Music Review: Naiyaandi (Tamil)

Composer(s): M. Ghibran
Film: Naiyaandi

Ghibran has had a remarkable run this year with Vathikuchi and Kutti Puli; will Naiyaandi further cement his position? Let's find out! Ae Le Le Etti Paarthale is simply fantabulous, the nuanced orchestration spectacular, and the singers Sundar Narayana Rao* and Leon D'Souza extend superb vocal support. Inikka Inikka is an astounding symposium of sounds, the haunting composition rendered to perfection by Suzanne D'Mello, Padmalatha, Nivas and Sofia Symphony Orchestra. The chorus filled backgrounds in fact add a fantastic touch to the proceedings. By comparison, Marriage Marketil, again in the vocals of Sundar Narayana Rao, is comparatively more typical, but Ghibran does manage to incorporate an interesting assortment of instruments.

Divya Kumar's mangling of Tamil notwithstanding, he is pitch-perfect in the innovatively arranged folk track Munnadi Pora Pulla. Gold Devaraj is heartfelt in the short Yendi Paathagathi, while Teddy Bear has to be one of the wackiest songs in recent times. Mixing a diverse set of genres such as kuthu, dubstep, and trance-like sounds, it's mighty unconventional, and Dhanush too provides solid purchase in the singing department. M. Ghibran is turning out to be 'the' composer to watch out for, and Naiyaandi is no exception. Can't wait to see what he has in store for Vishwaroopam 2!

*It's an utterly baffling mystery why Sundar Narayana Rao remains a singer of choice only for Ghibran, in the way Pradeep Kumar is for Santhosh Narayanan. Both deserve to be heard more!