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  • Songs for the Soul

    13 April, 2012 7:14 PM 17

    Almost 700 years ago,Amir Khusrau,the favourite disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and one of the finest contemporary poets,came up with this couplet in his modest house in Ghisiyapur,now known as Nizamuddin Basti,Delhi. As strains of the same tender poetry,set as khayals and taranas to the sounds of the humble harmonium and the tabla,play from Jashn-e-Khusrau

  • Madonna Don’t Preach

    6 April, 2012 7:04 PM 13

    What happened to that teenage girl from the ’80s who used to listen to Madonna’s Papa don’t preach? She grew up — grew out of those rhinestone-studded denim jackets and fishnet tights,got a job,fell in love,broke her heart,had kids and got divorced. Madonna’s 12th studio album MDNA,is essentially an epiphany — about her life,her divorce,her motherhood

  • The Melancholy Rapper

    6 January, 2012 10:01 PM 12

    For those who think that R&B,hip-hop and rap are synonymous with beeped out lyrics and angsty beats,the Canadian rapper Drake might just prove them wrong. After his first hit album Thank me later and successful collaboration with Rihanna for the single What’s my name,Abraham “Drake” Graham is back with his latest album Take Care. Rap can rarely be defined

  • Frankly Sentimental

    23 December, 2011 9:57 PM 14

    Out of the many Christmas albums available this season,we pick Canadian singer and songwriter Michael Buble’s latest offering,Christmas,for the simple reason that it is affectionate,relaxed and perfect for the holiday mood. Buble has cherry-picked classic Christmas songs,and presented them in the ‘50s and ‘60s swinging style in his deep,doozy and smooth

  • Songs of the Banshee

    2 December, 2011 6:46 PM 16

    For those blind to the magic of Florence Leontine Mary Welch and her “Machine”,remember her upbeat Dog days are over as the backdrop of Eat Pray Love,when Julia Roberts is gorging on Italian pizzas,or the ghoulish Heavy in your arms in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse? If,with the band’s debut album Lungs (2009),listeners were gasping for air from Welch

  • Where Country Meets Pop

    18 November, 2011 6:53 PM 13

    Reality shows throw up many 15-minute celebrities,though some do seem to have a long shelf life. Like Scotty McCreery,the 18-year-old winner of American Idol’s Season 10,who had many swooning for his baritone,Elvis Presley-meets-John Denver singing style and impish charm. The teenager plays up his deep voice in his debut album Clear as Day,full of peppy

  • Dance to their tune

    28 October, 2011 9:38 PM 14

    The band which gave the world Eurodance hits like My Oh My,Roses are Red,and Barbie Girl,has come out of a 11-year hiatus to release its third official studio album Megalomania. Aqua reunited in 2007 officially,but it wasn’t until February last year that they began work on the new album. In the meantime,since the release of their last album Aquarius

  • The pleasures of pain

    12 August, 2011 10:24 PM 14

    Peter Cat Recording Co. draws on a wide range of influences to give their music its distinctive colour. There’s melancholic accordion music (produced using guitars),graceful waltz patterns,cabaret tunes of ’70s Bollywood cinema; and the swing and jazz of Frank Sinatra. While the tunes sound so playful,the words brood. There’s an unsettling jauntiness

  • Fluffy and feather-light

    22 July, 2011 10:16 PM 9

    Adam Young,the singer-songwriter behind Owl City,is no naïve young school boy. He’s a 25 year old multi-instrumentalist,who has fronted a number of musical projects,apart from Owl City. The reason one might be misled into believing him to be much younger and less worldly-wise than he actually is,is his music. His music,to use some of his favourite metaphors

  • Faithfull still rocks but acts her age

    22 July, 2011 7:36 AM 12

    Marianne Faithfull has survived a roller-coaster-like ride through life to reach the age of 64 that her friends,the Beatles,once celebrated in song. On her new CD,Faithfull still rocks but acts her age,unlike some of her contemporaries who vainly chase after their lost youth. After overcoming writer’s block following recent bouts with cancer and depression