Thursday January 4, 2018

Thaana Serndha Koottam (Music review), Tamil – Anirudh

Posted by Karthik

Between the energetic tabla and iktara-like strains, Anirudh handles Naana thaana‘s likeable tune in his inimitable style. The title song‘s gangsta-style music is engaging, while the anthemic Engae endru povathu‘s poignant lyrics and somber tune keep it listenable. Peela peela‘s is inherently catchy, with calypso’ish sound and clever retro-product mentions. The soundtrack’s best is, of course, Sodakku, with a blistering rhythm that reinvents the kuthu like never before! Anthony Daasan’s high-spirited delivery is the icing on the cake. Thaana Serndha Koottam’s music is a far cry from the duo’s—Anirudh and Vignesh ShivN—Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, though Sodakku is an easy winner.

Keywords: Thaana Serndha Koottam, Anirudh

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  • Sri Prabhuram

    I actually like this album. Not as much as Agnyaathavaasi, but still better than his Tamil work in 2017. But yes, I do agree with you that it is a bit disappointing from the duo (considering Naanum Rowdy Dhaan was his career best work IMO).

    • Alex R

      I feel like it is unfair to compare this to Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, as im guessing the story for this film presents a lot less cues for the same type of music.

      As for me, the absolute highlight for me is “Naana Thaana”. Its like an yesteryear song with modern orchestration, and I love it.

      • milliblog

        The first part of your comment is an interesting thought. Does it mean (that is, starting with, ‘this film seems to have lesser musical cues’) that we are ready to assume okay’ish music for certain kind of films because we pre-judge that such a theme has only middling music possible?

        I’d assume the opposite – no matter what the theme is, cues are, a director and composer need to think of inventive ways of making great music.

        • Alex R

          You are correct, maybe I should have phrased it better.

          Naanum Rowdy Dhaan had amazing songs, but the song placements in the film, apart from Thangame, was awful. For example, Yennai Mattrum Kadhale was played over a fight sequence simply because they had no other place to put it. In fact, the worst part of the film for me was the songs, cause they seemed so out of place with the movie.

          I don’t like it, but songs and movies are very closely linked in Indian Cinema, and while you could have an amazing soundtrack, it suffers if not used properly in the film, and when it comes to big stars, i feel like the music director is forced to play it safe, and i think this is why Anirudh’s best work (barring his telugu debut) has been with relatively new actors (Rum, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan)

          I thought maybe this was an attempt both the director and music director to fit the songs more into the story. Of course, there are cases where the soundtrack and movie gel together perfectly, but that is a very hard thing to do.

          Just my thoughts, would love to hear your opinions on it.

          • milliblog

            I agree. NRD had fantastic music but they seemed like something Anirudh and Vignesh composed anyway, without necessarily bothering about their placement or appropriateness to the film. As you say, here they are trying to probably make them specific within the plot.

            Considering the Hindi original of the same plot (Special 26) had simple and functional music (by M.M.Kreem aka Keeravanai and Himesh), this is not surprising.

  • Sri Prabhuram

    Now, let’s see if D. Imman’s 100th album (in Tik Tik Tik) can show proof of him reinventing (i. e. become Imman 3.0.

  • Aadhy

    I felt this album was much better compared to Agnyathavaasi, which apart from Gaali Vaaluga, sounded very mundane and uninspiring. Sodaku is undoubtedly the standout track in TSK, but I also really liked the title track, a funky synth number fused with a bit of rock in the impressive chorus. All the other numbers, like the highly indie-folkish Naana thaana, have something interesting to offer. Peela peela was is a bit too simple for me, but it kind of goes well with the entire upbeat, jaunty nature of the soundtrack. Best album of Anirudh in recent times, IMO.

    • milliblog

      Good to know this. This one didn’t work for me that much, barring Sodakku.

  • harish ram

    I have a feeling Anirudh is going the Yuvan way by singing all the songs. IMO the songs would have had more character and the genre/ style inherent in the tune would have been amplified well if a proper singer has sung the songs.

    • Aadhy

      I had this feeling for both Agnyathavaasi and TSK, more so in the former because of his unfamiliarity with the language. The songs pronunciations sounded very labored. Also his voice is getting very predictable and monotonous.

  • Sri Prabhuram

    Eagerly waiting your review of Tik Tik Tik by D. Imman. 🙂

    • Alex R

      What did you think about it?

      • Sri Prabhuram

        I found it to be much better than all of his work in 2017.

        • Alex R

          Yeahh, Imman in 2017 has pretty much been one hit song per album, at least for me.

          Tik Tik Tik is strange cause the songs are not grabbing me, ill keep them in repeat and see if it clicks for me.

          • Sri Prabhuram

            I disagree. While Imman did have a couple of great songs, pretty much all of his soundtracks last year have been in his templates from him and it got boring and repetitive. Tik Tik Tik does show signs of him reinventing himself, but then again, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t do it another time like in 2012.

  • Sathyajit Krishnan

    Remarkable consistency in churning out “hits” from Anirudh though. Don’t remember that last time someone had such a long streak of consistent catchy numbers.

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