Sab Jag Soye - Quratulain Balouch and Shuja Haider do their best to give us a different song that has been cleverly composed but they somehow fail to make any mark. I have always liked QB but somehow for songs like these, her voice comes across way too heavy and weighs the composition down, pace … Continue reading CokeStudio 9, Season Finale
You can listen to music review of Banjo here http://www.bbc.com/hindi/media-37386137 An ordinary soundtrack that soars a little but falls flat mostly.
Thoughts on the music album - M.S. Dhoni - The Untold story Music - Amaal Malik and Rochak Kohli Lyrics - Manoj Muntashir M.S. Dhoni has done many a good things for the aspirational small town cricketer because of which he will always be a shining star in the narrative of modern day cricket. In … Continue reading MSD – Template overload yet surprisingly good at times!
Uddi Ja - Mohsin Abbas Haider has a strong voice and he sung this song rather well. At the risk of being repetitive, the arrangement was a bit too much for me. The lyrics and composition were top class no doubt but it could have been a bit more subtle. Aaya Laariye - Meesha Shafi, … Continue reading CokeStudio 9, Episode 4
Bholay bhalay saiyya - starts with the autotuned (or whatever the hell it is called) voice of shani Arshad. It didn't put me off because experiments are important aren't they? I am quite keen to understand how the song was conceptualised. In a bid to sound a bit too 'desi', the nasal calls of 'saiyyan' … Continue reading CokeStudio 9, Episode 2
Sasu Mangay - Naseebo lal and Umair Jaswal are in their elements in Sasu Mangay. I for one was so relieved to see Umair focussing on singing and not his distracting theatrics, and I quite liked his part. While I absolutely loved the way Mahotarma Naseebo lends the colour of Rajasthan to the song, what stood … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 9, Episode 1
You can listen to the music review here http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/07/160715_bbc_mr_spk.shtml
You can listen to the music review here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/07/160707_bbc_music_review_spk.shtml An album that has as many as 15 songs, misses the melody point completely.
You can listen to the review here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/07/160701_bbc_musicreview_spk.shtml
You can listen to my review here This review appeared first here The unbridled chaos of a crime thriller and the twisted beauty of gore are captured perfectly in the album’s first song, Qatl-e-aam. Although I still cannot figure out why the voice of Sona needed processing, the overall vibe of the song is deliberately sinister, and those menacing … Continue reading Raman Raghav 2.0 Music review
After Jugni, Clinton gets another album as a solo composer and the songs are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Let’s find out if the music is as thrilling as the premise of the film. Haq Hai Haq Hai by Clinton Cerejo is a call to never give up on what is yours, even if the universe … Continue reading Te3n Music review
Udta Punjab - Music review (Text and audio link)
Tiring, that is what these film music albums are at best. At one hand we have Cabaret that has one good good song and is accused of murdering some really nice classics along the way. My review here http://bit.ly/cabaretbbc On the other hand we have Housefull 3, the lesser said the better. My review here … Continue reading Cabaret + Housefull 3 – Music reviews
Ankhiyan Udeek - Accompanied by understated beats and an excellent israj by Arshad khan, this track is nothing like its countless re-imaginations by other Indian artists. Rao sounds comfortable (when has a difficult song troubled her anyway?). There is something in her voice that sticks in your head and if you couple that with excellent … Continue reading Suno – Shilpa rao (Review + Artist credits)
This review first appeared on Quint - http://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/05/04/music-review-sarbjit-aishwarya-rai-randeep-hooda-richa-chadda-arijit-singh-amaal-malik You can also listen to my music review of Sarbjit on B.B.C. here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/05/160513_bbc_music_review_vm.shtml The makers of Sarbjit have a solid subject and a star at the helm to make it a substantial film, however they decided to take things up a notch by adding music that tries too hard … Continue reading Sarbjit – Music review
Forgot to add to the blog, so pasting the link to my music review of Azhar, which was my 99th review for B.B.C. http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/05/160506_bbc_music_review_vm.shtml
Murabba - Is a pleasant song sung by Neuman pinto. Penned superbly by Manoj yadav, the song has a delicate sound yet the point where the song takes a flight doesn’t bother the ears. Easily one of the best songs of this year. Mad props to Rohan and Vinayak for keeping the sound so adorable. … Continue reading Nil Battey Sannata – Music review
You can listen to my review here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/04/160415_lal_rang_music_spk A soundtrack that could have been so much more than what it eventually panned out to be, and this is note a classic 'reviewer rant', it is an obvious thing to expect given the kind of artists who are associated with the music of this project.
I have always liked Hans raj Hans (referred to HRH hereafter) because he is soothing and even when he takes his long taans, he doesn’t make a big deal of it and there is a unique control that he quietly displays in his singing. Never known to indulge in useless vocal acrobats, It breaks my … Continue reading Ishq Haqiqi – Hans Raj Hans
This review appeared first here - https://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/04/08/kailash-kher-ishq-anokha-music-album You can listen to my music review on B.B.C. here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/04/160407_bbc_music_review Ishq Anokha The ‘title’ song is generally something that sets up the tempo for the entire album (and most likely the one that gets the first ‘video’). On the freshness count, the song is not exactly something … Continue reading Kailash kher – Ishq Anokha review
This review first appeared here http://indiaindependentfilms.com/music-album-review-bollywood-diaries/ A wannabe wise ‘trade’ guy told me recently – if there are no stars, the O.S.T. is doomed because who gives a damn about music? (What has music got to do with an O.S.T., after all)? Turns out he was right. I say this because when I came across … Continue reading Bollywood Diaries – A super album that went unnoticed
You can listen to my review of the music of Rocky Handsome on B.B.C. here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/03/160318_bbc_music_review_rs Bombay rockers are back but the rest of album leaves a lot to be desired.
The review first appeared in text here - http://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/03/09/kapoor-and-sons-music-review-badshah-alia-bhatt-fawad-khan-sidharth-kapoor You can listen to my review on B.B.C. here http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/03/160310_music_review_vm Music - Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Tanishk Bagchi. Lyrics - Badshah, Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir, Dr. Devendra Kafir and Abhiruchi Chand In a song that would lead a lot of ‘Posh’ people to believe ‘OMG … Continue reading Music review – Kapoor & Sons (Estd. 1921)
Review appeared first here - http://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/02/23/brief-life-of-insects-a-documentary-you-should-not-miss Tarun Bhartiya recently showcased his documentary Brief Life Of Insects at the Mumbai International Film Festival. The film has been produced by Meghalaya government’s Art & Culture Department. One look at this 22 minute journey through the lives of the community living in Umpohwin, (a Bhoi village on the … Continue reading Brief life of insects – A documentary you must check out!