Two special talents made their film music debut during the 1st fortnight of December. The highly anticipated ‘Darbar’ that marks the coming together of Rajnikanth and A.R.Murugadoss with music by Anirudh and Govind Vasantha’s ‘Thambi’ were the albums to look forward to.
Over’a Feel Pannuren – Hero – Yuvan Shankar Raja – T-Series Tamil
Pa.Vijay’s colloquially fun lyrics spruce up the song adequately and will appeal to the youngsters. Sample this.
‘Moon-il Senja Moonjiye, Stone-il Senja Nenjamaa?’
‘Enakkennamo Aachudi, Puruvam Mulaicha Poochedi’
‘Senthamizh Paiyyan Enakkulla, Shakespeare rattham Ooruthu’
‘Yuvan’s vocals (typically off-key & autotuned, I must add) fit the lazy but trippy track well. MC Sanna’s rap portions work well. This is Yuvan gradually regaining lost ground in the commercial format.
Rating – 8/10
Sevvanthiye – Seeru – D.Imman – Sony Music South
Nochipatti Thirumoorthy, whose casual singing of ‘Kannaana Kannae’ (Viswasam, D.Imman), made him a viral sensation and an overnight star, gets his first playback opportunity. Imman hands him an immersive melody, based on Raga Madhuvanthi and he makes the most with his effortless singing, especially the anupallavi that goes ‘Kaniyaa, Amudhaa’ is lilting. The lush interludes featuring the Kazoo (Sathyaprakash) and the solo violin (Manoj & Karthik Iyer) complement the breezy tune well. The lyrics by Parvathy are noteworthy.
Rating – 8/10
Aandavan Thoorigayil – Champion – Arrol Corelli – Trend Music
Karthik Kumar is another astounding talent and his debut is a short but impactful track that rides on Viveka’s inspirational verses that talk about the ill-effects of anger and haste and the need for patience. Karthik aces the melancholy laden melody that tips a hat to Raga Puriya Dhanashri. This song is available only as part of the audio jukebox hence a link from the audio streaming platform is provided below. Quite an earworm!
Listen to this song here: Click
Rating – 8/10
Karthik Kumar, who hails from Dubai, is a specially-abled singer who recently came to light as a participant in the Tamil reality show Zee SaReGaMaPa. Despite his limited ability to communicate and interact, his passion for music has to lead him to memorize over a few thousand songs and can apparently reproduce any tune with ease after hearing it a few times. He plays different instruments and can sing in multiple languages as well. Karthik you are an inspiration!
Hello Saare & Thalattu Naal – Thambi – Govind Vasantha – Lahari Music
Suresh Peters. the ‘Chiku Buku Rayile’ man, makes a superb comeback with this infectious track tailor-made to his strengths. The calypso-ish bongo rhythms set the tone straight away and Karthik Netha’s lyrics bring out the character (exploitative, money-minded, grey) sketch well. The dense arrangements complement Suresh’s singing brilliantly.
‘Thalattu Naal’ on the other hand is Crishna’s show all the way and Govind’s arrangement featuring a cheerful Nadhaswaram, violins and a bouncy rhythm keeping with the celebratory mood of the song make for a great listen.
‘Thaalelo’ sung by Chinmayi has a ‘Munbe Vaa’ feel to it but is a mighty good track that boasts of a sparkling bass line. ‘Thambi Theme’ underlined by the brooding violin/strings rounds off the excellent soundtrack. The complete soundtrack is listed here.
Rating – 9/10
Paakura Ponnu (Non-film) – Varun Sunil – Sony Music South
O.K.Gopi’s energetic Nadhaswaram lights up, what is Varun Sunil’s (Masala Coffee) Tamil pop debut. The heady composition with a smattering of swaras and an infectious arrangement is let down by the run-of-the-mill lyrics.
Rating – 6/10
Chill Bro – Pattas – Vivek-Mervin – Lahari Music/T-Series
After a string of heavy-duty outings, this is Dhanush’s effort in letting his hair down and the target is obvious. The tune is middling and Vivek & Mervin also come up with a mish-mash of rhyming words in the name of lyrics (‘We are winner, winner. Chicken Dinner!’ – Wow!). But the percussion ensemble (Vikram Rozario & Sruthi Raj) featuring the dholak, tabla, and the tape add nice pep to the track, especially towards the end.
Rating – 5/10
Ramnath Sundar’s interpretation of the popular Bharathiar Song ‘Ninnaye Rathi Yendru’ sung by Sai Vignesh with a lovely Veena cameo by Ananthanarayanan is a pleasing listen but meanders a little past the halfway mark. Anirudh’s eagerly anticipated album for Rajnikanth’s next ‘Darbar’ is mostly disappointing, more so compared to their previous outing ‘Petta’. Apart from ‘Chumma Kizhi’ that aims to ride on the charisma of the stars, ‘Tharam Maara Single’ is the only other track that is mildly (very!) interesting.