Archive for the ‘Malayalam OST’ Category

Njaanum neeyum has Vidyasagar written all over it, just like his recent Tamil soundtrack Engeyum Naan Iruppen. It’s a delightfully serene melody accentuated significantly by Shreya Ghoshal and Quincy Chettupally’s singing. Minnaminungu seals the Vidyasagar influence further – again, an absolutely lovely tune that Najim Arshad headlines confidently, along with Anweshaa. Kannada cinema’s current singing […]

In a gentle ‘go smell the roses’ push, Shreya Ghoshal asks in Akale oru, in beautiful Malayalam and even better singing if we can please smell the flower in the middle of the forest and if it ain’t the best thing in the world. Bijibal’s melody is so convincing that you head to any nearby […]

Gowry Lekshmi owns Aaro nenjil (less interesting desi mix, though), particularly the anupallavi’s flowing phrases, on Shaan’s beautiful tune with an addictive chorus high and folk percussion. Sithara Krishnakumar handles the slow, alluring Wow Song wonderfully, layered with the uncredited male ‘wow wow’, while Radhika Sethumadhavan’s humming in Captain’s Honour is aptly soulful. Kannetha and […]

Madhumatiye is quite an earworm, with its reggae-meets-retro charm, and sung particularly well by Shreekumar Vakkiyil, with a distinct nasal twang that amps up the old-worldly feel, and Preeti Pillai. Bijibal and the chorus—and Anwar Ali’s word-play—ace the pulsating propaganda song Lokam ennum, while Udhichuyarnne picks up the pace steadily, amidst the street-theater style music, […]

Joleem kooleem‘s reetigowlai raaga base is its clear and absolute highlight. Within that gorgeously likeable raaga, Gopi and his chorus have an easy winner. Interestingly, even Omal chiriyo seems to allude to reetigowlai raaga in the interludes, though the tune is predictable Gopi Sundar fluff, well sung by Ramshi Ahamed. Oduvile yathrak, in both versions—by […]

Wednesday March 29, 2017 19:10

Sathya (Music review), Malayalam – Gopi Sundar

As soon as the first interludes led by the strings start in Chinthicho nee, you know you are in a Gopi Sundar song! Gopi makes fantastic use of Vaikom Vijayalakshmi’s versatility, particularly in the anupallavi, given the lovely semi-classical lilt most probably alluding to Kharaharapriya raaga! Kaattingathi vegam, sung by Sri Sankar, however, seems like […]

Ethetho‘s oh-so-gentle melody makes it a great listen, particularly in Vaisakh C Madhav’s vocals (as also Anju Joseph’s female version) where he sings as if the tune is brittle, amidst a beautiful flute phrase! Vaadaathe sounds like Shaan Rahman’s material! Good vocal harmony, barring that rap part. Vineeth Srinivasan is hilarious in singing his sorry […]

Thaniye is markedly old-fashioned, but Chithra’s incredible handling of the indulgent melody—with a tinge of pathos—is the song’s highlight. Hrudayavaathil is Mejo attempting a Harris Jayaraj’ish song and in Vineeth and Jyotsna’s dependable singing, it is spunky and likeable. On the other hand, it’s Rahman in Aromale – Chinmayi’s singing is fantastic and so is […]

Arun Muraleedharan starts with Varminnal, wonderfully energetic number, delivered brilliantly by Haricharan. The composer layers it with a nice semi-classical touch that works well with the pop’ish sound. Shakthisree Gopalan holds Ilamai with her commanding vocals, backed by minimal guitar. Arun’s last, Enthanu mone is also his most inventive – vibrant and almost Santhosh Narayanan’ish, […]

The profusion of atmospheric sounds in Ayalathe is both disconcerting and alluring! Shreekumar Vakkiyil’s involved vocals sit on top of Prashant’s lively, impromptu’ish backdrop! The three traditional songs, sung by Angamaly Pranchi, are incredibly natural, more so because of the brass-band orchestration – the approach being similar to composer Balabarathy’s string of gaana songs used […]

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