Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Music Review(Tamil): Ko2

Music Review (Tamil): Ko2
Music Composer: Leo James

          Leon James strikes a chord with the listeners in Kohila, a breezy melody where Neeti Mohan's breezy vocals along with the composer itself behind the mic create an enjoyable duet. The highlight of the song is undeniable classical string interludes along with catchy although heard before Kohila hook. Madhan Karky marks his presence with his idiosyncratic rhythmic lyrics. Vidaadha is the kind of typical energetic grungy song rendered by none other than Vishal Dadlani and his verve for this kind of song is matter-of-fact. However tune is pretty much conventional which makes this one uninspiring, However, Leon's interludes with synthesized elements along with pipes are noticeable.
          Inno Genga, who did cover album of many hit songs makes his debut with Kannamma alongside ever reliable Chinmayi and she is amazing as always in this another breezy melody. Though the tune is not an instantly catchy one, this track works mainly because of earnest rendition by the lead singers and the strings in the interlude sections. Harish Sivaramakrishnan of Agam fame infused the enough liveliness with his rendition of the inspirationally worded lyrics by Na Muthukumar in Unnai Maatrinaal. Another major highlight of this song is the chorus portions by the group of children and brilliant use of Nadhaswaram occasionally. Harish's improvisation towards the end is another plus point in this uplifting song. Another Bollywood singer makes his debut in Tamil with this Kannamma reprise version where the tune is adorned with the minimal piano base which gels well with the vocals. The beauty of the tune is emphasized well in this pathos version mainly because of minimalistic orchestration and earnest rendition by Salim Merchant. Ko2 theme starts off in an intriguing synthesized sound and followed by mix of classical and electronic sounds is pretty captivating, but the theme ends before it  makes any impact on the listener.Hope the theme blends well with the visuals.

Verdict: Leon James makes a fascinating debut with Ko2 which has the right mix of an enjoyable set of songs. Another young composer to look out for in Tamil film industry.

My rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Kohila, Unnai Maatrinaal, Kannamma

You can listen to the songs here.

P.S. Edited version of the review is available here.