Music Review: Kaashmora (Tamil)

Composer(s): Santhosh Narayanan
Listen to the songs online here: Saavn

Taken in its entirety, Dhikku Dhikku Sir is perhaps the weakest of the lot. But that doesn't take away the song's funky jazz-laden rock soundscape that, evocative of Ilaiyaraaja, gets a new lease of life in Santhosh Narayanan's wacky rendition. Jagadhamma is electric, period. Not only does Ananthu's hyper-kinetic singing works in its favour, but also is Santhosh's fabulous choice of instruments (guitars, synths and udukai) that elevates the song to an altogether different level.

Oyaa Oyaa is even better, almost Ghibran'esque in its grandeur and made all the more captivating in Kalpana Raghavendar's top-notch vocals and a sensuous semi-classical arrangement incorporating mridangam and veena, among others. Saicharan's impactful voice powers the pulsating guitar-laden Thakida Thakida, bringing the soundtrack to a close on a punchy note. After a tepid Kodi, Santhosh Narayanan totally redeems himself with a frenzied Kaashmora.