Music Briefs: Kanchana 3, Kuppathu Raja, Londonalli Lambodara, Prashnistha, Suryakantam, Uriyadi 2 & Vinara Sodara Veera Kumara

A quick take on the latest music from Govind Vasantha, Pranav Iyengar, G. V. Prakash Kumar and more...

Londonalli Lambodara - Take Off is that brand of electro-pop, bouncy but predictably fun. Ee Manasu, on the other hand, is a winner all the way, a breezy guitar-led melody sung by Shruti Prakash and Deepak Doddera. Ee Parinama rides on a lovely waltz-like arrangement, with Avinash Muze and Gurupriya Atreya delivering their parts so beautifully (the nadaswaram in the second interlude is a nice touch!). Brahmanu Bareda goes for a guitar'y folk-like sound before it goes on to embrace a qawwali'esque arrangement, complete with an enticing mix of santoor and tabla. Doddera returns a second time in Heegetake, closing out the soundtrack on a pensive note amidst a lush tapestry of flute, strings and subdued percussion. Pranav Iyengar makes an exceedingly fine debut with Londonalli Lambodara.

Vinara Sodara Veera Kumara - Opener Naa Priyasakhi is a smooth-sailing acoustic melody, accompanied by Sai Krishna's sterling rendition, but Thirugude is where things get a lot more interesting, with Shravan cooking up a heady guitar-driven piece that's centred around the repetitive Thirugude... hook. The lilting Saayam is an easy like too, accentuated by a gentle sprinkle of strings and a simple rhythm that gets pitch-perfect vocal backing from Sri Krishna Vishnubhotla and Kavya.

Uriyadi 2 - Penne Penne goes for a serene acoustic arrangement that's at once captivating in Sid Sriram and Priyanka's vocals. There is a second version as well, one that replaces Sriram for Vipin Lal, who hits all the right notes with his flawless singing. But Iraivaa is easily the album's centrepiece, and Govind Menon, for his part, concocts a brooding minimalist arrangement that goes very well the song's philosophical musings. Urimai's aggressive grunge rock soundscape brings the soundtrack to a fitting climax, aptly complemented by Govind's punchy vocals. Govind Vasantha delivers a compelling soundtrack with Uriyadi 2.

Kanchana 3 - Sri Lankan music producers Kapilan Kugavel and Raj Thillaiyampalam make a promising film entry with Kadhal Oru Vizhiyil, an understated melody led by Neha Venugopal on the vocals. The rest is just blah!

Kuppathu Raja - G. V. Prakash's music career has understandably taken a backseat, but a film like Kuppathu Raja (he is also the lead actor) doesn't do him any favours. The tunes are a generic mish-mash of gaana, coasting along predictable lines, barring a few inventive flourishes in Enga Area Engaludhu and Meen Kuzhambu. Mercifully the album has a smashing saviour in En Uyira Nee Irrundha, a strings-laden melody that reworks Yaaradi Neril Thondrum to equally fantastic effect.

Suryakantam - One listen to Suryakantam, and you would be given to thinking it's Leon James who is in charge of the music. Mark K. Robin clearly has a good ear for melody, which comes through beautifully in Inthena Inthena, Po Pove and Nenena Nenena, while Breaking My Heart is Sunitha Sarathy's show, the track's acoustic sounds interspersed by quietly pulsating synths.

Prashnistha - Composer Vengi yields to the commercial sensibilities for the most part of Prashnistha, but Sunn Sunn Sunn is where he redeems himself to a certain extent, crafting a catchy Michael Jackson-like peppy number that finds its easy match in Anurag Kulkarni's spirited vocals.

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