Monday, April 11, 2016

Music Review(Tamil): Manithan

Music Review(Tamil): Manithan
Music Composer: Santosh Narayanan

    Aval has the gorgeous Rahman'ish tune where Santosh incorporated fabulously his trademark string sections, wonderful chant throughout the song and classy trance progression and tabla base in the second half. The piece de resistance of the track is undeniably contrasting folksy vocals of Pradeep and ably supported by Priya Hemesh hummings.Mun Sellada's progressive arrangements also has the shades of hip-hop songs and especially the classy piano and the chorus portions give the familiarity tone to the overall structure of the song. Karky's optimistic lyrics gels well with the song while ADK's rap portions dominate the Anirudh Ravichander's vocals.

     Poi Vaazhva, laid back number where Santosh Narayanan and Vijay Narain's vocals are indiscernible and Santosh's lovely guitar laden orchestration along with whistles easily scores over the melancholy tune. Vivek scores with his thoughtful lyrics in this minimally orchestrated melody.Kondattam is a rollicking upbeat tune in the song where Santosh's Europeanesque orchestration with spanish flamenco flavour dominated by guitars, harmonica and accordion. Radar with a K and Divya Ramani's pitch perfect vocals gives the native touch to this highly enjoyable song.Santosh Narayanan rounds off the soundtrack with the classy elegant theme with minimal gorgeous piano base and the theme comes off lively mainly due to the Kalpana Raghavendars resonating humming portions. Overall fitting end to the pleasing soundtrack.

Verdict: Santosh Narayanan tries to maintain balance between the commercial requirement of the album and also his trademark sounds. Composer succeeds in delivering couple of highly tuneful songs in the album.

My rating: 7.25/10

Pick of the Album: Aval, Kondattam, Poi Vaazhva