Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Music Review (Malayalam): Charlie

Music Review (Malayalam): Charlie
Music Composer: Gopi Sundar

Akale's orchestration with tribal ambience sounds accompanied by Sunil Kumar and Anandan K's percussions reminds of Neha Nair's Iyobinte Pusthakam. Gopi Sundar makes this song enjoyable with ample support from Malgudi Subha and it's delight to hear her rustic vocals after a long time. Pularikalo's one minute long prelude with Sax has shades of Gopi sundar's recent chartbuster Mukkathu Penne and what follows is templatized Muslim flavoured song with effectual vocals of Shakthishree Gopalan and Md. Maqbool Mansoor(man behind Mukkathu Penne). Puthumazhayai follows the tried and tested waltzy rhythmic tune and it seldom fails. Shreya Goshal's singing is icing on the cake to an already likeable tune. Song's another version with Divya S menon in vocals while Gopi retained the orchestration intact. Shreya's vocals makes the difference in this lovable song. Oru Kari Mukilinu's highlight is Gopi Sundar's enticing arrangements with percussions especially interludes,string sections, mandolin in second interlude. Vijay Prakash is spot on with his rendition of this heard before tune. Sneham Nee Nadha is more like choir hymn handled well by Rajalakshmi's sweet vocals while Gopi Sundar set the mood with minimal orchestration using keys and string sections.

Gopi Sundar's additional song for Charlie, Chithirathira is crooned by Vijay Yesudas and the song starts off with tongue rolling initial 40-second portions backed by mandolin strums and what follows is Vijay Yesudas show all the way. Gopi Sundar backed him with slight middle eastern touches in the arrangements which the composer aces so many times in his previous soundtracks.

Verdict: Overall Gopi Sundar delivered instantly likeable set of songs after Mili this year. Songs are immensely enjoyable despite treading on the familiarity zone.

My rating: 8/10

Pick of the Album: Akale, Pularikalo, Puthumazhayai (Shreya's version)

You can listen to the songs in Youtube.

Chithirathira song: