Ulidavaru Kandante (Music review), Kannada – B. Ajaneesh Loknath

Huli vesha has an inventive influences mix – Latino-playing brass band married to theyyam! The final showdown seems to have a similar sound, but cranking the mix several notches further! Even the promotional title song uses the same sound, though in a middling lyrics-driven format. Richie’s theme seems contrastingly gimmicky, but its interesting cornucopia of sounds help. The theme could have been in a Tarantino film, and blends its Indian nuances with flourish! Knock knock is a clever, well-sung homage to Nancy Sinatra’s version of Cher’s Bang bang. Kanna munche has an engaging tune sung really well by Shankar Mahadevan, ably supported by Vaani Harikrishna, and a particularly lovely classical ending. Vijay Prakash gets a intriguing, harmonium-dominated tune in Male marethu, while his other solo, Gaatiya ilidu is almost Ilayaraja’ish in its gorgeous tune, rhythm and sweeping violins. Paper paper has a charming groove and is adeptly sung by the group of kids. The title song is on similar lines, with a simple, hummable tune. Shreya Ghoshal aces the seemingly Keeravani raaga’ish Kaakig banna, while Ajaneesh unleashes a delirious mix of instruments. Ajaneesh’s Ulidavaru Kandante is like a delightful musical ménage à trois between Santhosh Narayanan, Sneha Khanwalkar and Tarantino!

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