Wednesday December 21, 2016

Bairavaa (Music review), Tamil – Santhosh Narayanan

Posted by Karthik

Varlaam varlaam vaa is Vijay’s own Neruppu daa! The swagger is intact, and the lyrics aptly eulogises the star. Nillayo layers the breezy hook onto the very-Santhosh strings, though Vairamuthu’s ‘silicon silayo’ could mean entirely something else. Barring the foot-tapping kuthu in Papa papa, and interestingly bluesy notes in Pattaya kelappu (where Vairamuthu alludes to demonetization!), both songs are pedestrian. The soundtrack’s best, Azhagiya soodana poovey, is not only wonderfully sung by Vijaynarain and Dharshana, but Santhosh adds an unpredictable and cool Jackson’ish retro-pop sound. Santhosh, who balanced his sound with Rajini-needs in Kabali so well, seems unsure in Bairavaa.

Keywords: Bairavaa, Santhosh Narayanan

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  • Aadhy

    Agree on Soodana poove being the best song of the album, although it sounds more Bruno Mars-ish than Jackson-ish, in the realm of pop. Especially with that R&B inflection on “En sondhamaana theeve” at the end.

    • milliblog

      Heard Bruno Mars’ latest, 24k Magic? He sounds almost exactly like Jackson in at least 2-3 songs. He is really bringing back retro-funk/retro-pop with a vengeance all over again 🙂

      • Aadhy

        Oh yeah, been trippin’ on that song. My favourite part is right at the beginning, with the synthetic vocals going “Toniggghhttt…”. And he’s not coy in revealing his MJ influences. As you said, really love the way he’s bringing back good old funk & pop in these days of over-produced clutter.

  • ragu raam

    happend to listen to Azhagiya soodana poovey – i feel the song is like July malargale another vijay song of yesteryear , the singing feels too forced and the usual SN factor missing so it becomes like work of anyother composer with SN name.

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