Music Aloud Playback – Best Indian Songs of 2023!
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by Vipin
1M ago
Another year-end, another roundup. 15th edition of this activity that has now become a Christmas tradition for me. This year, I put a bit more effort than usual, partly to make up a bit for the sparsity of posts through the year (apologies about that – I was more focussed on instagram content during the little spare time I had). Which, in case you aren’t following, is musicaloud.gram), but mainly because some of the year’s best music happened in the web series space so I felt it deserved its own category. As a result, this time there are nine lists (10 playlists, including the consolidated o ..read more
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Maamannan – Music Review (Tamil Movie Soundtrack)
Music Aloud
by Vipin
8M ago
Songs and musician credits at the end. A R Rahman has some iconic train-themed songs to his credit; songs where he has innovatively employed the rhythm of the locomotive. In Jigu Jigu Rail there isn’t much of that; the role of the train sound here is pretty much to bookend the track. However, there is something in the reggae rhythm (riddim?) that is evocative of the gentle chugging along of a train (I did find a fair few train-related reggae tracks on a cursory search, perhaps there is something in that choice?), and the video prominently features a toy train – although the highlight of the v ..read more
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Modern Love Chennai – Music Review (Tamil Web Series)
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by Vipin
10M ago
Songs and credits (to the extent available) at the end of the review. Also has information on which song belongs to which episode. G V Prakash Kumar gets just the one song in Modern Love Chennai, for Krishnakumar Ramakumar’s Kaadhal Enbadhu Kannula Heart Irukkura Emoji. The composer totally makes his mark with that song though – Kukunnu is total earworm material! While the melody itself is quite catchy and delivered very well by the interesting pair of singers Vagu Mazan and Ramya Nambessan, there’s also some really quirky folk-electronic fusion happening in the backdrop – the remixed version ..read more
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Jubilee – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)
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by Vipin
11M ago
Songs and complete musician credits at the end. After that brief dip in her output at the start of the decade, it has been nice to see Sunidhi Chauhan’s Bollywood portfolio pick up again in recent months – imagine my delight spotting her name against four songs in Jubilee! Some of the album’s top songs too, that once again showcase the singer’s versatility. I was excited about Babuji Bhole Bhaale right from the time I heard a snippet of it in the show’s trailer, and it totally delivers on its promise. Evocative of the light-hearted songs with Western-influenced orchestration from the 50s (Tad ..read more
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Ponniyin Selvan 2 – Music Review (Tamil Soundtrack)
Music Aloud
by Vipin
11M ago
Songs and musician credits at the end (credits will be updated as I get hold of more info) Having gotten used to the BGM version of Aga Naga from the first instalment of Ponniyin Selvan, the slight increase in tempo in the extended track took a bit of warming up to, but I am now totally besotted with this waltzy track. And one of the primary contributors to that love is the fantastic use of strings (Chennai Strings & Sunshine Orchestra). With just a smattering of percussion, it is the strings that drive the orchestration pretty much, marked by some lovely touches like the “tiptoeing” ever ..read more
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Music Aloud Playback – Best Songs of 2022!
Music Aloud
by Vipin
1y ago
Welcome to Music Aloud’s annual roundup #14!  A couple of changes this time around, mostly incorporating feedback I have received for the previous editions. Firstly, I have included separate (but slightly smaller) lists for Telugu, Kannada and Marathi instead of bunching everything up into one “Other Language Films” set. On the flip side though, that didn’t leave me with enough time to do a web series list or an instrumental/BGM list (both of which had some great stuff this year). Secondly, instead of doing a 25 + 5 honorary mentions system, I have decided to go with a set of 30 in every ..read more
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Qala – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)
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by Vipin
1y ago
Songs and complete soundtrack credits at the end. Qala’s director Anvitaa Dutt gets the perennially underrated Sagar Desai to do a guest composition for the soundtrack – Udh Jaayega by Sant Kabir. The song is a bhajan that you will find multiple renditions of on Youtube, by Pt. Kumar Gandharv, Rahul Deshpande etc. If you are familiar with Sagar’s previous works, particularly the movie Ankhon Dekhi, you will already know why it is a great idea to get the man for such a track. And the man absolutely does not disappoint here, with his own classical-flavoured (raag bhimplasi perhaps?) take on the ..read more
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Ponniyin Selvan: I – Music Review (Tamil Soundtrack)
Music Aloud
by Vipin
1y ago
Songs and soundtrack credits at the end. Happened to watch Chup over the weekend. Director Balki employs multiple elements in the movie to pay tribute to master director Guru Dutt, prominent among them being SD Burman’s songs from Dutt’s movies Pyaasa and Kagaz Ke Phool; and one of the things that is indelibly stuck in your head – thanks to its placement in the movie’s promos as well – is that cricket chirp-ish wooden percussion from Jaane Kya Tune Kahi. So, here’s an instrument whose sound has not been heard in the mainstream in a long, long time – imagine the odds that it suddenly finds use ..read more
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Thallumaala – Music Review (Malayalam Soundtrack)
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by Vipin
1y ago
Songs and musician credits at the end. I have posted videos where available, since that is the best way to enjoy these songs. Until a few days back, the wiki entry for Thallumaala translated the title to “Chain of fights” – they have since changed that to “Ballad of fights” which is what the translation provided at the cinema is as well. Maala translates both to a chain/garland, and poem/song (generally of a devotional nature). The movie’s title is a pun that works both ways; in fact the “chapters” within the movie are all puns themed on fights. Writer Muhsin Parari’s apparently love for wor ..read more
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Laal Singh Chaddha – Music Review (Bollywood Soundtrack)
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by Vipin
1y ago
Songs and soundtrack credits at the end. The lyric video of Kahani describes the song as “the soul of Laal Singh Chaddha”, and you can see that in the reflective lines (top work from Amitabh Bhattacharya). There is a feather seen floating about in the lyric video – people who have watched Forrest Gump would know the significance of that of course – and it quite nicely suits Pritam’s lightweight treatment of the song. The composer has always had his way with these sweet, cutesy melodic pieces, and this one, with its waltz rhythm and the general European sound (a delightful profusion of accordi ..read more
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