You Too Brutus (Music review), Malayalam – Roby Abraham

Ettum pottum, in Vineeth Sreenivasan’s confident vocals, is pulsating hard rock, with superb guitaring all through. Sarangiyil has the immensely talented Job Kurien hold forth, with his singing, on to a dreamy, Floyd-like soundscape – it is wonderfully captivating, and evokes memories of Rudhira suriyan, from Roby’s own Theevram. Azhalinte‘s techno sound too is mesmerizing, with even the autotune shenanigans over Roby’s vocals playing along to the feel of the song. There’s also a udukkai sound that comes along mid-way and adds a particularly haunting new layer to the song! Chiriyude pinnil‘s most repetitive phrases instantly bring pleasant memories of similar, repetitive phrases from Maragadhamani’s Azhagan song, Sangeedha swarangal (Naanundhaan nenechen, nyaabagam varala…), but that only adds to the song’s aura – a mind-bogglingly frothy, jazzy piece, with Madonna Sebastian sounding absolutely brilliant! As if not content with just one version, Roby also offers an upbeat version of the song, with Madonna devouring the vocals department again, impressively, but Roby’s almost-Amit Trivedi’esque sound is the real highlight – it is phenomenally addictive! Roby Abraham shows tremendous promise from his already good, but limited repertoire, in You Too Brutus, firmly securing him a place amongst the most promising new-age Malayalam composers.

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