This week’s Tunes Weekly is special for several reasons. A song that I found quite ‘ordinary’ in the first couple of hearings has turned into a lovely tune to my ears now, and it finds a worthy spot in the five songs. Two wonderful singers have two of their latest songs featured in the Tunes Weekly. We also have a fun song crooned by a very popular actor. And, for the first time in the brief history of Tunes Weekly, we have a Kannada song in the week's Top 5.
Here we go!
Pooram Kaanan (Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti)
Sooraj S. Kurup's Valleem Thetti Pulleem Thetti is one soundtrack that I am now in love with. Sooraj has made a mighty impressive debut as composer with this movie. It was difficult to pick one song from the album of 6 for the Tunes Weekly, as all the songs stood out as brilliant compositions. The slot then went to the pensive 'Pooram Kaanan', a folkish number sung to perfection by Vijay Yesudas and Sithara. It is admirable to see how the composer builds the track. The creativity applied in programming is exemplary. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Sooraj himself has written the moody lyrics that go in tune the fast-paced track! The veena towards the end is an icing on the cake. Way to go, Sooraj.
Thiruvaavaniraavu (Jacobinte Swargarajyam)
Jacobinte Swargarajyam is the fourth outing of Vineeth Sreenivasan and Shaan Rahman as a director-music director combination. Shaan knows what his director friend wants from him and the duo’s albums have been of top quality consistently. ‘Thiruvaavaniraavu’ is a heart-warming melody on Onam, the lyrics of which will make Keralites nostalgic. Unni Menon is the male singer and it feels so good to listen to him after a long time. Sithara is a fine companion to him as the female voice. The pleasant song hits its highs with the ‘poove poli poove’ chorus and the humming by the talented singers. ‘Thiruvaavaniraavu’ is another splendid melody from Shaan Rahman.
Chella Kutti (Theri)
Actor Vijay is known for first-rate singing skills too. He is joined by Neeti Mohan on the vocals for the fun track 'Chella Kutti' in the actor's next film Theri, composed by G.V. Prakash Kumar. The song, the best of the album, sets off with a catchy kuthu bit and maintains the spirit throughout. GV adds a techno bit inbetween as well. Chella Kutti is sure to set our feet tapping.
Chillu Ranthal (Kali)
I was wrong with 'Chillu Ranthal' when I did the music review of Kali and wrote that the tune was a letdown. But, let me say here: Chillu Ranthal is an above average, soothing track from the in-form composer Gopi Sunder. The song has Job Kurian, the talented singer-composer, on the mic. It has some neat guitars and bongo drums laying the foundation. Gopi has applied quality programming to the number as usual. The loop before charanam features a wonderful amalgamation of shehnai and violin. 'Chillu Ranthal' is a relaxed, lovely track.
Komala Henne (Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu)
Months ago, the teaser of Kannada film Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu came out featuring this song, sung by Job Kurian and it caught my attention. The 2-minute version of the melancholic track was enough to look forward to this album. Another reason was that the composer is Charan Raj, with whom Job and Yakzan Gary Pereira made the brilliant album Thaalam years ago. In Komala Henne (Job's Kannada film music debut, we assume), Job is a delight to listen to, especially his high-pitched voice. His soulful rendition is supported by Charan's brilliant arrangement of the instruments. Sarangi by Sunil Sylvester is top-notch and nourishes the track. Glad we have these musicians around. More and more good music please!