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Latest Malayalam Releases- Reviewed

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It is no secret that the Malayalam film industry makes some of the best films in the country with characters rooted in the milieu and popular culture, in an attempt to constantly push the boundaries of cinema. The music is no different and toes the line in aiding the narrative blur the line between the screen and the street.

Pon Thaarame – Helen – Shaan Rahman – Muzik247

This is a familiar Vineeth-Shaan material that continues to hold attention and add value to their films. The lively tune suits the montage perfectly with the ‘Maaya Manamaage’ portion and the guitars (Sumesh Parameshwar) adding zing to the proceedings.

Rating – 8/10

Enthu Cholli – Ayyappan Sannidhiyil (Non-film) – Jayan – East Coast Audio

The Sabarimala season has just begun with the temple open for Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam, leading to the Makara Vilakku Mahotsavam in December. This track is a rehashed version sung by Durga Venugopal, Amalendu Sugathan & Aleena is composed by the legendary Jayan (of Jaya-Vijaya fame) and was also part of his album Thiruvabaranam (Vol.4) that released in 2014 and was sung by Jayan himself. The arrangements in this version are simpler and the song is endearing due to the inherent beauty of the composition and the involved rendition. A good addition to the festive season playlist.

Rating – 8/10

Enthe Mulle – Kamala – Anand Madhusoodanan – Dreams N Beyond

Composed and written by Anand Madhusoodanan, the tune has a nice waltz-y feel and is aided beautifully by Rajesh Cherthala’s lively Clarinet (or is it the trumpet?!). Mithun Jayaraj sings this with aplomb and the humming is the icing on the cake. Nice easy listen track.

Rating – 7/10

Shilayude – Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 – Bijibal – Goodwill Entertainments

This is a gorgeous melody and Vipinlal is superb on the vocals. Bijibal laces this with an immersive flute (Rajesh Cherthala), Veena (Biju Annamanada) and a captivating Tabla.

This song is available (unfortunately) only as part of the jukebox. One wonders what the strategy, from a marketing perspective is, considering this is the best track of the album and would have given the film a little bit more mileage.

Rating – 9/10

Mariville – Sullu – Abhirami Suresh – Friday Film House

That is another female composer and another lovely song. The song is impressive in all its 3 versions (2 solos and 1 humming version). The guitar (Sumesh Parameshwaran) shadows the track nicely and the vocals by the Abhirami and Amrutha have a cheerful jazzy feel to it.

Rating – 7/10

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