody Deva Devathai, only song which i feel matches with the 80's setting of the film, that too only tune wise and in the arrangement wise Ghibran gives us the thrilling sounds creating a wonderful ambience. Loved the violin in the second interlude.

Verdict: Ghibran delivers the every album with consistent top notch quality work. With Amara kaviyam, expectations for uthama villain and Vishwaroopam increased multifold.

Pick of the album: Whole album

My rating:9/10

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kadal- Music review

Hi guys.....

Many MNC guys may be enjoying the weekend but for me same blunted office may be because of less work feeling like this way at times came across the beautiful and soulful composition by ARR and Maniratnam combo -Kadal. Thought I'll just share my views regarding this wonderful album.

1) Chithirai Nila:
         Mozart commenced the song with a child cry and  Vijay yesudas's soulful rendition abided by Vairamuthu's hopeful lyrics makes the song enjoyable. Arrangement wise Rahman kept it simple with minimal strings and ending the song with high note.

2) Anbin Vasale :
        Haricharan's sprightly singing blends well with  wonderful harmonized chorus and the ambient sounds like bells set the right tone for the gospel song. Still felt this song is sub-par with the beautiful Anbendra Mazhaiyile. Rahman use of strings and percussion instruments gives nice effect to the overall structure of the song.
3) Adiye:
       Next comes Aaromale styled high pitch singing by debutant Sid Sriram's Adiye and bluesy-Jazz arrangement of the song makes this a compelling listen. Plethora of instruments with Piano on the background, nice rock flavour with guitar and the percussions along with wonderful Vocals gives tremendous effect. Madhan Karky lyrics deserve special mention which amalgamates well with this genre of song. Experimentation at best.

4) Moongil Thottam:
      Melody comes with bang in this album with mellifluous voice by harini and debutant Abhay Jodhpur ably supported her well. Again Rahman did magic with Piano and string instruments.

5) Nenjukulle:
      MTV already made this country side folk music already smashing hit among the music listeners. Sakthishree gopalan got  much required break through her husky voice in this beautiful soothing melody. Violin and guitar rule this song and flute bits are additional nice touch.

6) Elay Keechan:
    Here comes the western fisherman song commensurates with the title of the movie.The clap portions and exuberant singing by Rahman along with chorus and the guitar solos in the background makes this song enjoyable.Liked the tune of charanam particularly well for its fast pace.

7) Magudi Magudi:
     Only song which i didnt like much is the solo techno sound song in the album. This song didnt gel with the other songs and also it is not nearly half engaging as other rahman songs like dol dol from ayutha ezhuthu.

Verdict: Overall Rahman makes us traverse through worldly musical genres through this beautiful album Kudos to Manirathnam for extracting this lovely album from Rahman.

My pick: Moongil Thottam, Nenjukulle, Elay Keechan

My Rating: 9/10