Monday, December 26, 2016

Music Review (Updated) - 2016

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) : Gautamiputra Satakarni

Music Review (Telugu) : Gautamiputra Satakarni
Music Composer: CHirantan Bhatt

Ekimeeda folk soaked tune evocates the memory of Lagaan especially because of Udit Narayanan's vocals, however Chirantan Bhatt adorns the beautiful melody with splendid plucked string instruments throughout the song and the first interlude is a bliss. Shreya Goshal's ever-reliable pleasing vocals and Seetarama Sastry's native lyrics makes this one an enjoyable listen. Gana Gana Gana's thumping percussions and grand soundscape blend well with the movie's theme while Simha, Anand Baskar and Vamsi exude impressive energy throughout the song. The tune remains monotonous and strictly confines the song's of this sort, however composer embellishes the song with the neat arrangements in the interludes.

Mrignayana is an another lovely composition from Chirantan Bhatt where he brings together two prolific singers, S P Balasubrahmanyam and Shreya Goshal and the result is undeniably winsome one. However, the transition from the semi-classical arrangement to rousing strings in the charanam portions are abrupt while konnokol chants throughout the song are done brilliantly by an uncredited singer.VijayPrakash who delivered anthemic songs for Chirantan Bhatt in Kanche crooned Saaho Sarva in GautamiPutra Satakarni and the soundscape remains the same as the composer's previous movie, grand orchestration dominated by symphonic string sections. The tune and the invigorating chorus sections work easily as a situational song rather than as a standalone song. Singhamu Pai Langhinchenu is another magnificently mounted song in the soundtrack and the musical piece offers the fine combination of story reciting amidst the folk filled arrangements. Vijay Prakash effectually oozes out the diverse emotions with his vocals in this 5 minute long engaging musical attempt.

Verdict: Chirantan Bhatt delivered another rich musical after Kanche for Krish and the album is grand in tandem with the magnificent scale of the movie. The album gains highly from the proficient singers and impressive arrangement throughout the soundtrack.

My Rating:8.25/10

Pick of the Album: Ekimeeda, Mrignayana, Singhamu Pai Langhinchenu

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Music Roundup - 2016

Music Roundup - 2016

2016 has come to an end and successfully I've continued my full-fledged music reviews across the regional languages. The number of album reviewed in this blog is comparatively same as that of last year while Tamil and Telugu dominated in counts as basically, I'm fluent in this two south Indian languages. Once again Tamil and Kannada industry churned out interesting albums this year and surprisingly Malayalam music industry remains low key while Hindi film industry certainly has some enticing albums but still lags behind when compared to southern music scenario. Telugu audience as well as industry continues to embrace commercial song format with an occasional respite from few composers who wish to experiment.


    Tamil movie industry witnessed high-quality albums released in 2016 when compared to other languages and consistently young music directors dropped their best this year. Music composer of the year is shared by two composers: Santosh Narayanan and Imman. Santosh Narayanan gave prolific music output in Irudhi Suttru, Kabali, Kodi, Kaashmora and Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum. Though Imman didn't give complete solid album, it's very difficult to shrug away his melodies this year and the composer has the knack in churning out soulful Ilayaraja'esque melody tracks with aplomb consistency.
    AR Rahman continues to push boundaries with Acham Enbadhu Madamaiyada and 24 while Ilayaraja gave hard hitting soundtrack for Bala's Thaarai Thappattai. Ghibran is relatively low key this year with just one album in his kitty while Anirudh delivers wonderful Rum and an average Remo. Harris Jayaraj remains to lie well within his musical universe and continues to tweaking his limited repertoire sounds this year also with Irumugan and Singam 3. Yuvan Shankar Raja makes his comeback with the brilliant album Nenjam Marapathillai.
   The young composers who steal the Tamil music Industry this year is undeniably Niva K Prasanna, Sean Roldan and Darbuka Siva for their Zero, Joker and Kidaari respectively.

Composer of the year : Santosh Narayanan and Imman

Top 3 Albums:

1) Joker - Sean Roldan
2) Kabali -  Santosh Narayanan
3) Kidaari - Darbuka Shiva

Top Tamil Songs of 2016

1)  Maya Nadhi - Kabali - Santosh Narayanan
2)  Kannamma - Rekka - Imman
3)  Raasaali - Acham Enbadhu Madamaiyada - A R Rahman
4)  Paaruruvaaya - Thaarai Thappattai - Ilayaraja
5)  Ey Sandakkara - Irudhi Suttru - Santosh Narayanan
6)  Nee Uravaga - Paambu Sattai - Ajesh
7)  Chellamma - Joker - Sean Roldan
8)  Veredhuvum Nijame Illai - Zero - Nivas K Prasanna
9)  Vaadi Vaadi - Chennai 2 Singapore - Ghibran
10)  Thala Kaalu Puriyala - Kidaari - Darbuka Shiva
11) Kannadikala - Maaveera Kittu - Imman
12) En Pondaati - Nenjam Marappathillai - Yuvan Shankar Raja.
13) Elanda Pazham - Aandavan Kattalai - K
14) Hola Amigo - Rum - Anirudh Ravichander
15) Kaantha - Uriyadi - Masala Coffee

Songs worth mentioning:

16) Mei Nigara - 24 - A R Rahman
17) Halena - Irumugan - Harris Jayaraj
18) Sirukki Vaasam - Kodi - Santosh Narayanan
19) Yaenadi - Adhagapatta Mahajanangaley - Imman
20) Aval - Manithan - Santosh Narayanan
21) Nenjorathil - Pitchai Kaaran - Vijay Antony
22) Mazhai Ingillaye - Ammani - K
23) Azhaghu Kutti Chellam (Reprise) - Azhaghu Kutti Chellam - Ved Shankar
24) Kadhal Kolludhadi - Ennul Aayiram - Gopi Sundar
25) Mazhayil - Sawaari - Vishal Chandrasekhar
26) Mirutha Mirutha - Miruthan - Imman
27) Pesu Pesu - Uchathula Shiva - Vidyasagar
28) Ni sa Ga ri sa - Darling 2 - Radhan
29) Nee Indri - Kootathil Oruvan - Nivas K Prasanna
30) Snegithiye - Raja Mandhiri - Justin Prabhakaran

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist.


    Amit Trivedi continues his splendid work in 2016 also with Fitoor, Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi, However the veteran trio Shankar Eshaan Loy easily scores the best composer of the year with single solid exceptional album Mirzya and the composer trio showcased their complete potential in this folk filled soundtrack. A R Rahman's Mohenjodaro, despite the quality album, songs had far lesser reach among the people while Ram Sampath dropped in wonderful Raman Raghav 2. Pritam easily scored with ear-friendly album Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and ends the year on high note with folksy Dangal while Vishal Shekhar had a brilliant run this year from Sultan to Befikre. Clinton Cerejo made his debut as a composer with the musical Jugni and continues his prolific output with Teen and Kahaani 2 also.

Composer of the year : Shankar Ehsaan Loy - Mirzya:

Top 3 Albums of 2016

1) Mirzya - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
2) Fitoor - Amit Trivedi
3) Jugni - Clinton Cerejo

Top Hindi Songs of 2016

1) Hone Do Batiyan - Fitoor - Amit Trivedi
2) Aave Re Hitchki - Mirzya - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
3) Ikk Kudi - Udta Punjab - Amit Trivedi
4) Dugg Duggi Dugg - Jugni - Clinton Cerejo
5) Ek Nadi Thi - Mirzya - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
6) Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - Pritam
7) Sarsariya - Mohenjo Daro - A R Rahman
8) Kar Gayi Chull - Kapoor and Sons - Amaal Malik
9) Quatl- E - Aam - Raman Raghav 2 - Ram Sampath
10) Shehar Mehboob Hai Ji - Cute Kameena - Krsna
11) Haminastu - Fitoor - Amit Trivedi
12) Dhanak - Dhanak - Tapas Relia
13) Tere bin - Wazir - Shantanu Moitra
14) Hoi Kiw - Rock On 2 - Shanka Ehsaan Loy
15) Jag Ghoomeya - Sultan - Vishal Shekhar

Songs worth mentioning:

16) Ji Huzoori - Ki and Ka - Mithoon
17) Gilehriyaan - Dangal - Pritam
18) Dil Ye Ladaku - Saala Khadoos - Santosh Narayanan
19) Udan Choo - Banjo - Vishal Shekhar
20) Tera Chehra - Sanam Teri Kasam - Himesh Reshammiya
21)  Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le - Dear Zindagi - Amit Trivedi
22)  Barsan Laaghi - Sarbjit - Shail- Pritesh
23) Rock Tha Party - Rocky Handsome - Bombay Rockers
24) Dheere Dheere - Jai Gangaajal - Salim Sulaiman
25)  Kyun Re - Te3n - Clinton Cerejo
26)  Zara Zara - Waiting - Mikey Mccleary
27) Kaari Kaari - Pink - Shantanu Moitra
28) Aisa Kyun Maa - Neerja -  Vishal Khurana
29) Je Taime - Befikre - Vishal Shekhar
30) Soch Na Sakhe - Airlift - Amaal Malik

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist. 


    Telugu Music industry is dominated by Thaman and Devi Sri Prasad as usual and they continue to regurgitate their usual annoying commercial templates and for inexplicable reasons, Telugu audience continues to patronize the albums from this so called top composers in Telugu. Ghibran, one of the highly inventive composers in Tamil, surprisingly align his music to the commercial formats resulting in the underwhelming output from the composer in Babu Bangaram and Hyper. However Gopi Sundar continues his fantastic albums in Telugu with Majnu, Seethamma Andhalu Ramayya Sitralu and to some extent in Oopiri, which makes him the composer of the year in Telugu. Navneeth Sundar made brilliant debut in Telugu with Guppedantha Prema while Vivek Sagar produces sparkling music in Pelli Choopulu and Sheesh Mahal. Vishal ChandraSekhar and Hip Hop Tamizha made their presence felt with Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Katha and Dhruva respectively.

Composer of the year : Gopi Sundar - Majnu, Seethamma Andaalu Ramayya Sitralu

Top Telugu Albums of 2016

1) Majnu - Gopi Sundar
2) Sahasam Swasaga Saagipo - AR Rahman

Top Telugu Songs of 2016

1) Paravasame - Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu - Gopi Sundar
2) Sakhiya Sakhiya - Guppedantha Prema - Navneeth Sundar
3) Evare - Premam - Rajesh Murugesan
4) Nuvvante Naa - Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Katha - Vishal Chandrasekhar
5) Jaare Jaare - Majnu - Gopi Sundar
6) Chakori - Saahasam Swasaga Saagipo - AR Rahman
7) Oorike Ala - Majnu - Gopi Sundar
8) Chali Gaali - Gentleman - Manisharma
9) Oka Lalana - Jyo Achyutananda - Kalyan Koduri
10) Okka Nakshatram - Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu - Gopi Sundar 
11) Manasantha Meghamai - Kalyana Vaibhoghame - Kalyan Koduri
12) Ee Babu Gariki - Pelli Choopulu - Vivek Sagar
13) Mallela Vaanala - Babu Bangaram - Ghibran
14) Vachindi Kada Avakasam - Brahmotsavam - Mickey J Meyer
15) Title Song - Mana Oori Ramyana - Ilayaraja  

Songs Worth mentioning:

16) Chitramainadi - Savitri - Shravan
17) Yegirenay Yegirenay - Okka Ammayi Thappa - Mickey J Meyer
18) Vellipoke Shyamala - A Aa - Mickey J Meyer
19) Entha Chitram - Dwaraka - Sai Karthik
20) Title Song - Srirastu Subhamastu - Thaman
21) Egire Oohalake - Rojulu Marayi - JB
22) Ayyo Ayyo - Oopiri - Gopi Sundar
23) Blockbuster - Sarrainodu - Thaman
24) Ompula Dhaniya - Hyper - Ghibran
25) Crazy Feeling - Nenu Sailaja - Devi Sri Prasad
26) Pranaamam - Janatha Garage - Devi Sri Prasad
27) Follow Follow - Nannaku Prematho - Devi Sri Prasad
28) Nee Chepakallu - Saradar Gabbar Singh - Devi Sri Prasad
29) Pareshanuraa - Dhruva - Hip Hop Tamizha
30) O Manase - Shourya - Vedaa K

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist.

       Malayalam Music Scenario is relatively low key when compared to spectacular music from the industry previous year. Bijibal and Gopi Sundar, two prolific composers from the industry has very few albums to offer this year. Sooraj S Kurup made a fantastic debut with Vallem Thetti Pulleem Thetti while multi-composer soundtrack works beautifully for Kismath. M Jayachandran delivered brilliant sincere classical soundtrack Kamboji. Sachin Warrier, singer turned composer shows his finesse in Aanandam.

Composer of the year : Sooraj S Kurup - Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti

Top Malayalam Albums of 2016

1) Vallem Thetti Pulleem Thetti - Sooraj S Kurup
2) Kismath - Sumesh Parameswar, Sushin Shyam, Shamej Sreedhar
3) Kamboji - M Jayachandran

Top Malayalam Songs of 2016

1) Kisa Paathiyil - Kismath - Sushin Shyam
2) Pularkaalam pole- Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti - Sooraj S Kurup
3) Idukki - Maheshinte Prathikaaram - Bijibal
4) Manogatham Bhavan - Anuraga Karikkin Vellam - Prashant Pillai
5) Chenthar Nermukil - Kamboji - M Jayachandran
6) Edhu Meghamaari - Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho - Shaan Rahman
7) Vaarthinkale - Kali - Gopi Sundar
8) Pookal Panineer - Action Hero Biju - Jerry Amaldev
9) Kaathirunna Pakshi Njaan - Kammattipaadam - K
10) Kathangal Kinavil - Darvinte Parinamam - Shankar Sharma
11) Thennal Nilavinte - Oru Muthassi Gadha - Shaan Rahman
12) Chillu Raanthal - Kali - Gopi Sundar
13) Kannukal Kalidari - Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti - Sooraj S Kurup
14) Nilaavil Ellame - Aanandam - Sachin Warrier
15) Irakkam Varaamal - Kamboji - M Jayachandran
16) Oonjalilaadi - Action Hero Biju - Jerry Amaldev
17) Ta Ta Tang - Darvinte Parinamam - Shankar Sharma
18) Thiruvaavaniraavu - Jacobinte Swargarajyam - Shaan Rahman
19) Vaanam Mele - Kochavva Paulo Ayyappa Coelho - Sooraj S Kurup
20) Para Para - Kammattipaadam - John P Varkey
21) Chil Chinchilamai - Thoppil Joppan - Vidyasagar
22) Virinja Poonkurunne - Guppy - Vishnu Vijay
23) Ee Khalbitha - IDI - Rahull Raj
24) Oru Vela - White - Rahul Raj
25) Halli Sreehalli - Mudhugauv - Rahul Raj

You can listen to the songs as Saavn Playlist.


    After Tamil, Kannada music Industry witnessed spectacular music quality this year and compared to previous year, I was able to listen to considerable Kannada songs this year. Charan Raj is a undeniably composer of the year and the composer delivered two fine soundtracks this year Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykaatu and Pushpaka Vimana. The diverse range of songs in both of these soundtracks is ample proof for this composer's finesse while Ajaneesh Loknath continues to dominate commercial soundtrack this year from Akira to Srikanta while Arjun Janya delivered the fitting soundtrack for Mungaru Male Sequel.

Composer of the year : Charan Raj - Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu, Pushpaka Vimana 

Top Kannada Albums of 2016:

1) Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykaattu - Charan Raj
2) Pushpaka Vimana - Charan Raj
3) Mungaru Male 2 - Arjun Janya

Top Kannada songs of 2016

1) Ale Moodadhe - Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu - Charan Raj
2) Thangali - Ishtakamya - Ajaneesh Loknath
3) Mugilu Belmugilu - Pushpaka Vimana - Charan Raj
4) Gamanisu - Mungaru Male 2 - Arjun Janya
5) Nee Nangoskara - Ishtakamya - Ajaneesh Loknath
6) Komala Henne - Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu - Charan Raj
7) Allale Arrare - Devara Nadalli - Hamsalekha
8) Hey Hudugaru Yella - Akira - Ajaneesh Loknath
9) Mugilu Matte Matte - Puta Tirugesi Nodi - Dheerendra Doss
10) Jilka Jilka - Pushpaka Vimana - Charan Raj
11) Marula Run Anthony - Manikanth Kadri
12) News Nodi - Rama Rama Re - Vasuki Vaibhav
13) Neenire Saniha - Kirik Party - Ajaneesh Loknath
14) Kanna Sanneyindale - Akira - Ajaneesh Loknath
15) Sariyaagi - Mungaru Male 2 - Arjun Janya
16) Kalkond Bitte - Sundaranga Jaana - Ajaneesh Loknath
17) Aaha Identha - Niruttara - Niladri Kumar
18) Saaluthillave - Kotigobba 2 - Imman
19) Jhanak Jhanak - Run Anthony - Manikanth Kadri
20) Muddu Pori - Sippaayi - Ajaneesh Loknath

You can listen to the songs as Saavn playlist.

.Music Review (Tamil): Bairavaa

Music Review (Tamil): Bairavaa
Music Composer: Santosh Narayanan

Pattaya Kelappu rides mainly on the foot tapping rhythm base, however, staid tune didn't help the song either. Santosh Narayanan infuses his trademark Nadaswaram layer and excellent synth base in the background. Ananthu's energetic vocals being the only take away from this average number from Santosh Narayanan. Nillayo starts off in a splendid manner with the string arrangements and Haricharan aces the breezy tune with his stupendous effortless rendition. The violin solos and the whistle in the interludes is such a win from the composer while Vairamuthu makes his presence with the beautiful lyrics. The string rhythm background throughout the song and humming easily boost the appealing factor of the song.

After Ei Suzhali, Vijay Narain gets to croon another enticing composition for Santosh Narayanan and the man aces the playful Azhagiya Soodana Poove along with Dharshana really well. However, Santosh Narayanan's frisky background elements with the tinge of jazz, synth and saxophone solo towards the end add charm to the song. Papa Papa is strictly for the Vijay fans and Santosh Narayanan attempts to weave mass composition with his signature elements, However the tune didn't support the guitar loaded background and punchy percussions. Vijay sounds apt and makes the song lively along with the powerful Priyadarshini's vocals.Varlaam Varlaam Vaa has Kabali's hangover mainly because of ArunRaja Kamaraj's grungy vocals and the similar soundscape, however the plucked strings is a blissful addictive tune although features for a brief time. Roshan Jamrock's rap verses segue wonderfully with the main tone of the song and make this one harmless listen.

Verdict: Santosh Narayanan continues to retain his signature style for the big budget movies from Kabali to Bairava, however, this album lacks an instant addictive tune despite high in quality of the arrangements.

My Rating: 7/10

Pick of the Album: Azhagiya Soodana Poove, Nillayo, Varlaam Varlaam Vaa

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Music Review (Telugu): Shatamanam Bhavati

Music Review (Telugu): Shatamanam Bhavati
Music Composer: Mickey J Meyer

Mellaga Tellarindoi's tribal sounds coupled with the folk tone of the song is a pleasant listen and the tune reminds of the composer's previous A..AA especially chorus portions Ramya Behara and Anurag Kulkarni did a splendid job with enough support from Mohana Bogharaju while Srimani's unadulterated Telugu lyrics aids the native tune really well. Mickey J Meyer continues to stick to his Seethamma Vaakitlo's title song template to his recent movies and the serene tune along with simple orchestration works immaculately. KS Chitra did wonder with her magic vocals for this title song also while Vijay Yesudas bestows his earnest support. The lullaby'ish feel to the charanam portions makes this one endearing if one able to decouple the tune with composer's earlier works.

Naalo Nenu is the decent synth dominated track which falls into the average zone and the languishing tune is made lively by Sameera Bharadwaj's vocals and the layering in her vocals makes this one satisfactory despite the track is loaded with tried and tested background sounds. Nilavade's synth and Arun Chiluveru's guitar strums beautifully evocate Ilayaraja's numerous songs and S P Balasubramanyam's vocals never ages, the humming and the chorus portions easily works to the song's favour. It's great delight to listen SPB's vocals and Mickey J Meyer embellishes his vocals with apt orchestration.Hailo Haillessare's folk soaked chorus portions handled by the bunch of singers led by Aditya Iyengar, Rohith Paritala, Mohana Bhogaraju and Divya Divakar. Though the transition from prelude portions to the main tune appears constrained, the easily appealing rhythmic folk tune makes this one harmless listen.

Verdict: Mickey J Meyer's continues to reutilize his pleasant tunes and Shatamanam Bhavati is the minimum guarantee soundtrack from the composer with Nilvade being the towering nostalgic highlight of this clear soundtrack.

My Rating: 7/10

Pick of the Album: Nilavade, Shatamanam Bhavati, Mellaga Tellarindoi.

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

Music Review (Kannada): Kirik Party

Music Review (Kannada): Kirik Party
Music Composer: Ajaneesh Loknath

Thirboki Jeevana's highlight is buoyant brass sections and hummable whistle while composer aces the singing part and Ajaneesh Loknath's keys and violins in the background complements well the quirkiness of the song. Apart from dhamdhare hook, Katheyondu Helide has little catchy factor tune wise, however the lyrics evokes nostalgic college days and Ajaneesh's arrangements especially interludes work to the song's favour. In Neenire SanihaShreya Goshal rocks with her punchy vocals while Ajaneesh layered the song with immensely engaging interludes especially the first one with the tinge of classical shade to it. Belageddu rides mainly on the another proficient singer in the industry, Vijay Prakash and Ajaneesh backgrounds are adequately engaging till it lasts. Last Bench party, short functional kuthu with the right mix of quirky touches in Harmonium and lively singing accompanied by amusing lyrics. Hey How are you is the tribute to Hamsalekha and Ajaneesh brilliantly recreated the 90's music soundscape while BJ and Indu Nagraj aces the singing part effectually.

Verdict: Though not exquisite as Ulidavaru Kandante, Kirik Party's soundscape and lyrics is lovely nostalgic trip.

My Rating: 7/10

Pick of the Album: Neenire Saniha, Thirboki Jeevana, Hey how are you

Music Review(Tamil): Balle Vellaiya Theva

Music Review(Tamil): Balle Vellaiya Theva
Music Composer: Darbuka Shiva

Aasa Theera Aadikalam sounds to be reminiscent of Kidaari soundtrack especially for its rhythmic percussion in the background, however, the tune is adequately foot tapping and enjoyable for its simple catchy chorus. Sathyaprakash sounds adequate and appears lively while KovaiSarala's verses appear outcast one in the overall soundscape.Bale Vellaiya Theva, though reminds of Kidaari's soundtrack for initial few minutes, Darbuka Siva's arrangements are splendid especially in the interludes with stunning guitar strums played in a classical manner and other trippy sounds makes this one enticing. Though the tune seems to be the rehash of the Kidaari's best song Thalakaalu Puriyalaye.

Kan Vachutta is the breezy melody with the bluesy guitar strums by Keba Jeremiah to back the folksy tune effectually. Haricharan and Sanjana Kalmanje easily scores with their pitch-perfect rendition. Darbuka Shiva throws in quirky Kazoo's solos intermittently throughout the track.In Balle Vellaiya Theva's club mix version, the digital sound dominates the vocals and the rock filled original version sounds much better. The brilliant bass line throughout the club mix track is the solo highlight of this version.

Verdict: Though the Kidaari's Deja-vu is predominant in this short album from Darbuka Shiva, the songs are adequately enjoyable.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Kan Vachutta, Bale Vellaiya Theva, Aasa Theera  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Music Review (Tamil): Bogan

Music Review (Tamil): Bogan
Music Composer: Imman

Damaalu Dumeelu, foot tapping kuthu nevertheless mediocre one and lyrics bound to satiate the guilty pleasure of Kollywood's commercial hero fans. Maxwell's buoyant trumpet is the only enjoyable factor while Anirudh tries hard to maintain the energy of the song in tandem with the frenetic background. Senthoora benefits largely from the soprano vocal trained Luksimi Sivaneswaralingam's splendid vocals and Imman's typical busy rhythms in the background makes this one easily appealing one in the soundtrack. Lorne's bagpipes provide wonderful support in the interludes while Thamarai makes her presence with her poetic lyrics.

Kooduvittu Koodu's mystic tune is accentuated by the rustic vocals of Jyoti Nooran and although the English verses are the mediocre one, the vocals and easily accessible tune makes this one harmless listen. Nathan's woodwinds are easily catchy stuff while Arvindsamy gives ample support with his coarse vocals.Yaaro Yaro Avan is completely Vijay Prakash show and the man nails the classical-rock fusion in a splendid manner while every composer's favourite for rock fusion is Sitar and Kishore complements the Vijay Prakash's vocals with brief sitar solos, however, Keba Jeremiah's angsty electric guitar strums dominate the background. Vaarai Vaarai is another lovely composition from Imman and the seductive tune is delivered effectually by Shreya Goshal with her sensual vocals with another proficient singer Shankar Mahadevan. Imman throws the adequate elements in the background with Kishore's Sitar and restrained synth work by Rajan.Madhan Karky set the mood with his provocative lyrics.Senthooran's reprise version relies largely on the beautiful tune, however, Inno Genga's version doesn't match up to the versatility of the vocals in the original version. The minimal orchestration in the background works to the song's favour. Spooky Bogan Theme is a functional one and the track is hardly catchy even though the instrumental runs for around two minutes.

Verdict: Imman strikes a chord in yet another album and the songs lie in the comfortable zone of the composer. Imman delivers the songs which are in tandem with what one expects from the composer.

My Rating: 7.75/10

Pick of the Album: Senthoora, Vaarai Vaarai, Yaaro Yaro Avan

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Music Review (Tamil): Kootathil Oruthan

Music Review (Tamil): Kootathil Oruthan
Music Composer: Nivas K Prasanna

The highlight of Enda Ippadi is ever-young vocals of S P Bala Subrahmanyam and his voice modulations while Emcee Gonzales amped up the peppy tune with an amusing rap portions. Composer complements the Kabilan's lyrics with upbeat arrangements with splendid work from Keba Jeremiah's guitar and Thirumoorthy's Nadaswaram. Nee Indri is a pleasant melody and the composer's tidy arrangements bring out the beauty of the melody effectually well. M M Manasi sounds adequate while Navin Iyer's flute and upbeat guitar work in the first and second interlude is the standout in this breezy track from the composer.

Innum Enna Solla has the melange of instrument mix from the trippy string sections in the prelude, soothing flute and grand piano setting amidst the upbeat trumpet work from Babu. However, the song ends up being an incongruous mix of musical elements and the tune has resemblances from the composer's earlier works. Haricharan easily breezes through the tune with enough support from Mac. Or Naal Kadhal rides mainly on the Satyaprakash's effectual vocals and the composer compliments the tune with minimal orchestrations dominated by grand piano and string sections. Composer segues beautifully Enda ippadi into this short track. Maatrangal Ondre Dhaan is pretty engaging thanks to the Goan flavoured percussions and Seenu's enjoyable mandolin strums. Though the tune is not great as a standalone one, there are more awesomeness happening in the background while the composer did a neat job behind the mic and the composer gives rousing ending in line with the optimistic lyrics of Kabilan with bell sounds towards the end. The one theme is an effectual one although the theme lasts for just one minute, Nivas packed the instrumental with an arresting string section reaching crescendo towards the end and lilting flute. The happiness of pursuit is an another gracefully made instrumental track and the blissful instrumental sounds splendid with Rajesh Vaidhya's veena accompanied by grand piano and string sections. The mesmerising flute section is an additional asset to this beautifully done instrumental work from Nivas K Prasanna.

Verdict: Nivas K Prasanna dropped in another wonderful album with the right mix of melodies and trendy songs in the composer's style. The instrumental tracks by the composer is an undeniable highlight in the album.

My Rating:  8/10

Pick of the Album: The happiness of Pursuit, Enda ippadi, Maatrangal Ondre dhaan,  Nee Indri

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Music Review (Tamil): Singam 3

Music Review (Tamil): Singam 3
Music Composer: Harris Jayaraj

O Sone Sone's tune has familiarity written all over it and the kuthu is attempted in a different manner while Javed Ali breezes through the easy tune effortlessly. Mc Vicky hops in with the listenable rap lyric and Priya Subramaniyan for the brief Telugu verses. Overall sone sone is the safe start for the highly anticipated album. Swetha Mohan makes the umpteenth tried and tested melody template listenable in Mudhal Murai while the tweaked percussion in the second interlude is the lovely stuff from Harris. Thamarai makes her presence with the lyrics and melody is easy on ears without an iota of doubt, however, the deja-vu factor is unable to brush aside while listening to this song.

Universal Cop is a stylish outing from Harris Jayaraj and the composer tries to bring international flavour in the backgrounds while the guitar riff in the prelude screams it's from Harris. The tune and background arrangements are addictive and hook the listener till it lasts. The song is enjoyable towards the end with Dinesh Kanagrathnam's vocals. He is my hero is another short lovely techno track from Harris and the wanna wanna hook towards the end keeps the listener on the toe. Malavika Manoj sounds apt and adequate for this enjoyable short track. Wi Wi Wi Wifi has the uncanny resemblance with the yellae lama from 7aum Arivu in certain places, however Nikita Gandhi and Karthik vocals makes this one easily works for us. Harris filled the song with the gibberish sounds and cool techno sounds in the interludes. Wi wi wi wifi is the harmless listen from the composer. Mission to Sydney is another techno sounds laden track which is more background'ish rather than as a standalone track. Lady Kash easily scores with her energetic vocals in this short track which may gel well along with visuals. Harris Jayaraj ends the soundtrack with full-fledged stylish EDM loaded theme track for singam and mixes the enjoyable kuthu in the middle. Overall fitting theme track which is on the lines with the overall mood of the album.

Verdict: Harris Jayaraj score is easily best one in the Singam franchise and the composer gives easily accessible commercial album which is high on techno sounds.

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Universal Cop, O sone Sone, Wi Wi Wi Wifi

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Music Review (Telugu): Sheesh Mahal

Music Review (Telugu): Sheesh Mahal
Music Composer: Vivek Sagar and Piyush Mishra

In Hotha Hai, Piyush Mishra brings back the glorious yesteryear tune and the charm in the song is appealing despite the vocals. Citramaaga is the delightful listen and Vivek Sagar's laid back jazzy background is absolutely mesmerising while the George Hull's saxophone touch in the interludes is icing on the cake. Shri's vocals complement the jazz-laden song effectually. Bhatki Raaton ko's folk tune is embellished with brilliant bass by Varun Venugopal and Rahul Ram of Indian ocean sounds adequate. The background sounds including Yakub Ali's harmonium and flute sounds enthralling when compared to the main tune. Aagi Aagi is another well-orchestrated song where the mandolin, banjo by Vivek Sagar and Yakub Ali's Harmonium is accompanied by an engaging tune sung with enough verve by Balaji Dake. Shri returns back to another Jazz dominated track Rainbows in the sky and the result is equally splendid one. The lounge'ish background sounds apt for the Shri's sensual vocals and George Hull's saxophone is pure bliss. Piyush Mishra's vocal aside, Bhola Sa Mann Tha is another delightful throwback where the pleasant tune and soothing flute makes up for the minor grouses with respect to vocals. Babarag or the king of the world starts off as a typical bhajan and the song makes less impact as a standalone tune.

Verdict: The eclectic variety from the indie musicians work beautifully for this Sheesh Mahal.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Citramaaga, Aagi Aagi, Rainbows in the sky

Friday, November 25, 2016

Music Review (Tamil): Nenjam Marapathillai

Music Review (Tamil): Nenjam Marapathillai
Music Composer: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Good bad and Ugly starts off with quite an enthralling as well as haunting humming by Aishvarya Khumar and the composer gives the symphonic treatment in the second half with delightful buoyant string sections and piano keys which brought out the mood of the theme track exceptionally well.
Kannungala Chellangala's arrangements work stupendously especially the pipes in the interludes and the laid back Jazzy treatment in the background. However the same cannot be replicated in the Yuvan Shankar Raja's vocals and the meandering tune. Maalai Varum Vennilla is a pleasant listen and the tune is the throwback to Yuvan's earlier songs. Yuvan kept the arrangements neat and intriguing dominated by keys and string sections. Dhanush and Yuvan Shankar Raja did an apt job with the vocals. The Ramsay hook is a delight to listen and the song ends with the splendid guitar solo by Naveen. En Pondaatti Oorukku Poyita is the soundtrack's best, Yuvan scores exceptionally well and the S J Suryah's vocal along with the eccentric mix of sounds is an intriguing attempt from the composer. The song starts off with minimal key sounds and transcends into an addictive hook which reminds dol dol from Ayutha Ezhuthu. The drums work and the horn sections standout in this well-arranged song.

Verdict:  Yuvanshankar Raja - Selvaraghavan, much-celebrated combo continues their  successful streak with the short but stupendous album and  Nenjam Marapathillai matches up to the expectations from the duo.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: En Pondaatti Oorukku Poyita, Good bad and Ugly, Maalai Varum Vennilla

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Music Review (Hindi): Dear Zindagi

Music Review (Hindi): Dear Zindagi
Music Composer: Amit Trivedi

Love you Zindagi, pleasant typical Amit Trivedi kind of composition with breezy arrangements dominated by affable mandolin strums amidst the playful trumpets. Jasleen Royal of Preet fame does the singing in a pretty engaging manner with her mighty unique vocals. However, the club mix falls flat with Alia Bhatt's processed vocals and Amit kept the arrangements upbeat as the title suggests. Just go to hell also screams that it's Amit Trivedi behind the music, however the violin solos and passionate singing by Sunidhi Chauhan makes this one easily works. The soft rock arrangements work like charm as always in Amit Trivedi composition. The celebration of breakup continues in Dear Zindagi also after Ae Dil Hai Mushkil with Let's breakup and the deja-vu feel in the tune is barely negligible while Vishal Dadlani hooks the listener with his energetic rendition.

The remaining soundtrack belongs to the current favourite singer in Bollywood, Arijit Singh and the singer aces all the songs like a pro. Tu Hi hai's likeable melody is accentuated by the deftly handled arrangements dominated by the pleasant mix of strings and Jazz drums. The jazz flavour is predominant in another engaging track, charming melody Taarefon Se and Amit packaged the tune with quite an enticing arrangements dominated by keys and blissful sax. The best song of the soundtrack is quite a surprising engaging remix of Ilayaraaja's Ae Zindagi Gale laga le and the maestro's tune remains immortal and the charm in the tune is irresistible. Arijit Singh is stupendous with his vocals equally complementing the Amit's wonderful background. The same cannot be claimed by the take 2 of the song by Alia bhatt and the song fails mainly because of lead singer's vocals. Amit kept the arrangements punchy synth dominated one, however Arijit's version scores much better than this version.

Verdict: Amit Trivedi's Dear Zindagi stays in the familiarity zone, however the songs are pleasant to hear and an engaging one.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Ae Zindagi Gale laga le, Taarefon Se, Tu hi hai, Just go to hell

P.S You can listen to the songs in Saavn

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Music Review (Tamil) : Paambu Sattai

Music Review (Tamil) : Paambu Sattai
Music Composer: Ajesh

           The old world charm in Neeyum Naanum with the captivating Keba Jeremiah's guitar laden track and the beautiful light-hearted melody is delivered perfectly by Ajesh itself. Cochin strings led by Francis did a splendid work in the interludes. The only grouse being the short duration of the track. The more awesomeness comes in the form of Nee Uravaaga, thoroughly enjoyable melody and the vocal part is done by two prolific singers in the industry, Haricharan and Shreya Goshal and the singers shine throughout the song as always. The hummable melody is complemented by an effectual synth programming by Ajesh and Josy's woodwind steals the interludes. Abhay Jodhpurkar leads the gloomy hard rock Venmeghamai confidently with his punchy vocals. Ajesh complemented the tone of the song with arresting orchestration dominated by Josy's woodwind and Keba's guitar work capturing the mood perfectly. The way the song turns into grungy hard rock session towards the end is absolutely enjoyable. The folk charm in Ichukatta is thoroughly endearing while Deepak and Ranjani's energetic vocals complemented by foot-tapping arrangements make this one easily works in the album. The song gets much better especially in the charanam portions for its playful tune and for the lovable twist towards the end. Ajesh delivered one of the best song in the album Kanavugalaal Kalaindhomey, stunning classical piece delivered impeccably by Madhu Balakrishnan and it's delight to listen to his soulful rendition in the exquisite backdrop with Biju's crackling veena solo in the interludes. Debut composer ends the soundtrack with another dark haunting hard rock theme and one wishes it for more duration.

Verdict: Airtel Super Singer winner Ajesh makes a confident and noteworthy debut in Paambu Sattai.

My Rating:8.5/10

Pick of the Album: Kanavugalaal Kalaindhomey, Nee Uravaga, Neeyum Naanum.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Music Review (Telugu): Dhruva

Music Review (Telugu): Dhruva
Music Composer: Hip Hop Tamizha

   The classy Theemai dhan vellum from Thani Oruvan is tweaked for the Telugu version as Dhruva Dhruva with ample dosage of trance elements and made it as Telugu audience friendly. Hip Hop Tamizha roped Bollywood singer Amit Mishra for this rousing anthemic title track. Hip Hop Tamizha’s sprightly interludes work effectually throughout the track and clasp the listener till it lasts. Choosa Choosa is a pleasantly hummable composition where Padmalatha easily scores over the edgy vocals of Sniggy and the charanam tune portion makes up for the slightly tepid start of the song. Though the synthesised sounds in the interludes ends up being bland one, the lead singer vocals and Chandrabose’s simple lyrics makes this one enjoyable.

   Hip Hop Tamizha delivered stunning Hindustani classical song Kannala Kannala in the Tamil version and the composer once again churned out equally enjoyable classical fusion Pareshanura while Padmalatha rendering the vocals for this song also. The classical tune is amped up with the veena and Nadhaswaram interludes and Padmalatha aces the rendition as always. It’s difficult to comprehend Telugu commercial album without any trendy mass appealing dance track and the composer delivered easily accessible typical Bollywood styled party number Neethoney and the soundscape screams Punjabi party styled song from the start till end. Overall, hip hop Tamizha ends the soundtrack with mediocre number replete with repetitive lines. The tinge of nadhaswaram solo towards the end being the only respite.

Verdict:  Hip Hop Tamizha’s tollywood debut is refreshing and an enjoyable one among the recently released Telugu albums.

My Rating: 7/10

Pick of the Album:  Pareshnura, Choosa Choosa

Music Review (Kannada): Sundaranga Jaana

Music Review (Kannada): Sundaranga Jaana
Music Composer: Ajaneesh Loknath

Kalkondu bitte's breezy guitar laden prelude is followed by thumping high octane Haricharan in never heard vocal tone while Ajaneesh throws some enjoyable easily accesible sound cues. Overall simple melody comes off lively due to Haricharan's vocals and tidy synth dominated arrangements. Ee Santhelu Siguva rides on the mellifluous vocals of Shreya Goshal and she sounds splendid as always while the composer segues classical cues in the interludes stands apart in this enjoyable melody. The underlying string sections in the background complements the song particularly well. Santosh Venky delivers adequate support to the female singer. Fly Fly's familiar Jazz/ Rock and roll tune aside, Shashank Seshagiri and Lavanya's buoyant vocals make this peppy song easily accessible. The composer's jubilant usage of horn is an undeniable highlight. Particularly loved the sound cues toward the end of the song. Nandana sounds bland and although the song rides on the catchy factor in the tune, Vijay Prakash aces the typical tune particularly well. Jilka fame Indhu Nagaraj's processed vocals is bit turn off, however the improvisations within the confined soundscape is the likeable one from the singer.

Verdict:  Short functional soundtrack with lilting melodies from one of the promising composer in Kannada industry

My Rating: 7.5/10

Pick of the Album: Ee Santhelu Siguva, Kalkondu bitte, Fly Fly

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

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Music Review (Tamil): Maaveeran Kittu

Music Review (Tamil): Maaveeran Kittu
Music Composer: Imman

Imman continues his knack in delivering soulful melodies and the success streak continues in the breezy melody Elanthaari and the song features a foot-tapping percussion while Imman mixes the harmonica, strings and guitars effectually. The charanam portions elevate the charmness of the melody and the tune throws us back to yesteryear compositions while Pooja Vaidyanath breezes through the composition effortlessly. Elandhaari's reprise version is equally good with the slight change in orchestration and the second interlude with the punchy guitar work fits the overall song much well. Sniti Mishra, Odisha-based singer's tender vocals are delight to listen and Imman tune holds the song amidst likable arrangements.

Inaivom sounds brilliant from the Sarangi prelude and Pradeep Vijay's sincere rendition of the Yugabharathi's philosophical lyrics makes this song work. The arrangements are intense and the tempo is maintained in tandem with the lyrics and mood of the song. However, the undeniable highlight is the splendid usage of Sarangi. Overall, impactful melody from the composer. Unkooda Thunaiyaga is an another gorgeous melody where the arrangements feature the typical Imman elements from fast beat rhythms, stirring string sections and piano keys. Kalyani Nair rules the tune with her impeccable rendition and the song is an enjoyable listen till it lasts despite the shades of the composer's previous compositions.The album takes a detour with the angsty number Onna Onna and the angsty feeling in the vocals comes off as a forced one. The trance beats and the grungy rhythms is listenable although Imman's processed vocals didn't hit the right note. Kannadikkala has a lot to like from the conversational vocals especially the husky title hook is the delight to listen and the arrangements features playful trumpets, soothing strings. The Vidyasagar'ish tune is crooned effectually by Jithin Raj and Pooja Vaidyanath. The prelude reminds of the composer's recent hit in Thodari. Though the individual bits are incongruous, Imman's highly likable melody makes up for it. Imman ends the soulful album with an impressive theme track where the emotional classical violin by Raghavasimhan is an undeniable highlight. Imman backed the violinist with the resonating string progression and the theme track is a delight to listen.

Verdict: Imman once again proves that his trademark melodies are irresistible and the aplomb consistency shown by the composer in churning out the melodies are remarkable.

My Rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Elanthaari, Kannadikkala, Unkooda Thunaiyaga

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