Archive for the ‘Malayalam OST’ Category

Azhake is classic Stephen-style soaring and serene melody. Mohanlal, despite the occasional quiver in his voice, does mighty well, while Shreya is wonderful, as always. Kannane extends Mohanlal’s current trend of having a highly-rhythmic very-Malayalee folk song – it checks all boxes admirably. Stephen produces a flamboyant package in Neeralippidutham, a cool Bond-style number, handled […]

Mazha‘s melody is wonderfully dreamy, worth soaking in, with the sound carried from the composer’s earlier combo with Sachin. Haricharan and Roshni Suresh pull it off brilliantly. Kaana chembaka poo, sung by Vijay Yesudas, is a tad too simplistic, but it also has an easily likeable rhythm that keeps it engaging. Tharam, interestingly, attempts a […]

Sunday January 7, 2018 18:51

Kaly (Music review), Malayalam – Rahul Raj

The title song (Chunk chakkare) is authentically and minimally Kerala-folk style and stays true almost all through, with a foot-tapping rhythm. Kinnam katta kallan is strictly middling, but what is truly bizarre is that it references that thoroughly embarrassing and atrocious Baggy jeansum song from Sainyam (with S.P.Venkatesh’s music) in its first interlude! The short […]

Trissur song, with its flashy brass sound, seems intentionally corny. Sannidanandan handles the racy sound well. Innale innale, sung by Niranj Suresh, is so very Gopi! A low-key, guitar-driven melody that meanders with unhurried pleasantness and evoking the composer’s Telugu repertoire. Niranj is behind Kaate poora kaate as well, a song that sets the Diwanji […]

Wednesday December 27, 2017 18:58

Mayaanadhi (Music review), Malayalam – Rex Vijayan

Rex Vijayan and Neha S Nair’s vocals effortlessly sweep through the pleasant synth riff in Uyirin nadhiye, while Arun Suradhaa’s Dilruba sneaks in beautifully in the interlude. Neha, in particular, in her portions, is extraordinary, breathing life into an intimate, almost conversational verse. Rex goes completely Indian in Mizhiyil. It’s almost Rahman’ish when Neha’s humming […]

Wednesday December 20, 2017 18:10

Vimaanam (Music review), Malayalam – Gopi Sundar

Vaaniluyare has everything one expects from Gopi – pleasant melody and his trademark strings, but somehow, it all sounds too familiar. The song’s other expression, Anthimaanam, by Nandini Srikar is the soundtrack’s best, with a somber, soaring melody and excellent guitar by Sumesh Parameswar. Anthike varikente‘s serene carnatic base is a beautiful setting for the […]

Thursday December 14, 2017 18:58

Masterpiece (Music review), Malayalam – Deepak Dev

Madhu mozhi is what you call Madhu Balakrishnan for. A semi-classical medley that wants to do too many things, in too short a time and ends up being merely passable. Poradi poradi nee is Deepak Dev’s Jimikki kammal equivalent, if you see Masterpiece as Mammootty’s equivalent of Mohanlal’s Velipadinte Pusthakam, both playing college professors. Jassie […]

Amidst rollicking thavil and a captivating ‘va va’ chorus, Vidhu Pratap and Sreya ask Shekara the elephant to shake that booty – lovely listen! In Sunnath kalyanam, Shaan shifts the traditional Muslim wedding sound to vibrant rock, in style! Neeyum njanum changes the tone dramatically, with its serene melody that Sachin Balu literally whispers, to […]

Aaro kannil, despite Job Kurian’s involved singing, gets all murky with the disparate breakbeats and electronica. Aromale could very, very easily be identified as a Shaan Rahman song. Considering debutant composer Jovey George Sujo did work with Shaan in Ormayundo Ee Mukham, it comes as no surprise. Hesham Abdul Wahab sings it well, though the […]

Manjaniyum has the same enthusiasm and liveliness of Mullavalliyum Thenmaavum’s Dhumthanakkadi, besides a similarly upbeat percussion. The children who sing it—Bijibal’s son Devdutt and Sreya Jayadeep—completely own the infectious rendition. Alanjoriyana‘s gentle and lilting melody is thoroughly endearing too and Bijibal’s own singing has a rawness that makes it all the likeable. Bijibal’s trademark old-world […]

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