My music review of Poorna –
What a delightful album!
March 31, 2017
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My music review of Poorna –
What a delightful album!
March 3, 2017
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You can listen to my music review of Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya here – http://www.bbc.com/hindi/entertainment-39156009
Energetic, missing the mark often but with two solid filmi songs which are original, thankfully.
You can listen to the full album and find all artist credits here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTRsPv3r5b0
September 11, 2016
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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 a bid to tell his story, let us find out if the music has been able to keep up with the man who loves bikes and helicopter shots.
Besabriyan – Armaan malik sounds real and understated in what is probably the best song of the album. No one is shouting about how they will change the world, In fact, there is a quiet determination in the mood and the grit of the song is ‘all dhoni’. I won’t be surprised if one particular part of the string section in the song is used repeatedly in the film as ‘theme music’.
Kaun tujhe – In ‘kaun tujhe’,palak muchhal tries her best to sound delicate and somewhat succeeds but she is trapped in what can be conveniently called as predictably dull template of a modern day bollywood love song. Giving her company are good words from Manoj muntashir but the tune appears to be content with its limitations resulting in a plain forgettable song.
Jab tak – If you think the predictability of tunes is restricted to just one song of the album, you are wrong. With the gap filling ‘hoo oo’ in the picture, Jab Tak is reduced to an elaborately arranged song that is short on emotions. Armaan Malik’s voice is good but it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a single differentiating factor from his ever increasing body of work. The ‘redux’ version is arranged lightly and doesn’t weigh you down and will probably be liked more than the original version.
Phir Kabhi – Yet another Arijit song, that sounds same. Yet. another. This ‘sameness overload’ is frustrating and doesn’t move you as a listener even when the words are good, which is the case here.
Parwah nahi – The song with electrical guitars. Siddhartha basrur soars in the song but at times you do feel that the energy is a bit controlled and as a result the song falls one step short of being a desi tubthumper. At best it is a sanitized attempt at being wild.
Padhoge Likhoge – is a delightful banter between Ananya Nanda and Adithyan A Prithviraj. The central theme of the song is the age old ‘warning’ that parents (or elder siblings) used to handout freely to unsuspecting young ones about the devastating effects of not studying. This is a kid song like they should be, utterly enjoyable with lots of repeat value. Thumbs up!
Har gully mein dhoni hai – is composed and sung by Rochak Kohli. The near grunge feel in the beginning of the song might lull you into believing that this is a lazy song. In spite of my problems with ordinary back up vocals of the song, this is a song that actually makes you root for the main character. Rochak sounds low on confidence sporadically but makes you soar especially when he goes ‘awaazon mil jao…’ Their is a distinct small town pride in the way the singer goes ‘aa rahey hain hum..’ Trust the this song to outlast the film.
The O.S.T. has 8 songs filled with good lyrics and while most tunes lack soul, 3 out of 8 make the cut – Besabriyan, har gully mein dhoni hai and Parhoge likhoge. How we wish the other songs were more than album fillers! We will all remember M.S. Dhoni as someone who got disruptive courage to the game, How I wish he could compose music for indian films because we could do with some courage there!
An album that starts well, loses its way horribly in between and ends with a flash!
August 3, 2016
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This review first appeared here – http://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/07/08/review-music-mohenjo-daro-ar-rahman-hrithik-roshan-pooja-hegde-ashutosh-gowariker
You can listen to my music review on the B.B.C. website -http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/07/160728_bbc_mr_vm
Ashutosh Gowariker and AR Rahman with a historical drama backdrop between them has all the makings of a delicious music album. This is purely because of the precedence this duo has set when we look at the music of Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar. Let’s dig in song by song to find what’s on offer in their latest – Mohejo Daro.
Mohenjo Mohenjo is a song that celebrates a lot of things including diversity and peace. Sung by Arijit Singh, Bela Shende and Sanah Moidutty, the song come across like a chronicler of sorts. I wasn’t too taken in by the weak lyrics, the ‘foreign’ sounds and the way the ladies of the song have sung their parts. As a result, to me the song sounds laboured and way too long.
In Sindhu Ma, the lyrics are dumbed down so much that they’ve lost the magic that you associate with a well-penned song. With the elaborate arrangement it enjoys, the song could have been so good but at a couple of places in the beginning itself, software comes in the way of continuity. The good part is, you hear Rahman mature as a singer a bit because the tune is not easy. The bad part, the rest of the song, processing and bad lyrics.
Sarsariya has a tune that is crisp and provides good real estate to both vocalists to play with and they do so very well. There is a great deal going on in terms of unfamiliar languages and strange sounds which didn’t completely unsettle me, to be honest. Having said that, the ordinary lyrics stuck out like a sore thumb here.
In what is a better version of Sindhu Ma, we get vintage AR Rahman, the singer, and a promising Sanah Moidutty without any distractions. The flute injects a lot of emotion in the song which is a relief because in a bid to catch the ‘sound of the times’, the placement of strange sounds have otherwise made it difficult to ‘feel’ other songs in the album.
Whispers of the Mind has some hidden Arabic turns in the tune. A film piece no doubt, the track feels solid thanks to the deep bass effect and not for a minute does the unfamiliar language unsettle the pace of the song.
Whispers of the Heart has added female back ups and some excellent albeit subtle variations vis a vis Whispers of the Mind. Don’t be harsh on yourself if you are unable to catch the percussions before they become quite prominent in the track. It ends with the sound of wood crackling in fire. Again, a beautiful atmospheric track.
Shimmer of Sindhu is an instrumental version of Sindhu Ma and it doesn’t miss a beat in sounding more intimate and beautiful. Compared to the fractured Sindhu Ma, this track is pure gold. That flute and those strings you hear, remind you of all the good songs you have ever heard because this track will place itself right next to them.
What happens when you let a magician like Tapas Roy explore a track? You get a wonderful track like this. What is clearly an instrumental version of Sarsariya, Lakh Kakh Thora sounds like a balm to the soul. Hear how cheekily Naveen’s flute calls out ‘sarsariya’ and concludes the track leaving you craving for more.
All in all, Mohenjo Daro is an album where instrumentals outlast ‘vocal’ attempts purely because the former sound more cohesive and simple, the latter however are obvious attempts at over simplifying everything with a lot of distractions and ordinary lyrics.
July 30, 2016
Forgot to post it here earlier. You can listen to my review of the music of Dishoom here
July 18, 2016
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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.