Monday, October 19, 2015

Music Review(Tamil): Oru Naal Koothu

Music Review(Tamil): Oru Naal Koothu
Music Composer: Justin Prabhakaran

           In Mangalyamey, Justin provides a wonderful mishmash of various genres with the help of six singers with their unique voice intonations comes together for this enjoyable potpourri. Justin's use of harmonium, thavil and native Chandamelam stands out in this fun-filled ride. Karky's hilarious lyrics on the marriage is another major asset to this enticing experimental mishmash. Adiye Azhage, gorgeous melody worded by Vivek while the highlight is Justin's lovely laid back tune and arrangements especially mesmerising flute along with brief ghatam sections. Sean Roldan pulls off another winner with his rendition after Kannana Kanne in Naanum Rowdy thaan while Padmalatha ably supported him with her terse portions. 

           Justin throws us Ilayaraja'ish sound in Paata Podunga Ji mainly in tune wise whereas the composer spruces up the tune with enticing sounds like Nadhaswaram, string sections in prelude, upbeat kuthu in second interlude and hilarious radio lines sporadically. Karthik and Nelson Venkatesan does complete justice to this retro fun filled track while Padmalatha supports more like cameo. In Yaeli Yaeli composer goes into minimal orchestration with string sections and piano as a base to accentuate the pensive mood of the song. Overall this pathos filled song rides mainly on the earnest rendition of Sathyaprakash and Swetha Mohan. However loved the brilliant and apposite use of string sections.
Justin ends the soundtrack with an endearing classical composition Eppo Varuvaro penned by Gopalakrishna Bharathi and Justin composed the song totally different from the original one and the result is equally captivating one. The lovely use of carnatic instruments along with strings and Haricharan's beautiful rendition makes this one lovely listen and best of the soundtrack.

Verdict: After two decent albums in Tamil, Justin Prabhakaran delivers the third album in style and as touted songs are rich in variety and genres. Justin Prabhkaran consolidated his position in the industry with this lovely album.

My rating: 8.5/10

Pick of the Album: Adiye Azhage, Eppo Varuvaro, Mangalyamey

You can listen to the songs here.