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Kaala Music Review

Movie: Kaala

Cast: ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth, Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Samuthirakani, Eswari Rao

Director: Pa. Ranjith

Music director: Santhosh Narayanan

 

1. Semma Weightu – Hariharasudhan, Santhosh Narayanan Rap: Dopeadelicz, Arunraja Kamaraj

This classy intro song predominantly falls into the stylish genre. Santhosh Narayanan indulges in some quirky experimentation, like the dubstep-like rhythm pattern and beatboxing by Beat Slayer (Dopeadelicz) towards the end. Trumpet has been used as the primary instrument, which highlights the entire song. Hariharasudhan and Santhosh Narayanan are the main singers. However, their voices are overshadowed by the rap portions crooned by Dope Daddy, Stony Psyko, MC Mawali and Arunraja Kamaraj. Though the overall packaging is not like other Rajnikanth’s intro songs, it is sure to scorch the screens.

2. Thanga Sela – Shankar Mahadevan, Pradeep Kumar, Ananthu

This is a foot-tapping number that is filled with some interesting Indian percussion by Ganapathy and Venkat. The overall packaging sounds like a playful gaana number, as Satish Ragunathan’s ebullient harmonium plays throughout. Additionally, Keba Jeremiah’s dulcet guitar strums elevate the lovely mood of the song. Shankar Mahadevan’s rendition is flawless and he emotes well with a romantic trace. Pradeep Kumar, Ananthu and Santhosh Narayanan join him in a radiant chorus which turn magnificent towards the end of the song. Instantly catchy!

3. Katravai Patravai – Yogi B, Arunraja Kamaraj, Roshan Jamrock

Beginning with a dazzling rap by Yogi B, Arunraja Kamaraj and Roshan Jamrock, this number invokes the feeling of political rage. It would surely be played during a crucial point in the movie and will have interesting montage sequences. David Joseph’s blaring drums, synthesizers and Keba Jeremiah’s electronic guitar sections are the highlights of the song. The specialty of this number comes towards the end, where over 40,000 different voices shout the words ‘Katravai Patravai’. Superstar Rajinikanth’s mass dialogue ‘Kya re…setting ah’ at the middle of the song is sure to receive a scream in the theaters.

4. Kannamma – Pradeep Kumar, Dhee

After some commercial numbers, Santhosh Narayanan brings in a breezy melody that mesmerizes right from the word go. Pradeep Kumar’s dreamy tone feels like honey to the ears. He emotes with elan and brings in his own classical touches. Dhee’s bold voice complements him well. Ananthu’s backing vocals are an added advantage. Santhosh indulges in some soulful orchestration like Keba Jeremiah’s acoustic guitar sections, Vishnu Vijay’s soul-stirring flute, Joseph Vijay’s additional Nylon guitar solo and Ananthu’s enthralling whistle towards the end. Pick of the album!

5. Kannamma (Acapella) – Ananthu

Kannamma returns in yet another beautiful form. This time it is a one-man show by Ananthu. He croons the entire number with his heartfelt voice. He also provides the addictive backing vocals and his signature whistle. Passionate version!

6. Urimaiyai Meetpom – Vijay Prakash, Ananthu

The number begins on a slow note with the words ‘Urimaiyai meetpom…’ being rendered in different styles by Vijay Prakash and Ananthu. Soon it veers off into a gala mode with some foot-tapping beats and vibrant chorus. Santhosh Narayanan forays into the inspirational gaana genre for the first time. Ganapathy and Venkat’s percussion deserve a standing ovation. Arivu’s motivational lyrics are sure to be quoted by many youngsters in the upcoming days. The joyful ‘Nilame urimai…’ chorus of Rohith Fernandes, Yogi Sekar, Chinna, Tony Britto and RK Sundar makes for an engaging listen. Vijay Prakash’s classical sangadhis interspersed with the chorus is an innovative move by the composer. Best inspirational song of recent times!

7. Poraaduvom – Dopeadelicz

Santhosh Narayanan’s opens this upbeat number with some delightful synths and rhythm. This number too falls into the inspirational category and it comes at a time when lots of protests are going on in the country. Though there are no definite vocals to quote as the main voices, the spectacular rap by Dopeadelicz is enough to make the song a majestic listen. Santhosh also brings in some lively chorus to elevate the fiery mood of the number. Chartbuster!

8. Theruvilakku – Dopeadelicz, Muthamil

Yet another mass number is up next in the album. With some amazing beats by RK Sundar, this song serves as a motivational number to the slum-dwellers in the area of Dharavi. Apart from Dopeadelicz’s catchy rap portions, Muthamil does a commendable job in lending his powerful vocals for some encouraging lines. This is the shortest track of the album and it is pretty good as long as it lasts.

9. Nikkal Nikkal – Dopeadelicz, Vivek, Arunraja Kamaraj

This out-and-out dappankuthu number is sure to become an anthem in the upcoming days. The catchy phrase ‘Nikkal nikkal chalte re…’ is quite addictive. Lyrics by Dopeadelicz and Logan are like smearing grease to the faces of corrupt politicians. They are on point and quotable by many youngsters. The peppy rhythm by ‘4 idiots’ group and the strong voices of Dopeadelicz, Vivek and Arunraja Kamaraj work in the favour of the song. Santhosh Narayanan’s brings in a grand finale to the soundtrack with this utterly enjoyable kuthu song. Another chartbuster!

Verdict:

This is a splendid soundtrack from Santhosh Narayanan. Every number has mass and class stamped over it. All the songs are chartbuster materials and will stay in the playlists for a long time.

Rating: **** (4 / 5)
Picks:

Thanga Sela, Kannamma, Kannamma (Acapella), Urimaiyai Meetpom, Poraaduvom, Nikkal Nikkal

 

Nadigaiyar Thilagam Music Review

Movie: Nadigaiyar Thilagam

Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, Samantha Akkineni, Vijay Devarakonda

Director: Nag Ashwin

Music director: Mickey J. Meyer

 

1. Mahanadi – Anurag Kulkarni

Beginning with a cacophony of traditional instruments, this theme song has grandeur stamped all over it. Mickey J. Meyer indulges in some upbeat rhythm and strong orchestration, coupled with the powerful voice of Anurag Kulkarni. The ebullient chorus which goes ‘Mahanadi…’ is magnificent to listen. Expect to see Keerthy Suresh’s splendour in this brilliantly crafted song. Winner!

2. Kutti Rani – Nayana Nair

Going by its soundscape, one can detect that this song might trace actress Savithri’s childhood days. The entire song is made up of Paul Raj’s exciting tabla beats that provide a stage-play-like feel. Mickey J. Meyer keeps the orchestration minimal and the efforts fall on Nayana Nair’s playful vocals. Madhan Karky’s lyrics are top-class. This track is sure to take you back to those ancient days.

3. Mauna Mazhaiyilae – Anurag Kulkarni, Nayana Nair
This breezy romantic ballad is enthralling right from the beginning. It has that nostalgic trace as well as a contemporary arrangement, which would be enjoyed by all kinds of listeners. The brilliant string section throughout and the pleasing veena in the first interlude deserve a special mention. Anurag Kulkarni and Nayana Nair adopt a dreamy tone to croon this lovely song. Chartbuster duet!
4. Thandhaay – Charulatha Mani

Mickey J. Meyer goes all classical for this endearing number. Right from the word go, the beauty of this song is accentuated by the soulful soundscape, pleasant rhythm, and flute and veena sections. Charulatha Mani’s breathtaking vocals provide the song an otherworldly feel. The chorus accompaniment is a brilliant move by the composer. Coupled with the visuals, this mesmerizing classical number is sure to rock!

5. Irudhiyil Enna Enjum – Nayana Nair

Here comes a soul-stirring pathos that is sure to trace the downfall of actress Savithri. The mellowed waltz soundscape elevates the gloomy mood of the song. Nayana Nair’s honeyed voice is the icing on the cake and she emotes intensely. The accompanying chorus is an added advantage. This song might grow on you like a slow poison. Noteworthy!

Verdict:

Mickey J. Meyer brings out an astounding soundtrack for Nadigaiyar Thilagam. The songs can definitely be enjoyed as standalone numbers as well as they can be joyfully experienced along with the visuals.

Rating: ****3/4 (4.75 / 5)
Picks:

Mahanadi, Mauna Mazhaiyilae, Thandhaay, Irudhiyil Enna Enjum

Kaala – Semma Weightu Song Review

Superstar Rajnikanth’s Kaala has been the talk of the town since its announcement. The first look poster, teaser and the stills from the movie have received rave reviews. Recently, the makers announced the audio release date of the movie. Directed by Pa. Ranjith, the movie also has Huma Qureshi, director Samuthirakani and Eswari Rao playing important roles. The movie is all set to release on June 7th.

Music is composed by Santhosh Narayanan. On the account of Labour Day, a single named ‘Semma Weightu’ has been released by the makers. Here’s the song review:

Like all Rajnikanth’s introduction songs, this one too has mass and class stamped all over it. However, this one predominantly falls into the stylish genre. Santhosh Narayanan indulges in some quirky experimentation, like the dubstep-like rhythm pattern and beatboxing by Beat Slayer (Dopeadelicz) towards the end. Trumpet has been used as the primary instrument, which highlights the entire song. Hariharasudhan and Santhosh Narayanan are the main singers. However, their voices are overshadowed by the rap portions crooned by Dope Daddy, Stony Psyko, MC Mawali and Arunraja Kamaraj. Though the overall packaging is not like other Rajnikanth’s intro songs, it is sure to scorch the screens.

Listen to the song here:

Mr. Chandramouli Music Review

Movie: Mr. Chandramouli

Cast: Karthik, Gautham Karthik, Regina Cassandra, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar

Director: Thiru

Music director: Sam CS

 

1. Kallooliye – Sam CS, Swagatha Krishnan

Sam CS begins the album with an interesting romantic number. There are some innovative arrangements here, which would surely appeal to new-gen music lovers. The tune would sink in only on the second listen. Sam CS’ modulated voice brings in a quirky mood to the number, while Swagatha Krishnan’s brief rendition in the second para provides freshness. Though the number is a good one-time listen, it might be aired repeatedly in radio stations.

2. Kandapadi – Guna, Sam CS

With some funny instrumentation, this number makes for a light-hearted listen. The tune reminds of Kakidha Kappal from the 2014 movie Madras. But the comparisons stop there, as the tune progression is different here and Guna’s rollicking rendition is a plus point. This playful jazzy number might appeal only to a portion of music lovers, despite having chartbuster elements.

3. Yedhedho Aanene – Sam CS, Chinmayi Sripaada

Yet another interesting romantic melody is up next in the album. However, this one scores two notches higher than Kallooliye in terms of arrangement and tune composition. The overall mood reflects Ilaiyaraaja’s romantic duets. Sam CS indulges in some brilliant orchestration and he croons like a dream. Chinmayi Sripaada’s honeyed rendition is flawless and the song can be listened on repeat mode just for her voice. The intricacies present in this number can be understood only after subsequent listens. Magnificent!

4. Raajadhi Raja – Ranjith, Mukesh Mohammed, Sam CS

Here’s a mass number that is sure to scorch the screens after the movie’s release. Especially, this number would work just for the Raajadi Raja Naan Raja…lines, which are a tribute to the yesteryear number from the movie Agni Natchathiram. Ranjith, Mukesh Mohammed and Sam CS put up a radiant show with their singing. Though there’s nothing new in the arrangements, it can climb the charts in the upcoming days.

5. Theeradho Vali – Haricharan

This is a slow-paced pathos with a heartmelting tune. Sam CS brings in some ebullient violins that elevate the gloomy mood of the number. The song brings out the pain of the protagonist on losing a loved one. Haricharan is simply brilliant in his rendition. A special mention to the mellowed rhythm and flute sections in the interlude. Lyrics by Sam CS are moving and they strike the right chord. Hit the repeat button!

6. Mr. Chandramouli Theme – Sam CS, Brindha Sivakumar

Sam CS indulges in a clever move by roping in actor Suriya’s sister Brindha Sivakumar to croon this number. She has a mellifluous voice that is suitable for low-pitch melodious songs. Sam CS complements her well with his excellent vocals. The jazzy rhythm and the arrangement of strings deserve a special mention. Overall, a beautiful number to be enjoyed with your loved ones!

Verdict:

Mr. Chandramouli  has some interesting songs that appeal to new-gen youngsters. Sam CS has pushed the envelope by bringing in innovative orchestration and rhythm patterns.

Rating: *** (3 / 5)
Picks:

Yedhedho Aanene, Theeradho Vali, Mr. Chandramouli Theme