articles by Lakshmi Govindrajan Javeri

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In The Bridge, Sting alludes to troubled waters through brilliant acoustic experiment

Sting's new release The Bridge has a strong pop-rock vibe that defined his #ThePolice and early solo years, but some of its best songs have Celtic and jazz influences

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The Beatles are a sound for decades; their influence ranges from Black Sabbath, Bruce Springsteen to even Steve Jobs

The Beatles paved the way for every modern Brit and American musician from the 1960s until today, only goes to highlight something even their harshest critic does not want to acknowledge: Everyone is inadvertently a Beatles fan.

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The ABBA way of life: A voyage through time shows the band has evoked awe and awkwardness in equal measure

The release of Voyage, their first album in 40 years, is a reminder for reluctant fans to acknowledge that ABBA has in fact done more good than damage to the music world.

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The Lockdown Sessions album review: Elton John having fun at a party with the best in business

Elton John’s observation that The Lockdown Sessions finds him more as a session’s musician than the rock demigod that he is, is shrewd because it removes some of the creative onus off of him while allowing him to push the boundaries of his own music in such stifling times.

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Twenty years on, Coldplay refuses to take its 'voice' seriously; their versatility and collabs have kept the band alive

Coldplay's new album Music of the Spheres only shows how they have moved from sounding mopey to cheerful, celestial to bubble glum. It is a Coldplay brand of sadness that combines the heart of a Nirupa Roy with the wardrobe of a Ranveer Singh.

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Where Is My Mind? by Pixies is a song for every mood, an anthem for every occasion

I first heard 'Where Is My Mind?' when The Narrator and Marla hold hands in the final scene of cult classic Fight Club in 1999. Since then, it has revisited me at every milestone of my life.

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Justin Bieber: Our World review — A missed opportunity at making an incisive pandemic concert movie

When you have exhausted so much time in creating various documentaries about Justin Bieber, there would come a point when you have little else to say.

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Dave Grohl, The Storyteller: How the former Nirvana drummer reinvented himself after Kurt Cobain's suicide

From becoming a member of one of the biggest bands in recent history to dealing with creative existentialism, and then rising to create one of the greatest rock bands even, Dave Grohl has drummed up a lifetime of experiences.

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The cultural harmony in My Universe makes it as distinctly BTS as definitively Coldplay

Interspersing English and Korean lyrics, this love song sees the Asian K-Pop singing phenomena hold their own as Chris Martin-led Coldplay bring their distinct brand of grand pop-rock to the experience.

Arts & Culture

Delhi restaurant denying entry to saree-clad woman is another reminder of India's reckoning with Western ideals

Aquila may not have it down as a written rule, but it needs to sensitise its staff to respond carefully to the cultural heritage of its primary clientele: Indians.

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Lucky Ali on 25 years of debut album: 'I still see all my songs as work-in-progress'

“Music is just a small part of my larger picture, of how I would like to be. It is as much a stepping stone as acting or even education was for me," says Lucky Ali, who recently turned 63.

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Certified Lover Boy review: Drake's new album is more of the same

Certified Lover Boy is an almost 90-minute experience of navel gazing that might work with his fans who remain reluctant to admit to the sameness of Drake’s works.

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Benny Dayal breaks down his arsenal as a performer: Bolly Funk, multilingual vocals, and training in classical dance

Multitude is par for the course with Benny Dayal. Be it the languages he sings in, his jackets and accessories collections, or even the instruments he likes to tinker with, Benny is frequently experimenting out of his core, thus making him an even more exciting musician to be around.

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Watch The Sound with Mark Ronson Apple TV+ explores the curious link between music and technology

The six-part docuseries is as much for musicians as it is for music lovers. Without taking any strong sides, it explores the symbiotic relationship between a raw creative process and the digital prism through which it emerges.

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Linkin Park turns 25: For children of the '90s, the rock band was an outlet for angst, frustration, heartbreak

Straddling the rebellious and the reflective since a quarter of a century, the band has provided a robust soundtrack in our lives, often giving us an opportunity to scream out what pains us.

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Celebrate World Music Day and Pride Month with a carefully curated list of 10 international queer songs

From Queen's 'I Want To Break Free' to Shamir Bailey's 'On My Own,' here are 10 queer songs that have been powerful allies and source of catharsis for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Halston on Netflix, 1971 on Apple TV+ demonstrate how '70s music was as chic as politically fuelled

The music of Halston is as unique and stylish as the designer itself, reminding us there is so much more to the sound of the era than the classic rock we constantly allude to.

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The Recording Academy widening nomination ambit for Album of the Year acknowledges all contributors, invites mediocrity

If the Recording Academy truly wants to effect change, then it should consider a separate category like Songwriter of the Year.

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How Duran Duran's Billboard Music Awards performance was their most contemporary creative effort

Duran Duran's short medley at the Billboard Music Awards was a resounding answer to critics and sceptics who have frequently derided them as being out of touch, sometimes even in their prime.

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Drake's Artist of the Decade honour at Billboard Music Awards transcends statistics, underscores his contribution to pop culture

Not everyone buys into Drake's feminist positioning nor his lyrical ingenuity but his ability to shape opinion is never called into question.