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Tamil music review from the first half of September 2019

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Imman produces a solid soundtrack, for Pandiraj’s ‘Namma Veettu Pillai’, starring Siva Karthikeyan & Aishwarya Rajesh, that offers an excellent assortment of tunes with varied hues of emotion. It is only imperative that the fortnight’s list is dominated by this soundtrack.

Yenga Annan – Namma Veettu Pillai – D.Imman – Divo

The song starts with an iconic dialogue from the film, that after almost 6 decades is still considered the benchmark for brother-sister relationship in Tamil films, Paasamalar (1961). There is also a fleeting reference to the film in the lyrics (Paasamalar part 2) by Vignesh Shivn. Sunidhi Chauhan and Nakash Aziz are brilliant, though the latter’s diction is iffy at places. Sunidhi, in particular, is in her elements and the little nuances she brings in riding on Keba’s superb guitars amps the song up well. This a song that will grow on the listener after a couple of times.

Rating – 8/10

 

 

Gaanda Kannazhagi – Namma Veettu Pillai – D.Imman – Divo

I was laughing out loud when I finished hearing the song the first time. Imman brilliantly segues dialogues and expressions from the classic comedy sequence from Suriyan (1992), featuring Koundamani and for the ones familiar with it, it is bound to invoke laughs. Siva Karthikeyan’s himself has written the lyrics and they are fun and on the dot. The use of Sarangi (Manonmani) deserves special mention. Anirudh & Neeti Mohan have solid fun belting this out. Riot!

Rating – 9/10

 

 

Unkoodave Porakanum – Namma Veettu Pillai – D.Imman – Divo

The combination of Sid Sriram & Imman gave us 2 superb songs earlier in the year, ‘Kannaana Kanne’ (Viswaasam) and ‘Aalanguruvigala’ (Bakrid). This one, a ‘bidaai’ song, is right up there with those two in every sense and one can expect this song’s popularity to pick up once the film releases. Imman layers the song with an ambient Nadhaswaram (Balasubramani) and GKB’s lyrics touch an emotional chord.

Rating – 9/10

 

 

Mailaanji – Namma Veettu Pillai – D.Imman – Divo

The ‘Parakuren parakuren’ reprise with a Celtic tinge, by the vocal harmony, is enchanting. Pradeep Kumar and Shreya Ghoshal’s singing is the clear highlight of this song, with Imman assembling some deft guitar passages (Keba Jeremiah & Dr.Prakash Sontakke) that complement the song well.

Rating – 8/10

 

 

Anji Manikku – Puppy – Dharan Kumar – Sony Music

The song begins beautifully in Yuvan’s vocals. But as the ‘Anji Manikku’ hook comes along, there is a sense of déjà vu. It increasingly starts sounding like Yuvan’s own ‘Kaadhal Aasai’ from Anjaan. The run-of-the-mill lyrics are dated and don’t belong in the current milieu. Yuvan & Shashaa Tirupati’s earnest effort is what keeps the song afloat.

Rating – 6/10

 

 

Priyasakhi – Independent – Arjuna Harjai – Horus Music Ltd.

Apart from producing this track, Jonita Gandhi lends her mellifluous voice and the song gains immensely from her dependable presence. Arjuna comes up with an upbeat melody that has a lovely road song feel to it and also keeps her good company with his assured rendition.

Rating – 8/10

 

 

‘Verithanam’, the 2nd single from Bigil, clearly aimed at the hoots and whistles in the theatres, boasts of over 17 million views on Youtube. But the interesting stat is that the opinion on the song is equally divided (1M likes and 95K dislikes). I am clearly in the 2nd set. ‘Sandakari Neethan’ from Sanga Thamizhan (Vivek-Mervin) is a decent track that will find some air time when the film hits the screens.

 

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