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Malayalam music review from the second half of September 2019



The festive releases continued to flow through September 2019, for Malayalam film music. Manoharam (Sanjeev.T), Uriyadi (Ishaan Dev) and Ganagandharvan (Deepak Dev) were the 3 major albums to release, apart from the many singles with the Onam theme at their heart.


Kinavo – Manoharam – Sanjeev.T – Goodwill Entertainments

The song rides on a catchy Spanish styled arrangement with guitars and solid vocals by the composer himself. The point where Shweta Mohan makes her entry is truly beautiful and the track soars from that point on.

Rating – 8/10



Akale – Manoharam – Sanjeev.T – Goodwill Entertainments

This one starts as a pensive slow-burner and Sanjeev builds on the haunting tune with his dense arrangements (featuring the Chennai Strings Orchestra and Siddharth Kumar on the Piano) to end on a liberating high. Sid Sriram glides his way thru and elevates the track with his excellent vocals that traverse the octaves with utmost ease.

Rating – 9/10

‘Thaaro’ is a breezy track tailor-made for Vineeth Sreenivasan and he sings it with elan, in what is now his trademark style.



Kaanumbol – Vikruthi – Bijibal – Manorama Music

Ramshi Ahmed’s immersive vocals bring to life Bijibal’s teasing composition. The composer adds a snazzy Saxophone (uncredited) to spruce up the mood and that bell chime that he uses to bridge the Pallavi is a brilliant touch.

Rating – 8/10



Aalolam – Bhoomi – Minimal Sessions – Roby Abraham – Goodwill Entertainments

The rhythm that accompanies the song throughout has a trance-like feel, as if to denote something is simmering underneath all the calm. Deepak Kutty and Madonna Sebastian on the vocals provide the song it’s much needed tranquil.

Rating – 6/10



Nee Himamazhayayi – Edakkadu Battalion 06 – Kailas Menon – Millenium Audios

The trio that gave the super successful ‘Jeevamshamayi’ (Theevandi), earlier in the year, Kailas Menon, Harishankar KS & Tovino Thomas, are back with another mellifluous number. Nithya Mammen, another reality show find, makes an impressive debut here. It is to her credit that she completely owns the song that was reserved for Shreya Ghoshal*. Roopa Revathi’s Violin & Sekar’s Cello backed by the Cochin Strings add to the expansiveness of the track and the visuals.

Rating – 8/10

*Shreya Ghoshal, who was also part of the earlier hit ‘Jeevamshamayi’, was originally slated to sing this song, but the opportunity went to Nithya after she sang the ‘track’ version (as mentioned by the composer in a TV interview) and the team decided to go with her instead. Indeed a great decision!



Aadythe Nokkil – Gagulthayile Kozhipporu – Bijibal – Bijibal Official

This short and sweet track is a winner right from the start and Anne Amie in the company of Bijibal touches all the right chords with the rendition. The retro-styled tune, the arrangements and the fact that it is just over 3 minutes is a plus and leaves the listener wanting for more.

Rating – 7/10

The other track ‘Naalukaalippayyalla’ rides on Vaikom Vijayalakshmi’s lovely vocals and the ‘Theythaga’ hook that plays out beautifully.

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Undh Undh Undh – Ganagandharvan – Deepak Dev – Anto Joseph Film Company

Deepu Sasidharan’s guitars (& Banjo) complement the jaunty track well. Zia Ul Haq is good with his vocals. But for a film titled ‘Ganagandharvan’ one expected a lot more on the music front.

Rating – 6/10



Rock Onam – Independent Release – Sanjo Thomas – Goodwill Entertainments

Of the numerous songs released with the Onam festivities as the central theme, this one sung by the band Rock Paper Scissors is possibly the only one that really makes the cut for the heady sound it manages. The ‘Onam Vanne’ chorus, the lilting flute (Navin Sreedharan) and the lead guitars (Vincent Rodrigues) is what really works for this one. The other tracks are passable.

Rating – 6/10


Despite the huge volume of releases only a handful of tracks really worked. Many of the festive-themed tracks seemed to be put together in a jiffy only to be able to run the Onam race. A more spaced out release of these songs and albums may end up giving these efforts a little more limelight, instead of being ‘also-rans’.




Chandrasekar TV

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