Tuesday February 26, 2013

KQ (Music review), Malayalam – Stephen Devassy

Posted by Karthik

Shankar Mahadevan excels in his rendition of the muslim-flavored Chundathe that holds gorgeous saarangi and harmonium interludes in line with the song’s feel and tone. Idhuvare njan sees Vijay Prakash making phenomenal use of his already-fantastic vocals and elevate the expansive melody to new heights; the music is pitch-perfect, almost recalling Rahman’s Thiruda Thiruda classic Putham Pudhu Bhoomi, but only in overall outlook of the imaginative music and not anything specific. Haricharan and Saptaparna rock Azhakolim mariville, a somewhat predictable and breezy tune made superior by the sheer orchestration that Stephen assembles together! Sooraj Santhosh is equally good in the song’s other, solo version, Iniyum nin! Vijay Yesudas lets his hair down in the retro-dance number Kannivasantham that gets its rhythm brilliantly well – a cool, uptempo mix of 70s dance music with all the right instruments and sounds in the right proportion – immensely catchy and insanely addictive! The soundtrack’s stunning highlight is Chendalire, where Stephen unleashes a mind-blowing mix of Gregorian chants, Middle Eastern exotica, hip-hop and sprawling violins, all topped by Benny Dayal and Shaktishree Gopalan’s amazing vocals! After his 2003 debut (Hariharan Pillai Happy Aanu), noted pianist and arranger Stephen Devassy delivers his long overdue knockout!

Keywords: KQ, Stephen Devassy, #200, 200



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