Monday, 29 December 2014

Nanbenda Music Review

Movie: Nanbenda

Cast: Udhayanidhi Stalin,Nayanthara

Director: Jagadish

Music director: Harris Jayaraj

 


1.Enai Marubadi Marubadi-Vijay Prakash,Megha

Beginning with lilting piano tones, this opening track of the album is a melodious one. Vijay Prakash's flawless singing rules the entire song. Though the beats give us a deja vu feeling, the number is pleasant on the ears. The interludes are peppy and Megha's humming serves as an icing on the cake. Good start!

2.Oorellam Unnai Kandu-Unnikrishnan,Bombay Jayashree

A surprising Carnatic melody that is sure to instantly hook you on at the first listen. Beautifully rendered in the voices of classical singers Unnikrishnan and Bombay Jayashree. The fusion of western beats and classical chorus make this number even more interesting. The classical interludes also blend perfectly with this song. The word 'Nayandhara' in the second line sounds similar to 'Nayanthara' which is quiet innovative. Pick of the album!

3.Nee Sunno New Moonu-Richard,Andrea Jeremiah,Mili Nair

After some melodious numbers, here comes Harris Jayaraj's signature western track. Though it seems cliched, Andrea's voice provides refreshment. Richard sounds energetic and the interludes equally complement his voice. Thanglish lyrics and fast paced guitar strums make this number even more urban.

4.Neeraambal Poove-Arjun Menon,MC Vickey

This short western melody is sweet to listen. Arjun Menon gets yet another hit number after Latcham Calorie. MC Vickey's rap portion is commendable and the rhythm is easy to relate to. Lyrics by Thamarai are poetic.

5.Dappankuthu Mettula-Gaana Bala,Ujjayinee Roy

A fusion number which stays true to its starting line. It has both dappankuthu and western beats. But it sounds too similar to Aathangara Orathil from Yaan. Gaana Bala's vocals are effectively used while its refreshing to listen to Ujjayinee's voice after a long time. Stereotyped track!

6.Thaene Thaene Sendhanae-Haricharan,Pravin Saivi

Finally, the album comes to an ending with yet another soulful melodious number. Only Harris Jayaraj can mask a pathos number with his innovative tune construction. We wouldn't know that it is a sad song until we listen deeply to the lyrics (remember Ava Enna,Yaaro Yaaro and Thodu Vaanam). Exhilirating!

Verdict:

Harris Jayaraj delivers yet another pleasant album for Udhayanidhi after Oru Kal Oru Kannadi and Idhu Kathirvelan Kaadhal. Though the numbers have repeated tunes, they will become chartbusters just for their simplicity.

Rating: ***

Picks:

Oorellam Unnai Kandu,Thaene Thaene Sendhaene

 

 
 

 

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Vai Raja Vai Music Review

Movie: Vai Raja Vai

Cast: Gautham Karthik,Priya Anand,Taapsee Pannu

Director: Aishwarya R.Dhanush

Music director: Yuvan Shankar Raja 


Aishwarya R.Dhanush's second venture Vai Raja Vai is touted be an action thriller. Starring Gautham Karthik and Priya Anand in the lead roles, it has music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.



1.Vandha Kadha-Gaana Bala

Beginning with screeching violin section, this number turns out to be a dappankuthu number. With the repetitive 'Vai raja vai' quipping in at intervals, the song is a typical Yuvan folk number. Though it's tad boring, Gaana Bala's vocals save it up to some extent.

2.Pachai Vanna-Yuvan Shankar Raja

A scintillating melody in  the voice of Yuvan is always pleasant to listen. Though the song is loaded with EDM, Yuvan manages to make the vocals stand out. Having a simple hummable tune, this song would make it to the charts. Lovable track!

3.Pookkamal-Tanvi Shah,Yuvan Shankar Raja

This fast paced number is on the lines of Yedho Oru Mayakkam mainly because of Yuvan's favorite Tanvi Shah's rendition. It fails to impress right from the beginning. Yuvan's occasional quips too sound stereotyped. Overloaded with EDM, this number sadly doesn't have a saving factor. 

4.Naam Vazhndhidum-Yuvan Shankar Raja,Hip Hop Tamizha

Motivational songs by Yuvan have worked well in the past. But when a joke is told repeatedly, nobody laughs at it. The audience always expect something new from the clown. The same is the case with listeners too. We have already listened to too many Nimirndhu Nil and Edhirthu Nil. Not anymore please! Even if it is complemented by Hip Hop Tamizha.

5.Move Your Body-Ilaiyaraja

A signature track from Yuvan. It has all the elements for a rocking party number. Though it is similar to Poo Mudhal Pen Varai, Ilaiyaraja's voice makes this number a bit refreshing. Dhanush's lyircs are more youth friendly. This song is a chartbuster material but has nothing new to offer.

Verdict:

Its high time Yuvan got back on his track. He is a great composer who ruled our playlists a few years ago. But he has been derailing himself by signing in as a composer for commercial movies.

Rating: **

Picks:

Pachai Vanna

Friday, 19 December 2014

Kaaki Sattai (2015) Music Review

Movie: Kaaki Sattai (2015)

Cast: Sivakarthikeyan,Sri Divya

Director: R.S.Durai Senthilkumar

Music director: Anirudh Ravichander



1.Kaaki Sattai-Vishal Dadlani

The title song of Kaaki Sattai begins on a rocking note. Vishal Dadlani's coarse voice, the high digitized blazers and the backing chorus are perfect. The hard rock guitar section peps up the number even more. The police siren and walkie-talkie have been put to good use. Highly energetic!

2.Kadhal Kan Kattudhe-Anirudh Ravichander,Shakthisree Gopalan

Definitely the pick of the album! As soon as Shakthisree begins with her honey-dipping voice along with the dulcet guitar strums, the song pulls you in a romantic trance. The number in itself is a fusion of mild folk and western which is a new genre in Kollywood music industry. Anirudh's part is passionate as he sings as if a cupid has struck him. The flute section in the latter part of the song exhibits Anirudh's knack of composing catchy melodies. Chartbuster love duet!

3.The Trooper Theme-Anirudh Ravichander

This very short theme is a varied mix of rap, DJ, electronica and dub-step. It's good as long as it lasts but doesn't match up to Anirudh's previous themes.

4.I'm So Cool-Anirudh Ravichander,Sivakarthikeyan 

A modern day guy wooing a girl song. This number is on the lines of Aathi Enna Nee, though the lyrics here are quirky and in Thanglish. The childish flute loops adds to the fun quotient of the song. What brings a smile on our face is Sivakarthikeyan's occasional gimmicks! Anirudh's English part is refreshing to listen. Another winner!

5.Kaaki Sattai Theme-Anirudh Ravichander

Hard rock guitar coupled with chenda melam gives a delighful feel to this theme. Though fast paced, the saxophone plays a vital part in giving this theme a wholesomeness.

6.Kattikida-Anthony Dasan,Manasi,Anitha

Another Darling Dambakku on the way. Though not as catchy as the former, this number has its own moments like Anthony Dasan's rustic rendition, the beautiful violin interlude and Manasi's energetic voice. This track could turn as a perfect dance number in the reality shows. Anirudh leaves his trademark in this folk song.

7.Shake That-Anirudh Ravichander

And here comes Anirudh's oft repeated type of track in almost all his albums. What stands out in this number is the repetitive 'Shake That'. A hip-hop song in typical Anirudh way is something not new to us. But even then this track would strike a chord with his fans in a good way.

Verdict:

Anirudh continues successfully from where he had left in Kaththi. This album is also another winner from him containing all elements of music.

Rating: ***1/2

Picks:

Kaaki Sattai,Kadhal Kan Kattudhe,I'm So Cool
 


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Darling (2014) Music Review

Movie: Darling

Cast: G.V.Prakash Kumar,Nikki Galrani

Director: Sam Anton

Music director: G.V.Prakash Kumar

 

Darling is an upcoming Tamil horror film starring G.V.Prakash Kumar, showcasing his acting skills. Kannada actress Nikki Galrani debuts with this movie. Let's see whether G.V.Prakash's songs strike a chord with the audience.


1.Vandha Mala-Arun Raja Kamaraji,Gaana Bala,Karunaas

The title track is funny and quirky all the way. The paced up beats and the catchy lyrics stand out in this enjoyable track. If this number is going to be a montage song, then it is sure to scorch the screens. Gaana Bala's romance with such songs continue with this one. Rap in the interlude is an added advantage. Rocking!

2.Unnale-Shankar Mahadevan,Shreya Ghoshal

Obviously, the pick of the album! A haunting melody with love oozing from each and every corner. The unplugged beginning and the slow start of the rhythm are just perfect for this mellifluous number. Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya Ghoshal are soulful in their rendition. The ghostly chorus, the humming and the string section in the interludes pep up the sombre mood of the song. Hit the repeat button!

3.Sattena Idi Mazhai-G.V.Prakash Kumar,Megha

And here comes the usual track of G.V.Prakash which joins the bandwagon of R&B numbers composed by him. Though the song has a carefree attitude and makes for a free listen, it is tiring to listen to such oft repeated songs from G.V. That too in his own voice! It will fail to impress you even if you give it a second listen. Boring all the way!

4.Un Vizhigalil-Harini

A 6/8 beat melody that is pleasant on the ears. Harini just sways her way through this sweet love song. Her airy rendition gives a mystical touch to the number. The flute play and the guitar strums in the interlude are instantly addictive. A lovey-dovey number perfect for a laidback mushy evening!

5.Anbe Anbe-G.V.Prakash Kumar

G.V.Prakash makes up slightly for the blunder in Sattena Idi Mazhai song. But as I said, he makes up just a little. This is yet another G.V solo that sparkles only in bits and pieces. It maybe liked some and hated by some. And only G.V could give such songs which can spark different kinds of reactions.

6.The Dead Are Back-Theme

The album arrives for its finale with this haunting theme. The piano, chorus and humming make it all the ghostly. This could form as a great background score for the entire movie.

Verdict:

I am not a fan of G.V's music as he repeats his own template for each and every album. And his tryst with his own style continues even in this album. He has nothing innovative to offer except a couple of good songs.

Rating: **3/4

Picks:

Unnale,Un Vizhigalil

 
  

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Musical life

Hi friends! This is a poem on music written by me. Please read it and give your feedback. :-) 

Music is a heart touching soul
That must be enjoyed on the whole.
Music is a divine expression of speech
Easy for the musicians to teach.
Music is a beautiful art
Close to everybody’s heart.
Music is the one which makes the world go around.
One must not think that it is a mere sound.
Music is the food of love.
It is as pure as a dove.
Music is the God of Nature
Almost vast like a green pasture.
Music is a celebration of joy,
Never does it annoy.
Music is our best companion
That stays as a world champion.
Music is a doting mother.
Finally ending up as a significant other.
Music is a great masterpiece
Always giving us a sense of peace.
Music is an abode of positivity
And cancels out the negativity.
Music contains enormous entertainment
Without the need of any accompaniment.
Music can be deeply felt.
It makes everyone’s heart melt.
Music is a vast ocean
In which we have to exhibit passion.
Music runs in everyone’s blood
And also it starts a musical flood.
Music leads to inner enlightenment,
Which can cause euphoric excitement.
Music is a divine blessing.
It always keeps us guessing.
Music is used in everyday activity
With the utmost serenity.
Music, in itself, is a language
That is spoken universally.
Music speaks loads of fun and frolic
That could be enjoyed to the core.
Music provides the power to do things
That seem to be impossible.
Music brings back hidden memories
That can be treasured forever.
Music is a spiritual sound
That enthralls us every time we listen to it.
Music is a magical fable
That hypnotizes us when we read it.
Music is a mystical being
That enchants us when we encounter it.
Music is, on the whole, the Supreme Power
Who protects our soul every hour.
-Kavya Janani 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Harris unleashed!

I am not a great fan of Harris Jayaraj's music. But there are some songs which have stirred my soul. Out of the 200 (approx) songs which he has composed, I love around 60 songs. These numbers have either played a vital part in my life or they are just instantly likeable. Here goes the list in alphabetical order:


1. Aagaya Sooriyanai-Harish Ragavendra,Harini (Samurai)

This number is completely soul stirring with its amazing beats and some power-packed performances by Harish Ragavendra (my uncle) and Harini.


2.Aariya Udhadugal-Hariharan,Swarnalatha (Chellame)

This song carries the same feel of the previous one but with a different rhythm. And you can't miss this one which has the deadly combination Hariharan and Swarnalatha (remember Hai Rama?).


3.Aazhiyile-Haricharan (Dhaam Dhoom)

A sweet melody featuring Jayam Ravi and Kangana Ranaut. The classical touches provided by Haricharan are an added advantage.


4.Adiye Kolluthey-Krish,Benny Dayal,Shruthi Hassan (Varanam Aayiram)

This was a rocking number which scorched the charts and screen for a long time. A chartbuster in the voices of Benny Dayal,Krish and Shruthi Hassan.


5.Anbe En Anbe-Harish Ragavendra (Dhaam Dhoom)

This track was an awesome solo sung by Harish Ragavendra (my uncle). The visual was also a huge hit.


6.Anul Mele-Sudha Raghunathan (Varanam Aayiram)

A beautiful semi classical love song in the voice of Sudha Raghunathan. It spoke about a girl's love for her man.


7.Asku Laska-Vijay Prakash,Chinmayi (Nanban)

An upbeat melody that ruled the charts for a long time. It was rendered by the versatile Vijay Prakash and the melodious Chinmayi.


8.Ava Enna Enna-Karthik,Megha (Varanam Aayiram)

This soup song was a chartbuster in 2008. It had an abundant amount of melody in it even being a soft folk number. Every love failure guy could relate to this song.


9.Chellame-Balram,Bombay Jayashree (Sathyam)

A slow and seductive romantic number that was perfect for a silent night. And when it is Bombay Jayashree behind the mike, you can't stop falling for it.


10.Dhimu Dhimu-Karthik,Chorus (Engeyum Kaadhal)

Dhimu Dhimu was a beautiful sad love song that was rendered wonderfully by Karthik. It was also released in Telugu as Chilipiga from the movie Orange.


11.En Anbe-Sadhana Sargam (Sathyam)

A soft and sweet solo love song. The simple tune made this song an endearing one. Sadhana Sargam was the perfect choice for this song.


12.En Kaadhal Thee-S.P.Balasubrahmanyam,Chorus (Irandam Ulagam)

Though this song was underrated, it was a soul stirring semi classical song in the evergreen voice of SPB. The lyrics were a plus point in this song. Harris had composed a number out of his comfort zone.


13.Enadhuyire-Nikhil Mathew,Chinmayi,Sadhana Sargam (Bheema)

A passionate romantic number that had soft beats and melodious voices like Nikhil Mathew (Super Singer Title Winner), Chinmayi and Sadhana Sargam.


14.Endhan Kan Munney-Aalaap Raju (Nanban)

This was a short number which focused on the pain of an engineering student after his project gets rejected. It was rendered to perfectness by Aalaap Raju.


15.Ennai Saithaale-Hariharan,Shreya Ghoshal (Endrendrum Punnagai)

A heartwarming melody sung by Hariharan and Shreya Ghoshal. The speciality of this number is that it has a Rahman-ish feel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01PgnTOES4k

16.Ennamo Yedho-Aalaap Raju (Ko)

This was one popular melody rock that really rocked the charts! Aalaap Raju's voice took the song to another level.


17.Etho Ondru-Harish Ragavendra,Srilekha Parthasarathy (Lesa Lesa)

A superb melodious song where the tabla ruled throughout the number. Harish Ragavendra and Srilekha's rendition was top class.


18.Hasili Fisiliye-Karthik,Harini (Aadhavan)

Harris composed an upbeat melody song that contained some rap and quirky words. Harini's voice stood out in this track.


19.Kadal Naan Than-Suzanne D'Mello,Sudha Raghunathan,M.K.Balaji (Endrendrum Punnagai)

This number is one of my personal favorites as it put me in a trance right from the beginning. The flute interludes and Sudha Raghunathan's voice deserved a special applause.


20.Kanimozhiye-Karthik,Megha (Irandam Ulagam)

I think Harris would have been in a dreamy world when he composed this song. It was such a beautiful number that one can submerge in its melody.


21.Karu Karu Vizhigalal-Karthik,Naresh Iyer,Krish (Pachaikili Muthucharam)

Boasting of three rocking singers, this number was fast paced yet stirred my soul (much like Adiye Kolluthey).


22.Latcham Calorie-Arjun Menon,Chinmayi (Yaan)

Though this number gave a deja vu feeling, it stirred my soul just because of Chinmayi's voice and the tune arrangement.


23.Lesa Lesa-Anuradha Sriram (Lesa Lesa)

Any lovelorn girl can relate to this song. Anuradha Sriram's high pitched rendition was much talked about.


24.Love Pannu-K.K,Prashanthini (12B)

This cute romantic number was about a guy wooing his girl and finally the girl relents. It was enjoyable and a craze during the millennium.


25.Manjal Veiyil-Hariharan,Krish (Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu)

A fast paced number laced with hard rock guitar strums and beautiful saxophone interlude. Hariharan was the perfect choice for the song.


26.Mannavane En Mannavane-Gopal Rao,Shaktisree Gopalan (Irandam Ulagam)

This number oozed with melody in the honey-dipping voices of Shaktisree Gopalan and Gopal Rao.


27.Mundhinam Parthene-Naresh Iyer,Prashanthini (Varanam Aayiram)

A sweet laidback melody that lingered in the listener's mind for a long time. The saxophone interludes were out of the world!


28.Mudhal Kanave-Harish Ragavendra,Bombay Jayashree (Majunu)

This one is also one of my personal favorites as it has an ethereal touch to it. Awesome singing by Harish and Jayashree.


29.Mudhal Mazhai-Hariharan,Mahathi (Bheema)

Hariharan once again did magic with this melodious number and Mahathi was the icing on top of the cake!


30.Mudhal Mudhalai-Benny Dayal,Yugendran,Srimathumitha,Tippu (Lesa Lesa)

This was an enjoyable dance number that was rendered melodiously by Benny Dayal and Srimathumitha.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVttCSi3Pcc 

31.Mudhal Naal Indru-K.K,Mahalakshmi Iyer,Shalini (Unnale Unnale)

This carefree number was a huge hit among lovestruck youngsters back in 2007. The guitar strums were an added advantage.


32.Nenje Nenje-Harish Ragavendra,Mahathi (Ayan)

When Harris composes a melody for Surya, then it's sure to be a good one. This one was crooned by Harris' favorite Harish Ragavendra and Mahathi.


33.Nenjil Nenjil-Harish Ragavendra,Chinmayi (Engeyum Kaadhal)

A really soul stirring love ballad with classical touches to it. This number was composed in Charukesi raga.


34.Nenjukkul Peithidum-Hariharan,Devan Ekambaram (Varanam Aayiram)

This melodious love number became a craze among youth in 2008. The repetitive 'Oh Shanthi' line was addictive.


35.Paartha Mudhal Naale-Unni Menon,Bombay Jayashree (Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu)

An awesome melody picturised on Kamal Hassan and Kamalinee Mukherjee. The nadaswaram interlude was simply irresistible.


36.Poove Vaai Pesum-Mahalakshmi Iyer,Harish Ragavendra (12B)

Mahalakshmi Iyer's sweet voice did the magic in this solo love song. The brief appearance of  Harish Ragavendra made it better.


37.Raakkozhi Raakkozhi-Hariharan,Sriram (Irandam Ulagam)

This upbeat number in the voice of Hariharan was a different one from other songs of Harris Jayaraj, though it was underrated.


38.Ragasiya Kanavugal-Hariharan,Madhushree (Bheema)

This traditional love number sounded like a straigh out of Bollywood song especially because of Madhushree.


39.Roja Kadale-Shankar Mahadevan,Chinmayi,Sunidhi Chauhan (Anegan)

This recent number from anegan has caught my attention. Though it is a typical fast paced Harris track, it is sure to be liked by the romantics.


40.Suttum Vizhi-Sriram Parthasarathy,Bombay Jayashree (Ghajini)

Everything was so perfect in this song-the beats,the tune and the singers. It was a chartbuster in 2005.


41.Thee Illai-Naresh Iyer,Mahathi (Engeyum Kaadhal)

A melody in the voice of Mahathi is always pleasant to hear. So was this song too!


42.Thodu Vaanam-Hariharan,Shaktisree Gopalan (Anegan)

Another lilting melody from Anegan which melted my heart. I had repeatedly listened to it and fallen for the lyrics.


43.Unakkul Naane-Bombay Jayashree (Pachaikili Muthucharam)

This seductive number in the effervescent voice of Bombay Jayashree was an instant hit. The wonderful violin interlude is still a ringtone in many mobile phones.


44.Unnale Unnale-Karthik,Harini,Krish (Unnale Unnale)

This beautiful and sweet romantic number was a favorite for all lovestruck listeners during those days.


45.Uyire En Uyire-Karthik,Anuradha Sriram,Bombay Jayashree (Thotti Jeya)

This number with beautiful love lyrics was universally liked by all lovers and it is still being played in their playlists.


46.Uyirile-Srinivas,Mahalakshmi Iyer (Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu)

A typical Harris love song that spoke about second chances of falling in love.


47.Vaan Engum-Aalaap Raju,Harini (Endrendrum Punnagai)

This fast paced enjoyable number manages to warm our hearts with its lyrics and some good singing by Aalaap and Harini.


48.Vaarayo Vaarayo-Unnikrishnan,Chinmayi (Aadhavan)

A tranquil melody which gave a retro feel with its lyrics. And what more! Unnikrishnan and Chinmayi were awesome.


49.Vaigaasi Nilave-Haricharan,Madhushree (Unnale Unnale)

A passionate love song that was rich in orchestration. Haricharan and Madhushree sang their parts well.

50..Vaseegara-Bombay Jayashree (Minnale)

Well, Harris is the king of composing seductive melody songs and of course, all those were crooned by Bombay Jayashree.


51.Venmathi Venmathiye-Roop Kumar Rathod (Minnale)

Lovelorn songs became a craze after this one was released in the year 1999. And Harris struck gold with this album.


52.Venpaniye-Sriram Parthasarathy,Bombay Jayashree (Ko)

Though these type of songs were becoming repetitive in Harris' kitty, they never failed to linger in the minds of listeners.


53.Verenna Verenna-Unnikrishnan,Harini (Minnale)

This song became the perfect romantic number for lovebirds. Unnikrishnan and Harini added even more loveliness to the song.


54.Vinnathaandi Anbe-Vijay Prakash (Irandam Ulagam)

This number was a mystical one with beautiful lyrics. Vijay Prakash brought out the emotions well.


55.Vizhi Moodi-Karthik,Prashanthini (Ayan)

Another chartbuster from Ayan in the evergreen voice of Karthik, with slight splashes of humming by Prashanthini.


56.Yaaro Manathile-Bombay Jayashree,Krish (Dhaam Dhoom)

This number had a sad feeling to it and Bombay Jayashree's voice enhanced the feel even more.


57.Yaaridamum-Ramesh Vinayagam,Harini (Thotti Jeya)

Though this song was not released in the film, it created waves in the radio stations when it was released.













 


 

 




Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Ungli Music Review

Movie: Ungli

Cast: Emraan Hashmi,Kangana Ranaut,Randeep Hooda,Sanjay Dutt

Director: Rensil D'Silva

Music director: Salim-Sulaiman,Sachin-Jigar,Gulraj Singh,Aslam Keyi

 

It has become a trend of these days to rope in multiple music directors for a soundtrack. Though this works for some albums, let us see whether it has worked in the favor of Ungli.

 

 

1.Dance Basanti-Vishal Dadlani,Anushka Manchanda

Composed by Sachin-Jigar, this track gives an energetic opening to the album. The number begins with electronic flute loops and some Punjabi sounds. The blend of Western and desi beats gives a new flavor to this party number. But it sounds all too familiar and we get used to the tediousness emanated by this number. Hope it gets better with Emraan Hashmi and Shraddha Kapoor shaking a leg to it.

2.Pakeezah-Gulraj Singh

A sunny number that is easy on the ears and makes for a good listen when you are in one of your lovey-dovey moods. The guitar strums and the repetitive 'Pakeezah' are instantly addictive. And in addition to all these, there is Gulraj Singh who excels with many dimensions of his rendition. A melting song that would surely win a place in your heart. Sure-shot winner!

3.Aadarniya Ungli-Vishal Dadlani,Neeti Mohan

A fast paced adrenaline rush number that doesn't make our hormones thump to it. It fails to impress right from the word 'go'. Even Vishal Dadlani and Neeti Mohan can't save the song from ending up as a disaster. Though Gulraj Singh made an impressive composition with the previous number, he falls down in to the alley with this one!

4.Auliya-Armaan Malik

Salim-Sulaiman compose this soft spiritual number that is sweet and melodious. But the melody gets derailed as it progresses. Wish it could have been composed even more firmly. The slight piano notes and the mild chorus provide relief in this otherwise average number. Armaan Malik strives to make the track look good with his singing and he manages to win only up to some extent.

5.Ungli Pe Nachalein-Dev Negi,Shipra Ghoyal

Well, I wonder what's this? Is this an already heard number? Or is it a freshly composed one for Ungli? Aslam Keyi has been roped in to compose the promotional song of this movie and he couldn't even do a single bit of justice. Dev Negi and Shipra Ghoyal sound miserable and the overall beats of the number is depressing! Need I say more?

Verdict:

Though Ungli boasts of three composers, it falls short of expectations of many. Maybe director Rensil D'Silva needed such mundane numbers for his movie to make it look commercial!

Rating: **

Picks:

Pakeezah


 

 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Ormayundo Ee Mukham Music Review

Movie: Ormayundo Ee Mukham

Cast: Vineeth Srinivasan,Namitha Pramod

Director: Anvar Sadik

Music director: Shaan Rahman

 

Ormayundo Ee Mukham is a 2014 musical romantic Malayalam movie directed by Anvar Sadik, starring Vineeth Srinivasan and Namitha Pramod. I heard a lot of positive speculation about the songs. So this is my first music review on a Malayalam film.


1.Aaromale-Shaan Rahman

It is a happy-go-lucky number that portrays the carefree nature of the lead role. The colorful guitar strums bring out the joyous mood of the song. Shaan Rahman croons the number with ease and he is backed up by wonderful orchestration. Starts on a happy note!

2.Chayunnuvo-Shaan Rahman

Being the composer of the album, Shaan Rahman gets to exhibit his skills once again in this typical medium paced number. Though it starts off well with the guitar and some awesome singing by Rahman, it gets tedious as it progresses and fails to impress. Shaan could have made his voice win over the orchestration. It ends up as a blaring track.

3.Doore Doore (M)-Vineeth Srinivasan

Doore Doore begins as a dreamy number that turns even more breezy with Vineeth Srinivasan behind the mike. The minimal orchestration works in the favor of the song as it oozes with melody. Accompanied by slight guitar strums, this track makes for a short tea-time listen. Sweet!

4.Doore Doore (F)-Rinu Razak

An unplugged version of the previous song by Rinu Razak is pleasant to the ears. Shaan brings out the best from Rinu as it is only her voice that stands out accompanied by slight piano notes. It is even more mellifluous than the original and sweeter than any other numbers in the album. Beautiful one!

5.Ee Mizhikalin-Vineeth Srinivasan,Mridula Nair

Shaan never runs out of melodies as he delivers yet another passionate duet that has simple touches of classical music. And it seems that only Vineeth Srinivasan could have done justice to this song. Mridula renders well with her honey-dipping voice. The muted violin and the string sections play a perfect role in this classy number. Chartbuster!

6.Payye Payye-K.S.Harishanker

And here comes my personal favorite. The reason why I term this number like that is it has a Rahman-ish feel and it is more like listening to an out & out Rahman number. The tabla is the predominant instrument used throughout the song which makes this track a unique one. But the real highlight is the flute sections in the interludes. The flautist must be appreciated for his awesome show. The sitar too is used well though its appearance is brief. K.S.Harishanker performs with elan. A bright ending!

Verdict:

Ormayundo Ee Mukham is a musical album that contains melodies predominantly. Except for one track, the other songs will surely linger for a long time in the listener's hearts. Shaan Rahman churns out yet another winner!

Rating: ****

Picks:

Doore Doore (both versions),Payye Payye,Ee Mizhkalin